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Creative Resources for English & Drama

Hello and welcome to my little shop of resources. I'm a qualified teacher at both primary and secondary level (UK), with over ten years of teaching experience. You will find that many of the resources have an emphasis on student-led learning with opportunities for discussion, group work, creative writing and drama activities where appropriate. I hope my resources will save you lots of time and keep you inspired. Good luck!

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Hello and welcome to my little shop of resources. I'm a qualified teacher at both primary and secondary level (UK), with over ten years of teaching experience. You will find that many of the resources have an emphasis on student-led learning with opportunities for discussion, group work, creative writing and drama activities where appropriate. I hope my resources will save you lots of time and keep you inspired. Good luck!
'Never Let Me Go' chapter overview
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'Never Let Me Go' chapter overview

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A useful revision tool for KS5 pupils studying Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’. This resource comprises individual chapter summaries for all twenty three chapters and includes some pertinent quotations. It is hoped that this resource will save you several hours of PPA time as well as catalyse personal responses and analysis from your pupils.
'The Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson - powerpoint
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'The Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson - powerpoint

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Powerpoint slides to accompany class reading of Lisa Thompson’s wonderful novel ‘The Goldfish Boy’ about a young boy suffering with OCD after the death of his baby brother. The slides contain HOT questions to get HA Key Stage 2 and mixed ability Key Stage 3 pupils thinking about themes and characters. It is intended as a starting point for teachers tackling the novel who can then customize slides and add in appropriate tasks as they see fit.
Private Peaceful comprehension task based on film
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Private Peaceful comprehension task based on film

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Based on the first 20 minutes or so of the film, these questions will help to focus your Key Stage 3 pupils on the film of Private Peaceful. I recommend using the English subtitles on the film even for higher ability pupils. Pupils can answer on the sheet or in their exercise books using whole sentences. This could also be a useful homework task towards the end of the term/half-term.
What's Your Problem? - Narrative Stories
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What's Your Problem? - Narrative Stories

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To plan a narrative (story) using problems and resolutions This basic lesson plan and presentation provide a springboard for looking at narrative stories in a different way. Pupils at Key Stage 2 and 3 are often very good at writing descriptively but struggle to structure their writing in an engaging way and are often in a rush to finish their work. By beginning with the "problem" of the story, pupils are able to work from the middle and then flesh out ideas for their characters, setting and resolution. The presentation also includes some work on conjunctions in order to boost literacy at sentence level.
Revision template for Polly Stenham's 'That Face'
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Revision template for Polly Stenham's 'That Face'

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This template provides a scene breakdown for Polly Stenham's 'That Face' which pupils can fill in as a revision exercise. It is designed for the new spec Edexcel AS/A Level in Drama and Theatre (2016 onwards), in particular, Component 2 section 2 (Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text). The scenes and settings are laid out in a table and character names noted. Pupils then need to provide a scene summary and make notes for both the Performance and Design questions of the exam. I have created a mnemonic for the Performance question which encourages pupils to break down their explanation into the 5 key areas: Voice, Imagination, Feelings, Intellect and Body.
The Ice Monster by David Walliams - Scheme of Work and Powerpoint
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The Ice Monster by David Walliams - Scheme of Work and Powerpoint

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This basic 7-week scheme of work is designed for busy teachers hoping to read ‘The Ice Monster’ with their Key Stage 2 or 3 class. There are weekly spelling labels for higher ability pupils. The Powerpoint provides a starting point for class discussions and activities. ‘The Ice Monster’ is set in Victorian Britain and would therefore sit well alongside KS2 topic work on the Victorians.
David Walliams - Grandpa's Great Escape SOW and more KS2 KS3
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David Walliams - Grandpa's Great Escape SOW and more KS2 KS3

