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Extra Break Time English Resources

I offer English resources from Year 6 to 13. This shop specialises in Shakespeare teaching resources, poetry resources and a range of comprehension and composition packs aimed at Year 6,7 and 9 Entrance Exam skills for all the main grammars and indie schools.

I offer English resources from Year 6 to 13. This shop specialises in Shakespeare teaching resources, poetry resources and a range of comprehension and composition packs aimed at Year 6,7 and 9 Entrance Exam skills for all the main grammars and indie schools.
Romeo and Juliet empathetic student responses bundle
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Romeo and Juliet empathetic student responses bundle

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Varied set of resources including: 1) A guide to what empathetic writing is, with lots of clear slides showing how to plan the task, write convincingly and in the right style. 2) Thorough 'Write a diary for Juliet' worksheet 3) Anonymous marked sample student response to this task to give teachers an idea of what works well in practice 4) 'Write a letter from Romeo to Friar Laurence' worksheet task. The students like the tasks as once they understand what's needed from the slides, they can get involved in some of the most dramatic scenes in the play. Popular choices for Juliet are just before she takes the potion. Popular Romeo choices are when he is in turmoil during his Mantua exile and writes back to the Friar. There are obviously lots of possibilities, so you could adapt it very well - and the work makes fr great classroom displays.
Romanticism in poetry: introduction to the movement
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Romanticism in poetry: introduction to the movement

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Handy 12 slide resource which: Offers students a good overview of Romanticism, enabling them to add valuable contextual depth to exam answers. Contains a concise summary of the range of the movement across art and literature. Has useful quotations summarising some of Rousseau’s beliefs. Ends with a plenary task to check student understanding. Also has some light-hearted slides to remind students of using capital ‘R’ when discussing Romanticism. Students should then be able to relate the ideas in this slideshow to other Romantic poems by Wordsworth and Blake. Please do see my other resources and bundles on Wordsworth and Blake’s poetry about cities and childhood.
Romanticism theory, Blake and Wordsworth bundle
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Romanticism theory, Blake and Wordsworth bundle

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Nice set of carefully prepared and designed resources which offer contextual backgrounds to the movement and introduce students to new concepts and some useful quotations (Rousseau, Blake, Wordsworth) There’s a lot of focus on childhood innocence and experience in one slideshow and more on the roots of the movement and how they relate to the poets in the other. Other bundles available…
Shakespeare's Henry V: full introduction lesson
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Shakespeare's Henry V: full introduction lesson

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Over 8 slides of clear and visually varied slides. Each covers a different historical, contextual or literary aspect of Henry V, helping students to get an understanding of Henry V and his actual historical source. Lots of images of recent and classical images of the monarch, taken from film and historical sources. More coming in this series - add me to your follow list!
'Westminster Bridge' and 'London': detailed poetry comparison lesson series
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'Westminster Bridge' and 'London': detailed poetry comparison lesson series

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Ideal for GCSE courses, this 14 slide show gets students to start thinking inventively and originally when it comes to comparisons. Sensible amount of context is offered on each poem, followed by detailed tasks (slides which teachers can print out as work cads) on the Wordsworth poem. Also includes a very detailed annotated poem fr feedback on the Wordsworth poem. Blake is then brought in as the comparison text, followed by plenary. Aimed at all abilities kids - really stretches the top end. See my other Romanticism contextual background resources - lots available. Saves a LOT of time, this bundle!
Guide for writing in an empathetic style - customised to Romeo &Juliet but adaptable for all plays
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Guide for writing in an empathetic style - customised to Romeo &Juliet but adaptable for all plays

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Useful 12 slide presentation which defines what 'empathetic' is, guides students through the best ways to structure and approach the task and shows them some examples of good and bad practice. Goes well with several writing genres, such as letters or diaries. Please see my other worksheets for clear tasks on 'a letter from Romeo to Friar Laurence' and 'Juliet's Diary before taking the potion'. Fun way to introduce KS3 or 4 students to this writing style.
Romanticism and childhood: full introductory PowerPoint linking to Wordsworth and Blake
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Romanticism and childhood: full introductory PowerPoint linking to Wordsworth and Blake

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This is ideal for anyone wanting a better overview of Romanticism before launching into the topic in school. It summarises what the poetic movement was and defines tricky ideas such as the Romantic epiphany, the sublime and redeeming the Fall. Also lots of images and clear bulleted points to break it down better for students. After playing this, you would have no problem launching into Blake's 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' or Wordsworth's Lucy poems. It is ideal contextual background for the Wordsworth Prelude extract and Blake's 'London' poems in the AQA power and conflict anthology.
IGCSE/GCSE  Language focus work on Newspaper language
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IGCSE/GCSE Language focus work on Newspaper language

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An ideal resource to help GCSE or IGCSE students understand the many complex language and structural choices which go into a newspaper story. Lots of focussed tasks to help with class control - ideal for NQTS! The slides structure the lesson, but you could easily add in worksheets and Q and A to customise the resource. I got the students to undertake their own research into newspaper leader pages - some slides show how this can be displayed to the rest of the class. I used this for IGCSE and also (slightly adapted) AQA GCSE Language students as they struggled to grasp what newspaper techniques and language were. Task 1 of the 0500 course often asks them to write newspaper reports, so I used this as a taster to help familiarise them with genre. Newspaper extracts are also common in the GCSe Language courses. Note on slide one: 'P.A.L.S' stands for 'Purpose of text, Audience and readership, Language choices and stylistic features.
Merchant of Venice: focus lesson and tasks on Portia
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Merchant of Venice: focus lesson and tasks on Portia

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A series of overview slides, student tasks and contextual background points on Portia and her role in the play. Ideal for showing to the students as they first encounter her in the play on the first reading. Differentiated questions which allow students to respond to her on various levels. Please see the others in this series.
Descriptive Writing: Journey through the dark forest: 1-4 lesson scheme and image prompts
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Descriptive Writing: Journey through the dark forest: 1-4 lesson scheme and image prompts

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This works so well across the age range, but especially with my GCSE students. It summarises what descriptive writing is, offers the students lots of interesting and varied vocabulary, scaffolds a sample introductory paragraph and sets a structured writing challenge: describe a journey through the dark forest. Students can extend themselves further by giving their writing a Gothic or a Fantasy slant to it. Images included in the pack help them to achieve this. There is also a two sided worksheet of image prompts and wider vocabulary combinations, encouraging more adventurous use of nouns, compound adjectives, verbs and adverbials. Would also be ideal cover or revision work for students already familiar with this style of writing.
Merchant of Venice: trial scene focus unit, 12 slides with tasks and overviews
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Merchant of Venice: trial scene focus unit, 12 slides with tasks and overviews

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Useful and varied slideshow which explores the nature of this sort of scene, the court setting and dramatic structure. Focus questions on key sections of the scene plus focus tasks on the key characters. Nicely differentiated tasks, as more able students will add in more details to their tasks, pushing their answers further, but the tasks are clear enough for all to attempt. Please see my other Shakespeare bundles.
Merchant of Venice: looking at concepts of villainy and stereotyping
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Merchant of Venice: looking at concepts of villainy and stereotyping

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A thorough lesson - enough for a double - which explores the appeal of the villain in narratives, using some more topical examples (students could then go off and find examples of their own.) Multimedia slideshow. It also examines the way Jews were stereotyped. Good slideshow which primes students into becoming more critical readers as they embark on reading the early Acts of 'The Merchant of Venice'.