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I am an English teacher who makes resources on a range of texts. I am passionate about making English fun and accessible for pupils.

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I am an English teacher who makes resources on a range of texts. I am passionate about making English fun and accessible for pupils.
Analysis Skills - Looking at Word Choice

Analysis Skills - Looking at Word Choice

Looking at a key Reading for UAE skills/Close Reading skill - word choice Resources include: - Looking at Nail Varnish names to analyse word choice - Looking at car names to analyse word choice - Connotations and shades of meaning - Analysing words used in passages
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My posthumous advice for my daughter - Caitlin Moran Resources

My posthumous advice for my daughter - Caitlin Moran Resources

Resources for pupils to study a non-fiction and develop their understanding and analysis skills. This is based on Caitlin Moran's article where she gives advice to her young daughter. The two PPTs are similar but the S2 one is simplified for a younger age group. There is also a worksheet where pupils can write down what advice she gives.
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Poetry Detectives Unit of Work

Poetry Detectives Unit of Work

Unit of work allowing pupils to explore different aspects of poetry. Unit contains PPT lessons, poetry and worksheets and a workbooklet to support the work. Pupils will explore: - Scots Poetry - Figures of Speech - Comparison of Poems - Types of Poetry
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Personal Study of Short Story - Story Bundle 1

Personal Study of Short Story - Story Bundle 1

This resource could be used for S1/2/3 pupils for independent study of a prose text. This collection is a variety of short stories and include stories for a range of abilities and reading interests. These include authors such as Roald Dahl and Meg Cabot. Each resource includes: Prior Knowledge Task Short Story Plot Task Understanding Questions Inference Questions Character Study Theme Design A Book Cover task Teachers notes includes answers for all questions
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Advent Calendar Lesson Starters

Advent Calendar Lesson Starters

Advent calender style lesson starters. Pupils choose a number at random and class complete a creative language based task. Most can be done with no preparation but worksheets are attached for the tasks in which they are needed.
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Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Pampered Pets

Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Pampered Pets

Close Reading/Reading for UAE resources including Passage and Questions (Looking at how people now treat their pets) Questions look at variety of skills including In Your Own Words and Word Choice Marking Scheme PPT introducing passage and hints on how to answer different questions PPT with Marking Scheme Passage and Questions Additional Work for In Your Own Words Passage is taken from The Guardian and questions could be used for a National 5 class
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Once - Morris Gleitzman Unit of Work

Once - Morris Gleitzman Unit of Work

Unit of work for the novel “Once” by Morris Gleitzman. Due to the nature of the book and the short chapters the unit is designed for the chapters to be read in class. There are guides for each chapter to help the pupils focus on what is happening. Each Powerpoint focuses on a different chapter and task. Tasks include: Storyboarding Understanding and Inference Questions Studying character Studying theme Descriptive Writing Creating tension There are also resources on pupils doing a group task on the chapters and resources to help write a critical essay on the main character, Felix.
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Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Snowpocalypse (Focus on Tone)

Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Snowpocalypse (Focus on Tone)

Close Reading/Reading for UAE resources including - Passage and Questions (Looking at Britain's inability to deal with snow) Questions look at variety of skills but there is a focus on tone. - Marking Scheme - PPT introducing passage and hints on how to answer tone - PPT with Marking Scheme Passage is taken from The Times and questions could be used for a National 5 or Higher class
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Poem; Snow Day by Billy Collins

Poem; Snow Day by Billy Collins

PPT allowing pupils to explore the poem “Snow Day” by Billy Collins. Pupils read the poem and then identify and analyse techniques used by the poet. Pupils then create a piece of creative/personal writing based on their own experience of a snow day.
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Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Bullying

Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Bullying

Close Reading/Reading for UAE resources including Passage and Questions (Looking at what kind of behaviour can be defined as bullying) Questions look at variety of skills. Marking Scheme PPT introducing passage and hints on how to answer In Your Own Word questions PPT with Marking Scheme Passage is taken from The Times and questions could be used for a National 5 class
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Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Supporting A Team

