Fun yet demanding Christmas Quiz, ideal for 16-18s or any bright form

Fun yet demanding Christmas Quiz, ideal for 16-18s or any bright form

I designed this Christmas quiz for a bright form of students who didn't want anything 'too boring' with the usual pop trivia questions. It's very much in the 'Q.I' style of 'quite interesting facts you never knew about Christmas'. It's also full of amusing images to keep the students entertained. Boys particularly enjoyed this quiz as they liked the challenge of all the tricky questions. The resource is a carefully designed set of PowerPoint slides with the instructions, ten tough questions and full ten answer slides with the original question typed up as a heading, in case they forget! The only other thing you'll need is scrap paper and some pencils. I normally put the students into teams and they mark other teams' answers, but you could do the whole quiz orally. It's a winner - all the answers are there. This is a quiz with a difference where everyone learns something and you suddenly discover that the quiet student who has sat at the back of the classroom all term is a fact-knowing genius!
Mrsmumbles
Macbeth: revision pack with detailed notes on key focus scenes

Macbeth: revision pack with detailed notes on key focus scenes

This is a set of a lot of the key scenes for the students to revise. Clear, uncomplicated and well designed. Lots of detailed and academic notes on at least ten of the key speeches and soliloquies, complete with cross-textual links, scene links and definitions of tricky language.
Mrsmumbles
The Skelltastic Skellig bundle!

The Skelltastic Skellig bundle!

This includes: A handout on literary motifs in 'Skellig', with tasks. A 'Skelligrammarian' - a list of the key word classes with Skellig-themed examples. Ideal for grammar tests. A descriptive writing task based on Michael's exploration of the old derelict garage - ideal for improving compositions
Mrsmumbles
Fun yet demanding Christmas Quiz, ideal for 16-18s or any bright form

Fun yet demanding Christmas Quiz, ideal for 16-18s or any bright form

I designed this Christmas quiz for a bright form of students who didn't want anything 'too boring' with the usual pop trivia questions. It's very much in the 'Q.I' style of 'quite interesting facts you never knew about Christmas'. It's also full of amusing images to keep the students entertained. Boys particularly enjoyed this quiz as they liked the challenge of all the tricky questions. The resource is a carefully designed set of PowerPoint slides with the instructions, ten tough questions and full ten answer slides with the original question typed up as a heading, in case they forget! The only other thing you'll need is scrap paper and some pencils. I normally put the students into teams and they mark other teams' answers, but you could do the whole quiz orally. It's a winner - all the answers are there. This is a quiz with a difference where everyone learns something and you suddenly discover that the quiet student who has sat at the back of the classroom all term is a fact-knowing genius!
Mrsmumbles
Macbeth: revision pack with detailed notes on key focus scenes

Macbeth: revision pack with detailed notes on key focus scenes

This is a set of a lot of the key scenes for the students to revise. Clear, uncomplicated and well designed. Lots of detailed and academic notes on at least ten of the key speeches and soliloquies, complete with cross-textual links, scene links and definitions of tricky language.
Mrsmumbles
Dystopias and Utopias: 16 slide full topic outline, with tasks, key terms, lots of context details

Dystopias and Utopias: 16 slide full topic outline, with tasks, key terms, lots of context details

This 16 slide presentation Was originally created for a coursework unit which has since moved over to the Edexcel and AQA A level exam unit. The content is the same. It goes through the key terms, starting with 'Utopias' and defining what they are, with examples and quotations, then moving onto their flipside, the dystopian vision. I used it with my A level students who were studying '1984' and 'A Clockwork Orange' for coursework, but it would easily transfer across to the other texts such as 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Frankenstein'. This resource explores the same over-arching ideas behind the exam topic and explains a lot of the tricky contextual references and theories.
Mrsmumbles
'Skellig' lesson introduction to the topic: brainstormers and overview, 12 slides

'Skellig' lesson introduction to the topic: brainstormers and overview, 12 slides

A clear and paced presentation which first sets out teacher expectations (I started the term with this, so you might not need the first slide!) I pitched this at a bright year seven form, but it would work well with year 8s as well. The slideshow then asks for ideas about the creature's name, brainstorms ideas, then offers students the context to the word, including the religious context about St Michael. A clear homework is set. There's also some vocabulary extension slides and tasks at the end.
Mrsmumbles
Romeo and Juliet bundle 1

