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Melissa Victoria is a former English teacher with over 15 years' experience in a variety of secondary school settings, including comprehensive and grammar schools. She provides English resources mainly for high-ability students studying for GCSE and A level (AQA). Melissa Victoria has an MA in English from the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Melissa Victoria is a former English teacher with over 15 years' experience in a variety of secondary school settings, including comprehensive and grammar schools. She provides English resources mainly for high-ability students studying for GCSE and A level (AQA). Melissa Victoria has an MA in English from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Verbs Present Perfect
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Verbs Present Perfect

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint on the present perfect tense. Suitable for high-ability KS3, mid-to high ability KS4, and intermediate ESOL. Suitable for home-learning. The PowerPoint introduces the student to four different ways of using the present perfect tense: basic sentence; past actions in an unfinished time; questions; events that have happened in the immediate past Includes: *a brief recap of pronoun/verb (‘to have’) agreement and the forming of past participles *an explanation of each use of the present perfect tense, with an example *challenge exercise one which all students should complete to show they understand how to form the present perfect tense *challenge exercises two-four which students can work through, or choose from to show different uses of the present perfect tense *sample answers after each exercise Teachers can choose to teach all or some of the functions of the present perfect tense , dipping in or out, or selecting as necessary. Could be used as a series of starter activities or as a longer grammar lesson. Could also be set remotely for home-learning as an independent study exercise The PowerPoint is not definitive, but offers a clear approach to understanding the different uses of the present perfect tense. Best wishes, Englbee x
Verbs Present Perfect Continuous
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Verbs Present Perfect Continuous

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint on the present perfect continuous tense. Suitable for high-ability KS3, mid-to high ability KS4, and intermediate ESOL. Suitable for home-learning. The PowerPoint introduces the student to different ways of using the present perfect continuous tense: past actions continuing now or relevant now; questions; verbs that cannot be used in the present perfect continuous tense Includes: *a brief recap of pronoun/verb (‘to have’) agreement, the use of ‘been’ , and the forming of gerunds *an explanation of how the present perfect continuous tense is used with examples. Discussion of how when not to use the present perfect continuous. *challenge exercise one which all students should complete to show they understand how to form the present perfect continuous *challenge exercises two and three which students can work through, or choose from to show different uses and understanding of the present perfect continuous tense *sample answers after each exercise Teachers can choose to teach all or some of the functions of the present perfect continuous tense , dipping in or out, or selecting as necessary. Could be used as a series of starter activities or as a longer grammar lesson. Could also be set remotely for home-learning as an independent study exercise The PowerPoint is not definitive, but offers a clear approach to understanding the different uses of the present perfect continuous tense. Best wishes, Englbee x
Verbs Past Perfect
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Verbs Past Perfect

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint on the past perfect tense. Suitable for high-ability KS3, mid-to high ability KS4, and intermediate ESOL. Suitable for home-learning. The PowerPoint introduces the student to four different ways of using the past perfect tense: to show the sequence of past events; to show a length of time in the past now completed;questions, using the 5Ws1H; the third conditional. Includes: *a brief recap of pronoun/verb (‘to have’) agreement (‘had’ in this instance throughout), and the forming of other past participles *a table on how to form questions using the past perfect tense *an explanation of each use of the past perfect tense, with an example *challenge exercise one which all students should complete to show they understand how to form the past perfect tense *challenge exercises two-four which students can work through, or choose from to show different uses of the past perfect tense *sample answers after each exercise Teachers can choose to teach all or some of the functions of the past perfect tense, dipping in or out, or selecting as necessary. Could be used as a series of starter activities or as a longer grammar lesson. Could also be set remotely for home-learning as an independent study exercise The PowerPoint is not definitive, but offers a clear approach to understanding the different uses of the past perfect tense. Best wishes, Englbee x
Verbs Past Perfect Continuous
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Verbs Past Perfect Continuous

