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About the author: I am a Senior Leader and highly experienced Head of English at a wonderful West Midlands school, in my eleventh year of teaching. I am also a Specialist Leader of Education and as such am keen to share resources I have used successfully in lessons and within my own department.

About the author: I am a Senior Leader and highly experienced Head of English at a wonderful West Midlands school, in my eleventh year of teaching. I am also a Specialist Leader of Education and as such am keen to share resources I have used successfully in lessons and within my own department.
A Christmas Carol key extract booklet
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A Christmas Carol key extract booklet

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A resource that reduces the novel down to the key extracts for in or outside class study. This booklet allows for pupil annotation but is also ideal for weaker students who would struggle to access the whole text, or might find it overwhelming. It is 31 A4 pages long. Includes: Scrooge and Marley, the charity workers, Marley’s ghost, Xmas past, Fan, Fezziwig, Belle, Xmas Past goes; Xmas present, the town, the Crachits, Fred’s party, weird children, Xmas Yet to Come, Mrs Dilber and Joe, Tiny Tim, Scrooge’s change, Fred’s party again; the Cratchits and ending.
Macbeth - complete high ability scheme of work, acts 1-3, 97 SLIDE PPT plus RESOURCES
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Macbeth - complete high ability scheme of work, acts 1-3, 97 SLIDE PPT plus RESOURCES

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A resource designed for high ability pupils (targets of grade 6-9), year 11, focused around the AQA GCSE English Literature specification. This is a monster PPT of 97 slides, which can be divided into MANY lessons - an absolute bargain! Written by myself, centred around stretching and challenging the most able pupils in their study of Macbeth. This unit is designed to be studied with the whole text - the edition we used was the Cambridge school’s version. This unit works from zero prior knowledge of the play, but could also be used with any pupils who might have previously studied the play, in order to supplement their learning. This bundle includes: Any resources referenced in the PPT, including handouts and sample work from pupils Full lesson PPT covering the entirety of act 1-3 (key ideas and analysis for in lesson use)… including: -Activities include work on character, theme, context, plot, lang/structure analysis Practice exam questions the opening of the play and Shakespeare’s intent Built in homework tasks Links to various videos to enhance learning Snippets on tackling exam questions, with reference to mark schemes and key skills Context links (religion, witches, James I, regicide, primogeniture, Great Chain etc) Symbolism and key critical philosophy that links to the play dramatic irony power balances structure
Romantic Poetry mini scheme
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Romantic Poetry mini scheme

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Approximately 10 lessons worth of lessons tied together on the theme of Romantic poetry. Originally written for a high ability year 9 group, but would also be suitable for years 10 or 11. The scheme contains lots of challenge and stretch and covers the following aspects of poetry: Introduction to Romantic poetry - themes and ideas Analysing unseen poetry Key Romantic poets Love’s Philosophy Bright Star The School Boy Chimney Sweeper Daffodils How to compare poems High grade exemplar responses (paragraphs/ more extended pieces) Some of the powerpoints included may take more than 1 lesson - there are probably around 10 lessons in total included. This scheme is an ideal way to provide students with a broader understanding of some of the more difficult poetry they might encounter and to familiarise them with the Romantic genre and movement in a more broad sense. NB: Two acronyms are used within this scheme: STRIVE and PEEZL. STRIVE reminds pupils of aspects of poetry to consider (subject, theme/ tone, rhyme/rhythm, imagery, vocab, effect) and PEEZL is a way to structure response paragraphs (point, evidence, explain effect, zoom into words, link to question).
Paper 2 English Language Question 4 AQA, Non -fiction comparing skills - Child labour/ travel
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Paper 2 English Language Question 4 AQA, Non -fiction comparing skills - Child labour/ travel

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This resource contains a PPT of 20 slides/ approx 4 lessons working through AQA’s English Language paper 2 question 4. This question is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in all of the GCSE papers. The scheme was designed for a high ability year 9 group, but would also be suitable for years 10 or 11 in preparation for their exams. All required resources are attached, including 2 pairings of suitable texts that the PPT lessons refer to. There are comparisons drawn between non-fiction texts from Dickens/ Bryson (travel) and a modern news article focused on child labour in McDonalds / a Victorian transcript from a chimney sweep, similar to material pupils might encounter in their actual examination. The lessons guide students through the comparative question and how to approach it, simplifying it down to 3 key questions. The PPT also contains some exemplar paragraphs to guide learning.
Poetry: full scheme of work, range of poems for GCSE/KS3
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Poetry: full scheme of work, range of poems for GCSE/KS3

