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I am currently teaching in a state secondary school although I have also taught in primary, independent and international schools. I really hope you find my resources useful!

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I am currently teaching in a state secondary school although I have also taught in primary, independent and international schools. I really hope you find my resources useful!
Ambition in 'Macbeth': exploration and essay (GCSE)
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Ambition in 'Macbeth': exploration and essay (GCSE)

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An engaging, super clear 40 slide powerpoint which takes a class through the theme of ambition in ‘Macbeth’. There are plenty of opportunities for short, focused activities by the students to help consolidate skills of language analysis and writing about context. The lesson finishes with an exam question, using an extract from Act 3, with a detailed plan showing how to tackle a GCSE essay. There are sample responses and indicative content throughout. This is suitable for the AQA exam board but can easily be adapted for other exam boards. It has worked really well in the classroom, taking between 1-2 hours depending on how much writing you want your students to complete.
Power in 'Macbeth'- revision lesson with essay and full answer
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Power in 'Macbeth'- revision lesson with essay and full answer

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An engaging, super clear 56 slide powerpoint which takes a class through the theme of power in ‘Macbeth’ using key quotations which are then used to tackle an exploding extract question. There are plenty of opportunities for short, focused activities by the students with slides giving answers for all activities. The lesson finishes with an exam question and guided activities to help students plan and then write their answers. A full model answer is also included. The lesson works best as revision. It takes between 1 and 2 hours, depending on how much writing the students complete. This is suitable for the AQA and OCR exam boards but can easily be adapted for other exam boards.
Kingship in 'Macbeth': revision lesson with question and full sample answer
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Kingship in 'Macbeth': revision lesson with question and full sample answer

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An engaging, super clear 49 slide powerpoint which takes a class through the theme of kingship in ‘Macbeth’ using key quotations which are then used to tackle an exploding extract question. There are plenty of opportunities for short, focused activities by the students with slides giving answers for all activities. The lesson finishes with an exam question and guided activities to help students plan and then write their answers. A full model answer is also included. The lesson works best as revision. It takes between 1 and 2 hours, depending on how much writing the students complete. This is suitable for the AQA and OCR exam boards but can easily be adapted for other exam boards.
Macbeth as a tragic hero: revision lesson and model answer (AQA)
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Macbeth as a tragic hero: revision lesson and model answer (AQA)

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A super clear, colourful 31 slide powerpoint that covers the character of Macbeth as a tragic hero. There are plenty of opportunities for students to work individually, in pairs or small groups, depending on the class dynamics. There are sample answers for all tasks and engaging activities which help students improve their skills. There are guided writing tasks as well to support students. There is an AQA style essay question at the end with structured guidance to help the students annotate an extract and plan an answer. There are guided writing tasks as well to support students. There is a full sample answer at the end. This lesson takes 1-2 hours, depending on how much writing you ask the students to complete. My students have found it engaging and really helpful. I hope yours do too! If you find it useful, please do leave a review and have a look at other lessons and activities in my shop.
Eduqas GCSE English Language: transactional writing (article)
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Eduqas GCSE English Language: transactional writing (article)

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A clear, colourful powerpoint (37 slides) that fully prepares students for writing an article in the Section B section of the English language exam. It is written for Eduqas students but is very easy to adapt to suit other exam boards. The powerpoint covers: how to plan how to write a great introduction how to write powerful sentences There are also 2 full top band answers and one middle band answer for the tasks which students can grade and discuss. The activities last 1-2 hours, depending how much writing you want your students to complete.
Secrecy in 'DrJekyll and Mr Hyde': AQA exam question/revision lesson
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Secrecy in 'DrJekyll and Mr Hyde': AQA exam question/revision lesson

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A super clear powerpoint (33 slides) which takes a class through the stages of tackling an extract question focusing on the theme of secrecy and mystery. The extract is from ‘The Last Night’ . There are plenty of opportunities for short, focused activities by the students and also a ‘moving up the levels’ illustration of how to analyse language and structure closely. It finishes with two detailed essay plans that model how to approach the question in the exam, covering all the assessment objectives. This is suitable for the AQA exam board but can easily be adapted for other exam boards.
Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol':  engaging revision lesson with full model answer
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Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol': engaging revision lesson with full model answer

