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Pop music lyrics analsyed as poetry
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Pop music lyrics analsyed as poetry

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A selection of song lyrics that serve as a unit of work introducing poetry analysis skills. Each song has its own lesson complete with an appropriate starter activity and analysis of the song as well as an exam style question to stretch more able pupils. Song lyrics are provided as are links to YouTube videos. Songs analysed are as follows: Black Eyed Peas: Where is the love? Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars Michael Jackson: Earth Song Madonna: Papa Don't Preach Tupac: Dear Mama Bars and Melody: Hopeful Ed Sheeran: Castle on the Hill
The Schoolboy by William Blake
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The Schoolboy by William Blake

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Blake's classic poem about a young boy trapped in a school system that stifles his creativity. A full lesson exploring the context, content, structure and style or this quirky poem.
Film review
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Film review

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A quick guide to writing a successful film review. This lesson includes an exemplar resource as well as a power point that guides students through everything they need to include in a film review. Ideal for KS3 English lessons of Year 10 Media classes. I recommend using a short film, Pixar's One Man Band is ideal for this, or allowing the students freedom of choice for a movie they have watched recently.
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
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Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

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Run little Seamus- run before those frogs eat you! A full resource exploring how Heaney uses sound and language to show the loss of innocence in a small boy collecting frog spawn. Contextual details about the poet, a matching activity on structure and a full annotation of the poem are included. Everything you need to prepare your class to answer exam questions on this EDUQAS poem.
Grace Nichols poetry mini unit of work
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Grace Nichols poetry mini unit of work

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A pack of four lessons exploring some of Grace Nichols' sikkest poems. Easily adapted for either KS3 classes exploring famous poets/ poetry from other cultures or for KS4 classes developing responses to unseen poetry. Each lesson explores themes and language use and provides quick differentiation through a choice of KS3 or KS4 AQA style questions. Poems covered are: Baby K Rap Rhyme, I am a Parrot, Island Man and Praise Song for my Mother. Grace is a brilliant poet and your pupils will love these quirky poems.
Intro to Dickens
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Intro to Dickens

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Three lessons to introduce Charles Dickens and his world. Lesson 1 focuses on exploring the life of the man, lesson 2 gives context on Victorian slums featured in his work, lesson 3 explores the classic short story Captain Murderer. A great way to start any Dickens unit.
Cozy Apologia by Rita Dove
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Cozy Apologia by Rita Dove

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A comprehensive resource exploring how Rita Dove is happy in her undramatic, unexciting marriage. Designed for GCSE students, this resource begins with a series of discussion points enabling your Love Island obsessed teenagers to appreciate the value of “dull/ boring” romances. The resource includes background information on the poet as well as a full annotation of this EDUQAS text. Everything you need to prepare your students for this poem in one power point!
Macbeth - Modern Script
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Macbeth - Modern Script

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Now published on Amazon! ebook and hard copy texts are available: search Macbeth SikLessons A complete script for Macbeth but with a Sik twist. Every scene and every act are included in this modern script which is designed for KS3 students who “don’t get” all the old words. The key quotes and witches lines are kept as original however the majority of the text has been modernised with some humour thrown in. My bottom set Year 9 loved reading this and a group of reluctant readers began volunteering for parts! An example of the changed script: MACBETH: (Aside) Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor! Those bearded women were right! (To Ross and Angus)Thanks for telling me. (To Banquo) Well if they were right about this Cawdor thing maybe they were right about your children becoming kings! BANQUO: I dunno mate. But 'tis strange: And sometimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, In order to trick us later on. MACBETH: (Aside) Two truths are told, what if they were right about me being King? I could have a new castle, get the best horses and I’d look dope in a crown. BANQUO: Snap out of it worthy Macbeth, let’s get to that pub. MACBETH: Sounds like a good plan. Banquo, we’ll talk more about those women we met later on.
A Midsummer Night's Dream KS3
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A Midsummer Night's Dream KS3

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14 lessons making a full scheme of learning around key scenes from Shakespeare’s comedy. Designed for Year 7 mixed ability classes, but easily adapted for years 6 or 8, this unit tracks key scenes in the relationship between Hermia and Lysander. An assessment, writing a letter in character from Hermia to Lysander’s aunt, is included as are all of the extracts which also contain translations of key phrases. A complete scheme of work in one place!
Inspirational young people
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Inspirational young people

