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I hope my resources simplify your planning, give you the much needed extra hours for an improved work-life balance and take your teaching to the heights you want it to go.
Persuasive Writing Bundle

Persuasive Writing Bundle

This bundle includes 15 lessons based on the genre, “Persuasive Writing”. This pack includes whole lessons that have everything you need to teach the topic and genre. Every lesson has a starter, a plenary, teaching models, group work, criteria for students to use to develop independence and individual writing activities and HW tasks. I have also included a handy FAR inspired assessment sheet that can be used to mark the students’ work using specific criteria that they can learn and use to make very clear progress easily, and there is also a self-assessment activity that draws on FAR marking strategies too. It’s suitable for KS3 and KS4. However, some ppts are more suited to KS4 classes and gifted (or accelerated) KS3 classes. You’ll have to make that decision based on your class’ abilities and skills.
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English Year 8  - English Curriculum Map

English Year 8 - English Curriculum Map

This year long Programme of Study is based on a study of : Poetry Novel Study Hamlet Non-Fiction Study Revision & End of Year Exam It also includes: activity suggestions lesson content suggestions exam structures a map of the assessment objectives for the whole year links to AQA’s GCSE exam frames and criteria It is ideal for a new HoD, departments without a HoD, or HoDs who are seeking a fresh perspective or Programme of Study. Enjoy!
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Unseen Poem - Brothers

Unseen Poem - Brothers

You can use this former AQA poem ‘Brothers’ as an unseen poem. The ppt includes all the resources and tasks needed for the whole lesson. This lesson can be used with KS3 or KS4 as its premise requires students to dig deeper into a poem, identify and analyse the impact of poetic devices etc. The resource includes: starter plenary all lesson activities (i.e. poetry analysis and writing tasks that could lead to essay writing) Please note: you will need to download a copy of the poem off the internet for the lesson
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Paragraphing Skills- Writing to Describe Bundle

Paragraphing Skills- Writing to Describe Bundle

What is this resource? It is a bundle of three “Creative Writing” powerpoints that shows students how to achieve higher marks in creative writing tasks in a variety of ways By using more advanced stylistic features such as: using a connective to start your paragraph, using dialogue/ speech to initiate a paragraph, starting a paragraph with an adverbial clause , beginning your paragraph with an adverb, starting your paragraph with a statement etc; Using a question at the start of a paragraph A set a resources for KS3 that are equally benficial for low ability English Language groups at KS4 and that can also be used with SEN or EAL classes and Literacy Suport Sessions. The resources uses sounds, visual images and writing models to support the teacher and the students Who is it for? KS3 KS4 (lower ability groups) Literacy Lessons EAL SEN What’s included? Starters A variety of activities with teaching models and guidance notes on each slide Opportunities to write independently and work in groups and self assess to improve Plenaries Curriculum links? English Language Whole School Literacy Programmes Literacy Support Sessions EAL units Practical Tips? Notes are provided on each slide
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Lesson 1_ Introducing Persuasive Writing Skills _ Using Slogans

Lesson 1_ Introducing Persuasive Writing Skills _ Using Slogans

PLEASE NOTE: this lesson can be bought and used in isolation or as part of a bundle for sale on my TES Author’s Page. This lesson contains: 2 HWs A lesson starter Worksheets (using written and visual stimulation) A Plenary The goal of the lesson is to get students thinking about the following persuasive skills: Repetition; Rhyme; Humour Punning (play-on-words); Hyperbole (exaggeration); Metaphors/similes; Commands (e.g. telling people what to do
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60 Second Mini Breaks (can be used as starters and plenaries)

60 Second Mini Breaks (can be used as starters and plenaries)

What is this resource? It is for use in double lessons when a mini break is needed It can be used as starters or plenaries It can be used to develop EAL students’ speaking and listening skills Who is it for? Teachers EAL teachers/ iteracy Support teachers SEN teachers Special Needs teachers What’s included? 36 topics that can be printed on paper and laminated for re-use Curriculum links? Whole School Literacy Programmes, EAL and Literacy Support Sessions Practical Tips? Print them in colour on paper and laminate them for reuse
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English Department - Individual Learning Plans for KS3 and KS4 (new GCSE course)

English Department - Individual Learning Plans for KS3 and KS4 (new GCSE course)

