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About the author: I am currently a Literacy Lead and a Specialist Leader of Education but have previously been an SLT Lead, AQA examiner and Head of English (for a number of years) at a wonderful West Midlands school - where I still reside. I am in my eleventh year of teaching and as such am keen to share resources I have used successfully both in my own lessons and across my school / MAT.

About the author: I am currently a Literacy Lead and a Specialist Leader of Education but have previously been an SLT Lead, AQA examiner and Head of English (for a number of years) at a wonderful West Midlands school - where I still reside. I am in my eleventh year of teaching and as such am keen to share resources I have used successfully both in my own lessons and across my school / MAT.
Lord of the Flies high ability full scheme of work - 142 slide PPT PLUS resources
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Lord of the Flies high ability full scheme of work - 142 slide PPT PLUS resources

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This resource is a full scheme of work on Lord of the Flies for GCSE AQA Literature, but could be used for other examination boards with a few tweaks. It includes a mammoth 142 slide PPT, all of which has been tried and tested with students. The unit was originally written for higher ability GCSE pupils, aiming for grade 5 and above; thus includes a lot of challenge and stretch for obtaining top grades. The PPT covers a vast range of elements needed for teaching the novel, including the following: the setting and background to the novel work on key characters (including use of video links) philosophical quotes on society for discussion background on William Golding links to ‘The Coral Island’ Symbolism (the conch) Biblical allegory, including relevant bible extracts Chapter by chapter investigations - chapter 1: utopia/ dystopia, Piggy v Ralph chapter 2: the island, names, foreshadowing, further symbolism order and leadership - Jack v Ralph Simon and his role The theme of power and Roger’s significance Discussion around power and quotes/ images to stimulate ideas Group/ paired analysis of extracts about Roger Chapter 4: independent summary and key questions; the first slaughter and discussion of blood in literature; analysing Jack’s savagery Comparison between Ralph at different points Chapter 5: independent summary (with video link), annotation of the opening, tracking changes in Ralph’s character (+ possible HW task) Chapter 6: reflection on the parachutist, extract analysis, link to puppets and Icarus; discussion of an idyllic island and comparing to the LOTF island Chapter 7: savagery, Golding’s reasons for writing, island symbolism, discussion of civilisation, Berengaria and wounds Exam prep lesson - extract and question with guidance on a response and a practice paragraph exploration of the themes of duality and paradox Exploration of the relevance of psychoanalysis mini HW project extract analysis of jack and the choir Chapter 8: Jack and Simon, comparing Ralph and Jack as chiefs, discussion of the theme of evil and what makes a person evil; symbolism of the sow The pig head - group work and inference on an extract Further exam practice with an exemplar response and direction for including AO3; reference to mark scheme and peer assessment Chapter 9: religious symbolism, allegory, Simon’s death and the mountain Chapter 10: the structural split, the leadership values of Jack and Ralph Chapter 11: structural parallels Chapter names Chapter 12: the ending, deus ex machina, Golding’s goals, links to the Stanford prison experiment Please note, this was originally written with the students having undergone a blind reading of the novel over the holidays. It can however be taught with no previous understanding or reading, with a little tweaking.
Lord of the Flies GCSE Revision for AQA - 32 slide PPT
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Lord of the Flies GCSE Revision for AQA - 32 slide PPT

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This resource was designed as a revision block on Lord of the Flies for higher ability GCSE pupils (grades 5-9), having already studied the novel. (There is also a full scheme of work PPT available for the first teaching of this). It includes 32 slides of activities and information (approx 6-8 lessons), including: plot and character recap theme recap (group activity) provocative statements to provoke discussion Images to prompt discussion of symbols Recap of allusion (specifically biblical) historical context - Golding A nihilist view, Nietzsche Discussion question Advice on exam questions and example questions Quote finding exercise 2 exemplar responses to exam questions (level 5 and 6) planning an exam response advice on thesis statements for good intros an exemplar high grade paragraph
Comparing poetry power and conflict (how to compare/ answer exam) - AQA, mini scheme, 30 slide PPT
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Comparing poetry power and conflict (how to compare/ answer exam) - AQA, mini scheme, 30 slide PPT

