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English and history resources from a teacher with five years of curriculum development experience.

English and history resources from a teacher with five years of curriculum development experience.
GCSE English Literature: Macbeth Extract Workbook
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GCSE English Literature: Macbeth Extract Workbook

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This workbook is a collection of five extracts, prefaced by general advice on how to approach an extract in the exam. It is therefore suitable for students taking GCSE English Literature via the major exam boards. Each extract is accompanied by questions prompting close analysis of language, structure and ideas. There is also an extension question linking to the rest of the play. This workbook could be used as a revision aid, set of homework tasks or the basis for exam preparation lessons.
Of Mice and Men Speaking and Listening Task
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Of Mice and Men Speaking and Listening Task

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Two documents to support a group speaking and listening task based on 'Of Mice and Men': 1. A sheet to give to group members to set the task in context. Imagining they are on the jury for George's trial, they should discuss the questions given. 2. Role cards. To make the task more challenging, give each juror a role which will colour their view of the trial.
GCSE English Literature: Romeo and Juliet Extract Workbook
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GCSE English Literature: Romeo and Juliet Extract Workbook

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In English by CMillerEnglish 0 ratings This workbook is a collection of five extracts, prefaced by general advice on how to approach an extract in the exam. It is therefore suitable for students taking GCSE English Literature via the major exam boards. Each extract is accompanied by questions prompting close analysis of language, structure and ideas. There is also an extension question linking to the rest of the play. This workbook could be used as a revision aid, set of homework tasks or the basis for exam preparation lessons.
GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - The Streets
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GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - The Streets

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This resource comprises an unseen 19th century non-fiction text, and activities to support comprehension and analysis. The tasks are designed to build up to the new AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 reading section, but will also support reading and understanding more generally. This would be an ideal cover lesson or homework task, but could also be extended into a whole lesson if desired. Also included at the end is a suggested scaffolding framework to differentiate the main writing task, if needed.
GCSE English Language Paper 2 - Unseen 19th Century Non-Fiction - Anna Leonowens
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GCSE English Language Paper 2 - Unseen 19th Century Non-Fiction - Anna Leonowens

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Another GCSE English Language 19th Century Non-Fiction resource. This activity can be used as a homework/cover task or as part of a whole lesson. It explores the viewpoint and language used in an extract from 'The English Governess at the Siamese Court' by Anna Harriette Leonowens. As such it directly supports AQA Paper 2, Section A, but could also be used to enhance reading comprehension, vocabulary and language analysis in a more general sense.
English Literature - Intro to The Gothic - Epistolary
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English Literature - Intro to The Gothic - Epistolary

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This lesson introduces the concept of 'epistolary' within the Gothic genre, looking specifically at two examples from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Activities move from analysis to evaluation to creative writing. This lesson is suitable for higher ability KS3 students, but could also work for KS4.
KS3 History - The British Empire - Australian Convicts
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KS3 History - The British Empire - Australian Convicts

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This lesson uses writing in role to develop students' understanding of life for convicts in the early days of Australian settlement. They are asked to choose one historical figure and write about their feelings and experiences at three different points in history.
English Literature - Intro to The Gothic - Lucy Westenra
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English Literature - Intro to The Gothic - Lucy Westenra

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This lesson looks at an extract from Bram Stoker's Dracula, exploring how Lucy is presented in contrast to the expectations of a Victorian woman. It moves from understanding to analysis to evaluation. A glossary of difficult vocabulary is provided. Suitable for higher ability KS3 students, but might also be appropriate for KS4 unseen 19th century fiction.
GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - The Diamond Jubilee
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GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - The Diamond Jubilee

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This resource comprises an unseen 19th century non-fiction text, and activities to support comprehension and analysis. The tasks are designed to mimic the new AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 reading section, but will also support reading and understanding more generally. This would be an ideal cover lesson or homework task, but could also be extended into a whole lesson if desired.
GCSE English Literature - An Inspector Calls - Context - 1912 vs 1945
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GCSE English Literature - An Inspector Calls - Context - 1912 vs 1945

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This lesson gives pupils basic contextual information about life in 1912 and 1945, to support their understanding and analysis of An Inspector Calls. It is suitable for lower to middle ability GCSE English Literature pupils. The main activity is a treasure hunt about life in 1912. Cut up the fact cards and pin them around your classroom. Pupils have to answer the questions on the quiz sheet by 'finding' the facts. The word search can be used if any pupils finish, or to occupy some pupils if your room is small. The lesson then goes on to cover 1945 and prompts pupils to consider why these dates are important in relation to the play.
Year 7 Mini-Unit: The Lady of Shalott
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Year 7 Mini-Unit: The Lady of Shalott

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Five lessons to introduce Year 7 to the study of poetry, using The Lady of Shalott as a basis. - Lesson 1: What is poetry? - Lesson 2: The setting - Lesson 3: The character's viewpoint - Lesson 4: Tennyson's language - Lesson 5: Tennyson's language continued
English Literature- Introduction to The Gothic - Frankenstein's Monster
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English Literature- Introduction to The Gothic - Frankenstein's Monster

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This lesson comprises an extract from Frankenstein and a series of activities - understanding the extract, analysing Shelley's use of language, explaining how she juxtaposes the beauty and ugliness of the monster and a final piece of creative writing. It also prompts students to think about ethical issues (SMSC). Suitable for higher ability KS3 English students, but could also be used for KS4 unseen 19th century fiction.
English Language GCSE Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction - The City of the Absent by Dickens
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English Language GCSE Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction - The City of the Absent by Dickens

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This resource comprises an unseen 19th century non-fiction text (an extract from The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens), and activities to support comprehension and analysis. The tasks are designed to build up to the new AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 reading section, but will also support reading and understanding more generally. This would be an ideal cover lesson or homework task, but could also be extended into a whole lesson if desired.
GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - In The South Seas
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GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - In The South Seas

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This resource comprises an unseen 19th century non-fiction text, and activities to support comprehension and analysis. The tasks are designed to build up to the new AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 reading section, but will also support reading and understanding more generally. This would be an ideal cover lesson or homework task, but could also be extended into a whole lesson if desired. A suggested extension activity is to compare to the Lonely Planet Online description of the Marquesas Islands - I can't include that here for copyright reasons, but it would make an interesting comparison and fit well with the exam paper.
Ash by Malinda Lo - English Literature Mini-Unit
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Ash by Malinda Lo - English Literature Mini-Unit

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These lessons support the reading of Ash by Malinda Lo, an LGBT retelling of Cinderella. Pupils are expected to read the book at home, with lessons exploring how Lo subverts traditional fairy tales for a modern audience and uses language to portray character and theme.
GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - Travels with a Donkey
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GCSE English Language Paper 2 - 19th Century Non-Fiction Unseen Analysis - Travels with a Donkey

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This resource comprises an unseen 19th century non-fiction text, and activities to support comprehension and analysis. The tasks are designed to mimic the new AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 reading section, but will also support reading and understanding more generally. This would be an ideal cover lesson or homework task, but could also be extended into a whole lesson if desired.