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Once again, David Walliams has written a book that is hilarious but with serious themes. 'Grandpa's Great Escape' is perfect for pupils of KS2 studying World War Two or even lower ability pupils at KS3. The book also touches on dealing with Alzheimers and how, as a society, we treat elderly people. This scheme of work is for those teachers considering the book as a class reader but who don't have the time to design a whole unit of work from scratch. You will receive: - A basic 11-week scheme of work with lesson outlines and learning objectives - A powerpoint presentation with over 40 slides - Differentiated spelling stickers for homework (editable) - Templates, activities and worksheets - Suggestions for class trips
Live Theatre Evaluation Crib Sheet Template
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Live Theatre Evaluation Crib Sheet Template

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This resource is designed for use on the new spec Edexcel AS/A Level in Drama and Theatre (from 2016). It is a template for a crib sheet for pupils to ensure that they have addressed all of the relevant criteria before they then add notes to the form provided in Appendix 2 of the specification. There is space for notes on six memorable scenes from the live performance they have seen. If pupils want to include sketches, these can be done in draft separately as I have not provided space for this on the template. Please note that this resource is not affiliated with or endorsed by Edexcel.
The Day the Crayons Quit PPT
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The Day the Crayons Quit PPT

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This Powerpoint presentation contains prompts for discussion surrounding Drew Daywalt's 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. There are literacy tasks here you won't find anywhere else and yet the presentation is compatible with existing schemes of work. It is hoped that the presentation will provide a colorful springboard for working from this excellent book for elementary school pupils.
BTEC Performing Arts Urban Fairy Tales Pack
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BTEC Performing Arts Urban Fairy Tales Pack

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This Powerpoint can be printed off and used as a basic devising log for a mixed ability BTEC class following the Urban Fairy Tales suggested brief for Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production. I have also included the beginning of our script, 'Mandem in Wonderland' which can be adapted by the students or used as a writing stimulus, as well as a scene overview including Bulgarian translation (made using Google Translate!). If each scene is improvised and refined, the running time should be about 30 minutes in total (2-3 minutes per scene). There is also an evaluation sheet for the final production.
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne KS3
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Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne KS3

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This scheme of work and accompanying materials (including Powerpoint) is designed for those teachers who have recognised the fantastic teaching potential of John Boyne's Carnegie-nominated novel, Stay Where You Are And Then Leave, set during World War One. You might recognise the author's name from his masterful bestseller, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. Yet I would argue that this book is the better of the two. It's equally as moving yet also has a distinctly British sense of humour running through it. The novel is particularly suitable for pupils at Key Stage 3 and could also be used with a high ability Year 6 class. This scheme of work encourages pupils to think critically about the book as well as analyse the text and respond creatively. All resources are editable to enable you to tailor them to your individual needs. You will receive: - A basic 7-week scheme of work with learning objectives and summarising main tasks - 7 weeks' worth of mixed ability spellings to learn for homework - A comprehensive and editable Powerpoint presentation to use with your pupils
Michael Morpurgo's Flamingo Boy SOW and Powerpoint
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Michael Morpurgo's Flamingo Boy SOW and Powerpoint

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Aimed at higher ability Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, this scheme of work and accompanying Powerpoint presentation are intended to provide a framework for using Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Flamingo Boy’ as a class reader. Also included are ten sets of high ability spelling labels, one for each week of the unit, and a shortened version of ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ by Jules Verne which is used in a summarising task. The resource is not intended to be exhaustive, leaving you room to customize as you see fit. Hopefully it will save you around ten hours of work if you do decide to choose ‘Flamingo Boy’ as your class reader. With themes such as autism, World War Two and travel, it is a truly captivating read with much to explore for an able group. Included in this resource pack: Ten-week scheme of work Powerpoint presentation 10 x weekly spelling labels for printing Shortened text for ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1
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The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1

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This Powerpoint presentation contains prompts for discussion surrounding Drew Daywalt's 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. There are literacy tasks here you won't find anywhere else and yet the presentation is compatible with existing schemes of work. It is hoped that the presentation will provide a colourful springboard for working from this excellent book for Key Stage One.
The Sign of the Four - CHAPTER OVERVIEW
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The Sign of the Four - CHAPTER OVERVIEW

