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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!
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!
Word Types and Blake's 'A Poison Tree'
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Word Types and Blake's 'A Poison Tree'

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This is a great resource for younger students and GCSE students alike. Having explored the different word types already with a student, this activity asks the student to consider what certain word type category underlined or highlighted words fit into, given the sentence they are used in. This activity is based on Blake’s poem, ‘A Poison Tree’, which is included in the Edexcel GCSE ‘Conflict’ poetry cluster. This activity gets the student to not only become more familiar and confident with their word types, but also engages the student in looking at some poetry too. It also teaches the student that certain words are not always considered to be the same word type, but change in accordance with how/in what context the word is used. The lesson could then progress into an analysis of the poem, or simply be used to cement learning word types. All feedback welcome!
Word Types & 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney
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Word Types & 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney

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This is a great resource for younger students and GCSE students alike. Having explored the different word types already with a student, this activity asks the student to consider what certain word type category underlined or highlighted words fit into, given the sentence they are used in. This activity is based on Seamus Heaney’s poem, ‘Storm on the Island’, which is from the AQA GCSE ‘Power & Conflict’ poetry cluster. This activity gets the student to not only become more familiar and confident with their word types, but also engages the student in looking at some poetry too. It also teaches the student that certain words are not always considered to be the same word type, but change in accordance with how/in what context the word is used. The lesson could then progress into an analysis of the poem, or simply be used to cement learning word types. 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!
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!
Essay Question on 'Nettles' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process
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Essay Question on 'Nettles' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process

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This is a great lesson starter aimed at GCSE students to help with the Unseen Poetry section of their Literature exams. This resource offers up an essay question on the included poem, ‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell, and walks the student through the PEAL paragraph process to address this question, including a planning grid. All feedback welcome!
Essay Question on 'Hard Frost' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process
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Essay Question on 'Hard Frost' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process

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This is a great lesson starter aimed at GCSE students to help with the Unseen Poetry section of their Literature exams. This resource offers up an essay question on the included poem, ‘Hard Frost’ by Andrew John Young, and walks the student through the PEAL paragraph process to address this question, including a planning grid. 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!
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!
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!
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!
Key Features of Article Writing Mind Map
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Key Features of Article Writing Mind Map

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This is a simple mind map to aid students with the revision of key features needed when writing an article. Specifically designed with AQA GCSE students in mind for the Writing section of Language Paper 2 (Question 5), this can also be used for students sitting any exam board at this level. Also great for younger students when teaching article writing. All feedback welcome!
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!
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!