These colour sheets can be glued into the front of students’ exercise books at the start of the year and revisited each new term when new, updated versions, can be glued into the exercise books. This is a method for tracking a student’s progress. They’re linked to the new 2 year linear GCSE English Language and Literature courses. It has suggested topics (i.e. programmes of study) on each IEP too if you’re a new HOD and need some guidance.
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Ready to use  FAR Assessment Sheets Bundle -KS3 and KS4

Ready to use FAR Assessment Sheets Bundle -KS3 and KS4

A quick and easy way to give VERY SPECIFIC feedback without copious amounts of writing. Simply glue the sheet in under the student’s work. Tick the relevant criteria, set targets quickly and ensure the student has read your marking by getting them respond to in the student response section. Useful for KS3 and KS4 The bundle includes 8 ‘ready to go’ assessment sheets for: Blood Brothers Poetry Comparison Essay Persuasive Writing Essay HW - PEE chains Film Reviews Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Creative Writing Peer Assessment - Generic Reading and Writing Assessment Sheets
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Lesson 2_Persuasive Writing_Using Campaigns

Lesson 2_Persuasive Writing_Using Campaigns

PLEASE NOTE: this lesson can be bought and used in isolation or as part of a bundle for sale on my TES Author’s Page. This lesson uses ‘campaigns’ as the foundation for teaching persuasive writing techniques. The ppt includes: A starter A plenary Model answers Group tasks Planning tool Peer assessment template for assessment Notes for the teacher on the slides This could be stretched into two lessons.
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Year 9 - English Curriculum Long Term Plan

Year 9 - English Curriculum Long Term Plan

This year long Programme of Study is based on a study of the new linear GCSE English Course. This long term plan reflects the new GCSE Assessment Objectives. Students will be assessed on: Responding to GCSE fiction and non-fiction text extracts exploring creative writing based upon GCSE literary non-fiction text extracts Exploring Shakespearean tragedy: the study of the rise and fall of Othello Exploring contemporary poetry: contemporary poetry The study of the 19th century novel: Alice in Wonderland Exploring and developing a viewpoint A mock GCSE summer exams It also includes: activity suggestions lesson content suggestions Exam structures a map of the assessment objectives for the whole year links to AQA’s GCSE exam frame and criteria It is ideal for new HoD, departments without a HoD, or HoDs who are seeking a fresh perspective or Programme of Study. Enjoy!
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Hour - unseen poem

Hour - unseen poem

This resource is for KS4 or an advanced KS3 class as this ppt contains some challenging ideas. The resource includes: starter plenary all lesson activities (i.e. poetry analysis sheet and questions) HW task
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Techniques for Parents to Improve Spelling at Home

Techniques for Parents to Improve Spelling at Home

The resource provides 7 fun strategies for a parent to help a child improve their spelling at home - in addition to Homework. The document contains four sections: The first section provides 7 easy and enjoyable learn-to-spell techniques. The second section provides synthesis tasks - to be used once the child has learnt to spell the target words. The third section provides a creative task to further concretise the newly acquired vocabulary Provides a list of commonly misspelt words for parents to use if they do not already have a list to start from How can the resource be used? The parent could try a new technique at home each week with any spelling list. If their child’s teacher hasn’t provided them with a spelling list, a solution is to go through their child’s exercise book and find words that have been misspelt. Alternatively, the parent could use the spelling lists of most commonly misspelt words at the back of the document.
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Improving Handwriting Worksheet

Improving Handwriting Worksheet

Good handwriting is important. If teachers cannot read what a student has written in their books or on test papers, they will not be able to mark the pupils’ work accurately. That could mean losing some marks in exams and low self-esteem. Tests are already challenging enough! Plus, if a student’s handwriting is difficult to read, it is tough for teachers to tell if a student is meeting basic literacy criteria. **Who is this resource for? ** Students with poor handwriting **What’s included and why is it useful? ** There are two self assessment (student-focussed) activities that are designed to get students thinking about the impact of their handwriting and there is a practice section that follows on from a ‘tips’ section too. Links to curricula, standards or specifications? Learning English, English lessons, Literacy Support lessons
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Lesson 4_Persuasive Writing Techniques_Convince your teacher to give you a sweet! (2 lessons)

Lesson 4_Persuasive Writing Techniques_Convince your teacher to give you a sweet! (2 lessons)

PLEASE NOTE: this lesson can be bought and used in isolation or as part of a bundle for sale on my TES Author’s Page. This is suitable for KS3 and KS4. The ppt includes 2 lessons (possibly 3 depending on the class’s ability) A starter A plenary (metacognitive task) A model (created by a student) Assessment criteria for students to use to develop the key skills A HW task A group task
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