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I have a BA in English from Royal Holloway, University of London, and have decided to use my love of Literature to help young people. I currently Tutor English Lit & Lang 1-1. My shop provides resources for teaching GCSE students English Language and Literature, in line with the new Grade 9-1 grading system. Many GCSE resources are primarily AQA, but can be easily adapted for other examining boards too. Some resources available for younger students too! Add passion to your teaching!

I have a BA in English from Royal Holloway, University of London, and have decided to use my love of Literature to help young people. I currently Tutor English Lit & Lang 1-1. My shop provides resources for teaching GCSE students English Language and Literature, in line with the new Grade 9-1 grading system. Many GCSE resources are primarily AQA, but can be easily adapted for other examining boards too. Some resources available for younger students too! Add passion to your teaching!
Timings for AQA Language Papers 1 & 2
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Timings for AQA Language Papers 1 & 2

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This is a simple handout to provide AQA GCSE students with timings as to how long they should spend on each question and section of both AQA Language Papers 1 & 2. Ensure your student allows time to answer all of the questions in order to not lose valuable marks by missing questions due to a lack of time management!
AQA Language Paper 1 Question 4 Reading Advice
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AQA Language Paper 1 Question 4 Reading Advice

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This is a step-by-step guide to answering Question 4 of AQA Language Paper 1, including Skills Descriptors and Buzz Words & Statements. This question is worth a total of 20 marks, and so is worth spending the time getting familiar with.
Appropriate Vocab for Formal Letters (AQA Language Paper 2)
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Appropriate Vocab for Formal Letters (AQA Language Paper 2)

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This is a simple handout filled with appropriate vocab for students to use when writing formal letters. Aimed at GCSE students primarily for the AQA Language Paper 2 Writing section (Question 5), but can be easily used for other boards too. All feedback welcome!
Structural Devices Revision Mind Map
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Structural Devices Revision Mind Map

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This is a visual revision resource aimed at GCSE students for Language Paper 1 (AQA), Question 3 on structure. Designed with AQA in mind, this can be easily adapted and used for students sitting any exam board, including Edexcel and OCR. Created for revision purposes with students in mind who have already covered the definitions of these devices and how they function within a text. Colourful and with some illustrations to engage the “teenage” mind and stand out visually! Any feedback very welcome!
Similes & Metaphors Worksheet
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Similes & Metaphors Worksheet

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This is a simple worksheet to aid students with their learning of similes and metaphors, how to recognise them and label them, and how to create their own similes/metaphors. Great for GCSE students and younger students alike! All feedback welcome!
Planning and Writing a Narrative (AQA Language Paper 1)
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Planning and Writing a Narrative (AQA Language Paper 1)

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This is aimed at GCSE students preparing to sit the AQA Language Paper 1, but can easily be used for other exam boards too. This lesson starter explores the structuring of a narrative and then includes a planning grid so that students can plan the phases of their narrative piece for the Writing section (Question 5) of AQA Language Paper 1. All feedback welcome!
Planning a Comparative Essay for GCSE Poetry Anthologies
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Planning a Comparative Essay for GCSE Poetry Anthologies

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This includes 2 planning grids with a step-by-step guide as to how to approach a comparative essay on GCSE Poetry Anthologies. This explains the step-by-step process whether a student is being taught to write in PEAL/PEEL or PETER paragraphs. Aimed at AQA, Edexcel and OCR GCSE students for Literature papers. All feedback welcome!
AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 1
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AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 1

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This is a SAM GCSE AQA Language Paper 1. Mark scheme not included but easily taught by tutors/teachers working with the AQA GCSE 9-1 specification. All feedback welcome!
AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 2
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AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 2

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This is a SAM GCSE AQA Language Paper 2. Mark scheme not included, but any experienced teacher/tutor working to the new AQA 9-1 GCSE specification can easily guide their student/s through this practice assessment. All feedback welcome! Please leave a positive review if you have enjoyed this resource!
Descriptive Piece (AQA Language Paper 1)
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Descriptive Piece (AQA Language Paper 1)

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This is a SAM AQA Language Paper 1 question for the Writing section of the paper, supported with an example descriptive piece I wrote myself for my students. The descriptive piece is designed to explore the 5 Phase planning structure, as laid out in the ‘AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language and Literature Revision and Exam Practice’, Scholastic, 2017. The lesson idea would be to look at the 5 Phase Planning Sheet (based on the AQA GCSE 9-1…’), discuss the purpose of these phases, read the SAM question, and then read the example descriptive piece to annotate. The student can then see how the writer can move seamlessly through these 5 phases, and also note the importance of figurative language (including metaphors, similes, personification, juxtaposition etc), which is needed to score the higher marks. The 5 Phase planning grid and the concept of these phases have been taken from the ‘AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language and Literature Revision and Exam Practice’, Scholastic, 2017’. However, the descriptive piece answer is entirely my own work. This can be easily adapted for other exam boards too. All feedback welcome, and I hope this is of some use for teachers, tutors and students alike!
Descriptive Writing Colour Synonyms Worksheet
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Descriptive Writing Colour Synonyms Worksheet

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This is a great worksheet to help aid students to reach higher marks in their descriptive writing by using higher level vocab, i.e. colour synonyms. Primarily aimed at GCSE students for the Writing section of AQA Language Paper 1, this resource is really useful for students sitting other exam boards too and even younger and lower ability students. All feedback welcome!
Appropriate Essay Vocab
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Appropriate Essay Vocab

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This is a handout designed for GCSE students to help with sentence starters, vocab and phrases when analysing Literature set texts and Poetry. Great for revision and for aiding essay technique! All feedback welcome!
AQA English Language 2: Writing for Purpose
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AQA English Language 2: Writing for Purpose

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This is a great lesson plan discussing the purpose behind writing a non-fiction piece, such as which forms the Writing section of AQA Language Paper 2. A simple handout displays the key features of writing in the required form, i.e. a formal letter, magazine/newspaper article, speech, or text for a leaflet. There is then an explanatory handout discussing the differences between writing to persuade, instruct, advise or inform. This encourages the student to consider their choice of language and phrasing, depending on the purpose of their writing. The planning grid at the end encourages the student to consider the “GAP” (Genre, Purpose, Audience) before beginning the Writing task, and plan their key points and the key features needed, depending on what form they are writing in. An example Writing question is then included, which you can work through with your student to plan, before writing up in full. So many students tend to just “dive in” before planning their responses. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!” This lesson will stress the need for students to plan their writing and the purpose behind it, before beginning this task. Easily adaptable for other boards including Edexcel and OCR. All feedback welcome!
Key Features of Formal Letters Mind Map
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Key Features of Formal Letters Mind Map

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This is a revision exercise to aid GCSE students with writing formal letters. Specifically designed with AQA GCSE students in mind, preparing to sit AQA Language paper 2, this is great revision for the Writing section (Question 5). Easily useful for students sitting other exam boards too, and younger students learning the key features of formal letters. All feedback welcome!