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English teacher for the last decade; huge passion for teaching and creating interactive resources that lead to better engagement, better outcomes and better classroom environment! Have a look through my items for sale!

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English teacher for the last decade; huge passion for teaching and creating interactive resources that lead to better engagement, better outcomes and better classroom environment! Have a look through my items for sale!
For AQA English Literature - A Christmas Carol Essay Writing Wheel.
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For AQA English Literature - A Christmas Carol Essay Writing Wheel.

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Would work perfectly for other exam boards as well as AQA! I created this wheel in order to give students some kind of autonomy in terms of their essay writing. It outlines what students might say for AO1/2/3 in order to sound sophisticated. In my lesson, students absolutely loved it! They were able to use the wheel to inform their own topic sentences, AO2 analysis and essentially, write an independent essay. Two files: PDF/PPT (same file) so you can edit it if you like!
UCAS Personal Statement: An Interactive Session for Ambitious Students - Includes PPT and Worksheets
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UCAS Personal Statement: An Interactive Session for Ambitious Students - Includes PPT and Worksheets

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I ran this session with a year 12/13 group who were writing their personal statements. It goes through the steps to writing a great personal statement and helps students to avoid any cliches. This was a great resource and took a couple of hours. There is a lengthy PowerPoint which goes through a step-by-step guide to the personal statement and a couple of worksheets for students so they can do research on their chosen subjects/universities.
An analysis of the language used in Trump's immigration speech - Language features: Argue/Persuade
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An analysis of the language used in Trump's immigration speech - Language features: Argue/Persuade

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* students absolutely loved these lessons! If you're looking for something to engage students - this is the download for you! * A great, ready to go resource! No planning required. This resource was fantastic with both my year 9 and GCSE classes (differentiated for each). It outlines the conventions of writing/speaking to argue/persuade, then goes onto discuss some higher order rhetorical devices that Trump employs. There is plenty of differentiated work in the 9-slide PowerPoint, including Argue/Persuade features, as well as flaws in logic. The lesson includes: - An explanation and example of many persuasive/argumentative features such as direct address/hyperbole/triadic structure - An example of four annotated paragraphs from the speech - A student model of a comprehensive paragraph response - Several printable resources from the PowerPoint including a reminder of common techniques and features to argue/persuade - A success criteria for the written response. * New - annotation of the whole speech as a PDF file. There is enough work here for at least two hours; I broke the lessons down into one lesson looking at features and annotating and then the second writing an essay and reviewing the success criteria. All in all, the lesson could probably fill a week's worth of lessons if you do the following: Lesson 1 - annotate the speech Lesson 2 - consider the effect and plan the included essay Lesson 3 - write the essay. You could then follow it up by asking students to write a speech using the conventions they've covered. If you did this, there would be several weeks' work here. There are printable sheets that make up the slides, such as a model annotation and a model paragraph for students. This is a fab resource and I hope you find it as useful as I did!
A thorough analysis of Emma Watson's UN speech: feminism/gender equality & video! Argue/Persuade.
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A thorough analysis of Emma Watson's UN speech: feminism/gender equality & video! Argue/Persuade.

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This resource was designed for my GCSE class but I've used it with a number of groups. It's been absolutely fab! If you've seen my Donald Trump lesson, it takes a similar route through the lesson: - First of all, features of persuade and argue are outlined - A couple of quick leaflets/posters are discussed (from dog charities) in order to allow some Q+A on students' understanding of the techniques - Students watch the Emma Watson video along with the transcript (attached) - The teacher has the annotated copy (attached) and can either keep stopping the video or allow students to annotate it themselves depending on students' proficiency - A model annotation is on the following slide so students can see an example of what a good one looks like - Students are introduced to the essay. A model paragraph is displayed - Students reflect using a peer marking/self assessment grid (attached) This took my class two hours but if you make the dog charity activities written, there is a week's work here.
A fresh look at how to answer the English Language structure question (3): paper 1 (new spec: 8700)
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A fresh look at how to answer the English Language structure question (3): paper 1 (new spec: 8700)

