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Merchant of Venice lesson bundle

Merchant of Venice lesson bundle

This bundle contains: * A detailed knowledge organiser containing key quotes, facts about Shakespeare and a character summary! * Merchant of Venice character revision poster/study cards. * A detailed lesson introducing the characters and themes of the play (including all teacher instructions). * A detailed lesson introducing act 1 scene 1 of the play focusing on the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio. * A detailed lesson exploring anti-Semitism and Shylock's portrayal in act 1 scene 3. * An engaging lesson exploring Jessica's character in act 2 scene 3. * A drama lesson exploring act 1 scene 2 (Portia's choice) * A drama lesson exploring the isolation of Shylock in act 1 scene 3 * Detailed character profiles of the five main characters: Antonio, Bassanio, Shylock, Jessica and Portia. * A worksheet to extend analysis of act 2 scene 8 and the portrayal of Shylock. * A worksheet for students to independently analyse Shylock's monologue in act 3 scene 1. * A Shakespeare pub-style quiz with 40 questions about the Bard! Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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WW1 Poetry - two lessons analysing 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'

WW1 Poetry - two lessons analysing 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'

Two fully resourced and differentiated 1 hour lessons in which students are guided to independently analysing 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen which culminate in students writing a PETER paragraph on it using a scaffold (explanation of PETER paragraphs included). The second lesson was observed by two members of SLT in my school and rated 'outstanding'. This two lesson unit would be suitable for a high ability KS3 class but is easily adaptable. This resource includes: *Full Powerpoint for two lessons (20 slides) - breakdown of each lesson is provided. * Copy of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' including glossary of difficult vocabulary. * PETER paragraph scaffold with sentence starters. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Chapter 1

Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Chapter 1

Engaging and ready to teach 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.
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Poetry vs prose - introduction to poetry

Poetry vs prose - introduction to poetry

Fully resourced and differentiated 1 hour lesson in which students compare and contrast the features of poetry and prose. They then move on to considering the effect of poetry by looking at three examples. This lesson is aimed at KS3 and would be suitable for the beginning of an introduction to poetry unit - but it could easily be adapted to younger or older students. This lesson includes: Full explanantion of poetry and prose Differentiated learning outcomes Worksheet available as word (for easy editing) and as a pdf (for easy printing) All teaching and printing instructions. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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'Dream Catchers' - Of Mice and Men revision card game

'Dream Catchers' - Of Mice and Men revision card game

Fun and addictive 'Of Mice and Men' revision tool that lasts 30-40 minutes to help students revise themes and quotes. Students play as either George, Lennie, Candy or Curley and the aim is to achieve their dream. They play through 40 event cards, which will give them plus or minus DPs (dream points). If they can achieve positive DPs by the end of the game then they achieve their dream. If they don't then they are doomed to a migrant worker life of working for other people. This game helps students to revise key events in the book, important quotes and presses them to consider the challenges that characters face to achieve their dreams. Reflection questions for students are included. This could easily be played multiple times, as each time there will be a different outcome to the game, and this will help to embed students' knowledge of key quotes and themes. It is a print and play game. It is quick and easy to cut out. I would suggest laminating for quick further use, however this is not required. The only additional materials you will need are one die per game and scrap paper for students to keep track of their scores. Included: - How to play card - Character profiles sheet - Event cards - Reflection questions Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Knowledge Organiser

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Knowledge Organiser

A detailed knowledge organiser to support students studying ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne It includes the following: Key quotes with questions for analysis Overview of key vocabulary required for studying the Holocaust. Important literary terms for studying the text. This is suitable for any age group studying the text. 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.
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Boy In The Striped Pyjamas -Pre-reading

Boy In The Striped Pyjamas -Pre-reading

Two engaging and ready to teach lessons (ppt and worksheet) to prepare students for studying the themes in ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This lesson requires students to have access to the Internet/reference books so that they can find relevant information about topics assigned to them. 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. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

14 1-hour differentiated and fully resourced lessons on 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas' that cover the entire novel. Easily adaptable and ready to teach. Teacher instructions included. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Introduction to group discussion - speaking and listening skills

Introduction to group discussion - speaking and listening skills

A comprehensive and engaging one hour lesson to help students to improve their group discussion skills. This lesson looks at two short examples of discussions and asks students to explicitly label what techniques are being used and how the chairperson is moving the discussion forward. The lesson ends with students completing a short discussion on the topic of ‘which subject should be removed from the timetable?’ They then self-reflect upon this using the success criteria that they created earlier. This could be used with key stages 3 or 4 to introduce group discussion skills or to revise them. 11 slides in total plus a worksheet. 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.
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Independent Close Reading - reusable lesson to embed reading skills.

Independent Close Reading - reusable lesson to embed reading skills.

Fully resourced and differentiated 1 hour lesson in which students learn how to independently close read a challenging text. This lesson has been designed to be reused multiple times as it teaches students the skills that they need to independently close read any new text to them. Easily adaptable to all abilities as you can differentiate the difficulty of the text given (example texts and teacher text selection advice included). Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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World Book Day quiz - book general knowledge questions for secondary students!

World Book Day quiz - book general knowledge questions for secondary students!

