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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.
Narrative writing KS3
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Narrative writing KS3

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Designed for a top set Year 7 class, this unit of work consists of 14 hour long lessons and an assessment. Covering the range of creative writing skills from punctuation to planning and narrative hooks to characterisation, this unit is designed to engage and inspire pupils to develop their own story writing skills. Extracts from Harry Potter, Treasure Island and Boy are included as stimulii for creative young minds. This resource bundle has all you need for a full half term and is easily adapted for Year 6 or 8 pupils.
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.
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.
Theme Park Project
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Theme Park Project

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A full scheme of learning based around a group designing their own theme park. This scheme of work was designed for Year 8 but is easily adapted for Years 6-9. Throughout this unit, pupils work in groups to design promotional material, write job adverts and design the layout of the park. Based around 14 individual lessons there is enough material included to cover 20+ hour long lessons. Two choices of assessment are included: one is writing a persuasive leaflet, the other is to deliver a Dragon's Den style presentation. For those of you who want to increase the competition level, there is a format for comparing parks based on rides/ staff/ advertising etc. to generate visitor numbers and profit/ losses. Everything you need for a full half-term in one pack!
Boy by Roald Dahl
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Boy by Roald Dahl

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A set of 15 lessons exploring Boy for KS3 classes. Lesson 15 is a writing assessment (book review). Each power point is fully editable to adapt for your classes. Designed for Year 7 middle ability but easily adapted for Year 6/8 classes.
Slavery and the American Civil War
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Slavery and the American Civil War

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A KS3 unit of work exploring the rise of slavery and how the issue contributed to the American Civil War. Each lesson is fully resourced with a range of different activities. The resources can easily lead into a slavery museum project. A full half-term’s work in one bundle! Lesson 1: Africa before slavery Lesson 2: Trade Triangle Lesson 3: Auctions and plantation life Lesson 4: American Civil War Lesson 5: Jim Crow and segregation Lesson 6: Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King
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
Our Day Out by Willy Russell
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Our Day Out by Willy Russell

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A full unit of work exploring the popular play by Willy Russell. Complete units for BOTH the play and musical versions are included. 16 full lessons are included for the musical version (14 for the script version) and three introductory lessons exploring the context and script writing are included. All lessons have warm up challenges and have differentiated activities/ outcomes. Designed for KS3 with a mixture of PEE analysis and creative writing lessons, this resource can easily be adapted to match your classes.
Poetry about poverty
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Poetry about poverty

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A KS3 unit of work focussing on poems about poverty. Each poem has its own full lesson with poetic starters and analysis of the poem focussing on either language or structure (or both). The unit mixes traditional KS3 poem with more challenging former GCSE texts. A fully complete scheme to help prepare students for studying anthologies further up the school. Poems included: Blessing, Down and Out- Paddington Station, Give, The Gresford Disaster, The sad story of Lefty and Ned, Living Space, Mother to Son, Poverty, Timothy Winters, Two Scavengers on a truck...,Your Dad did what?
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.
Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning
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Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning

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A complete resource on this AQA poem. Beginning with exploration of meaning and imagery, this resource has a full annotation of the poem’s structure and language. Everything you need to prepare your students for this classic poem of love an death in one resource.
Teen Poems: By teens, for teens
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Teen Poems: By teens, for teens

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An introduction to poetry lesson aimed at KS3 pupils. This lesson features seven poems that were created by teenagers covering a range of teen issues from fitting in to the loss of a friend. Beginning with a class discussion, this lesson focuses on allowing students to identify with poetry and to explore the reasons people read/ write poems. The perfect lesson for any class who say "poems aren't relevant to us"! The seven poems featured also make great poems for unseen poetry practice for lower ability pupils in KS4.
Living Space by Imtiaz Dharker
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Living Space by Imtiaz Dharker

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A comprehensive resource exploring this EDUQAS GCSE poem. Beginning with contextual information on the poet and Mumbai, the lesson focuses on how Dharker presents the slum buildings and the people who live within them. Example PEE responses are included as is a full annotation of the poem. Everything you need to prepare your students for this poem in one place!
Your Dad did what? by Sophie Hannah
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Your Dad did what? by Sophie Hannah

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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
A Christmas Carol character revision notes
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A Christmas Carol character revision notes

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Everything your GCSE students need to know on handy sheets. Full details of key events and quotes for the following characters: Scrooge Ghosts Bob Fred Tiny Tim Plus notes on the Fezziwigs, Belle and the charity collectors. An excellent revision resource for pupils to prepare with.
England football penalties AQA style exam paper
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England football penalties AQA style exam paper

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All the kids in school are singing “football’s coming home” so here’s an AQA style exam paper to give you an easy, fun end of year lesson that still looks good if the Head pops in! Two video links are used as starters before the pupils read, and respond to exam questions on, an article about how Gareth Southgate went from penalty zero in 1996 to hero in 2018.