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High quality and varied English teaching resources, from KS3 to A level. I've got single and pack resources which cover language and literature from KS3 to IGCSE, AQA GCSE and A level Literature and Language. Thanks for stopping by.

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High quality and varied English teaching resources, from KS3 to A level. I've got single and pack resources which cover language and literature from KS3 to IGCSE, AQA GCSE and A level Literature and Language. Thanks for stopping by.
‘ Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 'The Enchanted Forest’ descriptive writing scheme
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‘ Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 'The Enchanted Forest’ descriptive writing scheme

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HUGE pack of FIVE DETAILED resources for you to choose from. Do all the scheme or just the key descriptive task with 4 supporting files. This is an ideal scheme of work and rich resource bundle for students of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or, indeed, any other story which has a sequence set in forests or the wild outdoors. Also works great as a forest-themed stand-alone descriptive writing unit across KS3 and 4. The pack contains: What makes a good story?’ strips that students are invited to rank in order of importance out of 12. Helps them isolate the key ingredients of good writing. A PowerPoint slideshow summarising descriptve writing, with lots of useful technical terms and detailed examples to inspire them! The slideshow also explores other possible topics, using fairgrounds as examples, but this could be quickly adapted. A clear 2-sided task sheet inviting the students to imagine that, like Helena (or any other character you want!) - you too are stranded all alone in the enchanted forest. The sheet has a model opening paragraph to help get the students started. Lots of images to inspire them. A great little ‘forest story’ grid game, which you just print out in colour and laminate. This is used to do the paired creative ‘forest writing’ task and supports the PowerPoint, if you don;t have time for the students to make their own grids, as suggested in the slideshow! A handy vocabulary sheet with words and phrases for forests, darkness and light, covering adjectives, nouns, verbs, metaphors, similes, personification and symbolism. The sheet really helps them focus and broadens their expression.
Persuasive language features checklist
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Persuasive language features checklist

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19 persuasive language features listed in a grid. Students have to write on the right hand side of the grid and explain what they think the effectiveness is for each feature. Ideal exam revision. Could equally be used with younger students. Get them to come up with the 20th feature themselves!
Full guide to embedding quotations & attached details tasks on Blake's 'London', with answers!
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Full guide to embedding quotations & attached details tasks on Blake's 'London', with answers!

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Really useful, 9-page detailed adaptable and accessible 3-part guide to embedded quotations, including a set of guidelines, a 3-part focus activity, sample answers, contextual images on the London slums and attached focus poem (Blake’s ‘London.’) Resource is ideal for GCSE but also good with older A level and even able year 9 students, so it’s a bargain! *** It summarises what embedded quotations are, explaining their usefulness in essay responses The pack then offers students a chance to try out their new understanding with an activity on Blake’s ‘London’ I have included a copy of it plus supporting contextual pictures in the pack. The poem is a good clear copy with relevant copyright-free imagery to inspire your students I also provide 3 sides of sample responses to the 3 ‘embed your own quotations’ task, so the students can gain a deeper understanding and benefit from ‘mini guides’ to key parts of the poem. The teacher can adapt the lesson to ask students to write super-short punchy embedded quotation sentences, or ask them to create extended paragraphed responses, as show in the three sample answers. **** This is a great way to sharpen up and develop analytical responses. GCSE and IGCSE students find it a useful guide and the activity, which is based on Blake’s poem ‘London’, is easy to set up and assess student understanding of this essential assessment area. This would make a nice lesson for AQA ‘Power and Conflict’ anthology students, or would make an equally good general poetry lesson with one focus objective being on mastering embedding quotations. Bargain price for a 9 -page resource which addresses a key literary skill within a key GCSE poem.
Decadent Dorian Gray Revision  Bundle!
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Decadent Dorian Gray Revision Bundle!

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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'.
KS3 writing: Heroes and Villains - creating fictional characers
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KS3 writing: Heroes and Villains - creating fictional characers

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Great PowerPoint which guides students through a range of heroes and villains, then sets up a task where they have to write a short description of a character of their own. Included is a sample piece of creative writing; a description of a dastardly Gothic villain. Full of exciting images and ideal for younger kids. I've taught this to year 7-9, GCSE students as a fn starter, and even as an enrichment class to local schoolchildren from feeder primaries. It always works and is guaranteed to produce fun responses!
Language and Gender mega bundle
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Language and Gender mega bundle

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A whole term of work here. The first 47 page unit is meant as a teacher’s guide to all the key course areas, although you may wish to photocopy sections for the students. The second resource is a very thorough lesson pack with resources for gender bias in written texts, lots of funky images and amusing texts for your students to analyse.
U.A Fanthorpe: 'Not my best side' - Full set of lesson resources for observed lesson on poetry
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U.A Fanthorpe: 'Not my best side' - Full set of lesson resources for observed lesson on poetry

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Contains: poetic terms knowledge checklist to use as a starter, the main lesson in PowerPoint, including questions and tasks, copy of the poem with some brief context included on the sheet and finally, a set of group work tasks. I created these for another lesson ob. It works well if you show the PowerPoint after you have assessed how many poetic terms the students know (see file for this) and before you get them to read the poem. The slides work as parts of the lesson with Q &A sections on them. Other resources offer students background info on St George and the dragon and on the painting. Overall, a high quality detailed lesson which makes for a great introduction to an enjoyable poem: everything's prepared and ready to go.
Shakespeare Week: Introductory Bundle
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Shakespeare Week: Introductory Bundle

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All you need to get the kids started: a full slideshow PowerPoint about Shakespeare's life and historical context, a handout on Shakespearean grammar, followed by a great fun activity asking students to write in the style of an Elizabethan lady vistiing London.
The ultimate 'Animal Farm' teaching pack...it's pigtastic!
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The ultimate 'Animal Farm' teaching pack...it's pigtastic!