A very engaging and detailed quiz Powerpoint containing 30 questions and answers to question students on their general knowledge about books - both classic and modern! This could be used as one whole lesson, or as a detailed starter across multiple lessons. It is aimed at secondary age students both in key stage 3 and key stage 4. There is a range of difficulty of questions covering books from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter to Sophie’s World and Burmese Days. Both the Powerpoint and answer sheet are editable so that you can remove and alter questions to suit your students. The answer sheet is uploaded as a PDF (for easy printing) and as a Word document (for editing). These are included with the Powerpoint in a zip file. 38 slides in total. 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.
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WW1 Poetry - two lessons analysing 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'

WW1 Poetry - two lessons analysing 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'

Two fully resourced and differentiated 1 hour lessons in which students are guided to independently analysing 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen which culminate in students writing a PETER paragraph on it using a scaffold (explanation of PETER paragraphs included). The second lesson was observed by two members of SLT in my school and rated 'outstanding'. This two lesson unit would be suitable for a high ability KS3 class but is easily adaptable. This resource includes: *Full Powerpoint for two lessons (20 slides) - breakdown of each lesson is provided. * Copy of 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' including glossary of difficult vocabulary. * PETER paragraph scaffold with sentence starters. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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PSHE lesson: How does media affect young people and society?

PSHE lesson: How does media affect young people and society?

An engaging and detailed lesson (including Powerpoint presntation and a graphic organiser) to aid students in considering how the mass media affects society and particularly young people. This lesson includes: A do-it-now task Differentiated learning outcomes A detailed team quiz about the media impact A graphic organiser to support students’ understanding of a TEDx talk (link included) A range of activities for an engaging PSHE lesson. However, this could be easily adapted for English or Media studies. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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The Merchant of Venice Act 1 Scene 3 - Portrayal of Shylock (Drama Lesson)

The Merchant of Venice Act 1 Scene 3 - Portrayal of Shylock (Drama Lesson)

A fully-resourced 1 hour drama lesson which explores the character of Shylock in act 1 scene 3 of ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Students will consider how Shylock is isolated from the group and explore ways to show this on stage. This lesson is ready to teach and easily adaptable. It includes the following: Differentiated learning outcomes Warm up task group tasks Script writing task. Extract from the script. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Merchant of Venice - act 2 scene 3 (Jessica's character)

Merchant of Venice - act 2 scene 3 (Jessica's character)

A fully-resourced one hour lesson to introduce students to the character of Jessica in act 2 scene 3 of The Merchant of Venice . Students will complete a guided annotation and then consider different ways of staging the scene to make Jessica appear more or less sympathetic. This resource includes: A full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions that is ready to download and teach straight away. A printable version of the scene for annotation including a glossary. For character revision posters for your classroom, click here. For detailed character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Merchant of Venice act 1 scene 3 - Shylock and anti-Semitism

Merchant of Venice act 1 scene 3 - Shylock and anti-Semitism

A fully-resourced one hour lesson to introduce students to the character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in the context of the history of anti-Semitism. Students will read the scene and consider how Antonio and Shylock treat each other as well as considering how Shakespeare presents Shylock and whether this makes him anti-Semitic or not. This resource includes: A full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions that is ready to download and teach straight away. A worksheet for students to use to collate quotes from Antonio and Shylock. For character revision posters for your classroom, click here. For detailed character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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The Merchant of Venice - Act 1 Scene 1 (Antonio & Bassanio)

The Merchant of Venice - Act 1 Scene 1 (Antonio & Bassanio)

A fully-resourced one hour lesson to introduce students to the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio in Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare. This resource includes a full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions that is ready to download and teach straight away. For character revision posters for your classroom, click here. For detailed character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Macbeth lesson bundle!

Macbeth lesson bundle!

This bundle contains: A detailed knowledge organiser containing key quotes, facts about Shakespeare and a character summary! A detailed lesson introducing the characters and themes of the play (including all teacher instructions). A detailed lesson introducing the themes in act 1 scene 1. A detailed lesson on act 1 scene 3 and use of iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. A detailed lesson on act 1 scene 5 analysing Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy. A lesson examining the persuasive techniques used by Lady Macbeth in act 1 scene 7. A lesson guiding students to analysing Macbeth’s soliloquy in act 2 scene 1. An extension task/homework sheet for further application of the skills analysed in act 1 scene 7. Detailed character profiles of the five main characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, King Duncan, Banquo and the three witches. A Shakespeare pub-style quiz with 40 questions about the Bard! Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1 - Themes and Key Terminology Lesson

Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1 - Themes and Key Terminology Lesson

A fully-resourced one hour lesson to introduce students to the characters of the witches and some of the key themes in Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare. This resource includes a full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions that is ready to download and teach straight away. Students will consider pathetic fallacy and the paradox of ‘fair is foul, and foul is fair’. The lesson involves the students staging the opening scene and writing an analytical paragraph of how Shakespeare introduces the themes. For detailed character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Macbeth - introducing characters and themes!

Macbeth - introducing characters and themes!

A fully-resourced one hour lesson to introduce students to the characters and themes in Macbeth by William Shakespeare before they study the play. This resource includes: A full Powerpoint including all teacher instructions (including printing instructions) A graphic organiser for students to record their notes. 5 detailed character profiles: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, King Duncan and the three witches. If you would like the detailed character profiles without the accompanying lesson, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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Macbeth soliloquy act 2 scene 1 - Is this a dagger I see before me?

Macbeth soliloquy act 2 scene 1 - Is this a dagger I see before me?

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.
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The Merchant of Venice - Knowledge Organiser

The Merchant of Venice - Knowledge Organiser

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.
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Merchant of Venice detailed character profiles

Merchant of Venice detailed character profiles

Detailed character profiles for five of the main characters in The Merchant of Venice: Antonio, Bassanio, Shylock, Portia and Jessica. 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. For character revision posters for your classroom, click here. If you would like the lesson which includes these character profiles, please click here. Leave a review and choose any other resource for free from the LikeAnExpert shop.
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