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A super clear 47 slide powerpoint which takes a class through the transformation of Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’. There are plenty of opportunities for short, focused activities by the student, including exercises which help students analyse quotations closely for AO1, AO2 and AO3. The activities lead neatly into an essay question based on an extract from Stave 5, with step-by-step guidance about how to successfully write a response. It finishes with a complete model answer. This is suitable for the AQA and Eduqas exam boards but can easily be adapted for other exam boards. I hope your students find it useful. If they do, please do leave a review and check out other resources in my shop. Thank you!
Science in 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde': theme and essay question
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Science in 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde': theme and essay question

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This is a super clear, colourful power point which guides students through the theme of science in ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. It is best used for revision or once the students have finished reading the novel. There are discussion points, activities to test knowledge of the novel and opportunities to analyse language. Context is also fully covered. The lesson ends with an extract question suitable for the AQA exam but easily adapted for Eduqas or Edexcel. There is also a really detailed plan which illustrates how to write a top-level essay. This lesson worked very well with my year 11 students who went on to write excellent essays on this theme.
Poetry: Exploring and comparing ballads
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Poetry: Exploring and comparing ballads

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A super clear, colourful 40 slide powerpoint that explores the poems ‘The Ballad of Hillsborough’ and ‘The Gresford Disaster’. I have delivered this lesson to KS3 and KS4 students very successfully. There are plenty of opportunities for students to work individually, in pairs or small groups, depending on the class dynamics. There are sample answers for most tasks and engaging activities which help students improve their skills. This lesson takes 1-2 hours, depending on how much writing you ask the students to complete. My students have found it engaging and really helpful. I hope yours do too! Tes paid licence
The Cratchits in 'A Christmas Carol': revision lesson with essay question and full model answer
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The Cratchits in 'A Christmas Carol': revision lesson with essay question and full model answer

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An engaging, super clear 50 slide powerpoint which takes a class through the roles of the Cratchit family in ‘A Christmas Carol’ using key quotations which are then used to tackle an exploding extract question. There are plenty of opportunities for short, focused activities by the students with slides giving answers for all activities. The lesson finishes with an exam question and guided activities to help students plan and then write their answers. A full model answer is also included. The lesson works best as revision. It takes between 1 and 2 hours, depending on how much writing the students complete. This is suitable for the AQA and Eduqas exam boards but can easily be adapted for other exam boards.
Eduqas Language Paper 2: Walkthrough
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Eduqas Language Paper 2: Walkthrough

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A super clear 44 slide powerpoint that takes students through the skills need for Eduqas English Language Paper 2. Includes: colourful 1 hour powerpoint that centres around covering and answering a mock exam-style paper based on GCSE English Language Paper 2. There are sample answers or part answers for every question. The powerpoint could be extended over 2 lessons if need be if students write their own answers in timed conditions to help with exam practice. The questions focus on two engaging sources: a modern piece with a schools inspector looking round a perfect school and a lively diary of a Victorian teacher in a ragged school. I’ve used this many times with my students and it works really well.
IGCSE English Poetry: Search for my Tongue and Prayer Before Birth
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IGCSE English Poetry: Search for my Tongue and Prayer Before Birth

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Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt and Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice This is a colourful document in the form of a super clear grid that shows students how to compare the poems using the theme of identity. The grid can easily be used to write about other themes such as strong images or strong feelings. 5-6 short key quotations from each poem high-end language analysis tight comparison It is really useful for effective revision. I created this for a student who went on to get a grade 9 just using this (and others I have made) as her revision aid.
Supernatural in 'Macbeth': revision lesson and model answer AQA/OCR
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Supernatural in 'Macbeth': revision lesson and model answer AQA/OCR