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A unit of work exploring the lives of a selection of young role models. two lessons on each of the following are included: Amanda Gorman Anne Frank Marcus Rashford Malala Yousafzai Greta Thunberg Emma Watson Designed for Year 7 pupils writing about role models. An optional assessment plan is included which can be done as either a written report or a class presentation.
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
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Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

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A full lesson analysing how meaning is created in poetry. Looking for better value for money? This resource is just one of the poems featured in the poetry about poverty pack priced at just £6
Christmas lessons for English and drama
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Christmas lessons for English and drama

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A pack of festive fun lessons suitable for use in English or drama lessons. Aimed at KS3 but older/ younger pupils still enjoy them! Most of the resources follow the story of evil Atnas Claws (Santa's brother who steals presents) and his dastardly schemes to ruin Christmas. These resources can easily be adapted to take place in any school/ town. In story one he steals presents before being unmasked as a teacher from your school. in the second story he escapes from prison and takes Santa hostage. In the third story he has Santa charged with numerous offences (driving a sleigh whilst drunk etc.) and the pupils can write creative stories, newspaper articles or prepare dramas/ pantomimes about the events. In Donkey's Christmas Carol, a young donkey dreams of becoming part of Santa's sleigh pulling team- will his dream come true? A quick poetry lesson using Benjamin Zephaniah's Talking Turkeys is included as are a range of festive starters and an introduction to Call My Bluff as a literacy based quiz competition. These lessons are a fun, team building alternative to watching DVDs on the last week of term!
Apostrophes
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Apostrophes

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An outstanding lesson exploring the rules for apostrophe usage. Beginning with a quick baseline exercise and ending with a progress proving test, this lesson explores funny examples of bad grammar and gets the pupils to complete a marketplace activity teaching apostrophes for possession and contraction.
Persuasive Writing - Dragons' Den
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Persuasive Writing - Dragons' Den

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A fun KS3 unit exploring persuasive writing skills through Dragons’ Den style pitches, topical issues speeches and chocolate bar designs. Incorporating A FOREST FIRE techniques, this pack includes 14 full lessons, a selection of starter activities and pupil support material as well as links to Karl Pilkington video clips about inventions and persusaive techniques used by auctioneers in Storage Hunters. An end of unit assessment is also included.
Adventure writing: amazing escapes
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Adventure writing: amazing escapes

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A mini unit of 4 objective led lessons themed on amazing escapes. Lesson 1 develops creative writing skills and links to Aron Ralston's true story which was made into the movie 127 hours. Lesson 2 focuses on punctuation with the incredible true story Touching The Void as its inspiration. Lesson 3 analyses structure in a newspaper article about a dog stranded at sea. Lesson 4 analyses language devices used in an extract from Life of Pi.
The Prelude by William Wordsworth
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The Prelude by William Wordsworth

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Two comprehensive resource to prepare your pupils for both exam boards covering extracts of this epic poem. Resource one focuses on the EDUQAS extract in which a young Wordsworth goes ice skating with his friends in the woods. This resource has background detail to Romantic poets and Wordsworth himself. Guided questioning allows your students to explore the meaning behind this extract by splitting it into four sections for groups to complete a close analysis. Annotated notes for structure and language are provided. Resource two explores the AQA/ edexcel extract in which Wordsworth steals a boat with the intention to row to a distant mountain. This epic poem about the power of nature is broken down into four small sections with guided questioning for each to lead your students to a secure understanding of this poem. Everything you need to teach this poem is included in this one resource.
Poetry about Love, Loss and Longing. KS3 unit of work
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Poetry about Love, Loss and Longing. KS3 unit of work

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A complete scheme of work exploring a selection of poems dealing with themes of love, loss and longing. Designed for Year 8, this unit includes 10 poems and all the resources needed to deliver them. Containing a mixture of the humour of Agard and the heartbreak of WH Auden, this unit includes a comparative essay as a reading assessment. A complete half-term of lessons ready to go!
Nature poetry (classic poems)
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Nature poetry (classic poems)

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A compilation of ten poetry lessons united by the theme of nature. Copies of all the poems are included (either as word documents or within the powerpoints) and feature guided analysis as well as creative writing stimuli. This resource focuses on classic poems (there is a modern selection available separately) including Evening by Percy Shelley, To Autumn by John Keats, The Badger by John Clare and Daffodils by William Wordsworth. A focused unit of work ideal for bridging KS3/4.
Holes by Louis Sachar
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Holes by Louis Sachar

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A full scheme of work with 20 lessons. Each lesson consists of a basic literacy starter, a designated reading section with analysis or a creative writing challenge and various discussion points. Everything you need to teach this wonderful book in one pack.