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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.
The Farmer's Bride
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The Farmer's Bride

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which explores ‘The Farmer’s Bride’ in preparation for the AQA Literature Examination The PowerPoint and accompanying teacher notes are aimed at high-level GCSE candidates aiming for grades 7, 8 & 9 The resource contains the following: AQA Assessment objectives for the poetry anthology examination paper Warm-up activity A brief biography of Charlotte Mew 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 copy of the poem 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 Mew’s use of method in the poem, with detail on structure and form as well as language in order to reach higher grades (e.g. Subversion of the pastoral, significance of the ending, use of irregular couplets, natural imagery 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
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
Writing to Explain
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Writing to Explain

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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: an essay to explain. 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
An Inspector Calls Shelia and Mrs Birling Act Two
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An Inspector Calls Shelia and Mrs Birling Act Two

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A fully-adapatble PowerPoint for mid-high GCSE English Literature students on the contrasting language and characterisation of Shelia and Mrs Birling. Slides include: LOs and Outcomes A slide-prompt to read pp. 27-33 with a focus question A table with the contrasting language of Shelia and Mrs Birling; in the notes section, ideas for teachers on how to tackle a question on contrasting language as a written task A sample response (five paragraphs) on Shelia’s language focusing on Priestley’s method and message A sample response (five paragraphs) on Mrs Birling’s language focusing on Priestley’s method and message A reflective plenary task in which students are asked to sort various adjectives into two groups to reflect the contrasting characterisations of Shelia and Mrs Birling and their links to the play’s wider themes and ideas. Best wishes, Englbee x
Sonnet 29 revision
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Sonnet 29 revision

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This is high-level revision sheet of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s 'Sonnet 29: I think of thee…’ for students aiming for grades 6-9 in the new GCSE Literature Paper 2 The revision sheet is laid out in sections with minimal graphics to allow effective revision of ideas and method. Ideas are written in a brief format rather than being too text/colour heavy to aid key learning and memory The method focus is rooted in structure and form as well as language choices in order to hit higher band criteria. Only a few choices for each as AQA stresses depth as opposed to breadth to achieve top grades. There are suggested links to ‘Love’s Philosophy’ and evaluative questions to consider in a potential essay conclusion. The sheet is not definitive, and students should have a much deep knowledge of the poem from class studies; however, it will help as an aid for themes and methods regarding the second, unprinted poem in the examination in which they will need to draw on their memory. Please note the preview shows only a small section of the revision sheet. Best wishes, Englbee x
An Inspector Calls Significance of the Ending
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An Inspector Calls Significance of the Ending

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint on the significance of the ending An Inspector Calls for mid-to-higher level groups. Prior to the lesson, students will need to have read to the end of the play Includes: LOs and skills Gerald’s debunking of the Inspector and is signifiance The differences in attitude between the older and younger generation after the first inspector leaves The significance of Eva Smith as a symbolic character The significance of the ringing of a second bell, the second Inspector and Birling’s continued lack of character development Under most slides there are indicative answers in the notes section for teachers to help them. Students will likely come up with other valid answers so these are only a guide. Best wishes, Englbee x
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
Porphyria's Lover
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Porphyria's Lover

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which explores ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ in preparation for the AQA Literature Examination The PowerPoint and accompanying teacher notes are aimed at high-level GCSE candidates aiming for grades 7, 8 & 9 The resource contains the following: AQA Assessment objectives for the poetry anthology examination paper Warm-up activity A brief biography of Robert Browning 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 copy of the poem 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 - three 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 Browning’s use of method in the poem, with detail on structure and form as well as language in order to reach higher grades (e.g. Mirroring of structure/tableau, dramatic monologue, pathetic fallacy, caesura and enjambment, ambiguous language and moral questions 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
An Inspector Calls Sheila and Eric Act 3
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An Inspector Calls Sheila and Eric Act 3

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which explores the changes in Sheila and Eric from the start of the play for mid-high level GCSE groups. Resource includes: LOs and outcomes A prompt slide to read pp.57-61 with focus question A blank table to complete comparing language choices from Act 1 and Act 3 A completed table of ideas with a prompt question A short sample response exploring the changes in Sheila and Eric, and their juxtaposition to Gerald in Act 3. A plenary slide Best wishes, Englbee x
An Inspector Calls: Analysis -  Inspector's Final Speech
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An Inspector Calls: Analysis - Inspector's Final Speech

