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Here you will find challenging, but engaging resources for all abilities, that will engage your students and support their progress in English. Please do not hesitate to leave comments with lesson/resources requests.

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Here you will find challenging, but engaging resources for all abilities, that will engage your students and support their progress in English. Please do not hesitate to leave comments with lesson/resources requests.
Jekyll and Hyde Summary and Quotes
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Jekyll and Hyde Summary and Quotes

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Double-sided, colour-coded, quote bank worksheet to use as a revision tool. Also includes a brief summary of each chapter, to help students revise the plot of the novella, as well as a vocabulary key. Can be set as homework to revise quotations or as a resource during mock exams or in class practice questions. Print double sided on A4/A3 paper. Suitable for all abilities.
Civil Rights: The Journey to Social Justice
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Civil Rights: The Journey to Social Justice

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A comprehensive booklet on the civil rights movement, including enslavement, activism and the black lives matter movement. Take your students through the fraught and intricate journey of the systemic oppression of African people, whilst empowering them to challenge misconceptions about black culture and its contributions to world history. Contents: Lesson 1: 20th August 1619-The Day that Changed the World Lesson 2: The Middle Passage Lesson 3: Caged Bird by Maya Angelou Lesson 4: The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution and the Silence on Slavery Lesson 5: Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July Lesson 6: Philosophy for Children (P4C) Lesson Lesson 7: The 13th Amendment Lesson 8: The Civil Rights Movement Lesson 9: Tulsa, Oklahoma ‘Black Wall Street’ 31st May 1921 Lesson 10: Black Entrepreneurs Lesson 11: Philosophy for Children (P4C) Lesson 12: Advocating for Justice Lesson 13: Nationalism Lesson 14: Debate: Defund the Police? Lesson 15: Police Brutality Lesson 16: Slave Patrols: An Early Form of American Policing Lesson 17: Black Lives Matter Movement Lesson 18: Don’t All Lives Matter? Lesson 19: Put Out the Fire? Lesson 20: President Barack Obama Lesson 21: Dismantling Racism Suitable for KS3 onwards.
AQA Poetry Comparison Lesson-Porphyria's Lover Vs Farmer's Bride
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AQA Poetry Comparison Lesson-Porphyria's Lover Vs Farmer's Bride

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This resource was used effectively with a top set Y11 class. The lesson begins with the students assessing their own knowledge of the poetry cluster by matching quotes to the correct poem-an effective settling activity. They then answer a series of questions about the poems whilst using their anthologies to annotate. ANSWERS provided on the PowerPoint presentation. A 5 minute ‘thesis challenge’ is then set and students will select a range of effective quotes that they’ve already analysed, to support their opening thesis statements. Optional homework/follow up lesson: write a full response to the comparative question: compare the attitudes towards possessive love in Porphyria’s Lover and The Farmer’s Bride. Differentiation: work in pairs to complete the starter and main task, exemplar thesis statement provided. Timings provided as well as check points for AFL. Suitability: All abilities; perhaps remove some of the questions for the main task and lesson the amount of quotes to select for the plenary.
Language Techniques Lesson: Writing to Inform/Good News Stories
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Language Techniques Lesson: Writing to Inform/Good News Stories

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This is a general lesson merging current affairs with transactional writing skills. Students will pick out language and structural techniques in an article, discuss everyday examples of techniques being used in media and write their own ‘good news story’ in the form of an article. Good for recapping and lifting the creating variety during home/online learning. Includes a pre written Kahoot quiz at the end for identifying techniques in different sentences. PIN included. Suitable for both key stages 3 and 4.
Of Mice and Men Character Inference Lesson
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Of Mice and Men Character Inference Lesson

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Content This lesson will guide students into making inferences about George and Lennie in ‘Of Mice and Men.’ Students will select characteristics for each character and look closely at the opening of the novella, at language that describes the characteristics of them both. Differentiation PEAL paragraph example is provided to guide students, as well as sentence starters and extension tasks. Typically for a double 50 minute lesson.
Key Word Analysis Lesson
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Key Word Analysis Lesson

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This lesson was recently used with a low ability year 9 girls’ group; successfully. This lesson will familiarize students with analyzing at word level: a key skill for both language and literature papers. Students will create mind maps of 6 high frequency words via dictionary/thesaurus work. Students will then write a series of paragraphs simply analyzing key words from a variety of sentences extracted from current news and popular culture publications. Plenary includes a score based peer assessment. Typically a 50 minute lesson; low to mid ability groups.
English Language Exam-Imaginative Writing
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English Language Exam-Imaginative Writing

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This lesson will prepare students for the new language exam for English. Students will review a selection of images and brainstorm ideas that will inform their writing. Differentiation: Exemplary paragraphs given Extended tasks for the more abled Planning resource sheet included Descriptive language lists provided Typically for a mid-low ability set. Can be used at KS3 for early preparation or KS4 for scheduled end of unit or end of year assessments.
Persuasive Writing Worksheet
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Persuasive Writing Worksheet