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint on the pasy perfect continuous tense. Suitable for high-ability KS3, mid-to high ability KS4, and intermediate ESOL. Suitable for home-learning. The PowerPoint introduces the student to different ways of using the past perfect continuous tense: continuing past actions in the past now completed; questions; verbs that cannot be used in the past perfect continuous tense Includes: *a brief recap of pronoun/verb (‘to have’) agreement (always ‘had’ in this instance), the use of ‘been’ , and the forming of gerunds *an explanation of how the past perfect continuous tense is used with examples. Discussion of how when not to use the past perfect continuous. *challenge exercise one which all students should complete to show they understand how to form the past perfect continuous *challenge exercises two and three which students can work through, or choose from to show different uses and understanding of the past perfect continuous tense *sample answers after each exercise Teachers can choose to teach all or some of the functions of the past perfect continuous tense, dipping in or out, or selecting as necessary. Could be used as a series of starter activities or as a longer grammar lesson. Could also be set remotely for home-learning as an independent study exercise The PowerPoint is not definitive, but offers a clear approach to understanding the different uses of the past perfect continuous tense. Best wishes, Englbee x
Walking Away
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Walking Away

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which explores ‘Walking Away’ in preparation for the AQA Literature Examination The PowerPoint and accompanying teacher notes are aimed at high-level GCSE candidates aiming for grades 6-9 The resource contains the following: AQA Assessment objectives for the poetry anthology examination paper Warm-up activity A brief biography of Cecil Day-Lewis A link to an audio of a reading of the poem A link to a copy of the poem (due to copyright; you can easily copy and paste into PowerPoint) A list of high-level terminology for this particular poem as required for higher grades A pyramid of questions which moves from knowledge to evaluation as a way of stretching students’ thinking A student sheet which can be printed off or projected onto the board to record ideas whilst working through questions A short plenary Followed by: Teacher notes -two slides containing ideas for understanding the poem and its methods at a high level which you should likely read before the lesson as preparation for discussion and teaching. How much you ‘teacher-lead’ using these notes, or how much you use them to aid independent learning is up to you. Notes are not definitive, but offer good-grounding in understanding Day-Lewis’ use of method in the poem, with detail on structure and form as well as language in order to reach higher grades (e.g. time, enjambment, verbs, unusual collective nouns and collocations etc.) NEW: THREE PAGE LESSON PLAN ON HOW TO USE EACH SLIDE INCLUDING KEY QUESTIONS, LEARNING AND OUTCOMES The lesson presumes that some previous learning has taken place on what language, form and structure mean, and that students have a good level of understanding of what questions they should ask of poems in order to explore them (e.g. when was it written? how might that influence language choices? is there a specific form? what relevance is the form? how is the poem’s narrative structured? Is there a clear structure? etc.) Kind regards, Englbee x
Much Ado about Nothing
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Much Ado about Nothing

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A Bundle of popular high-level Much Ado about Nothing GCSE resources. In this bundle, you will find: *An introduction to Dramatic Comedy PowerPoint *A Much Ado about Nothing high-level booklet *Much Ado about Nothing character revision posters *Three Much Ado about Nothing high-level essays with notes on how they fulfil AQA’s ‘extract to whole’ criteria *A high-ability Much Ado about Nothing Knowledge Organiser covering conceptual characterisation, context, themes and dramatic method Best wishes, Englbee x
Much Ado about Nothing
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Much Ado about Nothing

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A 30-page guide for high-ability students aiming for the new GCSE English Literature grades of 7, 8 and 9. Offered in Publisher as a fully-adaptable resource, and as a PDF. The guide can be used as revision, or as a starting point for a teacher developing a scheme of work. It will help those new to teaching and/or the play in teaching ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ at a high level, especially with regards to conceptualisation and characters as constructs (needed for top band). The guide offers detailed discussion on four major themes: marriage, love, deception and transformation. It also outlines significant moments of major characterisation (Benedick, Beatrice, Hero, Claudio, Leonato, Don John and Don Pedro) in a conceptualised way, considering the significance of character development across the play as a whole, and links with significant themes. There is also room for students to write in key quotations alongside each change in characterisation. There are further detailed reflections on the significance of Dogberry and the Watch, Margaret and ‘Green World’ . Finally there are several extracts from across the play with examination-style questions. Whilst the latter questions are geared towards the new AQA English Literature, the booklet is useful for any high-level study of Much Ado about Nothing. All notes are written by me, and my studying of the play with a high-level GCSE class. Best wishes, Englbee x
Macduff
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Macduff

