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Most resources I develop are geared towards GCSE 2016-18 (AQA and Edexcel) curriculum and are practical solutions to classroom teaching. I keep most of these black and white for simple/cost-effective print. I read each novel/play/poem and break down into manageable parts. I find this most effective within classrooms where students require chunks of information they can order, in sequence. The 'study-packs' I create can apply to any book/play/poem and provide visual tools for memory recall.

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Most resources I develop are geared towards GCSE 2016-18 (AQA and Edexcel) curriculum and are practical solutions to classroom teaching. I keep most of these black and white for simple/cost-effective print. I read each novel/play/poem and break down into manageable parts. I find this most effective within classrooms where students require chunks of information they can order, in sequence. The 'study-packs' I create can apply to any book/play/poem and provide visual tools for memory recall.
HORROR/GOTHIC ADJECTIVES
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HORROR/GOTHIC ADJECTIVES

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Worksheet used with Year 7-8's in conjunction with 'Gothic Novel Create Your Own' resource, as a feed-in to them exploring The Castle of Otranto and Frankenstein. SUGGESTION: Circle three from the options and then add three 'unique' adjectives of your own. Then create a piece of horror-writing with your new words incorporated using the resource associated with this (available by the same author) or develop your own.
DRAMA AND ITS MEANINGS - GCSE-A-LEVEL
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DRAMA AND ITS MEANINGS - GCSE-A-LEVEL

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The resource document contains a table of terminology and listed explanations of 20 key performance types including: Abstract; Mantle of the Expert; Narration; Still-Image and Thought-Tracking, breaking down the criteria into manageable chunks/with space for student/teacher notes. Could be used as part of a discussion/team-building exercise or as an addition to a Lesson Plan. Developed working with students studying this subject in 2015. Designed and developed in classroom settings by Tor Alexander Bruce.
UNSEEN POETRY: INTO (Example of rhyming couplets)
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UNSEEN POETRY: INTO (Example of rhyming couplets)

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An original poem written in rhyming couplets. Can be used for analysis, breaking down the meaning - Author available for Skype discussion with class on this and other poetry if required by Teacher/Department. Author has written plays, books and a range of poetry.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME
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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME

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A Student-Teacher 13-page booklet with a wide variety of questions and tasks relating to the text that really test the student ability to recall and interpret key meanings and terminology. This resource works through the book in order of the chapters and could very much be used across a whole term, or as a revision guide for students to take home. Includes: Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Techniques, Lists, Timelines, On-Line Research. The strength of this tool is that, once completed, it provides the student with a detailed 'visual' map of the entire book, i.e. most useful for GCSE examination 'recall' purposes. It also provides the English Teacher with a 'very' clear understanding of the learner's level of understanding. Resource can be used as a natural progression tool towards students reading or watching the play and responding to AO4, i.e. typical teenage behaviour; how Stephen's presents Christopher in the play; how characters deal with loneliness; how characters are presented. This is SUCH an amazing book on so many levels.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ORIGINS FROM 55 BC TO CURRENT
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ORIGINS FROM 55 BC TO CURRENT

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A five-page resource showing the origins of the English Language. Old English (450-1100 AD) Middle English (1100-1500) / Early Modern English (1500-1800) Late Modern English (1800-Present) Interesting to compare the Shakespearean English to current Americanisms which have their root in English Language.
JANE EYRE - STUDY PACK
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JANE EYRE - STUDY PACK

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A pack containing combined resources to create a complete study-aid for students which includes: New Word Chart / Quotation Booklet / Timeline / Visual-Mapping / Internet-Research Booklet Can be used effectively alongside any Novel or a Play.
THE HUNGER GAMES - Figurative Language and Inference
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THE HUNGER GAMES - Figurative Language and Inference

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A ten-page resource printing as 5-page booklet. Two pages of text to read and respond to. From: When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold To: Fine bread like this is for special occasions Brief description of what figurative language is, then asks the reader to list two similes from the opening paragraphs, then two of their own. Analysing the extract and meaning of 'foraging' and 'black-market'. Describing how the central character wakes up when she thinks about her Father. The reader is then asked to: - Describe their own experience of having been placed in District 12 - Plan and respond to the suggestion that the reader is breaking free of District 12 and starting a revolution
YEAR 7-8 RESEARCH PROJECT - COMPASSION
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YEAR 7-8 RESEARCH PROJECT - COMPASSION

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A seven-page resource (prints back to back as four) used in class in 2016, leading to students researching a whole range of topics, from Animal Cruelty to Forest Fires to Homelessness to Bullying. The resource includes sections for students to: - Compile internet research into their chosen topic/subject/cause - Create and label the parts of a leaflet they design themselves - Dictionary research, i.e. words such as Compassion, Sympathy, Empathy
NUTRITION AND CRITICAL-THINKING RESOURCE
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NUTRITION AND CRITICAL-THINKING RESOURCE

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NUTRITION PROJECT: Since childhood you have consumed foods that were initially prepared for you. Now that you are developing, you are becoming responsible for making your own choices. These ‘nutrition-options’ will be carried in to adulthood, where a whole range of diseases and disorders await you, each one of these with direct and scientifically-proven links to your diet. By enhancing your awareness of certain foods and gaining an understanding as to how these items are created, marketed and make their way in to your fridge, your cupboards and on to your plate, you can improve your chances of reducing and even eradicating certain ailments associated with the consumption of the ‘wrong’ types of foods. This project will put YOU in the driving seat. Your destination, is an improved sense of well being.
FRANKENSTEIN - Also known as ‘The Modern Prometheus’ By Mary Godwin, who later became Mary Shelley
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FRANKENSTEIN - Also known as ‘The Modern Prometheus’ By Mary Godwin, who later became Mary Shelley

