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Secondary school English teacher in Oxford with classes at Yrs. 7, 9, 10, & 11 Additional experience in ESOL teaching as teacher, academic manager in summer.

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Secondary school English teacher in Oxford with classes at Yrs. 7, 9, 10, & 11 Additional experience in ESOL teaching as teacher, academic manager in summer.
Placemat - Independent Learning
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Placemat - Independent Learning

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Secondary KS3, KS4, KS5, learner guidance A4 sheet, for display or use as a desktop resource. This can be personalised, free of charge, with your own logo if you wish. Please contact me for further details.
Poem PEE Grid 'Dulce Et Decorum Est
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Poem PEE Grid 'Dulce Et Decorum Est

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PDF worksheet with mixed up elements of 'Point', 'Evidence', and 'Explore the effect' about the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'. Designed to provide additional support to students struggling with poetry and the concept of writing about it in a systematic way. First two pages = activity Last two pages = answer grid.
Reading Strategies
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Reading Strategies

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A series of strategies to encourage students to answer the question 'how' do we read, in the hope that they improve their overall comprehension to otherwise challenging, or even incomprehensible reading texts. There are two 'pairs' of the same information, four pages in all. Designed to help those with only black/white photocopiers or a restriction on colour production.
Literature: Shakespeare - Macbeth PEE paragraph Lower Ability
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Literature: Shakespeare - Macbeth PEE paragraph Lower Ability

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Help for those of lower ability to construct a Point, Evidence, and Explanation paragraph. Please note: requirements for the 2017 GCSE exam demand PEE+ paragraphs, so additional information, such as historical context will also be needed to achieve a satisfactory grade. Please see my PEACE paragraph presentation.
Listening Strategies
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Listening Strategies

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A series of strategies to encourage students to answer the question 'how' do we listen, in the hope that they improve their overall comprehension to otherwise challenging, or even incomprehensible listening texts or radio/video clips. There are two 'pairs' of the same information, four pages in all. Designed to help those with only black/white photocopiers or a restriction on colour production.
Plenary Activity - 331
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Plenary Activity - 331

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Useful to include in the last 10 minutes or so of a lesson. It helps consolidate what has been learned in the lesson for the student, serves as feedback for the teacher by providing a 'snapshot' of what students think they have learned. Other variations can include 5 sentences, 5 words, and one final word. Applicable and tested in lessons at KS3, KS4. May be suitable for other levels as well.
Analysing Reading Text Language
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Analysing Reading Text Language

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A colourful way to help GCSE students in the AQA GCSE English language exam with analysing the reading questions 1 - 4 . Used extensively in class to great success.
Romanticism: A History of Ideas: Context
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Romanticism: A History of Ideas: Context

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Key Stage 3 Romanticism Context for Year 9 English literature study of six Romantic Poets. Designed as part of a workbook for Year 9 students, that in addition features six poems, one each from Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, short biographies of each poet, and context pieces on the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution. All context pieces are original texts, as are the poet biographies. From these pieces, class presentations are created, focusing on key elements of Romantic Poetry and the Romantic Movement. Together, they contribute to a seven-week SOW aimed to: Introduce students to the concepts and ideas of the Romantic Movement, demonstrate how historical events influenced this creative expression, and explore how this is shown in English literature through the work of six key Romantic poets.
Romanticism: The French Revolution: Context
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Romanticism: The French Revolution: Context

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Key Stage 3 French Revolution Context for Year 9 English literature study of six Romantic Poets. Designed as part of a workbook for Year 9 students, that in addition features six poems, one each from Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, short biographies of each poet, and context pieces on the Industrial Revolution and Romanticism: A History of Ideas. All context pieces are original texts, as are the poet biographies. From these pieces, class presentations are created, focusing on key elements of Romantic Poetry and the Romantic Movement. Text includes a Glossary of words likely to present meaning issues to the overall understanding of the text. Together, they contribute to a seven-week SOW aimed to: Introduce students to the concepts and ideas of the Romantic Movement, demonstrate how historical events influenced this creative expression, and explore how this is shown in English literature through the work of six key Romantic poets.
Romanticism: Industrial Revolution: Context
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Romanticism: Industrial Revolution: Context

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Key Stage 3 Industrial Revolution Context for Year 9 English literature study of six Romantic Poets. Designed as part of a workbook for Year 9 students, that in addition features six poems, one each from Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, short biographies of each poet, and context pieces on Romanticism and the French Revolution. This text includes a Glossary of words that may cause problems for students understanding the full text. All context pieces are original texts, as are the poet biographies. From these pieces, class presentations are created, focusing on key elements of Romantic Poetry and the Romantic Movement. Together, they contribute to a seven-week SOW aimed to: Introduce students to the concepts and ideas of the Romantic Movement, demonstrate how historical events influenced this creative expression, and explore how this is shown in English literature through the work of six key Romantic poets.
Famous Quotes for Parts of Speech - A4
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Famous Quotes for Parts of Speech - A4

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Used to provide a class wall frieze to inspire students about parts of speech. Also used to decorate staircase to an English language summer school to great effect! A group of 18 individual A4 posters to print out and display, or project and discuss/deliver! Full colour.
Literacy Homework - spelling + handwriting
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Literacy Homework - spelling + handwriting

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Year 7 literacy resource to encourage development of a range of vocabulary based on common letter combinations. Sentences to be written on a choice of four words, selected by students themselves. Additional, optional extras on second page for more confident and able students. In a follow-up class deliver a short whole class spelling quiz as a warmer activity, issuing a series of red/green cards. Whole class feedback provided by a show of cards - red for 'spelling error', green for 'correct spelling'. Provides teacher with quick idea on success of homework and accuracy of spelling.
Literacy - Punctuation - Five semi-colon rules
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Literacy - Punctuation - Five semi-colon rules

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Helping students make more use of the semi-colon by providing five clear rules of use. Aimed at encouraging students to deliver more creative writing, leading to higher assessment and exam grades. Used as a presentation tool with students copying out the 10 sentences, correctly annotated. Also, can lend itself to printing out both exercise A. and exercise B… Favourable feedback from students. Suitable for students from 11 to 14, and revision for students from 15 to 16.
Success Criteria - Coherent writing, effective paragraphing
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Success Criteria - Coherent writing, effective paragraphing

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Used to show students the criteria for successful writing - Year 9 Part of a section of language focussing on coherence. PowerPoint presentation used to help students understand the criteria necessary to produce quality writing. Students invited to think about features of successful writing first before being given a suggested list (blue text), which is by no means exclusive. So accept students' alternative suggestions as well. Best delivered over two lessons - Lesson One - coherent writing, Lesson Two - effective paragraphing. Laurence Todd