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I created this pack for my year eight students, but I have also delivered it very successfully to year nines and tens. It is huge, with well over thirty pages and over twelve sections, such as: Introduction to Orwell, his social and political beliefs Focused chapter comprehension tasks What is an allegory? What is satire and irony? The language of political persuasion Numerous student-centred tasks, from research to speaking and listening, creative writing to political speech-writing. I deliberately designed the pack so that teachers can customise it by intended year group. Older kids will get more from the contextual background materials than younger ones. They do so well on this unit and love the political hustings orals, making a persuasive speech and getting confident with persuasive and satirical language. I prefer the older Halas and Bachelor film to teach alongside this scheme.
Shakespeare Week: Fun Shakespearean insults tournament tasks and sheet
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Shakespeare Week: Fun Shakespearean insults tournament tasks and sheet

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These sheets are all you need to create a challenging yet enjoyable lesson. Kids love this task as it enables them to legitimately insult one another whilst following thes elearning objectives: 1) How to write and Shakespearean phrases, use new vocabulary, use the grammatical structures and create word coinages. 2) Mastering the archaic vocabulary with their partners. 3) How to deliver short but effective lines dramatically, ad-libbing and varying according to context. I've used this with boys studying 'Henry V' (English troops insulting French ones and vice versa) with girls students studying 'Richard III' (Lady Anne and Richard trade insults) - and for students of 'The Tempest'. Students can, if they wish, adapt their language choices for a particular play. Caliban and Prosero's language is a mix of magical and eloquent for Prospero, with more nature-themed curses for Caliban, whereas the historical plays can bring in more historical, supernatural and military language.
Student reading project with lists and exciting varied tasks
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Student reading project with lists and exciting varied tasks

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This is an ideal pack for anyone wanting to encourage their students to read widely and perhaps try a different range of books. It is aimed at KS3 age students, mainly year sevens and eights. However, it is just as useful for aspiration Commin Entrance exam students who are keen to brush up on book knowledge prior to interviews. The project can last several weeks and is ideal as both extension or class work activity. The pack contains a useful letter home to parents asking them to support their child with the project, focus tasks on all aspects of the chosen book, tipsnon what makes a good read and a great speaking and listening debate activity- which book would you save from destruction, and why?
AQA mega poem comparison grid
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AQA mega poem comparison grid

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Useful way to get the students of the AQA anthology poems to think comparatively. The page enlarges up well to A3 size. I have had some amazing student responses to this, creating all sorts of clever links. They find it a good way to revise poetic terminology and like to revisit the grid to add in new ideas, especially in the final column. Obviously, in the real exam they have to choose one they know and compare to an unseen, but this activity enables them to start thinking comparatively.
Merchant of Venice revision pack
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Merchant of Venice revision pack

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This pack focuses on all the difficult aspects of each scene, Language, character and theme. Lots of demanding questions and certainly an ideal pack for revision.
Literary Motifs in 'Skellig'
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Literary Motifs in 'Skellig'

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A thorough and attractively designed handout which introduces students to the idea of a lierary motif and gives examples of them in 'Skellig'. Opportunities for extended work and homework. Please do see my other Skellig resources in my hop, 'The Full English'
Ted Hughes animal poems: Full teaching pack for 'Esther's Tomcat'
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Ted Hughes animal poems: Full teaching pack for 'Esther's Tomcat'

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A very carefully crafted pack which is accessible to a wide range of student ages and abilities. The pack revises and develops knowledge of poetic terminology and gets students to explore different verses of the poem in focus groups. Ideal way to encourage students to focus in on a stanza, make notes, discuss and present findings. Good for GCSE poetry students as there is a poetic terms glossary and the poem could be used as timed practice or compared to another in the Anthology, such as 'Bayonet Charge' or another's animal poem for the unseen option. The pack is a useful planning springboard for a first essay on the poem. There are six groups for each of the six stanzas, and a range of good varied group questions for each group, so every student can contribute.
Writers' effects analysis- in 'The Woman in Black'!
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Writers' effects analysis- in 'The Woman in Black'!

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This resource was created with the IGCSE Paper 2 'Writers' Effects' task in mind, I found that my year tens were left cold by the sample past paper texts, so used this extract from the famous horror tale. As it is so well written, the students respond well to it and start to grasp how much detailed analysis is needed in these ten mark tasks. Obviously we then moved on to exam board papers, but thiis is ideal as a starting point. Ideally, if your were a year ten teacher you would use this as a starter, get them thinking about the language, then introduce the AOs for the task. You could then give students allocated quotations to hone their analytical skills upon. This task would also be useful practise for unseen prose analysis and for anyone studying the actual novel in full, so is very flexible, suitable for IGCSE or year nine pre-IGCSE students.
News values & studying media issues in the news
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News values & studying media issues in the news

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This is a range of resources on the news, news values and the way that media issues such as gender or violence affect the news. Some fun sample texts. You might also want to update with more recent news examples to go with the tasks.