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I'm Bex - an English teacher and Literacy Coordinator creating resources that help students to read, write and speak like an expert.
Research skills - 2 lessons to teach students how to research any topic
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Research skills - 2 lessons to teach students how to research any topic

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Two engaging and resourced hour-long lessons to teach students how to approach research. This is applicable to any research topic and is suitable for key stage 3 or key stage 4. Students will learn how to: Identify relevant research questions. Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various sources Identify key words to use in search engines Choose what information to write down. I have included an example use for the Holocaust, however these can be easily adapted to suit any relevant research topic. I have used these in my English lessons but they could be adapted to work in any subject which requires students to complete independent research. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Macbeth soliloquy act 2 scene 1 - Is this a dagger I see before me?
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Macbeth soliloquy act 2 scene 1 - Is this a dagger I see before me?

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A fully-resourced one hour lesson to guide students to independently analyse Macbeth’s soliloquy in act 2 scene 1. Students will paraphrase what Macbeth is saying and then work in groups to discuss the effect of the techniques used by Shakespeare, such as lexical fields, rhetorical questions and repetition. This resource includes: a full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions that is ready to download and teach straight away. a ready-to-print extract including a glossary. a printable copy of the instructions for the group task (also included within the powerpoint). For detailed character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Writing Skills (SPAG) - knowledge organiser/revision mat
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Writing Skills (SPAG) - knowledge organiser/revision mat

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A detailed knowledge organiser/revision mat that outlines punctuation and grammar techniques and writing styles. This could be used in English lessons or printed for desk placemats to develop literacy across the curriculum. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

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14 1-hour differentiated and fully resourced lessons on 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas' that cover the entire novel. All lessons are easily adaptable and ready to teach with teacher instructions included. This resource also includes a detailed knowledge organiser and a homework menu to accompany the unit. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Using inference to create a detective crime scene - full lesson
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Using inference to create a detective crime scene - full lesson

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Fully resourced and differentiated 1 hour lesson in which students use inference to propose solutions to a crime scene based on the objects found in it, and then create their own crime scene. This is easily adaptable and includes opportunities for students to work independently and in groups. Oracy and writing activities are included as part of the lesson. This could be used as part of a detective fiction scheme of learning or to precede students writing a piece of crime writing. This resource includes: * The powerpoint (12 slides) * 1 inference worksheet * 1 crime scene creation worksheet Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Chapter 10
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Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Chapter 10

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Fully resourced and differentiated 1 hour lesson in which students use STEAL analysis to analyse Bruno or Shmuel. Easily adaptable. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan-Poe - independent analysis
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'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan-Poe - independent analysis

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Comprehensive and differentiated 1 hour lesson in which students independently analyse the beginning of 'The Tell-Tale Heart' considering the indirect characterisation of the narrator. Students will complete a graphic organiser in detail, which could then be used as a plan to write an analytical paragraph or essay. A differentiation support sheet is provided, which could be provided to select students who need additional support. This is easily adaptable to key stages 3 and 4. It is suited to mixed or higher ability classes but could easily be adapted to lower ability and spread over multiple lessons. This could be used as part of a unit on gothic horror, a unit on short stories or just as a one-off lesson to examine and respond to a text. This resource includes: * Full Powerpoint including 'do it now', differentiated learning outcomes all tasks and teacher instructions (including example teacher answers in the notes section). * Full text of 'The Tell-Tale Heart' with page numbers. * Graphic organiser. * Support sheet as a prompt for students. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Macbeth detailed character profiles
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Macbeth detailed character profiles

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Detailed character profiles for five of the main characters in Macbeth: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, King Duncan and the three witches. These profiles contain a description of each character and some of their important quotes. They could be used for revision or for learning about the characters before reading the play. To purchase the accompanying lesson with the profiles included, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5 (Lady Macbeth's Soliloquy)
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Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5 (Lady Macbeth's Soliloquy)

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A fully-resourced one hour lesson to guide students through annotating an extract from Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy in act 1 scene 5 of Macbeth by Shakespeare. This resource includes: a full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions that is ready to download and teach straight away. a photo of an example annotation a printable version of the extract which includes a glossary for key words. For detailed character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7 (persuasive techniques used by Lady Macbeth)
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Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7 (persuasive techniques used by Lady Macbeth)

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A fully-resourced one hour lesson to guide students through analysing the persuasive techniques used by Lady Macbeth in act 1 scene 7 of Macbeth. This resource includes: a full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions that is ready to download and teach straight away. a ready-to-print worksheet. For detailed character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
The Merchant of Venice - Knowledge Organiser
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The Merchant of Venice - Knowledge Organiser