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A character revision poster of Macduff with key quotations on the following themes: Masculinity/Femininity; Appearance and Reality; Children; Guilt; Kingship; Fate, Free Will and Ambition. Quotations are not definitive, but offer a simple way for students to link quotations and theme for revision purposes. Act, scene and line are also given. Would be useful printed onto A3 for classroom revision or A4 for home revision. Bundle of all eight Macbeth character posters found here https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-revision-posters-12070022 Original illustrations by mancsunshine (copyright) Best wishes, Englbee x
Dramatic Comedy Genre: An Introduction
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Dramatic Comedy Genre: An Introduction

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which offers an introduction to the study of dramatic comedy as a genre (most likely useful with the study of Shakespeare). The lesson offers visual and practical tasks for pupils to work through in order to explore and begin to understand the concept of comedy as a genre. The activities should take one lesson, but may take two. There is also an opportunity for pupils to apply their learning to an extract from Shakespeare’s ‘Much ado About Nothing’ at the end. This PowerPoint will be most useful with higher-level GCSE students aiming for grades 7,8 and 9 in their study of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’, enabling them to explore method and genre as they read, which will help in their reaching higher levels in the examination. Could be adapted for aspiring grade 6 students. The PowerPoint might also be used as a starting point for A Level English Literature students although further reading and research will be necessary. It will certainly aid less able A Level students who benefit from visual and practical tasks, and discussion (I have used a version of this PowerPoint as a starting point with an AS group for coursework under an old spec). Best wishes, Englbee x
Richard II
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Richard II

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint of Shakespeare’s Richard II for A level English Literature B, Paper 1A Literary genres, Aspects of Tragedy, Part C These are my notes used with a mid/high A level class. Each scene of Richard II has an individual slide covering the following: structural points, language choices, thematic points. The first two points are significant in making sure students cover ‘the ways in which…’ Shakespeare explores themes. There is also reference to the dramatic tragedy genre as appropriate with thoughts and comments on peripeteia, anagnorisis and catharsis on some slides At the beginning of the PowerPoint there are two additional slides: 1) contextual ideas that students should research prior to reading in order to understand kingship 2) an outline of some dramatic methods within the play to continue to explore the significance of ‘the ways in which…’ the play is constructed / crafted. The PowerPoint might be used in the following ways: as a starting point for you as a teacher new to the play; as a starting point for pupils to read through prior to their own group reading; as a basis for initial ‘teacher-talk’ followed by class discussion (a group could take an area each to build upon - structure, language, theme); as support for independent study of a scene outside of class time; as a starting point for revision. The PowerPoint is fully-adaptable for you to add your own ideas or insert additional slides as needed. Ideas are not definitive, but rather act as a thorough spring-board for further discussion and exploration of Shakespeare’s method and themes. An introduction to Tragedy as a dramatic genre can be found at my shop here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/dramatic-tragedy-genre-an-introduction-12019491 I hope you find this useful. Best wishes, Englbee x
Love and Relationships
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Love and Relationships