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A student-research resource (4-pages) and understanding of the Author's life. Provides initial insight prior to the reading of the whole text and puts the book in context. Background to the Author's turbulent life / A well-read young girl who could often be found with books beside her Mother's grave / Bringing up her children alone from Age 24 / Her death and the death of her husband / The true-to-life Frankenstein castle and stories surrounding its former inhabitants / 'Prometheus' meaning and origins.
HORROR GENRE - COMPARING FILM
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HORROR GENRE - COMPARING FILM

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A resource developed specifically to compare films and can be related to novels from the same genre. Assists the student greatly in encouraging their skill-development to critically analyse. Other resources available are similar by design and relate to the Superhero genre and the film Tsotsi.
GCSE DRAMA RESOURCE / CRITERIA UNDERSTANDING
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GCSE DRAMA RESOURCE / CRITERIA UNDERSTANDING

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A resource developed by Tor Alexander Bruce for student reading/classroom discussion (KS4) in relation to Written and Practical GCSE Drama. The document contains a table of terminology and listed explanations of 20 key performance types including: Abstract; Mantle of the Expert; Narration; Still-Image and Thought-Tracking, breaking down the criteria into manageable chunks/with a space for student/teacher notes. Could be used as part of a discussion/team-building exercise or as an addition to a Lesson Plan. Developed working with students studying this subject in 2014.
YOU ARE SUPERB - POSTER
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YOU ARE SUPERB - POSTER

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Poster used when mentoring/working with unemployed adults who attended Gateshead College over a four-week period. They all had strengths but many had accumulated so many layers of loss of self-belief and severe barriers to learning. This poster, together with a wide-range of 'business' resources, was designed as a motivation tool, in order to explore the 'superbness' in each individual. This type of positive affirmation tool, together with some emotionally-intelligent response to viewing their situation through fresh eyes, really did assist their journey. Why shouldn't we celebrate our superbness, in a reality picture where, quite often, it is only our faults and weaknesses that are examined? If others will not, then celebrate it yourself! Or email me at eyeofthefly@hotmail.com and I'll tell you myself.
OFSTED PLANNING TOOL - TEACHERS/TA'S/WHOLE CLASS
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OFSTED PLANNING TOOL - TEACHERS/TA'S/WHOLE CLASS

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Resource used in training of Teaching Assistants/Teachers to prepare for Ofsted inspections. Created in line with two inspections via a local authority and was very well received by teachers in training and the Ofsted inspector. As a learning tool it assists with overall classroom awareness/knowledge of 'what the teacher prepares for' throughout the course of each working day and leading to an inspection. Resource was supported by the local authorities own paperwork and the student TA's graded their own lessons in accordance to these guidelines. Recommended to create combined awareness of the types of items each Ofsted inspection will cover. See Of(in)ste(a)d resource by same author for a complimentary tool to add to this resource.
AQA ENGLISH - FULL LIST LITERATURE STUDY OPTIONS AT A GLANCE
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AQA ENGLISH - FULL LIST LITERATURE STUDY OPTIONS AT A GLANCE

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Used with Year 9's this week as a handout in class to show them the literature options at a glance which led to discussion on reasons for departmental choices on each book, play and poetry cluster. Then used to form an interesting group talk based on government dictatorship and freedom of choice, versus what would be the situation in a country with no centralised government. Includes a single lined sheet for student notes.
AQA LITERATURE EXAM - FOCUS ON PAPER 1 SECTIONS A AND B
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AQA LITERATURE EXAM - FOCUS ON PAPER 1 SECTIONS A AND B

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This is a 20-page resource, printing as a 10-page double-sided booklet, used in class as a combined resource to examine AQA Paper 1, using MacBeth and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The resource contains the 'full' list (table format) of AQA options for literature and then takes the student through each exam question with the extracts and content broken down. Includes the indicative content notes and AO details. Has proven useful for current Year 9's compiling a complete 'Study Pack', i.e. so they have specified resources to refer to, in different formats. Highly useful for the purpose of memory recall, where the student can 'see' the journey they have made through each text 'in order'. MACBETH How does Shakespeare present Macbeth as a hero in this speech? How does Shakespeare present Macbeth as a hero in the play as a whole? THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE How does Robert Louis Stevenson use the setting to create mystery and fear in this extract? How does Robert Louis Stevenson use settings to create mystery and fear in the novel as a whole?
STUDENT FEEDBACK/ASSESSMENT - CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT YEAR - 12 STEP GRADING SYSTEM
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STUDENT FEEDBACK/ASSESSMENT - CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT YEAR - 12 STEP GRADING SYSTEM

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Resource shows one example I have filled in and one blank after this - 2 pages. Any school logo can be attached. This was first introduced at a West-London High School where students I was teaching had low-esteem and needed tasks based on who they were as individuals, i.e. to get then develop their interest in the subject before they could tackle curriculum-based work. I developed it as a means of allowing face-to-face communication to discuss 'their' interests and I based the assignment(s) on this. When a 1000-2000 word assignment is returned to you, with Harvard-referencing notes and a proud, smiling face, by a student who, previously, didn't attend school, it kind of has one questioning whether 'personalised' subject matter can 'still' hit the assessment criteria and create a more harmonious environment. LIMITED /MANDLESHTAM BASIC AWARENESS IDEAS FORMING/SIMPLE VALID ATTEMPT APPROPRIATE/SOME CLARITY ACCURATE/ ORGANISED RELEVANT/ CONSISTENT CLEAR/ EFFECTIVE CONSISTENT, DETAILED, DEVELOPED CONFIDENT/LACKS ORIGINALITY PERCEPTIVE/JUDICIOUS SOPHISTICATED