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This bundle includes a range of poetic study with a lot of cross over to creative tasks, designed originally as a scheme for year 9 as an introduction to poetic study. Roughly 12-16 full lessons included. The scheme aimed to develop approaches to understanding and interpreting poetry in a pupil-centred way, without the teacher dictating notes. It was written for AQA GCSE but would be easily tweaked for any exam board and is a great way to develop cultural capital for pupils. This bundle contains a whopping £18 worth of resources (when sold separately) and every lesson has been tried and tested. It also touches on creative writing and oracy, with built in tasks that springboard from the poems studied. Poems looked at: Medusa Hitcher Salome Last Duchess Clown Punk About His Person Sonnet 18 The Raven
Unseen poetry lesson (debate / oracy cross over) - Clown Punk (Armitage)
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Unseen poetry lesson (debate / oracy cross over) - Clown Punk (Armitage)

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This resource includes a full lesson on Amitage’s poem ‘Clown Punk’. It originally formed part of a scheme for year 9 looking at a wide variety of poetry in preparation for their GCSE study, but would be suitable for any GCSE group as practice. The lesson approaches the poem as an unseen text, helping pupils develop poetic analysis skills (for AQA, but would work for any exam board). The PPT includes: Introduction to the punk movement through images A task comparing clowns and punks A gap fill exercise encouraging pupils to consider the poet’s vocabulary choices guided light touch annotation (including focus questions to help pupils) Debate/ oracy cross over (where pupils plan and complete a Harkness style discussion)
Martyn Pig (Brooks) full scheme of work 83 slide PPT PLUS resources -  fiction
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Martyn Pig (Brooks) full scheme of work 83 slide PPT PLUS resources - fiction

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This resource includes a mammoth 83 slide PPT scheme of work on the novel Martyn Pig, containign everything you need for the teaching of the text. Originally written for a middle ability year 8 group, it is also suitable for year 9. The scheme combines reading study with creative writing cross over tasks. The scheme of work includes the following topics and tasks: the novel’s title connotation Character profiling characterisation monologue writing task inference quote analysis plot development language analysis themes extract based exam style questions and practice PEEZL method (point, evidence, explain effect, zoom into language, link) structure writing intros and conclusions vocabulary choices creative writing suggestions and practice drama around character intent foreshadowing pathetic fallacy moral dilemmas socratic talk impressions v reality (duality) cyclical structures endings letter writing All resources have been tried and tested with pupils. ** Remember to email cheryl.wakefield1@gmail.com with a clear subject heading and the name of the free resource you wish to claim upon reviewing this one! (Must be to the value of that paid or below). **
Macbeth - key context handout. GCSE
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Macbeth - key context handout. GCSE

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The main contextual information for Macbeth, condensed into 1 side of A4, suited to mid-high ability pupils at GCSE level. In colour and designed to be visually appealing. For use as a lesson handout or revision aid.
Inspector Calls exam questions
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Inspector Calls exam questions

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This resource contains 12 examination questions for Inspector Calls. They have all featured on past AQA papers and so are suitable for revision and for seeing what sort of question might be asked.
An Inspector Calls GCSE full scheme of work, 135 slides PLUS resources - play fiction
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An Inspector Calls GCSE full scheme of work, 135 slides PLUS resources - play fiction

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This resource includes a massive 135 slide PPT of lessons designed for the teaching of An Inspector Calls for GCSE students. The PPT is suitable for all abilities, with challenge and stretch elements that can easily be omitted for weaker pupils. It has been written for AQA, but could be adapted for other examination boards with a few tweaks. The PPT contains around 20-25 lessons depending on how you choose to divide the activities up. There are a range of task styles and information collated across 10 years of teaching this play. The PPT covers the following aspects: Social/ historical context - research activity and image interrogation notes on socialism, capitalism, Priestley and Churchill Non-fiction cross-over lesson, writing an article about the Titanic. Also includes a real article published for analysis Props and setting - illustrating and labelling task First impressions of characters Morality exercise (linking the play to modern day) Attitude and language - analysing language used by characters Focus on Sheila, including a model exam response dramatic devices in act 1 Review of act 1, including timeline of events, purpose and intent of author, key plot points theme discussion - social responsibility and contrasts, linked to London riots and the contrast between the younger and older generations comparing Mr Birling and Inspector, with 2x modelled paragraphs reference to exam mark schemes comparing Sheila and Eva - plotting their attitudes Key themes and info on each (group task) Ouspensky and Dunne theories for challenge and stretch Entrances and exits (specifically in act 2) Exam skills and exam practice (with scaffolded method for responses, model paragraphs and reference to mark schemes) Context - women in 1912, Suffrage, power balances etc Revision of plot
Paper 1  English  Language AQA - fiction style exam questions + text extract (Rebecca - Du'Maurier)
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Paper 1 English Language AQA - fiction style exam questions + text extract (Rebecca - Du'Maurier)

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This resource includes an extract from Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’, formatted to mimic an AQA exam paper text extract. Alongside this, there are 5 examination style questions for students to either use in class or as a homework task. The question sheet contains each question condensed down to half a side of A4 to save on printing costs. Also includes a bonus PPT used with low ability year 11 learners when walking through the paper. Suitable for GCSE learners.
Paper 1 English Language AQA, question 3 structure. Complete lesson (Harry Potter)
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Paper 1 English Language AQA, question 3 structure. Complete lesson (Harry Potter)

