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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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
COMPLEX AND COMPOUND SENTENCES - SCIENCE FICTION WRITING - POWER POINT (25 SLIDES)
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COMPLEX AND COMPOUND SENTENCES - SCIENCE FICTION WRITING - POWER POINT (25 SLIDES)

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An effective PP used within KS3 with some excellent prompts and visuals. Learning Objective: To focus on building compound and complex sentences for effect – exploring this through texts Slides contain: Compound and Complex sentences Punctuation Examples of everyday technologies first recognised in literature References to The Iron Man; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Blade Runner Seven types of narrative 'openers' explained
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.
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?
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - SINGLE PAGE SUMMARY AND WRITE YOUR OWN
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL - SINGLE PAGE SUMMARY AND WRITE YOUR OWN

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Used this resource in class this week - works with fantastic results when students asked to complete second draft using 'Effective Connectives' - found a full table of these online and projected it. The difference between the Year 7 first-draft response compared to the second draft, incorporating 'and' highlighting the connectives was amazing in terms of the fluidity of their writing. Currently using with Year 7's so they can achieve a snapshot of the entire storyline. First-page summary used for shared classroom reading. Then in pairs the students describe their own understanding of the story. They then feed this information back to the whole class. Then tackle a first draft - summary writing in their own words. Finally, they complete a final draft of the summary, introducing connectives. A four-page resource, printing double-sided 2 pages. Very effective to achieve an general understanding of the novel through writing and discussion, not solely through reading.
DESCRIPTIVE WRITING - A TRIP OVERSEAS
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DESCRIPTIVE WRITING - A TRIP OVERSEAS

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The student is asked to look at and discuss the photograph, taken on San Gregorio beach in California. The student is asked to describe their own trip overseas, where they can visit any destination. Useful if this can lead to a discussion relating to the 'wider' geographical picture and lead to some form of research. Additionally helpful if the student can identify their own homeland and find this on a map.
ENGLISH WRITING AND DISCUSSION - THE PLANET IS SLOWLY DYING
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ENGLISH WRITING AND DISCUSSION - THE PLANET IS SLOWLY DYING

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A four-page resource providing reading information relating to Planet Earth and the reality of its demise under the control of human beings. The resource then asks the reader to discuss the facts and construct a piece of writing (within a lined table) to explore the issues facing the current generation and potential routes to explore to improve the planet's chances.
AQA LITERATURE - HOME-READING CHECKLIST
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AQA LITERATURE - HOME-READING CHECKLIST

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A two-page resource with a table containing a list of the AQA novels, plays and poetry, with a Home-Learning blank table on page two for students. Used for the purpose of encouraging additional reading outside of the classroom to assist with overall understanding of the texts.
WRITING A SOCIAL MEDIA ARTICLE
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WRITING A SOCIAL MEDIA ARTICLE

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A four-page resource. Describes an event taking place in Santa Clara County, California. The resource asks the student to read the social-media article and then create one of their own using the guidelines provided.
POETRY: IT'S ALL AROUND YOU IF YOU KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR
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POETRY: IT'S ALL AROUND YOU IF YOU KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR

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A PP showing how poetry is used in everyday Film, Music and Advertising as a basic introduction to students, particularly those who consider it a boring or challenging or highbrow subject. This is a a succinct presentation which leads to the student then creating a piece of work containing 'poetry'.
BUYING INTO POETRY - PRINTED RESOURCE
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BUYING INTO POETRY - PRINTED RESOURCE

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A printed resource along the same lines as the PP. Provides examples of how poetry is used in Film, Music and Advertising with a visual example of each of these. The final page of the six-page resource then asks the student to create their own piece of work. Prints as 3-page double-sided. The PP is the same so could use this via Google Drive perhaps and then simply use a single-sheet of paper for the student response - save on resources.