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As a comprehensive secondary school English teacher, I always aim to make my resources as engaging and accessible for a wide range of students as possible! I have been teaching secondary English for 5 years. I appreciate all feedback that is left - thank you.

As a comprehensive secondary school English teacher, I always aim to make my resources as engaging and accessible for a wide range of students as possible! I have been teaching secondary English for 5 years. I appreciate all feedback that is left - thank you.
GCSE Romeo and Juliet Act 4 Scene 3
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GCSE Romeo and Juliet Act 4 Scene 3

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This resource is aimed at GCSE English Literature students studying Romeo and Juliet. It is a whole lesson which includes: a quick test (with answers) on act 1 scenes 2 and 3 annotations, key word definitions and key questions on the scene (act 4 scene 3) a table worksheet encouraging students to make inferences and match those to key quotations and relevant terminology students then write their own PETER paragraph and self-assess it LO: to develop our skills of inference Feedback gratefully received.
GCSE Speaking and Listening (EDUQAS)
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GCSE Speaking and Listening (EDUQAS)

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This PowerPoint presentation provides the necessary information for years 10-11 to plan and complete their speaking and listening assessment. This PowerPoint is aimed at the EDUQAS spec, but could be very easily amended if the criteria were changed for a different specification. I use this presentation as an introduction to S&L and then let the students complete research on the computer to start creating their presentations. With my classes, I find it is very helpful to print this PowerPoint for them so that they have a reference / guide to help them throughout the planning of their S&L presentation. This PowerPoint includes: - an overview of what the students are expected to present - what the students can use to support them during their presentations - criteria from the EDUQAS mark scheme - FAQs
'A Christmas Carol' Character Quotes English GCSE Revision
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'A Christmas Carol' Character Quotes English GCSE Revision

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I created this free resource when re-reading the Dickens novel 'A Christmas Carol' in preparation for teaching it to my year 10s next year. I wanted to take some really key (quite short) quotes from the novel that would be easy for my students to remember and use for revision. This resource could easily be used in lesson by making it into a test / quiz - the students would need to be confident in answering 'who said' the quote and in what context it was said. Equally, this resource is great to provide students with as part of a larger 'A Christmas Carol' pack. If this resource is helpful to you, please leave a review.
Year 9. Introduction to War Poetry! 4 Lessons - Siegfried Sassoon.
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Year 9. Introduction to War Poetry! 4 Lessons - Siegfried Sassoon.

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These 4 lessons (with attached poems and other necessary resources) have been created for a lower ability year 9 group, as an introduction to war poetry. All lessons have clear instructions and have been created using Microsoft Powerpoint, with possibilities for stretch and challenge highlighted, as well as differentiation for the lower end of the group. The lessons focus on the poems 'Base Details' and 'Suicide in the Trenches' by Siegfried Sassoon. The lessons explore the use of satire and literary techniques as well as having a close focus on language by analysing connotations. The lesson on satire worked really well alongside showing Blackadder Goes Forth's 'Goodbye' (the final episode). Please leave a review and rating if you use this resource. Thank you!
A Midsummer Night's Dream Year 9 SOW (lessons 1-6)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Year 9 SOW (lessons 1-6)

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I have used this SOW with my current year 9, middle ability set. The first 10 lessons and any accompanying resources are included. I have used a wide variety of activities, aiming to engage all. I would be really grateful for any feedback and please give a review if it's been helpful to you, thank you. The lessons use Notebook software! The full SOW is available for purchase.
Apostrophes for Omission / Contractions
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Apostrophes for Omission / Contractions

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This is a full PowerPoint (for a 1 hour lesson) which I have used with year 7, 8 and 9 groups. It can be helpful to give the students a reminder of apostrophes for omission before attempting to teach them about apostrophes for possession. This lesson could also be used as a cross-curricular or whole school resource to help students in other subjects understand the importance of correct grammar and amend their work as necessary. This PowerPoint is colourful, engaging and includes a challenge task which stretched the more able in my group. As a plenary, the PowerPoint also includes a peer assessment task. Please leave reviews, thank you.
GCSE English Literature (EDUQAS) 'Afternoons' Philip Larkin Exam Practice
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GCSE English Literature (EDUQAS) 'Afternoons' Philip Larkin Exam Practice

