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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.
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.
British Black History Month English Lesson: Stephen Lawrence
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British Black History Month English Lesson: Stephen Lawrence

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The case of Stephen Lawrence was reignited with the ‘Joint Enterprise’ Law in 2012. If you witness a crime and you do not report it, are you just as guilty as the perpetrator? Students will be introduced to a brief history of joint enterprise and the details of the Stephen Lawrence case, giving students a real life example of the law at work. Students will use a range of connectives to create a balanced argument which feeds into evaluative writing (AO4) for the GCSE English language paper, as well as analytical writing (AO2) in the GCSE English literature paper. Activities include: paired discussions, peer assessments and a short BBC video clip. Lesson duration: 50 minutes for sets 1 & 2. Double (100 minutes) for sets 3 and below, Differentiation: sets 3 and below should use dictionaries throughout the lesson. Challenge tasks offered for higher sets.
Creative Writing Lesson-Mini Sagas
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Creative Writing Lesson-Mini Sagas

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This lesson can be used across key stages to teach creative writing. The lesson explores mini saga stories and challenges students to write, peer assess and redraft their writing. This lesson would most benefit those who see writing creatively as daunting or difficult under timed or restrictive conditions-i.e. based on an image. The task uses the approach of language paper 1 whereby a stimulus is given for students to base their writing on. Includes guided peer assessment, exemplars, student friendly wording of the assessment criteria, as well as a plenary which relays a useful memory technique. Differentiation: colour coded instructions, help boxes, stretch, challenge and never finished tasks plus teacher’s notes in the comment boxes under each slide. Lesson duration: 50 minutes
Blood Brothers Lesson-Themes
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Blood Brothers Lesson-Themes

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This lesson is suited to a mid-top set, however can be split into two for lower abilities. Students will use close reading skills to retrieve information about the many themes in the infamous play. Detailed analysis and use of quotations will enable the students to create a written response about how the themes are explored in the play through the characters, setting and plot. Differentiation: Extension task provided Exemplary paragraphs and inferences Includes a worksheet for recording inferences with an example provided
English Grammar/Literacy Quiz
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English Grammar/Literacy Quiz

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This interactive quiz will challenge students of all abilities to recap their knowledge of grammar and the rules of literacy. Students will enjoy working individually, in pairs or small teams. Can also be used for a staff icebreaker/training aid/beginning/end of term/cover 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.
Relationships Poetry Revision (Edexcel)
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Relationships Poetry Revision (Edexcel)

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This resource is designed to equip students with the knowledge of which poems to compare for the exams. There are two pairs of summarised revision cards that can be used to memorise for the exam. Students can then complete the blank revision cards for the remainder of the poems. The exemplars are colour coded and students can use different coloured pens or highlighters, to mark comparative ideas and quotes on the blank sheets. Suitable for all abilities. Vocabulary key provided also.
Imagery in Macbeth
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Imagery in Macbeth

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These lessons explore the use of imagery in Macbeth’s soliloquy-act , scene 7. Students will annotate the extract, brainstorm ideas and translate these ideas into sentences and then paragraphs. Used with an intervention class to help aid understanding and encourage critical thinking skills. Part 2 goes into more detail and the students will write a complete PEEL paragraph. Lesson is heavily geared towards gaining marks for detailed explanations- a key focus for KS3 students. Sentence starters and extension tasks provided. Resource provided is act 1, scene 7, with underlined words and phrases for lower ability students.
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.  Comparative Writing in Poetry
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Outstanding English Lesson. Comparative Writing in Poetry

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This lesson was judged as outstanding in a recent observation. Students will build on their annotation skills and consider five areas for comparison: main ideas, language techniques, themes, structure and the effect on the reader. Students will work independently and compare two poems (Catrin and To a Daughter Leaving Home) Teachers are welcome to alternate the poems, by providing copies of different ones and simply changing the titles in the presentation. Included is also a detailed writing frame for comparative analysis. Suitable for a double lesson (each being 50 minutes.) Differentiated for all abilities. For the lowest sets, use simpler poems and break the lesson up over a week.
English Literacy Lessons
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English Literacy Lessons

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These lessons were used for non-specialist English teachers and were deemed fun and effective for students. Suitable for all abilities; KS3-lower abilities KS4.
Black History Lesson-Five Black Scientists Change the World!
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Black History Lesson-Five Black Scientists Change the World!

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Who was the first black astronaut? Why do we eat peanuts like we do? How did laser eye surgery come to be? Educate your students on some of the integral contributions of Black scientists! Incorporate SMSC, current affairs and memory retrieval all in one lesson! This lesson was delivered during Black History Month and explores 5 Black scientists who had a pivotal role in our science and medical industries today. Students will explore their own experiences and criticisms of plagiarism and explore the groundbreaking inventions of: Percy Julian Patricia Bath Betty Harris Mae Jemison George Washington Carter The lesson includes a linked video which students will use to complete a quiz on the learning (answers and quiz sheet included on the PowerPoint.) Suitable for ages 10+
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.
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
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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.