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I currently teach KS3, KS4 and KS5 in a British International School. I have experience with a variety of exam boards, including CIE, AQA, OCR and the American SATs.

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I currently teach KS3, KS4 and KS5 in a British International School. I have experience with a variety of exam boards, including CIE, AQA, OCR and the American SATs.
Donald Trump Language Analysis - for AQA English Language Paper 2 Comparison

Donald Trump Language Analysis - for AQA English Language Paper 2 Comparison

This highly engaging, whole lesson analyses the language of Donald Trump's speech in Arizona regarding building a wall in Mexico in comparison to a letter written by an Irish immigrant living in America. This pack contains: - One full lesson presentation - Four videos to use in class (links in the presentation) - Opportunity for a small paired debate or a whole class extended debate, with support cards to help pupils generate ideas - Scaffolded tasks to guide pupils to identify and analyse the effect of language techniques and sentence types for both texts - An emphasis on identifying viewpoints and implied contexts, helping pupils to push their answers into the 'perceptive' category - A detailed model response which would receive 16/16 marks (confirmed by a senior AQA examiner at my school) - A pupil friendly mark scheme for question 4 - An assessment pack for Q4 in both PDF and editable Word format This content took me three lessons to get through. There is lots of material and lots of challenge for high ability pupils.
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End of Year Music Genres Quiz with Eight Rounds (2018 pop songs!)

End of Year Music Genres Quiz with Eight Rounds (2018 pop songs!)

This pack includes a PowerPoint music genres quiz with eight rounds of different genres for pupils to guess. The first 20 second clips of songs are included within the presentation. Also included are pupil answer sheets and a teacher’s answer sheet. The presentation is colourful, exciting and engaging. I chose a mixture of songs that I thought pupils would know and a couple of more challenging entries. I made this genre quiz to suit diverse classrooms with different ‘cliques’ of students and an array of musical tastes… hopefully something to appease everyone! Happy quizzing! Genres: pop emo hip hop cheesy classics world music classic rock Disney electronic & dance
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End of Year English Literature/Literacy Quiz for Young Adult Books 2018 (Differentiated KS3/KS4!)

End of Year English Literature/Literacy Quiz for Young Adult Books 2018 (Differentiated KS3/KS4!)

This fun and colourful English reading quiz would be suitable for KS3 and KS4. Each round contains extra clues to support weaker students, plus songs, film audio, picture clues, timers and more. All of the books in this quiz are books I have seen my pupils read, so should be accessible to most high school students. Extra clue differentiate for weaker ability students too. Total of 67 colourful slides. I gave it a contents page and fully hyperlinked so it would also be appropriate for starters and/or tutor time activities. Also included are student answer sheets and teacher answer sheet. Rounds include: Picture round Name the author Opening lines Books on Netflix Unscramble the title Books and film Blurbs Youtube authors Children’s books Fan art
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Donald Trump Language Analysis - for AQA English Language Paper 2 Comparison

Donald Trump Language Analysis - for AQA English Language Paper 2 Comparison

This highly engaging, whole lesson analyses the language of Donald Trump's speech in Arizona regarding building a wall in Mexico in comparison to a letter written by an Irish immigrant living in America. This pack contains: - One full lesson presentation - Four videos to use in class (links in the presentation) - Opportunity for a small paired debate or a whole class extended debate, with support cards to help pupils generate ideas - Scaffolded tasks to guide pupils to identify and analyse the effect of language techniques and sentence types for both texts - An emphasis on identifying viewpoints and implied contexts, helping pupils to push their answers into the 'perceptive' category - A detailed model response which would receive 16/16 marks (confirmed by a senior AQA examiner at my school) - A pupil friendly mark scheme for question 4 - An assessment pack for Q4 in both PDF and editable Word format This content took me three lessons to get through. There is lots of material and lots of challenge for high ability pupils.
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Informal Letter Writing (IGCSE English as a Second Language)

Informal Letter Writing (IGCSE English as a Second Language)

Three lessons on the topic of informal letter writing. This was intended for CIE IGCSE English as a Second Language question 6, but could be used also with KS3. 1. Generating ideas - four different routes into coming up with ideas for letter writing (PPT) 2. Formal/informal language with a variety of activities and model answers (PPT) 3. Peer assessment (PPT) This also comes with a success criteria based on the CIE mark scheme.
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UoW: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Question 4 (Critical Evaluation)

UoW: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Question 4 (Critical Evaluation)

