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Mrs M teaches English

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I absolutely love teaching English to teenagers! My resources will always be free as I feel a responsibility to give back to the profession which has been the source of so much joy in my life. Too many teachers operate on shoestring budgets and have to pay for resources themselves. I hope that in some small way I can make lesson preparation easier for you!

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I absolutely love teaching English to teenagers! My resources will always be free as I feel a responsibility to give back to the profession which has been the source of so much joy in my life. Too many teachers operate on shoestring budgets and have to pay for resources themselves. I hope that in some small way I can make lesson preparation easier for you!
Punctuation
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Punctuation

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A series of notes and exercises, giving students practice in all of the basic punctuation / speech marks.
blackout poetry task
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blackout poetry task

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A fun task in which Middle School students are guided to create their own 'blackout poems' - by deleting words on a page of a discarded novel. Two links to videos are given: one for creating a paper poem; the other for creating one on a tablet / iPad.
Narrative essay - Dystopian fiction
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Narrative essay - Dystopian fiction

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A pack of notes and guidelines for students to write a Dystopian narrative essay. It is particularly suited for South African students in the F.E.T. phase, who study the IEB curriculum. It was designed for use during the national Coronavirus lockdown, but will work as a ‘normal’ class assignment. Recommendation: Stacey Lloyd, a TPT seller, has a superb pack on various writing tasks. This essay topic was inspired by her amazing work.
English Novel Study - individual assignment
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English Novel Study - individual assignment

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A literature assignment, in which each student selects one contemporary novel for individual study. Assessments provided for reading aloud, book review, character analysis etc. A list of 30 novels is provided, along with brief summaries of their content. Suitable for Middle School.
Teen Pregnancies
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Teen Pregnancies

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An investigative task - in which pupils explore the challenges of teen pregnancies. Although created for the South African context, it can be adapted for any community. A selection of group work discussions and a written assessment. Assessment is done by the pupil, peers and the teacher. Rubrics provided.
Spelling Bee - words & origins
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Spelling Bee - words & origins

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A slide presentation of numerous words to be used in a Middle School Spelling Bee. Each slide gives the word, its etymology, its meaning and a sentence in which it is used. Also included are fun slides for 'spot&' questions for the audience. The words should be screened behind the participants - to allow for audience insight & enjoyment.
Extended writing - Reflective Essay - This I Believe
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Extended writing - Reflective Essay - This I Believe

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Inspired by the popular ‘This I believe’ American radio broadcasts, students are asked to reflect on the core beliefs that underpin their lives. There are pre-writing and drafting activities, leading to the writing of a 500 - 600 word essay on the topic. Links to suitable video clips are provided. There is a rubric for assessing the final essays.
One-Minute Speeches - topics for unprepared orals
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One-Minute Speeches - topics for unprepared orals

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A list of 30 contentious topics - suitable for Middle School students. Students select a number and are given one minute to prepare their speech in which they have to persuade the class that their point of view is the correct one. This could lead to other activities: debating, persuasive writing etc.
Conflict Resolution: Wenger vs Mourinho
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Conflict Resolution: Wenger vs Mourinho

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Students analyse a newspaper article and photograph (showing the rivalry / bad sportsmanship between Arsene Wenger & Jose Mourinho). They are tasked with writing a letter, advising on how the conflict can be resolved.
Independent Reading Tasks - 2020
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Independent Reading Tasks - 2020

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Students select one novel (the choices are ‘Internment’, ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’) and complete various assignments as they work through the materials - on their own. The assignments are generic. This is a suitable task for the South African IEB English HL requirement, that student must have read 7 novels of their own choice by the middle of their Grade 12 year.