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I provide challenging and engaging English resources for teachers who want to push their students to achieve their potential. These lessons and SOW are easy to follow and ready to go - just download and deliver to your class! About me: I read English at Oxford and got my PGCE through Teach First. I have taught in a range of educational contexts and to different exam boards (AQA, Eduqas, CIE, Edexcel). I have examined for AQA and will be examining for IB this summer and OCR next summer.

I provide challenging and engaging English resources for teachers who want to push their students to achieve their potential. These lessons and SOW are easy to follow and ready to go - just download and deliver to your class! About me: I read English at Oxford and got my PGCE through Teach First. I have taught in a range of educational contexts and to different exam boards (AQA, Eduqas, CIE, Edexcel). I have examined for AQA and will be examining for IB this summer and OCR next summer.
How to write a magazine article
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How to write a magazine article

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This PowerPoint has 8 slides and covers approximately 3 lessons. It encourages students to understand the purpose and structure of a range of magazine articles, before instructing them to write their own. It includes: Success criteria for writing an article Links to a range of articles An activity where students read 3 articles and complete an analysis of each A writing task, where students have to research a topic and write an article A self-assessment checklist
How to write a speech
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How to write a speech

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This resource is designed to develop understanding of speech-writing. It is a 17 slide PowerPoint and covers 4-5 lessons. It includes: A link to a video of a comical speech, designed specifically for students to identify rhetorical devices. An exercise where students practise coming up with persuasive language features A guide to using persuasive techniques effectively A discussion of adapting your writing depending on your audience A discussion of developing your argument to include social, economic and environmental factors Links to videos of powerful speeches A choice of speech-writing tasks and a list of success criteria
'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson
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'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson

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This resource encourages students to read the short story together and develop their understanding of the text. Independent thinking is key here, and this lesson uses reading roles to encourage this. This resource includes: Learning objectives Specific reading roles for students within a group work activity Prompt discussion questions A graph plotting activity to evaluate the story structure A Microsoft forms quiz for students to complete independently A creative writing activity
Dystopian Literature
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Dystopian Literature

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This scheme of work is designed to introduce students to modern dystopian fiction. There are 80 slides which can cover 6-8 weeks of lessons. It gives an overview of a range of sub-genres, including context and extracts from key works. Introduction to the genre of dystopia Political Dystopia - ‘1984’ by George Orwell Eco-Dystopia - ‘The Drowned World’ by JG Ballard Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia - ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy Scientific Dystopia - ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro Gender Dystopia - ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman There are creative writing tasks throughout, and opportunities for close analysis of extracts. A glossary of key analytical terms is included. The scheme ends with pupils writing their own dystopian stories.
'Stealing' by Carol Ann Duffy
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'Stealing' by Carol Ann Duffy

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This is a detailed resource on ‘Stealing’ by Carol Ann Duffy. 20 slides, 2-3 lessons. Can be used online or in the classroom. It contains: A starter activity relating to the bin-man who was fired for destroying a snowman A key terms test Guiding questions to scaffold students’ understanding of the poem Annotations & close analysis of each stanza Discussion of symbolism in the poem Summary of key themes, form, structure and tone An exam style question A model analytical paragraph A choice of three creative writing tasks based on the poem
'Blackberry Picking' by Seamus Heaney
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'Blackberry Picking' by Seamus Heaney

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This resource supports students in their analysis of ‘Blackberry Picking’ by Seamus Heaney. It contains: A creative writing starter Close analysis of the poem Guiding questions Instructions on illustrating the poem to depict imagery A scaffolded analytical writing task: ‘How does Heaney present nature?’ Creative writing homework task
'The Tiger's Bride' by Angela Carter
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'The Tiger's Bride' by Angela Carter

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This is an extensive resource for advanced study. It compromises 34 slides and can be used for OCR A-level English Literature as part of Gothic comparative and contextual study but can also be taught for other papers/units/as a coursework text. It contains: Key passages from the story Detailed analysis Discussion of key themes, structure, narrative voice Links to other Gothic texts Quizzes (made with Microsoft forms, but the questions are also listed on the slides so can be done orally) Independent work, pair work, homework tasks etc.
Carol Ann Duffy - 'Death of a Teacher'
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Carol Ann Duffy - 'Death of a Teacher'

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This resource encourages students to relate to the narrative speaker in this poem. They should consider how they feel about their own teachers and what role teachers play in the lives of young adults. The PowerPoint includes: A step-by-step guide for approaching an unseen poem A creative writing task An analytical writing task An annotated copy of the poem This lesson is designed to be delivered online but is easy to adapt.
'Othello' - Act 3
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'Othello' - Act 3

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This resource covers the whole of Act 3 of ‘Othello’. It can be used for GCSE or A Level study. 18 slides, approximately 10 lessons. It includes: Scaffolded questions to check understanding Character focus (Emilia, Iago & Othello) Scaffolded exam-style task Close analysis of key passages Analytical writing tasks Pair work tasks, group work tasks, independent tasks Homework tasks Important notes: This resource uses page numbers from the ‘Cambridge School Shakespeare’ edition. The best performances to watch alongside this are the RSC 2015 (Lucian Msamati), or the National Theatre (Adrian Leicester). Your school may be able to access these through Drama Online/Digital Theatre +/National Theatre at Home. The ZigZag A Level resource is REALLY useful - it goes through key characters/ideas in each scene. I can’t include it here for copyright reasons, but it is worth asking your department to purchase it.
Angela Carter - 'The Bloody Chamber'
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Angela Carter - 'The Bloody Chamber'