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Intended as a revision tool for AQA English Literature GCSE, this table neatly outlines the plot summary in twelve columns, one for each chapter of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Sign of the Four’. It would make sense to print these as A3 revision sheets for each pupil. This overview could also be used to aid a dramatic interpretation of the text.
Madame Doubtfire
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Madame Doubtfire

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This powerpoint presentation on Madame Doubtfire contains thematic analysis and consideration of the writer's viewpoint and techniques. There is also a drama task and a reading assessment task. For the drama task, I have also included a "job descriptions" sheet in order to make each pupil's role very clear. Incidentally, this is good preparation for Key Stage 4 Drama where pupils will need to work in a similar collaborative manner and reflect on their process. I have also included some essential linguistic terms for literary analysis.
Mock papers for Jekyll and Hyde - New OCR style 9-1
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Mock papers for Jekyll and Hyde - New OCR style 9-1

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Three time-saving mock papers (featuring six essay questions in total) designed in the same style as the OCR exemplar materials, to get pupils thinking about the range of questions which they might encounter. Each paper contains an extract-based question, as well as an additional question where students are encouraged to focus on two key examples from the text. Topics covered: - Religious discourse - Gothic genre - Professional status - Structure - London - Duality
Year 8 Devising Log
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Year 8 Devising Log

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Basic log for Year 8 devising log using an 8-step process. This may be useful for focusing groups towards outcomes. Could also be adapted for a Year 9 class.
Stanislavsky - Concentration
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Stanislavsky - Concentration

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Linking practitioner work on Stanislavsky's "concentration of attention" to KS3 work on evacuees through the use of props. Props listed can be substituted with any replicas of wartime objects that pupils can imbue with meaning for their evacuee character.
Relationship cluster – AQA poetry
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Relationship cluster – AQA poetry

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This unit of work provides a basis for teaching the old spec AQA poetry curriculum for the Relationships cluster of the Moon on the Tides anthology. This is only suitable for teachers still using the old spec so 2015 will be the last year that this PPT can be used. There are suggested learning objectives for approximately half a term of teaching for high ability pupils with success criteria provided for some lessons. For example, pupils are asked to compare two poems by Carol Ann Duffy ('Hour' and 'Quickdraw') with particular attention to techniques and their effect on the reader. Pupils are also asked to consider some unseen poetry. For extension activities, pupils are encouraged to explore writing their own poetry and to think about song lyrics as being poetry. It is hoped that this will help to engage pupils more closely with the topics covered. Page numbers for the Moon on the Tides booklet have not been included, in case teachers are providing their own copies of the poems.

In summary, this resource is a starting point to enable pupils to:
- Compare poems in terms of their form, structure, techniques and effects
- Analyse unseen poems
- Structure their ideas in a logical sequence
- Consider human relationships and how the speaker interacts with the subject

It is not intended to be an exhaustive unit of work as it allows teachers to edit as they see fit, according to their individual needs and the needs of their pupils. As it is for higher ability groups, it is assumed that pupils will have a good working knowledge of poetic techniques, however I recommend compiling a revision list of key terms as part of your teaching of this module. GCSE, aged 14-16
Harkhuf the First Explorer - History/Literacy tasks for Ancient Egypt topic
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Harkhuf the First Explorer - History/Literacy tasks for Ancient Egypt topic

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Based on Laura Marshall's book, 'Harkhuf the First Explorer' (available on Amazon), these resources are aimed at teachers of Key Stage 2 and 3. Whether you are studying Ancient Egypt for topic work or have pupils who remain inspired by the period, these free resources could help kick-start your lessons. Included here are: - A basic scheme of work - A Powerpoint presentation with a History and Literacy focus - A synonym worksheet based on an extract from the book - An editable storyboard which class teachers can adapt according to the ability level of their pupils - Spelling labels - Differentiated planning handouts - Images for classroom display use only Follow the author on Twitter @steelyreserve Facebook Page: Harkhuf the First Explorer Schools and teachers, please contact via the Facebook page for bulk discounts, school visits and other offers