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A high-level analysis of the Inspector’s Final Speech in the play, An Inspector Calls. The analysis is 600 words long approximately. Offered as both an adaptable Word doc. and PDF. The short essay offers a high degree of close analysis of language and method as well as conceptualised interpretations in order to hit those top levels (7-9). Useful for any high-ability class studying A Inspector Calls. 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
The Four Past Tenses
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The Four Past Tenses

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Four fully-adaptable PowerPoints on the simple past, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous tenses. Suitable for high-ability KS3, mid-to high ability KS4, and intermediate ESOL. Suitable for home-learning. The PowerPoints introduce the student to different ways of using each of the four past tenses. Includes: *a brief recap of pronoun/verb agreement, plus the use of past participles, the verb ‘to have’, the verb ‘to be’ , and the forming of gerunds *an explanation of how the tenses are used with examples *challenge exercise one which all students should complete to show they understand how to form the tenses *extra challenge exercises which students can work through, or choose from, to show different uses and understanding of the tenses *sample answers after each exercise Teachers can choose to teach all or some of the functions of the tenses, dipping in or out, or selecting as necessary. Could be used as a series of starter activities or as longer grammar lessons. Could also be set remotely for home-learning as independent study exercises. The PowerPoints are not definitive, but offer a clear approach to understanding the different uses of the four past tenses. 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
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
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
Sonnet 29
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Sonnet 29

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint which explores ‘Sonnet 29 'I think of thee…’ in preparation for the AQA Literature Examination The PowerPoint and accompanying teacher notes are aimed at high-level GCSE candidates aiming for grades 7, 8 & 9 The resource contains the following: AQA Assessment objectives for the poetry anthology examination paper Warm-up activity A brief biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning 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 copy of the poem 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 - three 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 Barrett Browning’s 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 the ‘abstract thought/empirical being’ structure; breaking of the Petrarchan sonnet form; use of extended metaphor/symbolism. 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
An Inspector Calls Mrs Birling and Eva Act 2
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An Inspector Calls Mrs Birling and Eva Act 2

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A fully-adaptable PowerPoint for the end of Act Two on Mrs Birling’s involvement with Eva Smith and her condemnation of Eric. Suitable for mid-high GCSE Literature groups Slides include: LOs and Outcomes A prompt slide with focus questions whilst reading pp40-49 (end of Act 2) Questions to explore Mrs Birling’s class prejudice with example ideas in the teacher notes below An exploration of Mrs Birling’s first name -Sybil - and its links to blindness A tension graph (blank) for students to complete if the teacher wishes with the language of the Inspector and Mrs Birling towards the end of Act 2 A completed tension graph A written response to explore Priestley’s method at the end of Act 2 including a focus on the use of narrative gaps and structure A plenary task to reflect on learning regarding context, language and structure from the day’s lesson. Best wishes, Englbee x
An Inspector Calls Context Free Lesson
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An Inspector Calls Context Free Lesson

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A free pre-teaching lesson on An Inspector Calls for AQA English Literature Paper 2 Part A. For high-ability students aiming for Band 6 (grades 7-9). The lesson contains the following: *Learning Objectives which also incorporate some learning skills (can link to Learning to Learn or Building Learning Power, or any other such learning skills) *A link to the AQA mark scheme with exploration of what skills are needed for Band 6 linked to AOs 1 2 &3 *Keyword word-clouds in order to introduce differences in society’s mores and attitudes between 1912 and 1945/6 *A brief description of changes in society and JB Priestley’s roles and beliefs *A paired activity in which students explore the differences between 1912 and 1945/6 further. This can be done as a paper and glue exercise, a written task or as a whole class using IT drag and drop if preferred *Further exploration of context between 1918 and 1945. Further explanation of writer’s intent *A task exploring form as a mode of context, which can be worked through in pairs or individually . Exploration of what a morality play and a detective drama might contain with whole-class feedback. *A link to an YouTube video (no affiliation) which students might listen to for homework and make notes upon to further understand context *A plenary in which learning skills used to explore ideas are reflected upon Please leave a review if you find this resource useful. 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