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15 fully-adaptable PowerPoints covering each of the Love and Relationship poems in the AQA English Literature GCSE Poetry Anthology. Suitable for those students aiming for grades 7-9. Each PowerPoint contains: AQA Assessment objectives for the poetry anthology examination paper A brief biography of the poet A link to an audio reading of the poems and a listening task before reading A list of high-level terminology for each poem as required for higher grades, and as a ‘way-in’ to the poems A pyramid of critical questions which moves from knowledge to evaluation as a way of stretching higher students’ thinking, rather than you simply offering didactic teaching/leading questions A copy, or link to a copy of the poem (due to copyright of some poems; you can easily copy and paste into PowerPoint) A student sheet which can be printed off or projected onto the board as a structure to record ideas whilst working through critical questions A short plenary Followed by: Teacher notes -two/three slides containing ideas for understanding each poem and its methods at a high level which you should likely read before the lesson as preparation for discussion and teaching. How much you ‘teacher-lead’ using these notes, or whether you use them to aid independent learning is up to you. Notes are not definitive, but offer good-grounding in understanding poets’ use of method in the poems, with detail on structure and form as well as language in order to reach higher grades. NEW: THREE PAGE LESSON PLAN ON HOW TO USE EACH SLIDE INCLUDING KEY QUESTIONS, LEARNING AND OUTCOMES The lessons presume that some previous learning has taken place on what language, form and structure mean, and that students have a good level of understanding of what questions they should ask of poems in order to explore them (e.g. when was it written? how might that influence language choices? is there a specific form? what relevance is the form? how is the poem’s narrative structured and why? etc.) You can find revision posters for your students nearer exam time here https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/love-and-relationships-revision-12183742 Kind regards, Englbee x
Enduring Love
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Enduring Love

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A scheme of work for Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. Written originally for an outgoing specification for AQA A Level English Literature B. 25 PowerPoints in total covering each chapter. It offers a strong starting point for fine-grained analysis of literary method , whilst also focusing upon complex philosophical questions explored in the text. Included in each lesson: Five narrative method slides, one each on - narrative voice, setting, structure, form and language. Some slides more detailed than others depending on importance of method to each chapter. There are prompts for discussion and exploration of significance of each method with quotations if relevant. Advanced Level students will benefit from the prompts without being ‘spoonfed’. Teachers new to Enduring Love will find studying the slides for each chapter in advance, before reading, will help them focus upon the methods McEwan uses in the novel and aid teaching preparation. Later slides focus on debate questions, focusing less on method, and more on the philosophical ideas raised by the text within each chapter. The PowerPoints should be used as starting points for further discussion and analysis by advanced level students. Could be used for undergraduate also. Free prereading lesson here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/enduring-love-by-ian-mcewan-pre-reading-lesson-11916185s Best wishes, Englbee
Writing to Advise
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Writing to Advise

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It’s hard work finding quality GCSE model writing answers for AQA English Language Paper 2, and even harder work writing them yourself, especially at a high level. Here, you will find a high-level model answer: a leaflet to advise with a clear point-of-view. The topic is homework. Pupils are asked to reflect on the significance of style and genre at the end as a self-reflection exercise. Please note the preview shows only a section of the sheet. Best wishes, Englbee x
Simon Armitage Poet Laureate
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Simon Armitage Poet Laureate

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A fully-adaptable 15-slide PowerPoint on The Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and Simon Armitage’s appointment. The PowerPoint contains: A history of the role of Poet Laureate The role itself Payment How the role has changed over time Famous past Poets Laureate Differing opinions of the role A biography of Simon Armitage Simon Armitage’s reactions to becoming PL and his ambitions for the role. Many slides contain thought-bubbles which could be used with a class if needed to further discussion. The PowerPoint could be used: As an introduction to Armitage’s Poetry at GCSE For KS3 classes in the summer term as an introduction to poetry In PSHE exploring the role of poetry in wider society In an assembly exploring poetry/society Where copyright infringement is not an issue, I have included pictures of poets. Where copyright would be violated, I have given links to pictures and news stories. You can of course adapt the PowerPoint for yourself and include the images on slides. Best wishes, Englbee x
Winter Swans
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Winter Swans

