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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.
INTO THE WILD - JON KRAKAUER
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INTO THE WILD - JON KRAKAUER

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The original 8,000+ word magazine article (1993) which preceded the 1996 non-fiction book and 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. The book is a brilliant example of investigative journalism and details the adventure-fuelled and tenacious life of Christopher Johnson McCandless, also known by his self-attributed title: Alexander Supertramp.
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.
LESSON TRACKING TEMPLATE
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LESSON TRACKING TEMPLATE

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Template for planning and tracking lessons throughout each school week/term. Helpful as an online tool for identifying at a glance where each class is at. Additionally useful to decide the flow of each week in terms of what subject matter can be incorporated and where.
SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR - REPEAT SHEET
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SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR - REPEAT SHEET

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Used in class with all year groups. Effective because the student can file the sheets in a specific order and review their progress. The sheet provides an alternative to often messy alterations within exercise books and helps the teacher maintain a working file to allow Ofsted the opportunity to see valid attempts made by student and teacher to develop SPaG. Can also be used as a lesson starter/end or a homework sheet.
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.
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.
POWER AND CONFLICT POETRY CLUSTER (FULL BOOKLET WITH NOTES - AQA)
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POWER AND CONFLICT POETRY CLUSTER (FULL BOOKLET WITH NOTES - AQA)

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Similar resource available from same Author for AQA Love and Relationships cluster and for EDEXCEL. A robust booklet containing all poems from the Power and Conflict cluster, with individual noted sections for each poem and space for student annotation and notes after each poem's explanation. Ideal as a printed booklet (prints as a 16-page booklet, i.e. double-sided) as a resource students can continue to add to throughout their term-time and to use as a homework reference booklet for exams. TITLE AUTHOR/DATE STRUCTURE CONTEXT/DETAIL SUBJECT/NOTES POEM EXPLORES
POETRY: HAVE A GO SHEET
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POETRY: HAVE A GO SHEET

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Encouraging young minds to delve and create their own verse is an immediately effective way to connect with who they are and to allow them to see that poetry can be accessible to anybody. By providing examples of avant-garde work and discussing changes in language through time, every student will be able to create something in a style and with a rhythm of their own. Then, when they approach the clusters, they'll be able to interpret from the perspective of a writer, rather than a complete novice.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE - TERMINOLOGY AND CONTEXT
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE - TERMINOLOGY AND CONTEXT

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Words Assonance Dissonance Metaphor Personification Simile Alliteration Irony Hyperbole Onomatopoeia Oxymoron Rhetorical Rhetorical techniques Emotive Pathos Ethos Logos Comma Full stop. Hyphen - Speech Marks “ ” Question Mark? Exclamation Mark! Stanza Enjambment Consonance Alliteration Assonance Consonance Euphony Onomatopoeia Repetition Rhyme Rhythm Meter Iambic Pentameter Common line lengths Allegory Allusion Ambiguity Analogy Apostrophe Cliché Connotation Contrast Denotation Euphemism Hyperbole Irony Metaphor Metonymy Oxymoron Paradox Personification Pun Simile Symbol Synecdoche
THE HUNGER GAMES - USING YOUR WORDS AS ARROWS AIMED AT A TARGET AUDIENCE
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THE HUNGER GAMES - USING YOUR WORDS AS ARROWS AIMED AT A TARGET AUDIENCE

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Having a command of the English language can be such an enriching experience. Travelling from place to place, or from country to country around the world, the extent of your vocabulary and how you chose to make it work for you, can make a real impact on how your life develops. An innovative resource which prints as a seven page booklet with each page containing the image of a quiver. The student labels the quiver, e.g. 'Metaphor', then lists words or a sentence linked to this. After compiling several pages of words associated with each central title, the student uses these to create a speech, with space for Notes, First Draft and Final Draft. The overall idea is that the student recognises the power of words, when used toward a particular 'target' audience.
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
WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR HEAD?
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WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR HEAD?

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This resource was used from a discussion with Year 10's who watched the PP 'Insight - A Writer'. This led to them describing how they felt they were not engaged enough in 'free-writing'. Each student then used a single page resource the same as this to express their thoughts, with some fantastic conversational results and some very interesting and quite often abstract subject material.
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'.