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A detailed knowledge organiser to support students studying ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare. It includes the following: A brief section on William Shakespeare Key quotes Overview of all the important characters Important literary terms for studying the play Key terminology used This is suitable for any age group studying the play. It is an excellent resource to be used for setting homework, quizzing in classes or as a support mat. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the <a href="https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/LikeAnExpert ">LikeAnExpert</a> shop.
Writing skills for key stage 3 - 1 hour assessment with answer key/writing rubric
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Writing skills for key stage 3 - 1 hour assessment with answer key/writing rubric

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1 hour assessment to assess students' knowledge of punctuation and grammar. This writing assessment has 3 sections: 1) Punctuation and grammar (15 marks) - students answer questions defining different sentence types and writing specific types of sentences about topics. They also write sentences using dashes, brackets, colons and semi-colons. 2) Proofreading (20 marks) - students read a piece of writing in which 20 pieces of punctuation are missing and add them in. 3) Descriptive writing (20 marks) - students apply their knowledge by writing one paragraph to describe a beach scene. Marking key and writing rubric is included for easy and quick marking. This test could be used at the beginning of a writing unit to find out gaps in knowledge or as an end of term assessment. It was designed for key stage 3 but could be applicable to key stage 2 or key stage 4. Included as a pdf for easy printing and as a word file in case you would prefer to edit the questions. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Of Mice and Men Knowledge Organiser
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Of Mice and Men Knowledge Organiser

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A detailed knowledge organiser to support students studying ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. It includes the following: Important quotes Descriptions of the key characters (George, Lennie, Crooks, Curley, Curley’s Wife, Slim and Candy) Important key words for studying the novel. Literary terms found in the novel. This is an excellent resource to be used for setting homework, quizzing in classes or as a support mat. My students in particular find the relevant literary terms helpful. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Boy In Striped Pyjamas - Chapters 18-20
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Boy In Striped Pyjamas - Chapters 18-20

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Fully resourced and differentiated 1 hour lesson in which students process the ending of the book by writing a personal response. Easily adaptable. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Annotating and analysing poetry - 2 lessons to introduce these skills!
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Annotating and analysing poetry - 2 lessons to introduce these skills!

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Two fully resourced and ready-to-teach one-hour lessons which introduce students to the skills of annotating a poem and then writing an analytical PEE paragraph about it. These lessons are designed so that they can be downloaded and taught immediately and all printing instructions are included. The poem used is ‘I am Offering this Poem’ by Jimmy Santiago Baca. This lesson is aimed at KS3 and would be suitable for an introduction to poetry unit - but it could easily be adapted to younger or older students. Students will need to know what personification, similes, alliteration and repetition are already. These lessons include: A 22-slide Powerpoint Differentiated learning outcomes Copies of the poem with a glossary (in both word and pdf formats - for editing or printing). Explanation of annotation A model PEE paragraph Structured peer assessment Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Cambridge IGCSE 0500 English Language Paper 1 Bundle
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Cambridge IGCSE 0500 English Language Paper 1 Bundle

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These resources have been made for the CIE 0500 First Language English syllabus to be first examined in 2020. The specification can be found (here). I will continue to add resources to this bundle, so please continue to check back to download additional resources at no extra cost. This bundle contains: A detailed knowledge organiser to support students in approaching language paper 1. An original practice paper modelled on the specification paper for the exam first examined in 2020 (currently there is only one specification paper available). Marking templates for marking practice papers for language paper 1. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
Lady Macbeth act 1 scene 7 persuasion worksheet/homework task
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Lady Macbeth act 1 scene 7 persuasion worksheet/homework task

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A free worksheet for use in class or for homework to extend analysis of act 1 scene 7 of Macbeth (Lady Macbeth persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan). This worksheet outlines some of the persuasive devices that Lady Macbeth uses (rhetorical questions, direct mode of address, emotive language, flattery and hyperbole) to persuade Macbeth and then gives students the choice between five tasks in which they have to apply these techniques to their own persuasive speech-writing. This would be suitable for any age group studying Macbeth.
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Chapter 1
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Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Chapter 1

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Engaging and ready to teach one hour lesson (ppt and worksheet) to introduce students to ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This lesson requires students to infer what themes they think the novel will cover and then guides them through independent analysis of some key quotes by Bruno at the start of novel. This lesson is easy to differentiate for different abilities). This resource includes a Powerpoint presentation and a worksheet. The worksheet is provided as a pdf and as a word document - for easy printing and editing. If you find this lesson useful, please consider purchasing this ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ Bundle or have a look at other resources available in my shop.
Introduction to Poetry - Knowledge Organiser
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Introduction to Poetry - Knowledge Organiser

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A detailed knowledge organiser to introduce students to poetic techniques and structures. It includes the following sections: Influential poets Poetic structures Poetic techniques Poet laureate This knowledge organiser can be used for designing schemes of work, revision mats for students or giving them self-quizzing homework. Please leave a review and check out the LikeAnExpert shop.