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which explores ‘Winter Swans’ in preparation for the AQA Literature Examination The PowerPoint and accompanying teacher notes are aimed at high-level GCSE candidates aiming for grades 6-9 The resource contains the following: AQA Assessment objectives for the poetry anthology examination paper Warm-up activity A brief biography of Owen Sheers A link to an audio of a reading of the poem A list of high-level terminology for this particular poem as required for higher grades A pyramid of questions which moves from knowledge to evaluation as a way of stretching students’ thinking A link to a copy of the poem (due to copyright; you can easily copy and paste into PowerPoint) A student sheet which can be printed off or projected onto the board to record ideas whilst working through questions A short plenary Followed by: Teacher notes - two slides containing ideas for understanding the poem and its methods at a high level which you should likely read before the lesson as preparation for discussion and teaching. How much you ‘teacher-lead’ using these notes, or how much you use them to aid independent learning is up to you. Notes are not definitive, but offer good-grounding in understanding Sheers’ use of method in the poem, with detail on structure and form as well as language in order to reach higher grades (e.g. Use of juxtaposition; symbolism, non-rhyming end-couplet etc…) NEW: THREE PAGE LESSON PLAN ON HOW TO USE EACH SLIDE INCLUDING KEY QUESTIONS, LEARNING AND OUTCOMES The lesson presumes that some previous learning has taken place on what language, form and structure mean, and that students have a good level of understanding of what questions they should ask of poems in order to explore them (e.g. when was it written? how might that influence language choices? is there a specific form? what relevance is the form? how is the poem’s narrative structured? Is there a clear structure? etc.) Best wishes, Englbee x
Macbeth Revision
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Macbeth Revision

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EIGHT REVISION POSTERS for those studying Macbeth at GCSE. Suitable for those aiming for grades 6-9. Each poster contains an original hand-drawn illustration of a character with their role within the tragedy underneath i.e. tragic hero or tragic victim etc. The posters cover the following six themes: Masculinity/Femininity; Appearance and Reality; Children; Guilt; Kingship; Fate and Ambition. Each poster contains a key quotation or quotations with a short piece of analysis in order to demonstrate how Shakespeare’s methods of language and characterisation explore the themes within the play. Layout of the themes within the posters are similar in order for side-by-side study of themes across characterisation. Quotations are not definitive, but offer a simple way for students to link quotations and theme for revision purposes. Act, scene and line are also given. Could be printed onto A3 for classroom revision or A4 for home revision. A high-ability booklet on Macbeth can be found at my shop below: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-high-ability-gcse-12053952 Original illustrations by mancsunshine (copyright) Best wishes, Englbee x
Lady Macbeth
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Lady Macbeth

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A character revision poster of Lady Macbeth with key quotations on the following themes: Masculinity/Femininity; Appearance and Reality; Children; Guilt; Kingship; Fate, Free Will and Ambition. Quotations are not definitive, but offer a simple way for students to link quotations and theme for revision purposes. Act, scene and line are also given. Would be useful printed onto A3 for classroom revision or A4 for home revision. Bundle of all eight Macbeth character posters found here https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-revision-posters-12070022 Original illustrations by mancsunshine (copyright) Best wishes, Englbee x
Writing to Describe
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Writing to Describe

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A free AQA English Language Q5 Practice Question to save you time. If you like what you see, there are 10 more at the link below for a small cost. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/writing-to-describe-tasks-11915510 Best wishes, Englbee x
Much Ado About Nothing
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Much Ado About Nothing

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A free poster for your classroom wall with key character descriptions and quotations for Benedick from Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’. Could also be printed A4 for students to glue into books. Might also be useful to upload onto school intranet for revision purposes. Especially useful with lower ability students, and also those who find revising and note-making difficult for GCSE English Literature. Other ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ Posters can be found as a here for a small sum. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/much-ado-about-nothing-posters-12020347 Best wishes, Englbee x
Enduring Love  Pre-reading
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Enduring Love Pre-reading

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The lesson is part of an outgoing AQA English Literature B Specification. It offers relevant background discussion on method and philosophical ideas explored in the novel, Enduring Love. If you like what you see in this lesson, at a the link below you can find further resources for this text: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-enduring-love-by-ian-mcewan-chapter-by-chapter-11916197 Best wishes, Englbee x