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This resource includes a complete lesson looking at analysing the structure of an extract from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for AQA English language paper 1, Q3. It is suitable for low to mid ability learners, as an introduction to the structure question or as a revision activity. The PPT included guides pupils through the process as follows: break down of the question and how marks are awarded key terminology guided reading of the extract an approach to answering an exam style question (PEEZL) a help sheet for lower ability learners (gap fill) Peer assessment using marking criteria
Lord of the Flies - high ability full scheme of work, revision PPT, revision guide and example exam questions
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Lord of the Flies - high ability full scheme of work, revision PPT, revision guide and example exam questions

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This bundle includes all of my resources for Lord of the Flies, including a mammoth 142 slide PPT teaching the entire novel, a 32 slide revision PPT for returning to it prior to the examination; a revision guide for pupils and example exam questions, all for the AQA syllabus. This unit was planned for a high ability group and thus includes a lot of challenge and stretch. For full details on the LOTFs PPT scheme, please see the individual unit for sale. It covers characters, themes, messages, critical theory, context and every chapter of the novel for higher ability pupils (grades 5-9).
Lord of the Flies Revision Guide for English Literature GCSE (AQA) Paper 2
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Lord of the Flies Revision Guide for English Literature GCSE (AQA) Paper 2

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A 28 page revision booklet jam-packed full of interactive activities for pupils to use, either in lesson, or as a homework activity. Equally suited to other exam boards in terms of content, but specifically geared toward AQA for exam questions. Covers the following aspects: Plot, character, symbols and themes, key quotes, form and structure, setting, context, exam preparation and sample questions, key terminology. Contains plenty of ideas and activities for extending more able pupils, and can work to either support in-lesson study, as homework tasks, or as an independent revision resource. **Please note, all images contained within this booklet have been reproduced in good faith to enhance study, and are for intended use in an educational setting, for teachers and pupils only.
Unseen poetry full lesson (creative writing cross over) - About His Person (Armitage)
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Unseen poetry full lesson (creative writing cross over) - About His Person (Armitage)

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This resource includes a full lesson on Amitage’s poem ‘About His Person’. It originally formed part of a scheme for year 9 looking at a wide variety of poetry in preparation for their GCSE study, but would be suitable for any GCSE group as practice. The lesson approaches the poem as an unseen text, helping pupils develop poetic analysis skills (for AQA, but would work for any exam board). The PPT includes: Introduction to the poem through an image Pupil task to write a suitable question for the poem guided annotation through a suggested question (as per unseen poetry in the exam) Creative writing cross over (where pupils write their own poem in a similar style)
Poetry and creative writing full lesson (character poems)
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Poetry and creative writing full lesson (character poems)

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This resource includes a full lesson on creating a poem featuring a character with their own voice. It originally formed part of a scheme for year 9 looking at a wide variety of poetry in preparation for their GCSE study, but would be suitable for any GCSE group as practice. The lesson utilises Medusa (Duffy) as a starting point, before getting pupils to create their own poem in the voice of a character of their choice. The PPT includes: Introduction to Medusa, by Duffy and discussion of her character Intro to the creative task, providing suggested characters Guided planning for the poem A framework of sentence stems if required, and an exemplar poem in the voice of Homer Simpson
Non fiction text extracts: theme of Victorian workhouses
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Non fiction text extracts: theme of Victorian workhouses

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A collection of non-fiction texts around the theme of workhouses. Suitable for KS3 or KS4. Available as Word doc and PDF files. Includes: Extract from the order of the Poor Law board (NB an image with small font) A small list of punishments given at a workhouse A Walk in A Workhouse, by Charles Dickens An advert for a porter at a workhouse A report on child labour
15 Comparative poetry questions - Power and conflict, AQA - venn diagram practice/revision
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15 Comparative poetry questions - Power and conflict, AQA - venn diagram practice/revision

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This resource contains 15 venn diagrams designed for practise of comparing poetry for AQA English Literature, power and conflict cluster. Each page has a question at the top (as pictured), covering every poem in the cluster. An excellent way to promote independent work and revision of poetry, this way of comparing has been tried and tested by both myself and my department. Venn diagrams can be blown up to A3 to encourage group work, or used in circulation around the room so pupils can build on each others’ ideas.
My last Duchess (Browning) - Unseen poetry lesson
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My last Duchess (Browning) - Unseen poetry lesson

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A lesson presentation on exploring Robert Browning's My Last Duchess poem from a totally unseen perspective. Uses a variety of resources to help pupils access the poem, including images and letters. Suitable for a year 9 group, or lower ability GCSE group. This is a challenging poem, but the resources initially focus more on understanding the story, investigating the mystery of the Duke and Duchess and what might have happened to her.