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This worksheet is suitable for all abilities to plan a persuasive piece of writing. Students are given opportunities to create a new product or ‘sell’ their favourite experience or commodity. Can be used as an extended starter sheet in a persuasive writing lesson. Teachers need only provide their own success criteria for a persuasive speech; i.e. use of rhetorical questions and exclamation marks. Plenary: most impressive speeches read aloud by teacher or student.
GCSE English  Literature Student Revision Booklet
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GCSE English Literature Student Revision Booklet

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Get your students working! This is an interactive revision booklet containing 35 pages, for those studying: Romeo and Juliet, Jekyll and Hyde, An Inspector Calls and the Power and Conflict poetry cluster with AQA. Students will be directed through a range of tasks daily, to consolidate knowledge of the texts and also the specifics of the exams, such as assessment objectives and timings. Lots of quizzes, web links and check boxes to keep the students on task. Extended writing opportunities and guided essay plans included. Encourage independent learning over summer with self reflection and SMART plan pages reviewing lockdown learning routines. Parent box included to assist with monitoring of learning, making it easier to keep track of students’ progress. Suitable for all abilities in KS4. Colour coded for ease of differentiating tasks/days. Can be used for summer learning or as a homework booklet during term time. Certificate of completion included, to be signed by teacher and Principal.
English Poetry Lesson-Half-Caste
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English Poetry Lesson-Half-Caste

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Content: This lesson explores language and structure in the poem ‘Half-Caste’ by John Agard. Students will complete a variety of independent and paired tasks in order to pick apart the subtleties of the popular poem. Also includes an interactive mini plenary that assesses the students’ understanding of the writer’s choices. Differentiation: Sentence stems provided for response task. Separate resource includes full writing frame to comment on language and structure. Extension and super extension tasks Links to AO2, typically for a mid-top set at KS3/4. Lesson duration: 100 minutes (double) Lesson recently rated good+ in an observation with outstanding features.
Outstanding English Lesson: 19th Century Language Analysis-Thomas Hardy
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Outstanding English Lesson: 19th Century Language Analysis-Thomas Hardy

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This lesson was recently judged as outstanding in an observation. Students studying 19th century literature will be introduced to an extract from Thomas Hardy’s ‘Arch Deceiver,’ considering what the term ‘deceive’ means and looking for clues in the language and structural elements of the text. This lesson includes paired and individual tasks with a focus on inference. A suitable follow on lesson would be to convert notes from the grid into paragraphs, using paragraph structures of your choice. Typically for a mid-top set, for a 50 minute lesson. Power point and extract included. Teachers need only print copies of slide 6 for students to complete.
English Lesson for Black History Month
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English Lesson for Black History Month

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This interactive lesson is designed to give students of all backgrounds knowledge of one of the West Indies' most honored entrepreneurs: Marcus Garvey. Through the exploration of his endeavors, students will utilize their inference and writing skills to explain the social and economical impact of Garvey's achievements. Includes peer assessment plenary covering AF2 Reading and AF2 Writing, pair work and class discussion activities and homework task. Typically for a 50 minute lesson. Pitched for a mixed ability group; minimum set 3.
Homeschooling Game: improve articulation, vocabulary and confidence!
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Homeschooling Game: improve articulation, vocabulary and confidence!

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Homeschooling becoming a drag? Spice things up with Plausible ©! This is a printable PDF sample of Plausible © Plausible is a scenario based card game that improves confidence in articulation, vocabulary and grammar. Plausible offers a multitude of challenges that not only cater for all abilities (the cards alone have been colour contrasted to accommodate Dyslexia requirements), but also provides a range of combinations to play, giving players a unique opportunity to create their own games, whatever their mood! Players get to revise key grammatical terms, (nouns, antonyms etc.) whilst discussing real life situations, using hyperbole and metaphors! Suitable for ages 11+ Purchase a full pack of Plausible © at www.plausiblecardgame.com/shop Leave a review of Plausible on TES for a chance to WIN a FREE Plausible mug! (Whilst stocks last!)
English Lesson for Black History Month: Media Coverage During the Civil Rights Movement
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English Lesson for Black History Month: Media Coverage During the Civil Rights Movement

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A poignant, skills based lesson designed to fuse elements from the civil rights movement and the use of language and structure in printed media from the time. Students will consider how language and structure was used to portray opposing approaches to protesting against segregation in America during the mid-late 20th century. Lesson includes worksheets to help students consider the use of language and structure in printed media and an exemplary PETER paragraph to assess against AF4 Reading and AF4 Writing. Can also be used as an SMSC lesson to evoke discussions on equality. Homework task included. Pitched for mixed ability; minimum set 2.