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I am an experienced teacher of Years 7-13. All of my resources have been tried and tested with my own classes.

I am an experienced teacher of Years 7-13. All of my resources have been tried and tested with my own classes.
'Trash' by Andy Mulligan
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'Trash' by Andy Mulligan

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This is a complete set of 18 lessons suitable for Year 7 or 8 mixed ability classes. It includes: Do now tasks for each lesson Key vocabulary A variety of writing tasks Some self assessment Two reading assessments A student work book All text is written on plain pastel backgrounds
'Long Way Down' by Jason Reynolds
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'Long Way Down' by Jason Reynolds

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These lessons were written for a mixed ability KS3 class. Complete coverage of the book. Do now activities for each lesson. Analytical and creative tasks. Suggested answers and model paragraphs. Lesson 1 Analysis of the first poem. Introduction to accent and dialect. Lesson 2 Pages 40-76. Symbolism. Lesson 3 Pages 79-113 Revenge. Lesson 4 Analytical and creative tasks. Lesson 5 Pages 117-156 Jason Reynolds’ influences. Lesson 6 Analytical task on pages 140-6. Lesson 7 Pages 159-204 Tracking characters and creative responses. Lesson 8 Pages 207-246 Independent analytical task on pages 236-41. Lesson 9 Pages 249-292 Tracking the cycle of violence. The effect of trauma. Lesson 10 Pages 292-322 Analysing the ending.
Big English End of Term Quiz
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Big English End of Term Quiz

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This quiz is suitable for KS3 classes. There are 9 rounds and 51 questions/tasks. The questions are presented on a powerpoint presentation and there is an answer sheet for students. Round 1 Anagrams of key terms in English. Round 2 Book titles: identify the book with the title blanked out. Round 3 Name that feature! Identify the poetic feature from examples. Round 4 Name the writer from their photograph. Round 5 SPAG - correct common mistakes. Round 6 Countdown. How many words are contained in the word ‘simile’? Round 7 Films based on books. Identify the book from an image of the film. Round 8 True or false? Round 9 Wordsearch: find key terms.
GCSE English: writing a review
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GCSE English: writing a review

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This is the task: Write a review for a website aimed at your age group. Review a book, sporting event, game, album or other live event. This lesson teaches student how to write a review focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. The lesson includes: • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid to complete during the lesson. Students add to the grid during the lesson which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the review. The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
GCSE English; writing to advise, a lively article
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GCSE English; writing to advise, a lively article

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This is the task: Write a lively article for your school magazine advising GCSE students on revision techniques. This lesson teaches student how to write a lively article focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. The lesson includes: • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid of specific features of this task. Students add to the grid during the lesson which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the article. The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
GCSE English  Non-Fiction Writing
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GCSE English Non-Fiction Writing

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There are 8 non-fiction tasks in this bundle. There is a Powerpoint lesson for each task and a student work book to accompany each lesson which includes a checklist and a suggested plan. The tasks cover a range of purposes, audiences, formats and tones. For each task, students fill in a checklist which they use when writing. The checklist can also be used for self or for peer assessment. Each task should take two lessons: one lesson to review the PAFT and plan a response and the second lesson for writing the task and self/peer assessment. As students become more confident identifying the features of PAFT, a task could be completed in one lesson. The lessons form a sequence so that students revisit the features of, for example, persuasive writing. By using the lessons in the given order, students are encouraged to review their own work and set up their own checklists and targets. The tasks are: Formal, friendly letter Light-hearted advice leaflet Serious newspaper article Formal speech Light-hearted magazine article Review Lively article Formal letter
GCSE English: writing to advise
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GCSE English: writing to advise

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This is the task: Write a light-hearted leaflet advising new Year 7 students on how to settle into your school. This lesson teaches student how to write a light-hearted advisory leaflet focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. The lesson includes: • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid of specific features of this task. Students add to the grid during the lesson which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the leaflet. The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
GCSE English: writing to argue in a newspaper article
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GCSE English: writing to argue in a newspaper article

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This is the task: ‘Teenagers need more sleep than adults so making them start school in the morning is cruel - it makes them grouchy, impulsive and humourless.’ Write a serious article for a national newspaper in which you argue for or against this view. This lesson teaches student how to an article with a serious tone focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. The lesson includes: • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid of specific features of this task. Students add to the grid during the lesson which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the article . The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
'Macbeth': 'Dagger' Soliloquy
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'Macbeth': 'Dagger' Soliloquy

