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About the author: I am currently a teacher of English in a wonderful West Midlands secondary school, having prior experience as a Literacy Lead, Specialist Leader of Education, SLT Lead, AQA examiner and Head of English. I am in my fourteenth 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.

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About the author: I am currently a teacher of English in a wonderful West Midlands secondary school, having prior experience as a Literacy Lead, Specialist Leader of Education, SLT Lead, AQA examiner and Head of English. I am in my fourteenth 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 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). Updated Feb 2022 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 questions 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
Poetry - Comparing power and conflict (how to compare/ answer exam/ practice Qs) - AQA,30 slide PPT
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Poetry - Comparing power and conflict (how to compare/ answer exam/ practice Qs) - AQA,30 slide PPT

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This resource contains a 30 slide PPT on comparing power and conflict poetry for GCSE AQA English Literature. Updated Jan 2022, it contains tips, techniques, model answers and advice for comparing, with 3 focus questions covering different poems. 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. PPT contains: Intro to approaching poetry Possible themes to compare 7 sample questions for discussion A focus on a question and video link recap on ‘Remains’, presented in a Venn diagram for comparison 2 exemplar paragraphs comparing to ‘Prelude’ 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 (PEEZL) 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 opportunities A focus question on Bayonet Charge (plus a video link recap) 3 example responses to the question of varied levels 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
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 alongside teaching of Victorian texts, such as Christmas Carol or Jekyll and Hyde. 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
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. Can be reduced or used in their entirety for all year groups in comparative non-fiction study, as a stimulus for writing or to supplement Victorian fiction for cultural capital. Includes: An extract from the Order of the Poor Law Board (NB this is an image with small font so may require enlarging if it is to be used in its entirety) 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
Darkside (Becker) full scheme of work - 90 slide PPT PLUS resources - fiction
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Darkside (Becker) full scheme of work - 90 slide PPT PLUS resources - fiction

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This resource is a 90 slide PPT full scheme of work on Tom Becker’s novel ‘Darkside’, updated Jan 2022. It is 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 approx 15-18 lessons, not including the reading of the novel! and all resources are included. 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 covers the following: -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 tracing plot developments Pathetic fallacy text transformations - travel writing cross-over task endings Updated January 2022
Poetry  - unseen + creative writing cross over - (Hitcher - Armitage), full lesson
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Poetry - unseen + creative writing cross over - (Hitcher - Armitage), full lesson

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This resource includes a full lesson on Amitage’s poem ‘Hitcher’, updated March 2022. 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 A creative writing task of a 100-200 word story, based around key vocabulary from the poem guided annotation through a suggested question (as per unseen poetry in the exam) collated, suggested annotations for the poem, on the PPT Creative writing cross over (where pupils write their own poem from a different viewpoint- including scaffolded gap fill if required)
Macbeth key scenes booklet (edited down from full text!)
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Macbeth key scenes booklet (edited down from full text!)

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This resource is a Macbeth booklet including key scenes necessary for GCSE study. The booklet can be used flexibly, highlighting further scenes that can be omitted, should you wish to work with less of the text with a lower ability set. The full play has been carefully edited, removing parts of dialogue not entirely necessary for GCSE pupil understanding, whilst maintaining the integrity and flow of the narrative. There is a cover page and the booklet totals 27 A4 pages, helpfully formatted into columns with a contents page for easy navigation. The original text sits at 18121 words, whereas this edited version brings it down to 11754 - far more manageable with the time constraints of GCSE. The scenes included are as follows: Act 1 scene I: witches Act 1 scene II: camp after battle ** Act 1 scene III: Macbeth and Duncan meet witches Act 1 scene V: Lady Macbeth – the Raven Act 1 scene VII: Lady Macbeth and Macbeth argue Act 2 scene I: Macbeth and Duncan Act 2 scene II: Lady Macbeth covers up Act 2 scene III: Porter and discovery of Duncan ** Act 2 scene IV: Old man and Lennox ** Act 3 scene I: Banquo betrayed Act 3 scene II: shielding Lady Macbeth Act 3 scene IV: banquet and ghost Act 4 scene I: Witches and Macbeth – prophecies Act 4 scene II: Macduff’s castle Act 4 scene III: Macduff meets Malcolm ** Act 5 scene I: Doctor tends to Lady Macbeth Act 5 scene II: soldiers ** Act 5 scene III: Scotland is sick ** Act 5 scene IV: Birnam wood moves Act 5 scene V: Young Siward ** Act 5 scene VI: The ending ** these scenes can also be omitted entirely for lower ability pupils.
Macbeth - full play high ability scheme of work, acts 1-5, 155 SLIDE PPT plus RESOURCES
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Macbeth - full play high ability scheme of work, acts 1-5, 155 SLIDE PPT plus RESOURCES