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This is an extensive resource for advanced study. It compromises 120 slides which constitutes an entire SOW. NB: This only covers ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and not the other stories in the collection. OCR A-level English Literature as part of Gothic comparative and contextual study but can also be taught for other papers/units/as a coursework text. It contains detailed analysis of the entire short story. It goes through key themes (feminism, gender roles, marriage, patriarchy, sexuality, the Gothic, class and much more). There are detailed notes on context and links to other texts. It also tracks the whole short story and contains key extracts from almost every page. There are group work activities and extended writing activities built in.
'The Erl King' by Angela Carter
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'The Erl King' by Angela Carter

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This is a resource for advanced study and contains 7 PowerPoint slides on ‘The Erl King’ by Angela Carter. It can be used for OCR A-level English Literature as part of Gothic comparative and contextual study but can also be taught for other papers/units/as a coursework text. It contains: An overview of contextual information relating to Danish/German folklore Key information/summary points about Carter’s story A guided reading activity An overview of Gothic features in the story Links to other texts (Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ & Goethe’s ‘Erlkönig’)
Imtiaz Dharker - 'Living Space'
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Imtiaz Dharker - 'Living Space'

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This is a 12 slide Powerpoint which consists of 2 lessons on ‘Living Space’. It consists of: Close analysis to guide annotations Creative exploration of themes and context Evaluation of tone Discussion of structure Essay task
'The Werewolf', 'The Company of Wolves' and 'Wolf Alice' by Angela Carter
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'The Werewolf', 'The Company of Wolves' and 'Wolf Alice' by Angela Carter

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This resource covers the last three tales from Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’. It is designed for the A Level OCR comparative & contextual module (The Gothic), but can also be used as a coursework text. This resource is 17 slides long and should cover 4 lessons. It includes: An introduction to the literary origins of wolf symbolism A discussion of Biblical allusions A summary of the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ (Perrault & Brothers Grimm) A clip from Tex Avery’s ‘Red Hot Riding Hood’ to discuss subversions of fairy tales Summary slides & key takeaways for each of the three stories, including tasks. Links to other Gothic texts
'Othello' - Act 1
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'Othello' - Act 1

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This resource covers the whole of Act 1 of ‘Othello’. It can be used for GCSE or A Level study. 42 slides, approximately 10 lessons. It includes: Guidance on how to annotate the play Scaffolded questions to check understanding Character focus (Iago & Othello) Discussion of racist language used to describe Othello & racism in modern society Close analysis of key passages Analytical writing tasks Pair work tasks, group work tasks, independent tasks Homework tasks & further reading Important notes: This resource uses page numbers from the ‘Cambridge School Shakespeare’ edition. The best performances to watch alongside this are the RSC 2015 (Lucian Msamati), or the National Theatre (Adrian Leicester). Your school may be able to access these through Drama Online/Digital Theatre +/National Theatre at Home. The ZigZag A Level resource is REALLY useful - it goes through key characters/ideas in each scene. I can’t include it here for copyright reasons, but it is worth asking your department to purchase it.
'The City Planners' by Margaret Atwood
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'The City Planners' by Margaret Atwood

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This resource is designed to fill two lessons. The Powerpoint consists of 12 slides, and contains: A starter activity based on a photograph of a suburb (brainstorming) A guide for reading & understanding the poem A glossary An activity whereby students identify positive/negative words in the poem Two different interpretations designed to spark discussion A guide for which linguistic/structural features they should try to annotate in the poem A prompt for discussing how the poet presents the city planners 5 key arguments about the poem for students to rank A plenary/homework worksheet to complete on the poem to check their understanding
Non-Fiction/Transactional Writing
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Non-Fiction/Transactional Writing

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These resources can be used for any exam syllabus. They give a clear overview to students on writing in a range of different styles. Speeches Magazine Articles Letters
An introduction to 'Othello' by William Shakespeare
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An introduction to 'Othello' by William Shakespeare

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This resource provides an introduction to the play and its context. It’s ideal for pupils who have not studied much Shakespeare before as it allays concerns about the language being ‘difficult’. There are 27 slides and you can pick and choose the activities which will work best for your class. Contents: Fun starter activity - Shakespearean insults Discussion - why do we study Shakespeare? Group research project into Shakespearean England (including suggested resources, success criteria and peer assessment) Plot overview & character map activity Exploration of the presentation of race in Jacobean England & the play itself Overview of genres Key terms test
'Othello' - Act 2
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'Othello' - Act 2

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This resource covers the whole of Act 2 of ‘Othello’. It can be used for GCSE or A Level study. 30 slides, approximately 10 lessons. It includes: Scaffolded questions to check understanding Character focus (Cassio, Iago & Othello) Scaffolded exam-style task Close analysis of key passages Analytical writing tasks Challenge/extension tasks Pair work tasks, group work tasks, independent tasks Homework tasks Important notes: This resource uses page numbers from the ‘Cambridge School Shakespeare’ edition. The best performances to watch alongside this are the RSC 2015 (Lucian Msamati), or the National Theatre (Adrian Leicester). Your school may be able to access these through Drama Online/Digital Theatre +/National Theatre at Home. The ZigZag A Level resource is really useful - it goes through key characters/ideas in each scene. I can’t include it here for copyright reasons, but it is worth asking your department to purchase it.
'In Your Mind' by Carol Ann Duffy
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'In Your Mind' by Carol Ann Duffy

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This resource gives an in depth analysis of ‘In Your Mind’ by Carol Ann Duffy. It contains: A key terms test Annotations of the poem & a memory activity to engage students when they are annotating themselves A quotation hunt activity (students identify quotations to support key points) A comparison task to encourage students to Consider how Duffy’s style varies in her poetry The resource is designed for online teaching but is easily adaptable.