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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.
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.
Romeo and Juliet KS3 SoW
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Romeo and Juliet KS3 SoW

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A complete unit of work covering the most famous story of all time. Designed for KS3 classes, this scheme focuses on the major scenes and characters. Mixing close reading analytical skills with creative writing tasks, the unit comprises 11 separate lessons and an exam style assessment question. Pick up a copy of the scripts (or add SIK Lessons’ modern version of the play to your TES shopping trolley) a copy of Baz Luhrman’s DVD and you have everything you need to deliver a unit on this classic text.
The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
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The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

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A complete resource exploring the patriotic message behind Brooke’s famous pro-war poem. This resource is aimed at KS4 students preparing for the EDUQAS anthology literature exam. Beginning with contextual background to Brooke and his poetry, the lesson moves on to explore how patriotism is presented throughout the poem. A full annotation of the sonnet is included. Everything you need to prepare your students for this GCSE poem in one resource!
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
Sonnet 29 "I Think of Thee" by Elizabeth Browning
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Sonnet 29 "I Think of Thee" by Elizabeth Browning

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Everything you need to prepare your students for this AQA new spec poem in which Browning compares her love for a man to vines growing around a tree. Browning's uses of nature and her sonnet's structure are the main focus whilst a full annotation provides all the notes your students ( or you) will need for this poem.
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
Love's Philosophy AQA analysis
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Love's Philosophy AQA analysis

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Full analysis of Love's Philosophy for KS4. Discussion points, practice questions and fully annotated poem. Ideal for a double lesson covering this poem for pupils studying AQA Literature GCSE.
Singh Song by Daljit Nagra
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Singh Song by Daljit Nagra

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A full resource analysing Nagra’s poem about a British Indian man choosing his new bride over his father’s corner shop. Beginning with a background to Nagra and the Sikh faith, this resource focuses on the poet’s use of language (slang and Punjabi) before exploring how the newly wed couple are presesented. A full annotation of the poem is included. Everything you need to prepare your students for this AQA poem in one resource!
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.
Help Ralph Literacy Starters
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Help Ralph Literacy Starters

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Seven literacy starters themed around The Simpsons' Ralph Wiggum. Each starter takes approx. 10 minutes and covers a range of basic literacy areas such as spelling and punctuation. 15 mistakes to identify/ fix in each task. Easy to peer assess. Seven great little starters that my old head-teacher loved!
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.
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!
Blood Brothers revision lesson
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Blood Brothers revision lesson

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The perfect powerpoint for that last lesson before their exam. Recap the characters, themes and practice an exam style question on this magical musical.
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.
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!
Blood Brothers character revision notes
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Blood Brothers 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: Mrs Lyons Mrs Johnstone Edward Mickey The narrator An excellent revision resource for pupils to prepare with.
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.
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.