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Updated Feb 2022 and designed for high ability pupils (targets of grade 6-9), this resource is for the full play of Macbeth (AQA GCSE English Literature). It includes a monster PPT of 155 slides, which can be divided into MANY lessons - an absolute bargain! This unit is designed to be studied with the whole text - the edition we used was the Cambridge school’s version. It 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, challenge and stretch their learning further. This resource includes: Any resources referenced in the PPT, including handouts and sample work from pupils Full lesson PPT covering the entirety of the play (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, other plays) Symbolism and key critical philosophy that links to the play dramatic irony power balances structure the play’s ending Sample exam responses Exam technique and reference to mark schemes Updated Feb 2022 to include acts 4 and 5 plus further bonus resources and tweaks to previous lesson tasks.
BUNDLE - AQA English Language PAPER 2 NON-FICTION (Qs1-5), 3 LARGE PPTS plus multiple text extracts and more!
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BUNDLE - AQA English Language PAPER 2 NON-FICTION (Qs1-5), 3 LARGE PPTS plus multiple text extracts and more!

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This resource includes 3x large PPTs for the teaching of paper 2, all questions, alongside various source materials from across the 19th- 21st centuries on key topics, reminiscent of the AQA English Language paper 2 examination. The non-fiction sources vary in difficulty, making them suitable for a variety of abilities. The 3 PPTs feature one that is approx 4 lessons purely on question 4 (child labour and travel) and a mammoth 42 slide PPT on Qs1-4 (approx 7 lessons). Also included is a separate explanatory writing lesson for Q5. The final large PPT is titled ‘grade boost’, looking at strategies for improving Q4 responses, alongside some paper 1 tips. Finally, there is a checklist for examinations, written for pupils. The total cost of this bundle as separates is £12.90.
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 Also includes text extract for analysis.
Macbeth key quote revision handout
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Macbeth key quote revision handout

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This resource contains a 2 sided A4 key quote handout for pupils revising Macbeth. The key quotes are organised into themes/ by character and starts with a rundown of key themes, context, characters and symbols before a brief outline of each act plot. The themes/characters covered are: appearance v reality Lady Macbeth Macduff Hallucination Cycles Tragic hero Guilt/ anxiety Macbeth Deception Duncan Banquo Macbeth’s thoughts Quotes have been carefully chosen so as not to be too lengthy and to match a range of questions
Non-fiction text extracts: theme of slavery
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Non-fiction text extracts: theme of slavery

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Includes various source texts around the theme of slavery. Some Victorian, some more modern to provide alternative viewpoints and experiences. Available in PDF and Word file formats. Most suitable for KS3 non-fiction study, but could be used for KS4. Includes: A pro-slavery letter (Victorian American) A biography of Philis Wheatley (Slave poet of colonial America) An Anti-slavery speech published 1832 (NB an image - very small font) A biography of Oladah Equiano (a free slave) 2 extracts from Equiano’s autobiography A short account from a slave ship captain A short account from a physician working on a slave ship
Poetry - unseen, introduction for AQA / revision, 2 full lessons
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Poetry - unseen, introduction for AQA / revision, 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
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. Updated Feb 2022 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.
Paper 1 English Language AQA - fiction style exam questions + text extract (1984 - George Orwell)
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Paper 1 English Language AQA - fiction style exam questions + text extract (1984 - George Orwell)

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This resource includes an extract from George Orwell’s ‘1984’, formatted to mimic an AQA exam paper text extract. Alongside this, there are 5 examination style questions (based on the AQA paper, Qs1-5, reading and writing) for students to either use in class or as a homework task. The question sheet contains each question but condensed down to 2 sides of A4, to save on printing costs. Suitable for GCSE learners.
Poetry - introductory lesson for pupils who don't get it/hate it! / Unseen introduction
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Poetry - introductory lesson for pupils who don't get it/hate it! / Unseen introduction

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This lesson was designed for a reluctant but capable year 9 group who told me they hated poetry, and only ever wrote in stilted rhymes when I asked them to create their own. It would form a good introduction to unseen poetry, encouraging pupils to interrogate and form their own opinions. It contains a PPT and a series of slightly unusual poems all sourced online, breaking down why people write poetry and why we should study it. It contains the message that poetry is all sorts of things, such as art, creative expression, freedom with words, political, protesting, fun and silly… etc. It contains opportunities to write their own poetry and investigate the work of others. There are 5 poems included where pupils interrogate and question what they mean, show, suggest, and why the writer might have written them - including Medusa by Carol Ann Duffy, Action Man by John Cooper-Clarke, Invictus by William Ernest Henley, Urban Affection by Emanuel Xavier and The Black Land by Joseph Warren Beach. NB - Some of these poems are aimed at more mature audiences, so the lesson is recommended for year 9 onwards.
Christmas Carol for higher ability full scheme of work, 191 slide PPT PLUS resources!
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Christmas Carol for higher ability full scheme of work, 191 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 191 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. Updated Jan 2022. 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 thesis statements reference to mark schemes
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.