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A shop for resources on various types of authors, including a heavy focus on example essays, textual analysis and National 5/Higher texts.

A shop for resources on various types of authors, including a heavy focus on example essays, textual analysis and National 5/Higher texts.
Solo Talk Unit
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Solo Talk Unit

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This is a solo talk presentation unit aimed at broad general education students in S1 - S3 , though may be adapted for slightly younger or older ages. The unit focuses upon key aspects of talking: Planning and research Writing talks (opening, main points, conclusions) Speaking skills (rhetorical questions, hooks, use of voice and tone etc.) Presentation skills (body language, power points, prop use etc.) Group research and work This unit is open to adaptation so if you find parts of it useful but not the whole thing then please feel free to change it to suit your lessons. These are based around lessons within 50-minute slots.
Horror Story Writing Unit
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Horror Story Writing Unit

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This is a horror story writing unit aimed at broad general education students in S1 - S2 (10-13), though may be adapted for slightly younger or older ages. The unit focuses upon key aspects of story writing: showing rather than telling development of setting, plot and character improving word choice and grammar This unit is open to adaptation so if you find parts of it useful but not the whole thing then please feel free to change it to suit your lessons. These are based around lessons within 50-minute slots.
Higher English: A Streetcar Named Desire Study Booklet
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Higher English: A Streetcar Named Desire Study Booklet

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This study booklet contains over 30 key quotes and analysis of Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, along with a background of Williams, the play’s themes and an example Higher English critical essay. Intended for study within the SQA CfE (Curriculum for Excellence) framework at Higher level, this booklet is adaptable enough to be used for many different syllabuses including A-Levels, US High School Diploma and Australian Higher School Certificate.
Bernard MacLaverty: 'A Time To Dance' NAT 5 Essay Bundle
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Bernard MacLaverty: 'A Time To Dance' NAT 5 Essay Bundle

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This bundle consists of 6 different essays of A and B standard at National 5 English, pertaining to different critical essay questions regarding Bernard MacLaverty’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’. For educational purposes, these essays are useful for both teachers and students as examples of expected standards and which quotes to use for various essay questions. Quotes have been highlighted in light blue for easier visibility.
Higher English: A Streetcar Named Desire Example Bundle
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Higher English: A Streetcar Named Desire Example Bundle

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This bundle contains 4 example Higher English essays of varying grades on the play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams. These are intended as examples for studying the play at Higher English within the SQA CfE curriculum, but are flexible to be used as examples for A-level too.
NAT 5 Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 12/20)
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NAT 5 Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 12/20)

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This is a National 5 English B-grade critical essay that examines Bernard MacLavery’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’ in relation to the following question: Choose a novel or a short story or a work of non-fiction that makes the reader think about an important theme or idea. By referring appropriate techniques, show how the writer makes the reader think about this theme or idea. This NAT 5 essay examines the thematic loss of innocence and neglect that the central character Nelson experiences at the hands of his mother Mrs Skelly. Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.
NAT 5 English Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 12/20)
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NAT 5 English Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 12/20)

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This is a National 5 English B-grade critical essay that examines Bernard MacLavery’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’ in relation to the following question: Choose a novel or short story or work of non-fiction which has a key moment. Give a brief account of the key moment and, by referring to appropriate techniques, show how it is significant to the text as a whole Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.
National 5 Scottish Text Quote Booklet: Jackie Kay
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National 5 Scottish Text Quote Booklet: Jackie Kay

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This booklet provides an in-depth analysis of 5 Jackie Kay poems likely to be studied at National 5 English for the Scottish Text section: ‘Old Tongue’ ‘Bed’ ‘Lucozade’ ‘Whilst Leila Sleeps’ ‘Divorce’ In addition to providing a detailed analysis of these poems, this booklet also offers two example 8-markers, along with a full past paper example on how to answer the Scottish Text section. This resource is useful for teachers and students alike, breaking down large and small quotes into easily understood analysis along with providing necessary examples on how to answer 8-marker questions.
Higher English Model Essay: 12 Angry Men (marked 14/20)
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Higher English Model Essay: 12 Angry Men (marked 14/20)

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This is a Higher English A-grade critical essay which examines Reginald Rose’s play 12 Angry Men in relation to the following question: Choose a play which explores an important issue or issues within society. Briefly explain the nature of the issue(s) and discuss how the dramatist’s presentation of the issue(s) contributed to your appreciation of the play as a whole. Evidence from the play has been highlighted in light blue for easier use.
Higher English Model Essay: A Streetcar Named Desire (13/20)
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Higher English Model Essay: A Streetcar Named Desire (13/20)

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This is a Higher English B-grade critical essay which examines Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire in relation to the following question: Choose a play in which a major character behaves in an impulsive or calculating or emotional manner. With reference to appropriate techniques, briefly explain the circumstances surrounding this behaviour and discuss how this behaviour adds to your understanding of the play as a whole. Evidence from the play has been highlighted in light blue for easier use.
Higher English Model Essay: A Streetcar Named Desire (17/20)
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Higher English Model Essay: A Streetcar Named Desire (17/20)