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A super clear, colourful 44 slide powerpoint that covers the theme of the supernatural in ‘Macbeth’. This works best as a lesson after the class has read the whole play. There are plenty of opportunities for students to work individually, in pairs or small groups, depending on the class dynamics. There are sample answers for all tasks and engaging activities which help students improve their skills. There are guided writing tasks as well to support students. There is an AQA/OCR style essay question at the end with structured guidance to help the students annotate an extract and plan an answer. There are guided writing tasks as well to support students. There is a full sample answer at the end. This lesson takes 1-2 hours, depending on how much writing you ask the students to complete. My students have found it engaging and really helpful. I hope yours do too! If you find it useful, please do leave a review and have a look at other lessons and activities in my shop.
Eduqas English Language Component 1- Titanic paper
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Eduqas English Language Component 1- Titanic paper

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Really useful practice question paper for Eduqas English Language GCSE Component 1. Based on an exciting extract about the sinking of the Titanic, this resource includes: question paper 25 slide powerpoint The powerpoint clearly and throughly covers each question. There are sample answers or indicative content for each question with ‘do now’ tasks to help students improve their skills. Really useful for KS4 students learning or revising the skills for the exam.
Violence in 'Macbeth':  detailed exploration + essay question
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Violence in 'Macbeth': detailed exploration + essay question

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An engaging, super clear 30 slide powerpoint which takes a class through the theme of violence in ‘Macbeth’. There are plenty of opportunities for short, focused activities by the students to help consolidate skills of language analysis and writing about context. The lesson finishes with an exam question, using an extract from Act 4 scene 3, with two separate detailed plans showing how to tackle an essay. This is suitable for the AQA exam board but can easily be adapted for other exam boards.
Edexcel English Language Paper 2- Schools
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Edexcel English Language Paper 2- Schools

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A super clear 44 slide powerpoint that takes students through the skills need for Eduqas English Language Paper 2. Includes: colourful 1 hour powerpoint that centres around covering and answering a mock exam-style paper based on GCSE English Language Paper 2. There are sample answers or part answers for every question. The powerpoint could be extended over 2 lessons if need be if students write their own answers in timed conditions to help with exam practice. The questions focus on two engaging sources: a modern piece with a schools inspector looking round a perfect school and a lively diary of a Victorian teacher in a ragged school. I’ve used this many times with my students and it works really well.
Edexcel GCSE Time and Place Poetry
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Edexcel GCSE Time and Place Poetry

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This bundle is a series of documents in the form of super clear grids that shows students how to compare ALL the poems from the Edexcel GCSE Time and Place cluster. 5-6 short key quotations from each poem high-end language analysis context fully covered tight comparison They are really useful for effective revision. I created these for a student who went on to get a grade 9 just using these grids as her revision aids.
Types of Sentences
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Types of Sentences

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Colourful powerpoint that teaches the four main types of sentence. It can be used as a starter or for revision with KS2, KS3 and KS4. There is a simple explanation of each sentence type examples and a super quick activity for each one to check understanding. The last activity is a bright, cheerful quiz which the whole class can take part in. Answers in final slide. Hope you find it useful. If you do, please leave a review!
Women in 'An Inspector Calls'
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Women in 'An Inspector Calls'

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This is a super clear powerpoint consisting of 16 slides that guides the class through the presentation of women in ‘An Inspector Calls’. There are activities for the students with answers on separate slides. Additionally, there are also some ideas for exploring the text in different ways which help students reach the highest grades. It finishes with an extract-based exam paper suitable for Eduqas students. This includes detailed slides showing how to annotate, how to plan and, really usefully, an example of a very detailed essay plan. Although it suits the Eduqas exam format, the ideas in the essay are very helpful for all GCSE and IGCSE students. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful!
Eduqas Poetry Anthology: revision game
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Eduqas Poetry Anthology: revision game

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This is a game that is easy to set up and fun to play. It’s very similar to ‘Articulate’ or ‘Don’t Say a Word’ so it’s interactive and entertaining. All you need to do is print off the cards and cut them up (a 5 minute job) and then it’s ready to play. Once this is done, the cards can be reused for other classes and lessons. My students really enjoy this game. We play with other texts as well and it’s a good break from mind maps and timed essays etc. Rules and how to play all on the document. If you like it, please do leave a review and check out my other resources in my MsLarkinsResources shop. Have fun!