This UoW focuses on the skills needed for AQA English Language Paper 1, Question 4 - the critical evaluation question. Pupils are encouraged to use word level analysis to support their views. This scheme is pitched at a lower ability year 9 class, but could easily be differentiated up for higher ability groups. I used extracts from: - The Girl on the Train - Gone Girl - The Fault in our Stars - Divergent - The Hunger Games All of which are included in the scheme. There are five whole lessons included in this scheme. All lessons are on Smart Notebook. If your school doesn't have Smart, you can easily access the files for free here: http://express.smarttech.com/#
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I Wouldn't Thank You For A Valentine x2 Lessons - Class Notes and Analysis (OCR Poetry New Spec)

I Wouldn't Thank You For A Valentine x2 Lessons - Class Notes and Analysis (OCR Poetry New Spec)

This pack includes two whole lessons: - one full presentation going through the features of the poem, allowing pupils to make notes in their anthology and compiling all my research on the poem - one full presentation guiding pupils through analysing the poem, looking at word level analysis (connotations), structural analysis (caesura and enjambment), language features and analysing the writer's choice of title. The full scheme of work that these lessons are a part of can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/unit-of-work-love-and-relationships-poetry-cluster-w-revision-ocr-new-spec-11463677
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An Arundel Tomb - Class Notes and Analysis (OCR Poetry New Spec Love & Relationships)

An Arundel Tomb - Class Notes and Analysis (OCR Poetry New Spec Love & Relationships)

This pack includes one full presentation going through the features of the poem, allowing pupils to make notes in their anthology and compiling all my research on the poem. I look at language and structural features, with many notes on the poem plus 2 slides allowing pupils a chance to write up some analysis for themselves. The full scheme of work that these lessons are a part of can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/unit-of-work-love-and-relationships-poetry-cluster-w-revision-ocr-new-spec-11463677
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Bundle for AQA English Language x11 Units of Work and  Extra Lessons (Worth £71.99!)

Bundle for AQA English Language x11 Units of Work and Extra Lessons (Worth £71.99!)

All the premium resources I currently have on the New Spec AQA English Language GCSE for both KS3 and KS4. This bundle contains 11 complete units of work plus additional lessons. There may be a little crossover, but where that occurs it's usually for differentiation or an outstanding lesson I sold individually and as part of a unit. Would usually cost you £71.99 if bought individually. You save 58%.
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In Paris With You x3 Lessons - Class Notes and Analysis (OCR Poetry New Spec Love & Relationships)

In Paris With You x3 Lessons - Class Notes and Analysis (OCR Poetry New Spec Love & Relationships)

This pack includes three whole lessons: - one full presentation going through the features of the poem, allowing pupils to make notes in their anthology and compiling all my research on the poem - one full presentation guiding pupils through analysing the poem, looking at word level analysis (connotations), structural analysis (caesura and enjambment), language features and analysing the writer's choice of title. - the same presentation differentiated for high ability pupils, looking at more advanced features and using more complex terminology. The full scheme of work that these lessons are a part of can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/unit-of-work-love-and-relationships-poetry-cluster-w-revision-ocr-new-spec-11463677
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How to get 16/16 marks (high ability) - AQA New Spec Comparison (Q4)

How to get 16/16 marks (high ability) - AQA New Spec Comparison (Q4)

This lesson examines a model response to question 4. Pupils will work together to unpick what makes a top band answer, fully expanded on by my presentation. Pupils will then write their own model answer based on this 16/16 mark response. I look at: comparison, subject terminology, embedded quotations and identifying viewpoints. (This lesson does make the assumption that your high ability class will already be able to identify language devices in a text, such as similes and onomatopoeia. I have a full scheme available on my shop on this if your pupils may need more support in this area prior to completing this 16/16 mark lesson.) This comes with one presentation, packed full of information, and a mark scheme, translated into accessible language for pupils. BONUS: this pack comes with my full booklet of sources, additional to the texts used in this lesson - a total of 40+ pages of Source A and Source Bs for you to use in your lessons. Rate 5 stars if you liked this lesson!
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Unit of Work: Hunger Games Reading for KS3 (AQA English Language Paper 1)

Unit of Work: Hunger Games Reading for KS3 (AQA English Language Paper 1)

This unit of work addresses the skills needed for the new specification AQA English Language Paper 1 (Creative Reading), with a specific focus on question 2 (language analysis) and question 3 (structural analysis). This scheme is pitched high, originally designed for an extremely high ability year 7 group. It would be best used in KS3 to work on reading skills. I look at: analysing connotations (WLA), spotting and analysing language devices, selecting relevant quotations, looking at narrative perspective, shifts of narrative focus, tracking a character's journey and using appropriate subject terminology. This is all supported by the use of model answers and scaffolded tasks, building up to larger writing tasks. I designed this to be read alongside The Hunger Games (chapters 1-15) and this scheme makes use of extracts from the Hunger Games throughout. All accompanying extracts are included - often the hardest part of any scheme of work is finding extracts with enough techniques to analyse. There are a total of fifteen full lessons (which will take much longer if you are reading the book alongside; this took me a whole six week term!). All lessons are on Smart Notebook. If your school does not have Smart software, these files can be easily accessed for free here: http://express.smarttech.com/#
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Complete Booklet: AQA English Language Paper 2 Q3 (Language Analysis) for Non-Fiction Texts