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This is a Higher English A-grade critical essay which examines Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire in relation to the following question: Choose a play in which a character has a weakness or flaw. By referring to appropriate techniques, explain the importance of this weakness or flaw and discuss how it contributes to your appreciation of the play as a whole. Evidence from the play has been highlighted in light blue for easier use.
NAT 5 English Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 14/20)
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NAT 5 English Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 14/20)

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This is a National 5 English A-grade critical essay that examines Bernard MacLavery’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’ in relation to the following question: Choose a novel or short story or work of non-fiction in which there is a character for whom you feel sympathy. By referring to appropriate techniques, explain how the writer makes you feel this way. This NAT 5 essay examines the thematic loss of innocence and neglect that the central character Nelson experiences at the hands of his mother Mrs Skelly. Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.
NAT 5 English Critical Essay: An Inspector Calls (Marked 19/20)
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NAT 5 English Critical Essay: An Inspector Calls (Marked 19/20)

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This is a National 5 English A-grade critical essay which examines J. B. Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls in relation to the following question: Choose a play which explores an important theme. By referring to appropriate techniques, explain how this theme is explored. This essay discusses the theme of capitalism as a destructive force and how this is presented through the characterisation within the play. Evidence from the play has been highlighted in light blue for easier use.
Higher English Model Essay: 12 Angry Men (marked 18/20)
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Higher English Model Essay: 12 Angry Men (marked 18/20)

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This is a Higher English A-grade critical essay which examines Reginald Rose’s play 12 Angry Men in relation to the following question: Choose a play which has an effective opening scene or concluding scene. By briefly referring to details of the scene, explain how the dramatist made it effective and discuss how it contributes to your appreciation of the text as a whole. This essay discusses the relationship between Juror 8 and Juror 10, culminating in the growing anger between the jurors. Evidence from the play has been highlighted in light blue for easier use.
NAT 5 English Critical Essay: A Time To Dance - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 18/20)
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NAT 5 English Critical Essay: A Time To Dance - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 18/20)

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This is a National 5 English A-grade critical essay that examines Bernard MacLavery’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’ in relation to the following question: Choose a novel or a short story in which two characters are in conflict with one another. Describe this conflict and, by referring to appropriate techniques, explain how it is important to your understanding of the text as a whole. This NAT 5 essay examines the conflict between the central characters Mrs Skelly and Nelson, where the main themes of neglect and loss of innocence are discussed. Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.
The Crucible Essay and Quote Booklet Bundle: NAT 5/Higher
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The Crucible Essay and Quote Booklet Bundle: NAT 5/Higher

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This bundle contains 3 example Higher English critical essays and 1 example National 5 critical essay. It also contains a booklet of the most significant and useful quotes necessary for studying Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ with accompanying analysis. This bundle is useful for teaching by example, reference for both students and teacher, and for general information of the play and playwright.
NAT 5/Higher 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'  Bundle
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NAT 5/Higher 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' Bundle

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A collection of two essays and a detailed critical essay quote booklet aimed at National 5 students studying Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’. This can be used for Higher English as well.
The Crucible: Higher English Quote Booklet & Example Essay
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The Crucible: Higher English Quote Booklet & Example Essay

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This booklet gives a concise background of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, its central themes and maincharacters, along with an in depth analysis of 14 key quotes of the play. It also includes a Higher example critical essay in relation to the following question: **Choose a play which explores an important issue or issues within society. Briefly explain the nature of the issue(s) and discuss how the dramatist’s presentation of the issue(s) contributed to your appreciation of the play as a whole. ** This resource is ideal for student and staff alike when studying The Crucible and is useful as a revising tool as much as it is useful as a teaching device. This booklet has been devised with the CfE Higher English curriculum in mind.
NAT 5 English Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 15/20)
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NAT 5 English Critical Essay: 'A Time To Dance' - Bernard MacLaverty (Marked 15/20)

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This is a National 5 English A-grade critical essay that examines Bernard MacLavery’s short story ‘A Time To Dance’ in relation to the following question: Choose a novel or short story or work of non-fiction which explores a theme that interests you. By referring to appropriate techniques, explain how the writer makes this theme interesting. This NAT 5 essay examines the thematic loss of innocence and povery that the central character Nelson experiences. Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.
NAT 5 English Critical Essay: You'll Take A Bath (Marked 16/20)
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NAT 5 English Critical Essay: You'll Take A Bath (Marked 16/20)

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This is a National 5 English A-grade critical essay that examines Iain Crichton Smith’s poem ‘You’ll Take A Bath’ in relation to the following question: Choose a poem in which setting is an important feature. By referring to poetic techniques, show how setting contributes to your appreciation of the poem as a whole. This NAT 5 essay is useful for reference and example. Quotations have been highlighted in blue for ease.