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

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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!
'The signalman' whole lesson, with plan  plus  three extra linked resources
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'The signalman' whole lesson, with plan plus three extra linked resources

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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.
Language and Gender mega bundle
Mrsmumbles

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. Also included is a fun grammar guide.
'Boy' Tales of childhood autobiography: HUGE 33 page creative teaching pack
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'Boy' Tales of childhood autobiography: HUGE 33 page creative teaching pack

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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: 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. Be able to differentiate between fictional and autobiographical writing. Be able to write focussed comprehension responses to texts which are actually quite entertaining 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) Learn about rhetorical features and persuasive language used in effective debating Design their own book jackets, write book blurbs and write analytical book reviews. Undertake online and library research into life in 1930s schools Devise ten uses for a dead mouse… Get involved in a class debate fr and against corporal punishment in schools 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.
Macbeth: great anonymous sample student answer on guilt in soliloquies
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Macbeth: great anonymous sample student answer on guilt in soliloquies

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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!
Handy glossary of 40 poetic terms, with definitions and examples: fire their enthusiasm!
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Handy glossary of 40 poetic terms, with definitions and examples: fire their enthusiasm!

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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.
Staging Shylock: how should we interpret him?
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Staging Shylock: how should we interpret him?

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Full PowerPoint presentation which covers all the main three ways in which Shylock is viewed by academics, with textual examples and supporting analysis for each stance. Lots of detail. Makes ideal characterand play revision.
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!
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.
Ultimate guide to embedding quotations - with attached poem activity!
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Ultimate guide to embedding quotations - with attached poem activity!

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Really useful, simply differentiated and accessible 3-part guide, activity and attached focus poem (Blake’s ‘London.’) Ressourceis ideal for GCSE but also good with A level and even younger students, so its a bargain! It summarises what embedded quotations are, and then offers students a chance to try out their new understanding with an activity on a poem I have included in the pack. 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. There is a nicely illustrated copy of Blake’s poem ‘London’ ,with copyright free images, so this would, make a nice lesson for AQA ‘Power and Conflict’ anthology students, or make a good general poetry lesson with one focus objective being on mastering embedding quotations, A bargain!
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.
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.
Very detailed level 9 quality 'Jekyll and Hyde' chapter 6 revision summary notes
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Very detailed level 9 quality 'Jekyll and Hyde' chapter 6 revision summary notes

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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!
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.
'Ey Mickey!' 3 files:  Scouser dialect glossary and origins and 'Blood Brothers
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'Ey Mickey!' 3 files: Scouser dialect glossary and origins and 'Blood Brothers

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Fun and educational handout on accents and dialects plus a glossary of Scouser words and terms followed by an activity asking students to write phrases for Mickey in Scouser and Edward Lyons in Standard English. I created it to reinforce students’ learning of the play ‘Blood Brothers’, but you could use it just as well as a stand alone resource on accents and dialects. For many kids in southern England, this resource was an eye-opener as language is far more standardised down here. Ideal springboard for further research and creative writing in the authentic ‘voice’ for Mickey Johnston. Kids enjoy the exercise a lot and it’s a good springboard for more work on language and class.
FAB and FUN descriptive writing grid - fairground theme
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FAB and FUN descriptive writing grid - fairground theme

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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!