Complete Booklet: AQA English Language Paper 2 Q3 (Language Analysis) for Non-Fiction Texts

This booklet is designed to work alongside the AQA English Language GCSE Paper 2, looking at non-fiction texts. The booklet includes texts to analyse, a general structure for answering exam questions, and tips for analysing non-fiction texts. The booklet consists of 20 pages, including three texts to analyse, an assessment, a teacher feedback grid and a chance for pupils to respond to feedback. The booklet comes in both PDF format and Publisher.
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Language Analysis (High Ability) - How to get 12/12 AQA Paper 2 New Spec

Language Analysis (High Ability) - How to get 12/12 AQA Paper 2 New Spec

This lesson examines four responses to a question 3: 1. Receives bottom of level 3 (clear, relevant) 7/12 2. Receives top of level 3 (clear, relevant) 9/12 3. Receives bottom of level 4 (perceptive, detailed) 10/12 4. Receives top of level 4 (perceptive, detailed) 12/12 These have been written by myself and checked over by an AQA Examiner who agreed with me on the decided marks. Pupils will work together to unpick what makes a top band answer, fully expanded on by my presentation. I annotate and make explicit why each answer received the mark it did. Pupils will then write their own model answer in pairs based on this 12/12 mark response. This could easily be modified into individual work if you choose. I look at: embedded quotes, subject terminology, and defining perceptive analysis. This comes with one presentation, packed full of information, and a mark scheme, translated into accessible language for pupils. There is also a planning sheet, a help sheet and challenge cards for your most able pupils. BONUS: this pack comes with my full booklet of sources, additional to the texts used in this lesson - a total of 40+ pages of Source A and Source Bs for you to use in your lessons. Rate 5 stars if you liked this lesson!
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Unit of Work: Noughts and Crosses Play for KS3

Unit of Work: Noughts and Crosses Play for KS3

This unit of work contains around 25 lessons (five lessons per presentation), focusing on building pupils' ability to analyse language, structure, historical context and character. There is plenty of opportunity to read the full play as a class - I did and they really enjoyed it. The themes of this play would be more suited for higher ability pupils/older KS3. This comes fully resourced and with assessments.
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Booklet for AQA Paper 2, Section B (Non-Fiction, LGBT Themed)

Booklet for AQA Paper 2, Section B (Non-Fiction, LGBT Themed)

This 17 page booklet contains: - Modern Source A: article from the Mail on Sunday, upbeat tone, on the Queen's cousin coming out as gay and his new relationship - Pre-1914 Source B: three short letters by Oscar Wilde to his lover, accessible and full of language techniques - Both sources are annotated with talking points - Scaffolded tasks and guidance for Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 - Exam style questions - An additional exam booklet with these texts in should you choose to use this as an assessment - PDF and editable Word Docs of both booklets
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Summaries: How to get 8/8 marks for high ability (AQA New Spec)

Summaries: How to get 8/8 marks for high ability (AQA New Spec)

This lesson examines three responses to a question 2: one gaining 3/8, one gaining 6/8 and one gaining 8/8. Pupils will work together to unpick what makes a top band answer, fully expanded on by my powerpoint. Pupils will then write their own model answer based on this 8/8 mark response. I look at: comparative phrases, identifying explicit differences, identifying implicit differences and embedding quotations. I did this lesson myself with my year 10 top set, who initially struggled with summaries, simply because it was a new concept to them and they didn't know what was required, falling into the trap of analysing language rather than summarising. By the end of this lesson, all pupils achieved a top band answer. This comes with one powerpoint, packed full of information, and a mark scheme, translated into accessible language for pupils. BONUS: this pack comes with my full booklet of sources, additional to the texts used in this lesson - a total of 40+ pages of Source A and Source Bs for you to use in your lessons. See the images for example slides. Rate 5 stars if you liked this lesson!
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Poetry: Enjambment and Caesura for KS3 (x2 lessons)

Poetry: Enjambment and Caesura for KS3 (x2 lessons)

This resource is aimed at teaching KS3 to identify and analyse the effects of enjambment and caesura. I use 'Hawk Roosting' and 'You and I' to teach this. You get x2 full lessons in this pack, fully scaffolded and accessible to middle to high ability KS3.
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