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I used this resource with my GCSE groups to practise part (a) of the EDUQAS Poetry exam (in component 1 of the Literature paper). This exam-style lesson focuses on improving students' knowledge of, and skills they need to answer, part (a) of the poetry paper. It uses Philip Larkin's 'Afternoons' (from the EDUQAS anthology) as the focus poem. This resource includes: - A engaging and well presented PowerPoint - A 'home-made' exam paper for Philip Larkin's 'Afternoons' (which is based on the SAMS materials in order for my paper to look as 'realistic' to the students as possible) - A reflection sheet for the students to complete after they have finished their exam style answer to part (a) of the exam. Thank you for viewing and I hope your students find it as helpful as mine did!
Apostrophes for Possession
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Apostrophes for Possession

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This is a full PowerPoint (for a 1 hour lesson) which I have used with year 7, 8 and 9 groups. This lesson could also be used as a cross-curricular or whole school resource to help students in other subjects understand the importance of correct grammar and amend their work as necessary. This PowerPoint is colourful, engaging and includes a challenge task which stretched the more able in my group. I have also included a slide on common errors where the students have to spot why the apostrophe usage is incorrect. As a plenary, the PowerPoint also includes a peer assessment task. Please leave reviews, thank you.
Blood Brothers character and theme revision
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Blood Brothers character and theme revision

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I created this resource for use with my year 11 class who are following the EDUQAS specification, although this revision resource would be useful to any exam board where Blood Brothers by Willy Russell is a set text. The revision lesson is mainly discussion led and then I gave them the print out of the PPT afterwards for them to take home as it contains higher-level points and very detailed notes that we didn’t have time to delve into during an hour long revision session. This lesson includes: tasks organising character cards by theme (class/money, nature vs nurture, fate/superstition, coming of age/growing up and violence) reorganising character cards into order of importance (e.g. which character do you feel the most sympathy for) a model on how to ‘explode’ quotations and then examples for students to try two exam-style questions for students to mind-map responses to All feedback gratefully received, Enjoy!
GCSE English Unseen Poetry Revision 'Long Distance II' by Tony Harrison
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GCSE English Unseen Poetry Revision 'Long Distance II' by Tony Harrison

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This resource contains a Powerpoint lesson created to help my students revise the use of STRIVE (subject, tone, rhyme and rhythm, imagery, vocabulary and effect) which aids them in analysing an unseen poem. It also contains a Word document which is a copy of Harrison's poem, 'Long Distance II'. This lesson is an excellent resource to introduce using STRIVE as well as using it for revision purposes. It is aimed at set 3 and 4 ability, however could easily be adapted to add stretch and challenge. The Powerpoint provides details for students of different levels of analysis that they could comment on in this poem. For example, after asking students about what imagery they could focus on in 'Long Distance II', there is an animated text box which gives some detailed examples of commentary on the poem. Please comment and rate if this resource has been helpful for you and your classes, Thank you
GCSE Romeo and Juliet Act 4 Scene 2
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GCSE Romeo and Juliet Act 4 Scene 2

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This resource is aimed at GCSE English Literature students studying Romeo and Juliet. It is a whole lesson which includes: * a quick test (with answers) on the prologue and act 1 scene 1 * annotations and key questions on the scene (act 4 scene 2) * a ‘to what extent’ question * a model PETER paragraph for students to support students in creating their own LO: to improve our confidence with PETER paragraphs Feedback gratefully received.
Form-Time / Whole School Quizzes
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Form-Time / Whole School Quizzes

