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Shakespeare, Creative Writing and TEFL resources. Created by a qualified secondary school teacher who has taught KS3, KS4 and KS5. Browse my shop to find a variety of affordable resources, full lessons and worksheets related to the study of Language and Literature across the age ranges.
Ozymandias & My Last Duchess Comparison Worksheet
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Ozymandias & My Last Duchess Comparison Worksheet

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Power and Conflict Poetry Comparison Worksheet (AQA) Students read the model example paragraph and highlight the Assessment Objectives. They are then encouraged to continue the essay and compare how power is presented in the poems 'My Last Duches’s and ‘Ozymandias’ using the scaffolded support. Peer Assessment checklist included.
Metaphor and Simile Lesson- KS3 Poetry
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Metaphor and Simile Lesson- KS3 Poetry

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A clearly explained and fully resourced lesson which explores similies and metaphors. Could be used as a stand alone lesson or as part of a poetry scheme of work. Learning Question: Can I understand how similes and metaphors are used in poetry and comment on the effect? Students are not only encouraged to identify the technique correctly, but also to explore the intended effect and what the poet hoped to achieve/emphasise through the comparison. This resource includes a powerpoint and five worksheets. I used it during lockdown with a year 7 class studying poetry. It would also be suitable for a cover lesson. Lesson outline: After looking at some examples and discussing them, students then analyse Walter De la Mare’s poem ‘The Fly’ and explore how the similes/metaphors used to describe everyday objects successfully convey their size. For homework (or in class) students then write their own poem from this unique perspective and must incorporate their own similes and metaphors. Finally, I have also included a reflection task so that students can consider the choices they made and what they hoped to exaggerate or emphasise through their own imagery.
Figurative Language Devices (Literary Techniques)
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Figurative Language Devices (Literary Techniques)

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A whole lesson on figurative language techniques- metaphor, simile, adjectives, personification, pathetic fallacy, onomatopoeia and sensory description. This resource includes a clear and colourful 30 slide Powerpoint, ready to print worksheets, a quiz and a class game. After a brief introduction, students are encouraged to identify the techniques used in a short extract and comment on the effect. There is also a worksheet with an examples/definitions matching activity and students write their own examples using the devices studied in the lesson. Finally there is an interactive class game, where students work in a pair or a team. After looking at an image prompt, students then take it in turns to craft a description using one of the techniques for a certain amount of points. Suitable for KS3 creative writing lessons or as an introduction to AQA Paper 1 Q5 descriptive writing for KS4.
Gothic Horror Creative Writing Lesson
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Gothic Horror Creative Writing Lesson

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An engaging and fully resourced extended writing lesson. Suitable for KS3 or KS4 AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B - Descriptive Writing practice. The PowerPoint includes: Overview of the features of Gothic literature Extract from Bram Stoker’s Dracula for analysis Creative writing image, activity and choice prompts Planning worksheet Peer assessment focus In the past I also used this as a cover lesson which worked really well. Please leave a review if you found this resource helpful :) Or browse my online shop for other creative writing resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/NovelTeachingUK
Symbolism in Gothic Literature (Analysis and Descriptive Writing)
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Symbolism in Gothic Literature (Analysis and Descriptive Writing)

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A whole lesson and worksheet (suitable for KS3 and KS4) which encourages students to consider how an author can use symbolism in Gothic Fiction. Students are first given a definition of symbolism and are asked to consider a variety of symbols and what they represent. Students read a short extract. Using the sentence starters provided, they then make inferences based on the imagery of a ticking clock, a hospital bed, and a woman’s hand compared to ‘pale marble’ to explore how it could symbolise illness or death. In pairs students complete the worksheet and consider what certain Gothic features could represent. They then come up with two of their own and share with the rest of the class. Finally, students are given a choice of two images. They must write a piece of descriptive writing based on the image of their choice and must try to include symbolism. This could also work as a Halloween themed lesson or as part of a Creative Writing scheme of work. I often taught this lesson together with my Gothic Horror writing lesson available here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/gothic-horror-creative-writing-lesson-11235636
Romeo and Juliet- Act 1 Scene 2 (Capulet and Paris) WHOLE LESSON and worksheet KS3 KS4
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Romeo and Juliet- Act 1 Scene 2 (Capulet and Paris) WHOLE LESSON and worksheet KS3 KS4

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Lesson Overview Starter question/ quick activity to get the students thinking about language/imagery in the scene. Questions alongside the text to check understanding and develop interpretations of characters/plot/themes. Worksheet for students to record their own ideas/points raised in class discussion. Personal response question with sentence starters ‘What are your impressions of Lord Capulet and Paris in this scene?’ Group activity: differentiated questions and extracts are discussed, students feedback to the rest of the class. EXIT Card plenary- students quickly jot down their opinion of Lord Capulet and whether they agree with the critical interpretation ‘Juliet is regarded as little more than a precious possession to her father’. (this can then be discussed as the starter next lesson) Homework task: to research an Elizabethan Masquerade Ball/ banquet and design a formal invitation for the Capulet’s to send to their guests. Please leave a review if you found this resource helpful :) **I am currently working on the following lessons in the series. ** Act 1, Scene 3 is available to purchase here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/romeo-and-juliet-act-1-scene-3-lady-capulet-and-the-nurse-ks4-11976732 Or alternatively you can browse my online shop for Shakespeare and Creative Writing lessons: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/NovelTeachingUK
Romeo and Juliet- Act 1 Scene 3 (Lady Capulet and the Nurse) KS4
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Romeo and Juliet- Act 1 Scene 3 (Lady Capulet and the Nurse) KS4

