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I am a New Zealand High School English Teacher. I teach across the range of Year 9-13. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of texts, from the classics such as 'Of Mice and Men' to Pasifika Poetry

I am a New Zealand High School English Teacher. I teach across the range of Year 9-13. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of texts, from the classics such as 'Of Mice and Men' to Pasifika Poetry
Novel Study 'Northern Lights'
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Novel Study 'Northern Lights'

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A resource to support the pre, during and post-reading of Philip Pullman’s 'Northern Lights’ Students are guided through a range of critical and creative thinking to develop their understanding of the themes, characters, events, settings, relationships and conflicts of the novel. Two Comprehension Articles are included as are Chapter Questions. Activities include: Creative writing prompt- Setting A book review Creating an Infographic on their favourite story Creative Writing Diary Entries Event Timeline Discussion Questions Script-Writing Tasks Character Facebook Profiles Drama Adaptation of a Favourite Scene Settings Worksheets Creating a Community Newsletter for the Setting
'Tomorrow When The War Began' Novel Study
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'Tomorrow When The War Began' Novel Study

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Unit of work guiding students through pre-reading, during-reading and post-reading activities for John Marsden’s dystopic teen novel ‘Tomorrow When The War Began.’ Resources include a dystopian genre creative writing activity, Themes activities, A scenario based group game, Chapter Questions, a Plot Structure Mapping Activity, A Conflict Drama activity and Setting/Theme Worksheets
'Divergent' Novel Study
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'Divergent' Novel Study

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Resources to support pre, during and post-reading of Veronica Roth’s 'Divergent.' Students are guided through a range of critical and creative thinking activities to gain an understanding of dystopian literature. Chapter Questions are included. Following this, students are guided through a range of activities to strengthen their understanding of characters, conflicts, events, settings, themes and author’s purpose.
Post-Colonial Literatures of Aotearoa
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Post-Colonial Literatures of Aotearoa

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Resources to support the study a series of short Written Texts including: Short Stories: ‘Robocop in Long Bay’ by Albert Wendt Poems: ‘Eating Dark Chocolate while watching Paul Holmes’ Apology’ by Karlo Mila ’Colonisation’ by Haunani Kay Trask ’Adrift’ by Paul Kawana ’At the End of the Road’ by JacQ Carter ’Comparatively Speaking, There is No Struggle’ by JacQ Carter Students are guided through an Inquiry into the cultural and historical context of New Zealand, teaching the class about their chosen topic before beginning close reading and analysis of the texts. Students are encouraged to respond creatively and critically to the texts through a range of activities including Slam poetry, Discussion Questions, Essay-styled responses and Black-out Poetry
'The Talented Mr Ripley' Novel Study
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'The Talented Mr Ripley' Novel Study

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A unit guiding students through the pre-reading, during-reading and post-reading activities of the novel study. Activities include creative writing tasks, a research tasks, theme podcasts, worksheets and chapter questions.
The Great Gatsby Year 12 Novel Study
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The Great Gatsby Year 12 Novel Study

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The resource takes students through pre-reading activities inclusive of an inquiry into the era, before offering Chapter Questions and additional resources for during reading
'Of Mice and Men' Novel Study
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'Of Mice and Men' Novel Study

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A Unit of Work to support teachers during the pre, during and post-reading of ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. Activities include a guided inquiry into the 1920’s, the Great Depression, the American Dream and the cultural, social and political climate of the 1930’s. Students are prompted to think critically and creatively during their study through a variety of creative activities. Chapter Questions throughout reading are included. For post-reading, students are guided through activities to develop their understanding of the themes, characters, settings, events and conflicts of the novella.
Y9 'Macbeth' Study
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Y9 'Macbeth' Study

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A unit of work breaking down the historical and social context of ‘Macbeth’ and offering Close Reading of translated key scenes. Activities include: an Elizabethan world inquiry, translated scenes of Macbeth, creative tasks for each scene and a guided theme discussion at the end of the unit.
Y10 Romeo + Juliet Study
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Y10 Romeo + Juliet Study

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A unit of work taking students through Pre-reading, Close Reading and Reflection of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Pre-reading includes a Shakespeare inquiry task, research into the Elizabethan era, and tasks to grow students confidence in working with Shakespeare’s Language. Close Reading Questions are posed for Scenes: Act 1, Sc 1 Act 1, Sc 3 Act 1, Sc 5 Act 2, Sc 2 Act 2, Sc 3 Act 2, Sc 5 Act 3, Sc 1 Act 3, Sc 5 Act 4, Sc 3 Act 5, Sc 1 Act 5, Sc 3 The Unit concludes with an examination of Petrarchan Love in comparison to the love of the play and a reflection considering Blame, fate, key quotes and Shakespeare’s Purpose
12ENG 'Montana 1948' Novel Study
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12ENG 'Montana 1948' Novel Study

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A unit of work to take students through a Extended written text study of ‘Montana 1948’ by Larry Watson. Pre-reading activities include a study of the American West, class discussion of the American Dream and a Race-Relations Inquiry. Chapter Questions are included Post-reading activities include discussion of themes, characters, relationships, events and settings.