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English Teacher. Hoping to cut down on teachers' workload by providing high quality resources (from primary to secondary). Please share and review if you like what you see here.

English Teacher. Hoping to cut down on teachers' workload by providing high quality resources (from primary to secondary). Please share and review if you like what you see here.
An Inspector Calls: Eva Smith Character Analysis
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An Inspector Calls: Eva Smith Character Analysis

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A lesson designed to revise the character of Eva Smith in J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. Lesson includes a thorough study of what life would have been like for someone of Eva Smith’s class in the Edwardian era. At the end of the PowerPoint is an essay prompt for analysing ‘class’ within the play. Perfect for those studying AQA English Literature GCSE, especially high-attaining students. Lesson is PowerPoint pdf.
A Christmas Carol: Scrooge as an Outsider Essay (Top Band)
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A Christmas Carol: Scrooge as an Outsider Essay (Top Band)

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A top-band exemplar essay on how Dickens presents Scrooge as an outsider in ‘A Christmas Carol’. Based on a genuine AQA Literature past paper, this essay is perfect for HA pupils to see how to structure a sophisticated and perceptive essay. The extract and exam question are included on the first page.
World War 1: An Introduction
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World War 1: An Introduction

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Designed to introduce a unit on World War 1 Poetry for KS3, this PowerPoint includes a brief outline of the Great War and aims to teach critical vocabulary. Ideas introduced include propaganda, pacifism and patriotism. Students are encouraged to think about and analyse World War 1 propaganda.
The Kite Runner: Context & Introduction
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The Kite Runner: Context & Introduction

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An introduction to the context of Khaled Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’. Features an overview of 20th century Afghan history and the rise of the Taliban. Also included is a list of key words for students to research. A useful first lesson for AQA A level studies.
An Inspector Calls: Theories of Time
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An Inspector Calls: Theories of Time

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Perfect for high-attaining pupils at GCSE, this PowerPoint considers how Priestley was influenced by various theories of time when writing ‘An Inspector Calls’. The ideas of P.D. Ouspensky and J.W. Dunne are explored here.
William Blake's 'The Tyger' (A level)
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William Blake's 'The Tyger' (A level)

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A great analytical lesson on William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ from the ‘Songs of Experience’. Perfect for KS5 students studying the collection as part of AQA’s Political and Social Protest Writing course.
Language 1A: Holes
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Language 1A: Holes

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An extract from and questions on Louis Sachar’s ‘Holes’, based on AQA’s English Language GCSE Paper 1. This resource is perfect for introducing students to the exam specifications. It works well for a LA set or SEND group. It is suited also to a HA Year 9 group, if your school chooses to get students used to the exam early. Included with the extract is a PowerPoint containing three exam-style questions for students to answer.
Protest Writing: Key Terminology (AQA)
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Protest Writing: Key Terminology (AQA)

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A comprehensive A-Z list of key terminology to help students understand and analyse political and social protest writing as part of the AQA A level Literature paper. This resource aids pupils’ expansion of vocabulary and promotes sophistication and maturity when analysing texts and their contexts.
William Blake's 'Infant Joy' and 'Infant Sorrow' (Innocence & Experience)
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William Blake's 'Infant Joy' and 'Infant Sorrow' (Innocence & Experience)

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PowerPoints for analysing William Blake’s ‘Infant Joy’ and ‘Infant Sorrow’ from the Songs of ‘Innocence’ and ‘Experience’. Exploration of language, context and ideas, especially in relation to Blake as a protest writer. Designed by Mr_Gradgrind to aid A level students who are analysing Blake’s poetry as part of the AQA Political and Social Protest Paper.
The Language of Advertising
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The Language of Advertising

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A perfect stand alone lesson aimed at KS3 and KS4 for thinking about how language is used every day in advertising. Have you ever thought about how many adverts you read in a day? What are the most powerful words in advertising? Are you aware of when and how advertising tries to entice you? Includes an optional homework task for pupils in which they are encouraged to create their own brand.
AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B - Introduction
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AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B - Introduction

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A lesson (or two) designed to introduce pupils to Section B of AQA English Language Paper 1, where they are required to produce a piece of creative writing worth 40 marks. This PowerPoint (and accompanying worksheet) aims to break down the demands of the question into manageable chunks for pupils who may find extended writing challenging. By the end of the lesson/s, pupils will write their own short piece of writing based on an image, as per the exam question. This may be particularly useful for SEN groups and support classes.
An Inspector Calls: The Generation Gap
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An Inspector Calls: The Generation Gap

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A lesson designed to revise the ‘generation gap’ in J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. Considers the gulf between the younger and older characters in the play with reference to key quotations and character development. Perfect for GCSE analysis of the play. PowerPoint saved as pdf.
Macbeth: James I & Kingship (Speech to Parliament)
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Macbeth: James I & Kingship (Speech to Parliament)

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An excellent companion resource for studying the context of ‘Macbeth’, James I’s speech to Parliament in 1610 elucidates his views of the monarchy and the Divine Right of Kings. Studying this speech will provide a solid understanding of attitudes to Kingship in Shakespeare’s time.