Romeo and Juliet bundle 1

Nice mix of background information and focussed textual tasks. The pack includes: 1) Overview and introduction slides on the play's main protagonists 2) A second general introduction to Shakespeare slideshow, with interesting images and questions. 3) Fun interactive Q & A 'odd one out' activity which is very stretching as it forces students to think imaginatively and originally, enabling differentiation to take place enjoyably. 4) Very good Romeo tracker sheet, enabling students to map Romeo's changing views of love through the play.
Mrsmumbles
Four great English poems covered in detail with FULL annotations and contextual points

Four great English poems covered in detail with FULL annotations and contextual points

Part One of two bundles, each of which brings together a great and very detailed set of lesson materials on some great English poems. This bundle includes: A thorough analysis of Wordsworth's 'Lines composed upon Westminster Bridge', Blake's 'London', U.A Fanthorpe's 'Not My Best Side' and Carol Anne Duffy's 'Havisham'. All the lessons contain very detailed poem annotations plus supporting contextual background. Ideal for specific course units or as a wider programme of enrichment.
Mrsmumbles
Roald Dahl 45 page bundle!

Roald Dahl 45 page bundle!

A full scheme of work on every chapter with a huge variety of fun and thorough teaching themes ( you might also like to read my overview on this file) Also included in the bundle is a handy and varied two sided set of extension tasks and teaching ideas for your most gifted and talented students - ideal for a Roald Dahl day! Finally, a grammar guide for students, themed to 'Skellig', another good student text. You can use this to help students improve their own written expression when responding to Dahl in creative tasks. Over 45 pages of material!
Mrsmumbles
Poetry lesson: comparing Wordsworth's London with Blake's, deemed outstanding lesson

Poetry lesson: comparing Wordsworth's London with Blake's, deemed outstanding lesson

A very thorough set of slides which includes full contextual background on London in the 18th and 18th centuries, useful images to help students visualise the city and a detailed focus section on Wordsworth's 'Lines composed upon Westminster Bridge', including a set of focus work cards. This allows the students to tackle different aspects of the poem in groups. Next, Blake's 'London' is explored, leading to slides which invite the students to compare the two. Full of useful context and suitable for able and average students. Over 16 carefully designed slides here.
Mrsmumbles
Decadent Dorian Gray Revision  Bundle!

Decadent Dorian Gray Revision Bundle!

This aesthetically pleasing bundle contains sample anonymous student essay responses to use with your own students, a useful contextual overview handout on the role of the portrait, plus an excellent handout on the Victorian Gothic in 'Dorian Gray'.
Mrsmumbles
Language and Gender: fun and full mega pack on gender bias within written texts

Language and Gender: fun and full mega pack on gender bias within written texts

It's hard to find good teaching resources on gender biases within written texts, which is why I created these. I used them in an observed lesson and there is enough material here to fill a double, or you could do one text a period. The pack contains: a full slideshow which introduces the topic, explores ideology with fun examples and cartoons, asks differentiated questions and spgets students thinking about the topic. It also has task guideline slides to steer them through their exercise. This is to work through a series of newspaper and advisory texts which may reveal gender bias. Students are encouraged to use linguistic terminology and frameworks. The slideshow also has answers at the end, which helps students improve their textual analysis and annotation skills as they get to see what they missed. The texts themselves are hilarious, especially the tabloid ones! If you teach in a single sex school, this one's a must! Bound to excite good discussions!
Mrsmumbles
'Boy' Tales of childhood autobiography: HUGE 33 page creative teaching pack

'Boy' Tales of childhood autobiography: HUGE 33 page creative teaching pack

This resource pack has everything you need to teach 'Boy', including a huge range of varied teaching tasks and activities for the students. There's a template at the front which pinpoints all the main KS3 skills I address. Basically, the pack helps students understand and master the autobiography and new vocabulary whilst allowing them to respond creatively to all types of chapters. By the end of completing the pack, the students will be able to: 1) Write creative responses to 'The Great Mouse Plot' (play script), describe their dream and nightmare item of confectionery (descriptive prose) write a first person narrative diary, alongside a range of persona response tasks. 2) Be able to differentiate between fictional and autobiographical writing. 3) Be able to write focussed comprehension responses to texts which are actually quite entertaining 4) Plan, draft, script up a perform a role play performance of 'The Great Mouse Plot' and a paired debate between Dr Thwaites and the Chairman of the Rats' Blood Liquorice Bootlace Company (plc) 5) Learn about rhetorical features and persuasive language used in effective debating 6) Design their own book jackets, write book blurbs and write analytical book reviews. 7) Undertake online and library research into life in 1930s schools 8) Devise ten uses for a dead mouse... 9) Get involved in a class debate fr and against corporal punishment in schools 10) Write a range of imaginary responses such as 'My own dream island', 'the worst school uniform', most memorable accident', 'worst/best day at school' and more.
Mrsmumbles
FAB and FUN descriptive writing grid - fairground theme

