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Teacher of English to 11-16 year olds at an outstanding school. A keen creative writer with a popular blog and some published pieces of original literature. Resources cover a wide range of topics and texts and are created to the highest possible standard to ensure maximum progression and challenge. Each lesson features a well-designed PowerPoint presentation and all accompanying resources.

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Teacher of English to 11-16 year olds at an outstanding school. A keen creative writer with a popular blog and some published pieces of original literature. Resources cover a wide range of topics and texts and are created to the highest possible standard to ensure maximum progression and challenge. Each lesson features a well-designed PowerPoint presentation and all accompanying resources.
A Christmas Carol - Exploding the Extract - Fred
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A Christmas Carol - Exploding the Extract - Fred

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A lesson focusing on the EDUQAS/WJEC spec where pupils are expected to discuss an extract from A Christmas Carol before 'exploding' it by linking to other parts of the text. This lesson has worked particularly well with a low ability year 10 group to chunk the various stage of approaching the question - forming points based upon the extract, selecting and retrieving evidence and linking to other parts of the novella. The introduction and a modelled paragraph for a response are also included and are a perfect way to extend the lesson over two or provide some assistance with revision.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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A lesson to explore characterisation through an examination of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Lots of opportunities for pupils to share and discuss ideas prior to writing. An extract exploring the dual nature of the infamous protagonist is used to spark discussion and compliment contextual information associated with Victorian Edinburgh. Pupils are then prompted to focus their writing to address some mini success criteria. There is also a worked example as a starting point!
Break Out Oliver!
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Break Out Oliver!

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This lesson sets the scene with Oliver Twist being captured for pick pocketing and sent to Newgate prison - the pupils must work in teams to help solve 5 puzzles which lead to them being provided with cryptic clues. Each cryptic clue reveals the next number to the 5 digit code and will eventually release Oliver! Lots of great opportunities for building teamwork, developing speaking and listening and also helping to further inference and deduction skills too. All resources are included!
Dystopian Literature
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Dystopian Literature

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An introductory lesson enabling pupils to explore dystopian literature through a range of activities that appeal to a range of different learners.
Creative Writing
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Creative Writing

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A Harry Potter themed creative writing lesson focusing upon creating an effective description of setting. Pupils begin by exploring several descriptions of famous locations on Diagon Alley which they use to gather examples of how the five senses are used. Following this, pupils are challenged to create their own description of their chosen location on Diagon Alley before completing a peer-assessment which helps to reduce teacher marking! All resources are included and provide examples of shops, higher level vocabulary and examples of language devices in action to offer additional assistance and guidance.
A Wife in London
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A Wife in London

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A fun and interactive lesson for pupils to explore A Wife in London by Thomas Hardy. Focusing on the Eduqas specification requirements the lesson explores context, language, form and structure. All resources included.
Knife Crime in the Media
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Knife Crime in the Media

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An SMSC lesson that explores the serious issue of knife crime. Lots of opportunities for whole form discussions and engagement with wo very different case studies of the presentation of knife crime in the media.
The Landlady
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The Landlady

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A simple and chunked lesson to introduce lower ability pupils to the Roald Dahl classic The Landlady. Pupils explore key words in a settler word search before demonstrating their existing knowledge and ability to extract information about the author himself. Depending upon ability pupil are challenged to read a brief extract from the text independently but this could of course be changed to paired, group or a whole class reading if more support is required. Following this, pupils engage in a quiz based upon the extract to introduce an element of competition and encourage them to select and retrieve appropriate information before developing their confidence with quotation retrieval. Where possible, extra challenges have been built in to further stretch more able pupils.
Private Peaceful Fiction Writing
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Private Peaceful Fiction Writing

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A fiction writing lesson that helps pupils identify ways to include the senses in their writing to make it as vivid as possible. Links to the film trailer, a short extract, senses grid and glossary are also included to help with differentiation. My class particularly enjoyed being able to engage with the topic of war in a variety of different ways and some rich whole class discussion prior to the main activity of continuing the narrative proved extremely powerful!
Introduction to Poetry
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Introduction to Poetry

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A fun and interactive lesson to develop pupils' confidence within poetry. Delivered to year 6 pupils within my Primary Links role and it engaged a wide variety of learners through the use of differentiated worksheets. A fun and engaging game of poetry Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, a challenge to gauge pupils' understanding of poetry and encourage their justification skills, reading of a poem and analysis of the poem itself. All resources included.
Macbeth
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Macbeth

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A fun and engaging creative writing lesson based upon the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Pupils work in pairs to develop their use of higher level vocabulary and demonstrate their knowledge of the two characters before creating their own dating profile for either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. Includes a modelled dating profile for Shakespeare himself! Pupils reflect upon their work through the use of a levelled mark scheme aimed at year 7 but could easily be altered.
Lord of the Flies Mini Scheme
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Lord of the Flies Mini Scheme

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A selection of ten lessons for the opening chapters of Lord of the Flies. This has been designed with my low ability year 10s in mind and as a result is quite structured, providing lots of opportunities to discuss and see example/scaffolded material. The lessons provide higher level vocabulary to develop pupils confidence, a mix of individual, paired and group work along with some artistic opportunities to explore the first four chapters of the novel. All resources are numbered.
A Christmas Carol - Exploding the Extract
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A Christmas Carol - Exploding the Extract

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A lesson focussing on the EDUQAS/WJEC spec where pupils are expected to discuss an extract from A Christmas Carol before 'exploding' it by linking to other parts of the text. This lesson has worked particularly well with a low ability year 10 group to chunk the various stage of approaching the question - forming points based upon the extract, selecting and retrieving evidence and linking to other parts of the novella.
Introduction to War Poetry
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Introduction to War Poetry

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Introducing pupils to context before exploring war poetry through the use of a research based lesson which can be spread out over several lessons and culminate in pupil-led presentations. All source material provided along with a handy presentation assessment grid.
A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost
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A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost

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A chunked lesson which allows lower ability pupils the chance to explore the character of Marley in relation to the gothic elements of the text. Pupils work in pairs to analyse a popular image of Marley before they explore the many elements that feature in traditional gothic texts and are also present in this passage of A Christmas Carol. Pupils then work on the selected extract to delve into language which fits the gothic genre.
Sonnet 43
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Sonnet 43

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A fun and interactive lesson for pupils to explore Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. Focusing on the Eduqas specification requirements the lesson explores context, language and structure before culminating in students creating their own PEEZL paragraph. All resources included.
End of year quiz
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End of year quiz

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A fun and engaging end of year quiz! There are seven different rounds including one with an English twist. All the correct answers are included in the notes for the teacher's reference.
Big Write - Myths and Legends
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Big Write - Myths and Legends

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This session was delivered over a three hour period to prospective year 6 students along with high ability year 7 students. This allowed new pupils to engage with their older peers and get an understanding of life at high school in a fun and interactive way. Pupils are introduced to one another through some simple but effective ice-breaker tasks before exploring a myth or legend from a specific culture allowing excellent links to SMSC to be made. Pupils then work together to delve into language and higher level vocabulary before creating their very own myth or legend. The resources and accompanying workbook are included! This could easily be broken down into 3/4 lessons to be delivered in the classroom and may prove an excellent starting point for pupils who are engaging with a myths and legends scheme.
2017 End of Year Quiz
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2017 End of Year Quiz

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This quiz was used in the final days of term before we broke up for the summer and proved really popular with students. It can be easily adapted to make it more up to date or could be a fun form time activity in the mornings.