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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.
INTERNET RESEARCH RESOURCE - GENERIC
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INTERNET RESEARCH RESOURCE - GENERIC

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A study-support resource. I have used this with all year groups so students can document particular websites/sources and capture/document information they find at the sites. I find that by using a well set-out resource, it keeps them 'on-task'. It also acts as an excellent reference tool, when filed or kept inside of their books. This resource is four-page A4, containing 12 individual boxes and can be extended to suit. I find that the four-pages is enough 'per-task', e.g. per Book/Play/Poem.
INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF A WRITER - PP PRESENTATION BY TOR ALEXANDER BRUCE
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INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF A WRITER - PP PRESENTATION BY TOR ALEXANDER BRUCE

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This is a multi-page PP presentation detailing stages of the life of a writer - spanning 20+ years. I used this today (June 2016) with top set Year 10 class who are exploring figurative language and devising pieces of their own. The PP generated discussion relating to the realities of being a writer; levels of dedication and stamina required; insight into working with an illustrator; journalism as a career; questions to student relating to them developing their own work. Inspiring? Perhaps. Real? Yes. An insight that can be then linked to any author of work? Most certainly. Throughout 27 years I have been involved in writing lyrics, poetry, novels, illustrated works. This resource generated classroom discussion with many of the students responding with their own thoughts and a fantastic level of appreciation for literature in general. This is Premium Resource Number 100.
NEVER LET ME GO - STUDY PACK
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NEVER LET ME GO - STUDY PACK

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Study Pack containing resources to link to any novel or play, containing Quotation Booklet; Timeline; Mind Map. These resources were grouped together to apply to a range of study-texts, as they proved highly effective for students wanting an orderly overview. They also act as excellent revision tools as research across a range of schools found similar resources to be 'bitty' and 'inconsistent'.
ROMEO AND JULIET - FULL PLAY ANALYSIS WITH ADDED RESOURCES
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ROMEO AND JULIET - FULL PLAY ANALYSIS WITH ADDED RESOURCES

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This 12-page resource analyses the full five-act Romeo and Juliet play within the left-hand column and provides notes on Act I in the right column. It then challenges the student to compile a similar range of notes, by example. The resource contains suggestions on 'How to read Shakespeare' and visuals to act as discussion points where students can gain a deeper understanding of both Shakespeare's writing and the climate of the era in which he wrote. This resource can link very well to the introductory resource and character list, forming a most effective tool for students being introduced to Romeo and Juliet.
ROMEO AND JULIET: PLAY INTRODUCTION AND EXERCISES
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ROMEO AND JULIET: PLAY INTRODUCTION AND EXERCISES

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This resource links to The Full Play resource and provides an insight for the student into the style and techniques used within Shakespeare's writing for the Elizabethan stage. The exercises provide student with a more Socratic understanding of the 'whole' picture and social climate, rather than just taking notes from the play itself. The resource also compares the role of the stage actor versus the TV/film actor and discusses the delivery of lines and language.
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE - REVISED
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THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE - REVISED

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A 27-page resource (reduces to 13-pages printed as double-sided booklet) designed for student's covering the entire book. This resource was revised in March 2016 after introducing it to a Year 9 and 10 class and gathering some excellent feedback. Provides: Author background, Synopsis, Character List, Chapter and Page Number Listing, Word Meaning/Dictionary Exercises, Whole Book Overview in Five Sections and a Breakdown Analysis of every chapter, including an Internet-Research project. This is an effective tool for any student reading the book in a classroom or home-study setting and as with all current resources, links to on-going requirements for GCSE.
DRAMA/ACTING TECHNIQUES - TASKS/WRITTEN REFLECTION AND BERTOLT BRECHT
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DRAMA/ACTING TECHNIQUES - TASKS/WRITTEN REFLECTION AND BERTOLT BRECHT

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A resource consisting of five tasks, including Monologue, Duologue, Group-Performance, insight into the methods of Bertolt Brecht and a final task of developing a piece based on current Book/Play/poem study. An excellent tool to be used alongside the GCSE-booklet (free-resource by the same Author). Can be printed as a booklet and used as part of individual lessons or an entire scheme of work. Particularly useful for students who require a kinaesthetic/more tactile approach to understanding literature. The booklet is set out in a series of tasks, to deepen the student-understanding and reinforce their learning through written reflection.
VISUAL REFERENCE/MIND MAP
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VISUAL REFERENCE/MIND MAP