FAB and FUN descriptive writing grid - fairground theme

Students of all ages love these, so, as term approaches, treat yourself to my fairground- themed story grid! It works so well and you will be amazed at how much writing previously reluctant scribes can produce.. You need to colour print out the boards then, to recycle them, do get them laminated. Game rules: Split students up into pairs or no more than three. Brighter students can do this independently, but it's more fun in pairs. You need two dice per card. Ebay sell really good cheap foam ones. All the squares show close up details of aspects of a fairground. One child is on the red numbers side and the other one the green. They throw dice to get two numbers, such as 1, 6. Look up 1 and 6 on the board. Where the numbers coincide is your 'focus square'. They then have to write between 3-4 descriptive sentences for that square. They have to link , so they produce, between them, a single continuous piece of paragraphed description. between each other's squares. They will need about 6 focus squares, which means three paragraphs each. Boys get really competitive over besting each other, and soon a really good bit of writing emerges. The aim of the game is that they help each other come up with good words and imagery for each square, but, together, on a single page of paper, they co-author theor masterpiece. They are not allowed to swap squares. Some are harder than others - for example, the text squares ask students to incorporate that phrase into their paragraph. Others are abstract, such as a black hole - good for forcing unimaginative kids to think in abstract and symbolic ways! This works well with my slideshow tips for good narrative writing, also available in my shop. Once the students have done their timed mini descriptive pieces, get them t read out their work to each other. You will see a huge differentiated range. It teaches students loads of skills, from improving their grammar and vocabulary to teamwork, from speaking and listening skills and boosting confidence to creating textual cohesion and good links between paragraphs. It's also lots of fun to play!
Mrsmumbles
The monster-sized Richard III bundle!

The monster-sized Richard III bundle!

This bundle has a lot of material to help you get your students enthused about Shakespeare's best known villain. It contains three PowerPoints which introduce and contextualise the history of Richard III, explore his use of language, introduce new linguistic techniques and finally leads students up to writing a full essay on his use of language to control others. Also included in the bundle is a great introduction to Shakespeare slideshow which, ideally, starts off the topic, and a handy guide to Shakespearean grammar. Finally, I include the worksheet for a Shakespearean insults tournament, which the kids love as Richard has so many opponents they can script for. This last task is great value as it works well with lots of plays besides this one.
Mrsmumbles
The colossal creative writing bundle!

The colossal creative writing bundle!

This bundle pulls together a lot of tried and tested resources, including: Punctuation learning mat to improve written accuracy - ideal to laminate Handy scheme on narrative and descriptive writing skills Full pack on key features of narrative writing, including a large 12 slide slideshow, plus a great image grid writing activity with a horror theme A fantastic and fun to use story writing grid based on the theme of a fairground - very flexible and popular, ideal for shy writers, as a full class paired activity or even practice timed descriptive writing task. Even better, a lot of these resources can be adapted for younger or older students. In the main, they are aimed at GCSE learners, although the fairground grid works with all ages.(don't forget to buy your dice!)
Mrsmumbles
Gender bias within Language: full pack

Gender bias within Language: full pack

This is a great learning pack for this complex A level topic. It might also work with able year 11 students as extension or as a pshe activity. The slideshow is a thorough introduction to the topic and the pack includes four texts which students work through. The texts are very funny and are sure to stretch and involve your learners. Slideshow has answer section at the end so there is also a plenary. Up to three lessons of work here.
Mrsmumbles
Shakespearean insults tournament tasks and insults sheet: bring scenes to life!

Shakespearean insults tournament tasks and insults sheet: bring scenes to life!

These sheets are all you need to create a challenging yet hilarious lesson. Kids love this task as it enables them to legitimately insult one another whilst actively learning Shakespearean vocabulary, phrase grammar construction, word coinages and, crucially, self-confidence. I've used this with boys studying 'Henry V' (English troops insulting French ones and vice versa) with students studying 'Richard III' (Lady Anne and Richard trade insults) - and for students of 'The Tempest'. The beauty of the task is that students can tilt their language for each particular play. Caliban and Prosero's language is a mix of magical and eloquent for Prospero versus nature-themed curses for Caliban, whereas the historical plays can bring in more historical events, military terms and, in the case of Henry V, comical stereotyping.DVD extracts also work well as clips to enable quieter students to see how it's done and find their own voice. Enjoy!
Mrsmumbles