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This resource contains 2 PPTs on approaches to comparing power and conflict poetry for GCSE AQA English Literature. 7 slides and 23 slides of tips, techniques, model answers and advice for comparing - NB, this resource is not focused on teaching the poems but is designed to be used AFTER poems have been covered to refine comparison and exam skills. PPTs contain: Intro to approaching poetry Video link 7 sample questions for discussion A focus on a question on ‘Remains’, presented in a Venn diagram for comparison 2 exemplar paragraphs comparing to ‘Prelude’ Possible themes to compare Discussion of a question focused on ‘My Last Duchess’ Recap of Last Duchess (video link) Venn diagram comparing to Ozymandias Mark scheme Break down of how to construct a paragraph (PEEZLL) A gap fill exercise that scaffolds this method for weaker pupils A check list to write the comparative paragraph and some phrases to boost marks Peer assessment A further focus question, this time on Bayonet Charge (a video link recap) 3 example responses to the question, all of varied abilities Pupil exercise to craft their own response Advice for not having a quote to use A bonus unseen poem at the end (Alpine Letter) and question to work through, if required
Christmas Carol for higher ability full scheme of work, 194 slide PPT PLUS resources!
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Christmas Carol for higher ability full scheme of work, 194 slide PPT PLUS resources!

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This resource is a fully comprehensive scheme of work on Christmas Carol, designed for higher ability pupils with plenty of challenge and stretch (grades 5-9). It was originally designed for AQA but can easily be tweaked for other boards. All resources are included along the 194 slide PPT, with everything you need to teach the novel. It also utilises language paper cross-over tasks and non-fiction resources to build contextual knowledge/ cultural capital and provides a focus on core vocabulary to aid understanding. The PPT covers the following: core vocabulary categories and booklet atmosphere through language imagery based tasks (Gothic conventions) Scrooge’s nomenclature context - Victorian times A range of task styles including group, independent, paired work and videos Summary skills Quote finding and analysis Links to Literature (London poem) creative writing opportunities character study for all key characters connotation and layers of meaning Using PEEZL to construct exam responses peer assessment opportunities allusion and allegory symbolism and metaphor Utilitarian philosophy, Malthus and Bentham Authorial intent inference exemplar responses key plot developments irony drawing comparisons structure - framed narrative, foreshadowing Writing intros and conclusions tracking change guided exam planning
Darkside (Becker) full scheme of work - 85 slide PPT PLUS resources - fiction
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Darkside (Becker) full scheme of work - 85 slide PPT PLUS resources - fiction

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This resource is a full scheme of work on Tom Becker’s novel ‘Darkside’, suitable for middle to high ability learners in years 8-10. The novel contains some excellent descriptive language which forms great preparation for studying GCSE literary texts. The PPT is 85 slides long (approx 15-18 lessons, not including the reading of the novel!) and all resources are also included with the file. It approaches the novel as an analytical reader but also provides opportunities to produce writing, both fiction and non-fiction, in cross-over tasks. The novel provides excellent opportunities for under-pinning context and cultural capital for Victorian novel study at GCSE. The PPT goes through the following aspects of the novel: -inference and predictions from cover -diary entry writing -language techniques/ descriptive writing strategies -discussion of language effect plus exemplar -presentation of key characters -comparing characters -creating suspense -guided annotation -peer assessment opportunities -gothic conventions links to Frankenstein built in optional HW tasks character analysis PEEZL method of analysing language finding and locating evidence descriptive writing settings tension tracking spoken language opportunity - news reports Victorian Britain Emotive language and persuasive speeches tracing plot developments Pathetic fallacy text transformations - travel writing cross-over task ** Don’t forget to leave a review and claim your free resource (to the same value or below the one purchased) by emailing cheryl.wakefield1@gmail.com with a clear subject heading and your choice of resource!**
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.
Romeo and Juliet key scenes booklet
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Romeo and Juliet key scenes booklet