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This is a lesson on the second half of Act 2 Scene 1 with a detailed analysis of the meaning and language of Macbeth’s soliloquy. Students write about how atmosphere has been created in this scene.
GCSE English; writing to argue, a  formal speech
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GCSE English; writing to argue, a formal speech

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This is the task: Write a formal speech for a debate on a local radio station in which you argue for or against an 8pm curfew for teenagers. This lesson teaches student how to write a formal speech focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. The lesson includes: • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid of specific features of this task. Students add to the grid during the lesson which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the speech. The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
Jekyll and Hyde: Context Lesson
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Jekyll and Hyde: Context Lesson

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This PowerPoint presentation introduces students to the main aspects of the context of the novel. They create a mindmap on these areas: Social context: Victorian society and values Hypocrisy and dual lives Crime Science and religion Victorian London Literary Context Horror fiction Crime fiction
Big English/Literacy Christmas Quiz
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Big English/Literacy Christmas Quiz

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A Christmas themed English quiz, ideal for the end of term. Round 1 Anagrams of SPAG words Round 2 Identify Christmas/winter themed books Round 3 Name the language feature Round 4 Correct SPAG errors Round 5 Countdown (make words from the letters in the word ‘sprouts’) Round 6 Next lines of Christmas songs Round 7 Identify word classes in extracts from ‘A Christmas Carol’ Round 8 Christmas themed word search Includes: a powerpoint presentation with questions and answers (67 slides) Student answer sheet (It would be possible to do the quiz without photocopying the student answer sheet if you miss out the wordsearch in the last round).
Early Modern English Language
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Early Modern English Language

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This is for Eduqas A Level English Language , Component 2, Section A. Students are asked to analyse a text from Early Modern English. This is a summary of the types of lexical and grammatical features that tend to come up in the exam.
GCSE English: informal letter
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GCSE English: informal letter

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This is the task: Write a light-hearted informal letter to a retired person persuading him or her to use social media. This lesson teaches student how to write an informal letter focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. The lesson includes: • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid of specific features of this task. Students add to the grid during the lesson which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the review. The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
19th C Ghost Story: The Signalman
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19th C Ghost Story: The Signalman

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This contains: A powerpoint presentation Tasks analysing the language of two extracts Analysis of the structure of the story A creative writing task A student work book A copy of ‘The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens
GCSE English: Writing a persuasive article
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GCSE English: Writing a persuasive article

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This is the task: Write a light-hearted article in which you persuade parents to limit their children’s screen time (TV, mobile, ipad) to 2 hours a day. This lesson teaches student how to write light-hearted persuasive article focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. The lesson includes: • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid of specific features of this task. Students add to the grid during the lesson which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the article. The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
GCSE English: writing to argue
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GCSE English: writing to argue

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This is the task: ‘School uniform is an important part of developing school unity and identity.’ Write a letter to your head teacher arguing for or against scrapping school uniform at your school. This lesson teaches student how to write a friendly/ formal letter focusing on language choices required to address the purpose, audience, format and tone. • A ‘do now’ activity; • Slides on purpose, audience, purpose and tone; • A grid of specific features of this task. Students add to a grid which then gives them a personalised checklist to use before they write the letter. The checklist can then be used for peer or self assessment.
The supernatural in 'Macbeth'; alternative interpretations
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The supernatural in 'Macbeth'; alternative interpretations

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Alternative Interpretations of the Supernatural in ‘Macbeth’. These lessons encourage students to consider how modern audiences interpret the supernatural elements of the play in different ways to Shakespeare’s contemporary audience. There is a 7 page student work booklet and a 20 slide powerpoint presentation. Task 1 Fill in this chart. How would each event been interpreted by Shakespeare’s 17th Century audience and how might a modern audience see it differently? Task 2 (Walk through) Analyse Macbeth’s speech in Act 3 Scene 2. Task 3 Independent Work How does Shakespeare present Macbeth’s state of mind in this extract from the end of Act 3 Scene 4? Use what/how/why/interpretations to answer this question. Task 4 Analyse the Doctor’s diagnosis of Lady Macbeth in Act 5. Summing Up Write a paragraph explaining why it is important to consider how different audiences might respond to the play.