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High quality and varied English teaching resources, from KS3 to A level. I've got literary text packs which also cover literacy, through 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 literary text packs which also cover literacy, through to IGCSE, AQA GCSE and A level Literature and Language. Thanks for stopping by.
Handy glossary of 40 poetic terms, with definitions and examples: spark their interest!

Handy glossary of 40 poetic terms, with definitions and examples: spark their interest!

This is so useful. I teach with it several times a week and the students love its simplicity. 40 highly relevant, clearly defined and fully exemplified poetic terms. The technical terminology to enable your students to spot less obvious features in the exam anthologies, or, for younger students, their focus poems. ideal for extending your most able students whilst reassuring the majority with a go-to guide they can glue in and refer back to. Please see my other AQA and CIE IGCSE poetry bundles and resources.
Mrsmumbles
The Skelltastic Skellig bundle: bundle 1, introductory

The Skelltastic Skellig bundle: bundle 1, introductory

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
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
Merchant of Venice revision pack

Merchant of Venice revision pack

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.
Mrsmumbles
Language and Gender mega bundle

Language and Gender mega bundle

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. Also included is a fun grammar guide.
Mrsmumbles
The Skelltastic Skellig bundle: bundle 1, introductory

The Skelltastic Skellig bundle: bundle 1, introductory

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
Skellig Bundle 2: Gothic  details and creative skills

Skellig Bundle 2: Gothic details and creative skills

This is a great value bundle, containing: Detailed notes on key repeating motifs in the book A handy Skellig themed revision sheet of all the word classes A detailed list of tricky vocabulary from the first ten chapters, A slideshow aimed at younger children which explains the Gothic genre. A great way to springboard from here to teaching rhe students about the Gothic elements in the book. Colourful stimulus material for writing their own descriptive fiction…a set of slips, each saying what makes a good story. students have to sort them in their own rank order.
Mrsmumbles
The ultimate how-to guide for embedding quotations

The ultimate how-to guide for embedding quotations

Basically what it says! Useful way of encouraging weaker students to raise their essay grades and work more efficiently on their Language or Literature tasks. At the end is a list of sample quotations from a poem by William Blake. Students are invited to turn into sentences containing embedded quotations. You could, of course, choose any literary text and make your own version of this exercise, or even print out bits of quotations with an instruction for what you want the quotations to describe, getting students to work in pairs and swap ideas on what embeds the best.
Mrsmumbles
U.A Fanthorpe: 'Not my best side' - Full set of lesson resources for observed lesson on poetry

U.A Fanthorpe: 'Not my best side' - Full set of lesson resources for observed lesson on poetry

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.
Mrsmumbles
Shakespeare Week: Fun Shakespearean insults tournament tasks and sheet

Shakespeare Week: Fun Shakespearean insults tournament tasks and sheet

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.
Mrsmumbles
Level 9 detailed extension notes on  chapter 7 of 'Jekyll and Hyde'

Level 9 detailed extension notes on chapter 7 of 'Jekyll and Hyde'

More chapter summaries on the way! This was used with my top set students last Summer ; all gained a top grade. They fund it useful as the language is tackled in the handout. Ideal for last minute revision as it covers a huge amount in compressed space. Keeps students on their toes and extends the most able. Very detailed handout which summarises plot events, defines tricky words, focuses on key language features and relates them to similar examples across the text and contextualises key sections. The handout covers a range of Victorian contexts, such as Darwinist theory and Victorian respectability, the London Underworld, the Victorian thirst for knowledge, literary contexts and religious contexts.
Mrsmumbles
'The signalman' whole lesson plan and three resources

'The signalman' whole lesson plan and three resources

An ideal pre-prepared lesson with some great ways to introduce your students to the delights of gothic horror. The files include a copy of the short story, focused lesson plan and a useful glossary list of archaic vocabulary, to help students understand the trickier sections of the story. A great set of resources. Please also see my shop' s 'What is the Gothic genre?' PowerPoint file, and my 'The Gothic' slideshow, aimed at older students.
Mrsmumbles
Macbeth GCSE: 23 full  focus scenes for revision - 8  fully  annotated covering all  key frameworks

Macbeth GCSE: 23 full focus scenes for revision - 8 fully annotated covering all key frameworks

Aimed at GCSE students, this pack of 23 of the 'most likely' scenes zooms in on the key contextual background, suggests key cross-scene links, analyses language, character, theme and also related out to wider contexts such as witchcraft, religion or treason. Basically, these are 23 key revision scenes with 8 mini essay revision notes on the first 8 speeches. Handy if you are sitting Monday's exam and haven't a clue where to start revision!
Mrsmumbles
Very detailed level 9 quality 'Jekyll and Hyde' chapter 6 revision summary notes

Very detailed level 9 quality 'Jekyll and Hyde' chapter 6 revision summary notes

More on the way! This handout was part of a series delivered to my top set -they all got level 8 or 9 in Lit last Summer. This resource is ideal as a printed chapter revision sheet for a key chapter of the novel. It does not just sum up plot; rather it also defines tricky vocabulary, discusses key aspects from the chapter and links the language within it to connecting examples elsewhere in the novel. This is a key skill requirement of the exam. I also link key quotations to relevant contextual points, such as the Victorians' thirst for knowledge, the London underworld, Darwinian beliefs and Victorian concepts of morality. Other chapters are available!
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
AQA mega poem comparison grid

AQA mega poem comparison grid

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.
Mrsmumbles
Richard III: character exploration  through quotation analysis

Richard III: character exploration through quotation analysis

A full clear slideshow with tasks, getting students to zoom in on the language Richard uses in the play. You might like to then follow this work with my 'Shakespearean insults tournament' and 'Shakespearean grammar' resources, as students will then be more confident with the language and able to create arguments between Richard and his enemeies.
Mrsmumbles
Shakespeare Week: Introductory Bundle

Shakespeare Week: Introductory Bundle

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.
Mrsmumbles
Macbeth: great anonymous sample student answer on guilt in soliloquies

Macbeth: great anonymous sample student answer on guilt in soliloquies

A very impressive and detailed student response to 'Macbeth', revealing a detailed understanding of the key AOs, particularly contextual factors. The essay structure is good and hones in on the question's focus words. A wide range of terminology is applied and analysed in depth, grading this a secure level 6. Completed during timed conditions Ideal as a student revision aid and to extend any complacent students!
Mrsmumbles