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-Starter activity which encourages students to think about the metaphors of beauty in this scene used to describe Paris. -A contextual slide about wet nurses during his era. Summary of the scene and key themes. Guided questions that encourage students to think about Shakespeare’s language, the delivery of lines and characterisation in this scene. Comparisons of Lady Capulet and the Nurse. Essay question Do you think Juliet’s relationship with her mother and the pressures she faces as a woman in this era influence the tragic outcome of the play? To what extent is it Lady Capulet and the Nurses’ fault that Juliet’s love story ends in tragedy? Creative writing homework task. If you found this resource helpful please leave a review :) Or browse my online shop for other Romeo and Juliet resources: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/NovelTeachingUK
Gothic Horror -  Analysis of Dracula and Creative Writing
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Gothic Horror - Analysis of Dracula and Creative Writing

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A fully resourced lesson which focuses on the language used to describe Dracula and gothic monsters. Students read and highlight the extract, making inferences about the character based on the way his appearance and actions are described. Using the worksheet, they select three key quotations to unpick in detail. Homework: Students have to write their own description of a gothic monster in the style of Bram Stoker. This resource is part of a Gothic/ Creative Writing scheme of work. The other lessons in the series can be found here: (Lesson 1) Introduction to Gothic Horror : https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-11235636 (Lesson 2) Symbolism in Gothic Literature : https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12408565 (Lesson 3) Figurative Language Devices : https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12508638
Design your own Shakespearean Villain (Worksheets)
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Design your own Shakespearean Villain (Worksheets)

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Created for KS3 students as a final working from home project after they had finished studying ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Using the worksheets, students craft their own character and create a thorough backstory for their villain. Finally, after writing a short script for a key scene, students then craft and perform a soliloquy as their character. I have included PDF files of the worskeets for ease of printing, in addition to word the document format which allows you to edit and adapt to suit your classes. There is also a brief powerpoint which includes some examples.
Adventure Stories (KS2, KS3) Creative Writing Lessons x4 and Worksheets
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Adventure Stories (KS2, KS3) Creative Writing Lessons x4 and Worksheets

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Four creative writing lessons and planning worksheets on the theme of ‘Adventure’. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 students. I used these series of lessons to help students prepare for an extended piece of imaginative writing. Each lesson follows the same format: Show an image and ask students to jot down their initial impressions and what they can see. Pair and Share their ideas. 2 Individually, students choose a number between 1-10. Each number corresponds to a character they must write as. 3 Then students choose a second number between 1-5. Each number corresponds to what they must write about. 4 Students are given a planning sheet and must spend time deciding key components of their writing- plot/character/setting 5 For the rest of the lesson (or as a homework task) they must complete an extended piece of adventure writing. 6 Peer assessment- students swap and read another piece of work. They must comment on the things that went well and the specific marking criteria.
Macbeth (Act 2, Scene 2) Creative writing WHOLE LESSON KS4 Year 10
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Macbeth (Act 2, Scene 2) Creative writing WHOLE LESSON KS4 Year 10

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A lesson and detailed PowerPoint helping students to think imaginatively for an extended piece of creative writing about the death of King Duncan and Macbeth’s thoughts/feelings. *Slide 2- Video clips (x2) of Act 2, Scene 2 * Slide 3- Comic strip image for students to summarise the dialogue into their own words * Slide 4- Discussion question and introduction to the task *Slides 5-9 - Thought-provoking creative prompt photos and leading questions *Slide 10- Hand-out of success criteria * Slide 11- Self-assessment checklist *Slides 12/13 Plenary questions (using EXIT CARDS) * EXIT CARD Resource sheet
Unseen Poetry  (How to Cut a Pomegranate by Imtiaz Dharker)
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Unseen Poetry (How to Cut a Pomegranate by Imtiaz Dharker)

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How to Cut a Pomegranate by Imtiaz Dharker A poem which explores identity and childhood. This is a fully resourced lesson with a language analysis activity worksheet, guided questions and a creative homework task. Aims: Students will focus on AO2 and language analysis, considering the effect and connotations of particular word choices and imagery. Activity 1: In pairs students must complete a DART activity worksheet- circling the word they believe is the correct choice. Then as a class, dicuss their decisions before comparing what the poet actually wrote. Students analyse the poem and comment on the imagery- answering questions worth 8 stars. Homework: students write their own nostalgic poem anout a significant object in the style of Imtiaz Dharker.
Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2- Guilt Assessment and Worksheet
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Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2- Guilt Assessment and Worksheet