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This resource begins by drawing a comparison to analysing a film trailer - first of all, you will look at a spooky trailer and then comment on the transitions, the fades etc. and discuss how it creates a spooky effect. The lesson works well if you really engage the students and get them talking about the effect of the transitions, fades, spooky sounds. Following that, a similar link can be drawn to the attached text. Students think about the way they are guided through the text in the same way they thought about the film trailer. I found it really effective. A number of my students who didn't get question 3 said this really made it click for them! Following on from this, you will look at the attached resource and comment on how the changes of focus give a particular effect. This went down incredibly well with my year 11s and helped them to finally understand the requirements of the question!
Meghan Markle: Influential Woman - Language Analysis: UN Speech on Gender - Equality
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Meghan Markle: Influential Woman - Language Analysis: UN Speech on Gender - Equality

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A great lesson (with a video clip) during which students investigate Meghan Markle’s speech on the topic of gender equality. I’ve attached an annotated version of the transcript for the teacher or team leader if you want to set students up on an independent task. The lesson structure is as follows: Quick starter looking at some persuasive techniques in print media Look at the transcript and video Annotate the extract Look at model paragraph structure together Write an essay Peer Review Students loved it!
Persuade and Argue - Classroom Posters & Presentation - Features of writing Revision/Display.
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Persuade and Argue - Classroom Posters & Presentation - Features of writing Revision/Display.

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Now with an automatic PowerPoint that loops continuously - ideal to prompt students during assessments and writing! 9 Posters that I made for my students to encourage them to consider the effect of language; they helped students to consider language rather than simply writing things like 'it makes me want to read on...' Happy to adjust and adapt on demand but these are a really great way to encourage students to analyse language and work independently. Techniques/Features: Anecdote Alliteration Facts Opinions Repetition Rhetorical Questions Emotive Language Statistics Triplication Other features mentioned on one slide: first person, second person, hyperbole, expert opinion, conditional tense.
Descriptive writing - for students who need to vary their sentence constructions.
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Descriptive writing - for students who need to vary their sentence constructions.

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This ideal one page resource gives eight different ways to start a sentence and is really useful with weaker Key Stage 3/4 students, as well as those who continually start a sentence with the subject of the verb. Ideas for use: simply as an aide memoir, a revision tool, descriptive writing homework or to help with descriptive writing. Has been invaluable with my year seven and eight students!
Literature Poetry Analysis Grid: Unseen Poetry & Free Text Analysis Overlay for English Language
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Literature Poetry Analysis Grid: Unseen Poetry & Free Text Analysis Overlay for English Language

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* This is a wonderful little resource if you are trying to encourage your students to become more independent; the poem just goes in the middle and you're set for just about any poem - just slot it in there and there's a lesson! * I crated this resource in order to support my year 11 students analysing poetry - both unseen and otherwise. Usually, I cut out the white section so students can simply put the poem in the middle. If you really want to go to town, you can laminate them once you've chopped the middle out. Simply print it on A3 and you're ready to go. I've also included the original file so it's fully adaptable should you need to change anything at any point. Like I said though, it's ready to print and go! I've also included a non-fiction text analysis grid as a bonus! I hope you find it as useful as I have.
Trump Analysis: Another Close Look At Trump's Rhetoric Style and Features of Speech to Persuade
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Trump Analysis: Another Close Look At Trump's Rhetoric Style and Features of Speech to Persuade

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Two hours’ work here at the very least. An analysis of Trump’s language (with teacher annotation for ease). Guide your students through this analysis with clear examples (included) of language analysis, lots of techniques for writing to argue/persuade, a model paragraph and a framework for a final essay. A clear and easy-to-follow lesson with everything required to download and go! My GCSE/Higher ability KS3 students love doing this kind of analysis and it’s a fab way to get into political rhetoric analysis.
Features of Persuasive Writing
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Features of Persuasive Writing

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A quick reference list of features to persuade: - Anecdote - Alliteration - Facts - Opinions - Repetition - Rhetorical Questions - Emotive Language - Statistics - Triplication - Hyperbole - Direct Address - Conditional Tense See my Trump analysis which has this resource thrown in for free!
Great Analysis of Nicola Sturgeon's Rhetoric Style - Argue/Persuade - Language Analysis
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Great Analysis of Nicola Sturgeon's Rhetoric Style - Argue/Persuade - Language Analysis