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A booklet collating key scenes from Romeo and Juliet. This booklet is suited for study at KS3, or low ability KS4. The text is confined to the left side of the page to allow for student annotation. There is some cutting of dialogue to reduce the scenes down to a more manageable amount. Key edited scenes included are: Prologue Act 1 scene 1 (Sampson and Gregory) Act 1 scene 5 (party) Act 3 scene 1 (Tyblat and Romeo brawl) Act 3 scene 5 (Romeo and Juliet wedding night and Lord Capulet fight) Act 5 scene 1 (the plan) Act 5 scene 3 (tomb)
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.
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
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)
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).
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
Non-fiction text extracts: theme of Victorian London
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Non-fiction text extracts: theme of Victorian London

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Includes various sources/ texts around the theme of Victorian London. Available in Word and PDF files. Suitable for KS3 or KS4 on the theme of non-fiction, or for contextual knowledge of Victorian times. Includes: A news report from a Victorian newspaper on Jack the Ripper A description of Whitechapel from the Palace Journal An extract from Dickens’ walk in a workhouse An extract from Flors Tristan’s diary about her London travels
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
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.
Unseen poetry revision/ intro for AQA, 2 full lessons
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Unseen poetry revision/ intro for AQA, 2 full lessons

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This resource includes 2 full lessons in a 15 slide PPT on AQA’s unseen poetry element. 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 revision, an introduction or practice. The lesson approaches the poems as unseen texts, helping pupils develop poetic analysis skills and focusing on 2 short and relatively simple poems. The PPT includes: Introduction to the unseen poetry aspect 10 possible steps for looking at an unseen poem Focus on the poem ‘The Handbag’ Pupil task writing a question for the poem Focus on the poem ‘My Parents Kept me from Children who were Rough’ Looking at an exam style question on this poem with suggested points to include in a response Brief reference to the mark scheme
Coraline (Gaiman) - full scheme of work, 92 slide PPT PLUS resources - fiction
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Coraline (Gaiman) - full scheme of work, 92 slide PPT PLUS resources - fiction

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This resource is a full scheme of work for the novel ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman. Originally written for a low ability year 8 group, it is suitable for years 7 or 8, low to mid ability. There is a mammoth 92 slide PPT plus all resources included in this bundle. The PPT works through a range of activities designed to develop both reading a writing skills via cross-over creative tasks. Topics and tasks as follows: Pre-reading tasks (book name and cover) expectations characterisation Effect of language (using the PEEZL acronym) Example of writing about effect Inference Settings Creative writing - create an ‘other’ you Improving creative writing Parallel world theme formal letter writing planning and scaffolded writing and peer assessment opportunities comparing the two worlds tracking tone changes creating horror pre-annotated extract writing as a character (diary entry) Use of simile / creating own similes theme of survival tracking Coraline’s journey more in-depth theme investigation writer’s messages forming critical opinions twisted fairy tales (investigation and creating own) Heroines and stereotypes quote finding effective endings foreshadowing 5 years later - writing a new chapter Remember to leave a review and claim a free resource to the same value! Simply email cheryl.wakefield1@gmail.com with a clear subject heading and your choice
Persuasive devices mix and match activity
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Persuasive devices mix and match activity

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Mix and match key persuasive devices and their definitions. Including: Facts Statistics Emotive language Opinions Rule of three/triple Repetition Personal pronouns Imperative verbs Rhetorical questions Quotations Alliteration Hyperbole
17 slides, 7-9 mark evaluate questions OCR Business Studies GCSE
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17 slides, 7-9 mark evaluate questions OCR Business Studies GCSE

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This resource is for GCSE Business Studies, written by a subject specialist with advice sought from an English teacher on how to best structure this evaluate question to achieve higher marks. 17 slide PPT (around 2-3 lessons worth), focused on the following: exam key words (evaluate) A business case study (Shirtz Limited) exam style evaluate question peer and self assessment opportunities using mark scheme varied range of exemplar responses with marks awarded advice on planning through a table advice on linking ideas for a stronger, more cohesive response key connectives to help with linking ideas a structured response handout extension activity linked to the lesson topic (online quiz)