Reading for UAE/Close Reading - Supporting A Team

Resources to help pupils develop their Reading for UAE/Close Reading Skills. The article focuses on the positives (or not!) of supporting a football team - which appeals to a lot of boys. The resources include; - Copy of the article - Article with techniques identified and accompaying worksheet that lets pupils analyse technqiues - PPT to help pupils create their own CR/RUAE questions - PPT with help to answer specific RUAE style questions (focus on National 5) - Resources to help pupils break down and read the passage in more detail
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Analysis Skills - Looking at Word Choice

Analysis Skills - Looking at Word Choice

Looking at a key Reading for UAE skills/Close Reading skill - word choice Resources include: - Looking at Nail Varnish names to analyse word choice - Looking at car names to analyse word choice - Connotations and shades of meaning - Analysing words used in passages
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Tally's Blood - Anne Marie Di Mambro Resources

Tally's Blood - Anne Marie Di Mambro Resources

Resources to help pupils study and develop their analysis skills of the play "Tally's Blood" This is aimed for National 5 pupils but could be adapted to suit other curriculum. Resources include: - Quote analysis and essay skills - Exploring relationships - Key scene
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Time Safari Research Project (based on A Sound of Thunder)

Time Safari Research Project (based on A Sound of Thunder)

Project based on A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. Pupils research and create a brochure/booklet on a particular moment on history. The booklet is for time travel tourists who want to blend in into a historic moment. Resources include: - Research sheet - Specifications - Letter and background information on key area
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Pupil Voice Conferences

Pupil Voice Conferences

Various conferences that allow young people to explore the issues in their school, come up with solutions and evaluate and develop their skills. Each bundle of resources include a PPT presentation and any resources required to make the conference run smoothly.
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Pupil Voice (School Council) Conference - Looking Forward, Backward, Inward and Outward

Pupil Voice (School Council) Conference - Looking Forward, Backward, Inward and Outward

Resources to deliever a pupil voice conference around the theme of the "Looking Forward, Backward, Inward and Outward" - pupils evaluate their council and develop forward plans for an issue that they wish to look at. They can also evaluate their skills and what they need to work on to be a successful member of the pupil council. There is also a pupil and staff charter to sign in order to be part of the school council.
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Demon Headmaster - Gillian Cross (Play)

Demon Headmaster - Gillian Cross (Play)

Rescources to help pupils study the play Demon Headmaster Pupils explore the main characters and work leads up to a critical essay on the text. Pupils also explore the differences between drama and prose.
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Letter to Daniel - Fergal Keane

Letter to Daniel - Fergal Keane

Resources to help pupils study, annotate and write essays on the non-fiction article "Letter to Daniel" by journalist Fergal Keane. Resources help pupils to analyse the text and understand the themes of the text and write critically on the article. There are also additional resources on another article written "My Father, My Son" which could be used as homework or extension work.
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All That Glisters - Anne Donovan Short Story Resources

All That Glisters - Anne Donovan Short Story Resources

Resources to help pupils study the short story All That Glisters by Anne Donovan. There are various resources that could be used by class and can also be used for homework or extension tasks. Resources include - Inference Task - Assessment Booklet that demonstrates pupils understanding and analysis of the story - Storyboarding Task - Exploring the story
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Shooting Stars - Carol Anne Duffy Resources

Shooting Stars - Carol Anne Duffy Resources

Resources to enable pupils to analyse, annotate and write essays on the poem Shooting Stars for Carol Anne Duffy. Resources are tailored for Nat5/Higher class but could be adapted for other curriculum. Rescources include - Annotation PPT - Sample Essay and Plans - Breakdown of analysing quotes
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Christmas Thank You - Mick Gowar Resources

Christmas Thank You - Mick Gowar Resources

Useful couple of lessons to use with pupils either just before or after Christmas. Pupils read and study the poem Christmas Thank Yous and identify the different ways in which the poet has managed to find the positive in some terrible Christmas presents. Pupils then use those skills to use to write their own thank you for a terrible present. This can take the form of a letter or text message.
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