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Students write a response to the question: ‘How does Shakespeare present the theme of guilt in this extract, and elsewhere in the play?’ Using the powerpoint, encourage students to consider key quotations from this scene. Students then highlight on the worksheet where the model paragraph has met AO1, AO2 and AO3 before continuing the response and writing an additional two paragraphs. Finally, students re-read their work and use the self-assessment checklist.
Macbeth Quotations Game and Revision Worksheet
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Macbeth Quotations Game and Revision Worksheet

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Includes: A worksheet with significant quotes from ‘Macbeth’. (My students stuck this in their books and revised it for homework in preparation for the lesson. It also has a colour-code key, so students can highlight the quotations in relation to each of the key themes of the play.) A powerpoint quiz with 25 questions students have to fill in the gaps, write who said the quotation or which Act/Scene it is from. Suitable for KS3 and KS4 revision.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  summer camp, worksheets, cooking and fun activities KS2 EFL TEFL
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory summer camp, worksheets, cooking and fun activities KS2 EFL TEFL

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This was Day 1 of my Roald Dahl themed EFL summer camp. It includes art activities, games and cooking ideas based on the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.The day followed this plan: Introduction 1. Introduce the story and characters 2. Students use the worksheet to draw themselves in the style of Quentin Blake and write about their favourite things. 3. Allocate students into teams and they introduce themselves to the rest of their team. Team Games 1. Chocolate relay Race - Students must run to unwrap the chocolate twix bar and then feed it to the next person in their team. 2. Balloon Popping Game - In teams students must throw the darts to try and pop the balloons. The team to pop the most wins points. 3. Golden Egg and Spoon Race - Students must race around the room, against the other team, whilst balancing an egg on a spoon. If they drop the egg they must restart and go again. The winning team wins points. 4. Design a candy -Introduce different ingredients (unscramble the letters for EFL) -Taste Test (students try to describe what they are eating whilst blindfolded) - Introduce Willy Wonka’s strange inventions. - In teams the students must think of a new type of chocolate bar/candy. -Students draw and describe their invention using the worksheet and make posters. - Teams present their invention to the rest of the class (my personal favourites were flying insect sweets and ‘King Candy’ that tasted like gold and made you feel like royalty for an hour… kids can be so imaginative!) -The most interesting new candy invention will win points. Art and Crafts 1. Clay Photo frames -Using coloured card, PVA glue, paints and clay students decorate their individual photo frames. 2. Photobooth Props - Students make props and costumes for the photobooth- including small hats, funny hairstyles, bowties, cut out candy bars and golden tickets on sticks that they can hold and pose with. A group photo is then chosen and printed to go in the frame as a fun reminder of the camp. Cooking 1. Willy Wonka Bread - Students spread butter or Nutella onto their sliced bread and decorate with sprinkles. These sandwiches can be cut into shapes and eaten… - As they eat their sandwiches students can watch the movie with subtitles. - If they finish early or don’t want to watch the movie they can complete the wordsearch worksheet. 2. Chocolate fondue and fruit slices on sticks. 3. Wonka fudge and Oompa Loompa cheesecake pops- I found these online and have included images and links to the recipes in the ppt. 4. Augustus Gloop Chocolate Slime -Again found online. I did not have time to try this with my students but there is a link to the instructions. *Not edible!
Christmas  Non Fiction Lesson
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Christmas Non Fiction Lesson

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A fully-resourced lesson with a powerpoint and worksheets included. Suitable for AQA Language Paper 2 practice. **Main focus: Analysing two non-fiction articles on waste and over-indulgence during the festive period. ** Article 1- Plastic found in Christmas jumpers and the impact of ‘fast fashion’ on the environment. Article 2- How much money Millenials spend on their pets. Lesson Outline: Starter task- students write one sentence arguing whether pets should be bought presents (challenge- use a persuasive feature). Students read the articles and complete the True/False statements based on what they have read. Compare the articles and explore the attitudes/viewpoints of the writers. Q5 practice- A teacher was overheard saying: .‘There is far too much waste at Christmas. Young people should stop buying things they don’t need.’ Write a persuasive speech for your school assembly arguing your point of view regarding this statement.
Macbeth (15 whole lessons with resources bundle) KS4
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Macbeth (15 whole lessons with resources bundle) KS4

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15 whole lessons and worksheets focusing on Macbeth. The lessons use drama, group work, creative writing, non fiction, video clips and guided questions to explore the play Macbeth in depth and to encourage students to develop their own interpretations. Included are lessons on: Act 1, Scene 1 Act 1, Scene 2 Act 1, Scene 5 Act 2, Scene 2 -Theme of Guilt Act 3, Scene 1 Banquo and Macbeth soliloquy analysis Act 3, Scene 6 (Lennox) and Act 4, Scene 2 (Lady Macduff) Act 4, Scene 1 the witches and apparitions Act 5, Scene 1 (4 lesson sequence) and assessment on Lady Macbeth Macbeth (Acts 1-3) quotation and imagery activity & worksheet The rise and fall of Macbeth activity sheet Macbeth film review nonfiction activity Macbeth nonfiction and context lesson- writing a leaflet on how to spot a witch. Macbeth quotation analysis worksheets (for revision) and quotation revision quiz.