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This is a language analysis of Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Independence speech that she gave in March 2017. It is a really engaging lesson and comes with the following: - Overview of features to argue/persuade - A debate on the topic of independence with reasons for and against (meant as a quick speaking and listening activity) - A model annotation for students - Features of language associated with Sturgeon’s rhetoric - A model essay paragraph - An essay question - A fully annotated extract from the speech itself Loads of resources and enough work for a week or more. Great for English language or even a lesson on British Values if you want a cross-curricular link. If you like my resource, please review it! Also, take a look at my Trump or Emma Watson speech resources too. Thanks!
Super Duper Mega Political Rheoric Bundle. A close look at over five political speeches.
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Super Duper Mega Political Rheoric Bundle. A close look at over five political speeches.

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An absolute bargain! Save 32%! A half term's worth of lessons for a two/three hour-per-week class. Three sets of PowerPoints, annotated examples, models and success criteria. My suggested route through teaching: - Trump on immigration (Lesson 1 - Annotate, Lesson 2 - Essay plan, Lesson 3/4 - Essay) - Nicola Sturgeon on the referendum (Lesson 1 - Annotate, Lesson 2 - Essay plan, Lesson 3/4 - Essay) - Emma Watson on gender equality (Lesson 1 - Annotate, Lesson 2 - Essay plan, Lesson 3/4 - Essay) Bonus Lesson: Trump's plans to leave the Paris agreement (climate change). Bonus Lesson: Hung Parliament! Once those 12 lessons are over, students can be assessed on their writing by creating a speech using some of the language techniques they have studied. Options I gave: - Feminism/Gender Equality - In/Out Europe - Referendum - Banning Trump from the UK All four lessons are really well themed and some include video resources too! They look at a whole range of language features, techniques and stylistic devices that are unique to each speaker. All come with fully annotated speeches, examples of essay paragraphs and clear success criteria for students to follow.
Debate: May & Corbyn - Political Rhetoric Analysis - Great for GCSE Language Analysis
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Debate: May & Corbyn - Political Rhetoric Analysis - Great for GCSE Language Analysis

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Perfect for GCSE English Language (any of the specs!) and incredibly engaging. My students thought it was great! A thorough analysis of two speeches by each party leader. Depending on whether you want to walk the students through the annotations (teacher model included) or whether you want to let them work independently, there is probably about three hours’ work here. The lesson starts by reviewing features of persuasive writing, followed by reading two speeches and annotating them. I have created a teacher model for each. Finally, the lesson finishes with students writing a comparative essay (success criteria/model paragraph included). Extremely topical and relevant around the time of an election and beyond! Resources included: -Comprehensive PowerPoint with lots of resources (just print the individual slides) - May Speech annotated - May speech blank - Corbyn speech annotated - Corbyn speech blank
A two page writing descriptor document for common errors (KS3/4)
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A two page writing descriptor document for common errors (KS3/4)

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This document is a two-page help sheet for students, teachers and parents that outlines common errors made in English such as: - Fused sentences - Hanging clauses - Comma splicing ... and many more. I usually give this to students when they are responding to feedback - or I give it to parents at parents' evening so they can help their children at home.
AQA Lit: Relationships Poems - Quick Revision Cards for the new Spec AQA Literature (8702)
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AQA Lit: Relationships Poems - Quick Revision Cards for the new Spec AQA Literature (8702)

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These are student-friendly resources that are intended as a revision helper. There are instructions on the first slides that let students know they need to be proactively analysing these poems in their own time. The resources are intended as an aide memoir for students to simply sort the poems into categories and verbalise how they will compare in the exam. There are several points for AO1 and AO2 to help students compare the poems (aimed at a middle-ability group). Having said that, you are free to adapt as I am including the template. My aim when creating this resource was to give some good prompts for AO1 topic sentences. Enjoy! Printing tip: Look great on A5 but if you can’t print to A5, simply select ‘Print’ in PowerPoint and choose the ‘2 slides per page’ option. Or just print them on A4.