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These three quizzes have been planned to coincide with world days and events: World First Aid Day, World Tourism Day and World Post Day. The quizzes make the perfect form-time activity as they are well presented, engaging and the perfect length at ten questions long. The quizzes have been created for whole-school use and, as such, they are brilliant for use with all secondary age students (years 7-13). All of the answers are provided on the final slides - happy quizzing!
Romeo and Juliet '5 a day' revision
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Romeo and Juliet '5 a day' revision

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This resource is a set of 13 mini-quizzes designed to test students’ understanding of plot and key quotations needed in the studying of Romeo and Juliet. Each quiz is 4 or 5 questions long and the answers are included on a separate slide. Research shows that revision in short-bursts supports students with the recall that is necessary for the English Literature GCSE exam. I use this 5-a-day revision resource to support my year 10 and 11 students with their recall of their Shakespeare text. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Enjoy!
A Midsummer Night's Dream Year 9 FULL SOW
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Year 9 FULL SOW

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Year 9 FULL SOW has been designed to teach a middle ability year 9 group. I have used a wide variety of activities, aiming to engage all. I would be really grateful for any feedback and please give a review if it's been helpful to you, thank you. This SOW includes 17 lessons and 1 assessment. The assessment is 'How is the supernatural world described in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?' and the assessment sheet is structured for teacher feedback and then student reflection. All of the presentations use Notebook software.
Relative Clauses - year 7 - SPAG - English
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Relative Clauses - year 7 - SPAG - English

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A worksheet which gives examples of relative clauses and then gets students to write their own. There is a 'spooky stories' theme to match our current year 7 unit and 'challenge' boxes will help to stretch and challenge your more able students. This resource is easy to use for whole classes or for individual intervention and is presented in an engaging way. Please leave comments and reviews, thank you.
Transactional Writing GCSE SOW (EDUQAS 1-9 New GCSE Spec)
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Transactional Writing GCSE SOW (EDUQAS 1-9 New GCSE Spec)

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This is an engaging and easily accessible scheme of work, which was created for use with a set 3 and set 4 ability GCSE class. It follows the new EDUQAS specification, however it would also be an incredibly useful resource for any exam board that has a section on Transactional (non-fiction) writing. This scheme contains: - 13 PowerPoints - Lessons on the full range of writing types as specified by the exam (formal and informal letters, articles, reports, reviews, speeches) - 9 worksheets (including 1 homework) - A computer based lesson on revision of layout - Opportunities for self and peer assessment (worksheets provided) Please leave comments and reviews, all are gratefully received. Thank you
The Goldfish Boy (by L Thompson) bookmark
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The Goldfish Boy (by L Thompson) bookmark

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This resource is a bookmark designed for use in The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson. I have started created these bookmarks as so many of my (secondary age) students struggle finding books that they enjoy reading. Sometimes, getting them to even pick up a book is tricky! I am aiming to make picking a book easier through the use of these bookmarks. I hope it can be of use to you and your students, Any feedback greatly appreciated.
Aderbials of Time (time connectives)
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Aderbials of Time (time connectives)

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This resources was created as part of a new 'bundle' of resources which are aimed at meeting the needs of year 7s following the change to the KS2 SATs specification. It is an engaging and easily accessible worksheet for all abilities. It has opportunity for stretch and challenge (tasks included on the sheet).
EDUQAS GCSE Poetry Anthology Revision Lesson - The Students Teach Each Other...
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EDUQAS GCSE Poetry Anthology Revision Lesson - The Students Teach Each Other...

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After studying 6 poems in the EDUQAS Poetry Anthology, I wanted to check the understanding of my group. I decided to make them teach each other about the poems! This resource is a very clear and well structured PowerPoint presentation to explain to the students what they will be expected to complete over a 2-3 lesson period. The students worked in groups, each focused on a different poem, to create a 10 minute presentation and accompanying activity to teach to their peers. I found this to be an excellent revision resource which doesn't really need any differentiating between sets, however I would suggest grouping students according to ability. The students had a really clear understanding of the task, following this presentation, and I was very impressed with the 'lessons' they produced!