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A simple yet highly effective resource to allow students to develop a visual understanding of their study material. I find that by printing off a couple of hundred of these, A3, prevents time-wasting and student scrawling. This single-page resource creates some form of continuity in student files or exercise books. As a high number of students require some form of a 'visual-assist' in classes, i.e. to get their heads around the study material, mind-maps are a wonderful, complimentary addition to any classroom.
TIMELINE - GCSE EXAM TOOL
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TIMELINE - GCSE EXAM TOOL

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A simple yet effective tool for classroom learning; student-mentoring; counselling; planning. At a personal-level I have had 'fantastic' results from students and individuals I've worked with in a mentoring-counselling capacity, more often leaving them to their own devices to create the detail. A highly-effective revision tool for any student, particularly those preparing for exams, to arrange their thoughts in order and gain that ever-so-important visual perspective of their work.
QUOTATION BOOKLET - BOOK/PLAY/POEM - CHAPTER/ACT/STANZA
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QUOTATION BOOKLET - BOOK/PLAY/POEM - CHAPTER/ACT/STANZA

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A resource developed to capture key quotes/passages/lines from Book, Play or Poem. This booklet is well laid out with ample space and a subject line, so the student can use it once, e.g. key quotes from Macbeth, or use the same booklet multiple times and keep it as a revision tool throughout a term. In my personal experience, I print a Quotation Booklet per task, i.e. one for An Inspector Calls; one for The Tempest; one for GCSE Poetry, usually half the size of this one. The resource is set out across 12 pages, so this could be printed back to back as a six page booklet, or added to/reduced as required. The resource provides an example from a scene in Hamlet, in the first table boxes on the first page, to guide the student.
DNA STUDY PACK
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DNA 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.
POETRY - DEMYTHOLOGISE-DISCUSS-DEVELOP
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POETRY - DEMYTHOLOGISE-DISCUSS-DEVELOP

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Through the teaching of poetry as a subject, I find that students can often become overwhelmed by the thought of deconstructing and analysing. When fully explained, demythologised and likened to song-lyrics, photographs or paintings, soon the fear dissolves and they enter the reading from a fresh perspective. The terms “lyrical photographs” and “word-paintings” stemmed from work with Year 9 students. This four-page resource was developed to provide students with a view, from a writer’s perspective, providing a fantastic starting-point for critical-questioning. The resource also contains a list of 24 forms of poetry and a Task Sheet to allow the student to attempt their own poem, in any format, post-classroom discussion.
MACBETH - WHOLE PLAY BREAKDOWN (SOCRATIC QUESTIONING/ANALYSIS)
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MACBETH - WHOLE PLAY BREAKDOWN (SOCRATIC QUESTIONING/ANALYSIS)

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Revised after classroom-delivery (April 2016) A resource containing: Truth about the play/Facts relating to witchcraft Full character list with space for written student observations/ Word meanings The entire play content in brief / Table for student quote additions and Act by Act summary Exam question example with a table containing 'traditional versus translated' text Socratic-thinking/Critical-Questioning - with a description of the origin of Socratic-thinking Online research project section to support Socratic analysis This type of resource, together with others available in 'Premium Resources' is developed to allow the student a means of approaching the material from a range of perspectives, i.e. to fully grasp the context of the work; have the opportunity to explore it visually 'and' on their feet (kinaesthetic/tactile), i.e. speaking about it/acting it out/researching it in a way that informs the student and engages them in critical analysis. Every resource contains space on each printed page for the student to comment/make notes/summarise and these form excellent classroom tools to compliment working directly from the play/book/poem. Can be printed in booklet format or in individual sections
GCSE POETRY - EITHER POETRY CLUSTER
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GCSE POETRY - EITHER POETRY CLUSTER

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A straightforward resource for comparing poems. The student lists one poem in the left-side column and the other in the right, then compares. This resource includes poetry terminology in the central column and has been used in classrooms in 2016. If studying AQA or Edexcel this resource can be linked to other resources as listed.
GCSE LITERATURE - WHOLE EXAM PRACTICE RESOURCE
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GCSE LITERATURE - WHOLE EXAM PRACTICE RESOURCE

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I've used this resource in class recently with Year 9's who are studying MacBeth and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll. The resource applies to any KS4 Year Group. I've found that by delivering the classes, then relating individual classes to this workbook, it has provided them with an opportunity to 'draft' their exam-style responses, whilst drilling down to the types of response required to hit high-level GCSE. I am becoming more aware, as a teacher working between two outstanding schools, that the level of resource, matched to superb teaching, can help raise the aspirations of the students in a quite straightforward manner, i.e. pitching high from the start and working hard to maintain this level of dedication to task (for student and teacher) - Note: this is but a personal view, though the students I am working with are both responding and flying. This resource contains whole exam content (Edexcel) and can be printed as a double-sided A4 booklet of 22-pages, or in individual sections, i.e. per Play, Book or Poem. The resource combines student tasks + key information relating to the texts (Macbeth/An Inspector Calls/Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde/Poetry) + technical information relating to the Edexcel Indicative Content and Descriptors. The resource was designed in line with the Edexcel sample assessment materials (First Certification from June 2017). It comprises: COMPONENT 1/SECTION A Shakespeare Part A and B – Extract/Whole 1 hour 45 minutes 80 Marks MACBETH (Control and Conflict) SECTION B Post 1914 Play or Novel Essay question from quote AN INSPECTOR CALLS (Experiential Learning and Exploitation) COMPONENT 2/SECTION A 19th Century Novel Part 1 and Part 2 – Extract/Whole 2 hours 15 minutes 80 Marks THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (Atmosphere and Settings) SECTION B Poetry since 1789 Part 1 – Named poem/Poem of choice Part 2 – Two unseen poems POETRY (Tension and Character Presentation) Ideas, Context, Language, Form and Structure Catrin by Gillian Clarke is used in this resource with option boxes for the additional + UNSEEN POETRY This resource fluidly combines the technical information with guidance tools and student tasks so, in theory, a student can: - Work through the entire content of all parts of a trial exam in a single day/week - Understand the Indicative Content suggestions and gain insight into Exemplar Responses - Gain insight into the Descriptor-language and comprehend the level of dedication to achieve a high grade
GCSE POETRY - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS CLUSTER (FULL 15 POEM ANALYSIS) - AQA - REVISED MAY 24, 2016
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GCSE POETRY - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS CLUSTER (FULL 15 POEM ANALYSIS) - AQA - REVISED MAY 24, 2016

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This resource was completely overhauled on May 24, 2016 after considerable teaching to mixed year groups. The resource now contains a 'Student Notes' page after each table. The content works very well alongside the poem/poems and provides the initial discussion point(s) in relation to language/structure/context. I took the Year 7 and 8 students outside and delivered this lesson on a grass-hill within the school grounds. We compared the size of a miniature Andrew Waterhouse to a maple seed ‘helicopter’ and the students took one each in hand, to work it up their bodies from their feet to their foreheads, to relate to him 'Climbing My Grandfather' - such a beautiful and touching example of Extended Metaphor. An extensive resource showing Title / Author / Birth-Date / Poem Structure / Context / Subject-overview / Poem Exploration, in very easy to analyse six-column tables across 32 x A4 sheets (or prints as a 16-page booklet). A fantastic starting-point for student exploration, noting comparisons and interpreting facts in relation to all 15 poems. Compare and Contrast at a glance / Formulate Ideas and Opinions / Interpret / Examine Metaphorical Content. When We Two Parted; Love's Philosophy; Porphyria's Lover; Sonnet 29 - 'I think of thee!'; Neutral Tones; Letters From Yorkshire; The Farmer's Bride; Walking Away; Eden Rock; Follower; Mother, any distance; Before You Were Mine; Winter Swans; Singh Song!; Climbing My Grandfather
MACBETH - A 'WHOLE PICTURE' RESOURCE
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MACBETH - A 'WHOLE PICTURE' RESOURCE

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A resource looking at the ‘whole picture’ surrounding MacBeth including it’s Holinshed Chronicle influence; the true to life King MacBeth; the Jacobean Period and King James; Religious Belief of the era; burning of 6,000 witches; Middle Age illiteracy and Macbeth’s seemingly ‘genuine’ initial want to simply celebrate his achievements, until Lady MacBeth’s manipulative ways take control. With focus on the so important (turning point) Act I Scene 7. An eight-page resource with space for student notes and trial-exam attempts. Can link to either AQA or Edexcel.