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Introduction to Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives
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Introduction to Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

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Here is a fully resourced, differentiated introduction to Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives. Written with AQA English Language Paper 2 in mind, but suitable for more general use, this lesson introduces students to the concept of viewpoint and perspective. We then examine two texts on the topic of ‘prison’, and explore the different perspectives offered by the two writers. By the end of the lesson, students will have compared the two perspectives. Suitable for KS3 and can be edited to further suit the needs / abilities of your learners.
KS3 Non-Fiction Unit: Video Games
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KS3 Non-Fiction Unit: Video Games

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Here is an engaging unit of work focused on non-fiction for KS3. Themed around video games, this unit of work covers: comprehension; transactional writing; descriptive writing; understanding structure; comparing writers’ perspectives; speech writing and more. The unit is divided into six lessons, each designed to last around 90 minutes. Tasks are differentiated throughout. Lesson 1: Introduction to video games. Students learn what video games are and teach each other about key genres of video game. They read case studies and an article on why video games are popular. Key skills: comprehension; quote retrieval; summmarising. Lesson 2: Create your own video game. Students choose between two genres and create a world and characters for their game. Key skills: narrative forming; synthesising information; creative thinking. Lesson 3: Writing for impact. Students examine the structure of a short piece of descriptive writing before learning the MR VAS method of writing (Mood, Register, Vocabulary, Adjectives and Sensory Description). Students then improve the writing model before creating their own description based on the video game they created in Lesson 2. Key skills: editing; selecting language devices; structuring. Lesson 4: Communicating your ideas. Students read the blurbs of three popular video games before editing an example and then creating their own blurb for their video game. A transactional writing task is then offered: write a review of your video game or write a letter to a games retailer asking them to stock your game. Key skills: writing to persuade; writing to inform; use of language and structure for effect. Lesson 5: Comparing perspectives. Students read two contrasting articles on the role of video games in a person’s life, and are then guided to consider the similarities and differences in the two writers’ perspectives. Key skills: comprehension; comparison; formulating an essay response. Lesson 6: Speech and debate. Students consider the topic of violence in video games. Students answer questions on a video debate on the topic, before researching and planning their own response to the statement: “Violent video games are bad for society. They encourage immoral behaviour and attitudes in children and adults.” Students read and analyse an example speech on a different topic before writing their own response to the statement. Key skills: planning an extended response; crafting language; developing points. You can try a free sample of this unit here.
Engaging the Reader - Writing Non-Fiction
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Engaging the Reader - Writing Non-Fiction

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Here is a lesson on engaging the reader when writing non-fiction texts. This is a good introduction or revision lesson for students doing Section B of their English Language GCSE exams, where students are required to produce engaging non-fiction texts. We look at two example students’ work and analyse the techniques being used, before participating in a redraft of one example student’s work, and then finally attempting a personal response to the same task. The lesson is differentiated throughout and is fully editable.
Making Perceptive Inferences
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Making Perceptive Inferences

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Here is an introduction to inference, designed with AQA English Language Paper 2 in mind, but suitable for more general use. The lesson is clearly differentiated throughout, so is suitable for all abilities, but there is a focus on how to make perceptive inferences which is aimed at students of higher ability. Suitable for high-ability KS3 as an introduction or KS4 as revision. We start with an introduction to the concept of inference and look at one-sentence examples. We build up to slightly more developed examples and then compare two longer pieces of non-fiction-style* writing. (* due to copyright laws, the non-fiction-style pieces have all been written by myself.) Lesson pack includes a 20-slide PPT and worksheets. Exam-style task and mark scheme included in PPT.
Comprehension Exercises + Writing Task - FREE SAMPLE - 11 Plus
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Comprehension Exercises + Writing Task - FREE SAMPLE - 11 Plus

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Here is a 3-in-1 comprehension and writing resource, suitable for literacy lessons, vocabulary lessons, EFL learners, and students preparing for 11 Plus exams. You can buy the full resource here. This editable resource consists of a passage from a ficiton text, with the options of a multiple-choice test and a more in-depth, free-response set of questions. There is also a writing section, where learners pick from a set of 3 writing tasks related to the passage. Answer keys are included for both the comprehension exercises, and I’ve included a mark scheme to help guide the marking of section B. If you like this resource, there are 4 more of the same type available here. Check out my store for more free and inexpensive content, all aimed at helping boost students’ performance in English. Please consider leaving me a review to help others find this resource!
Jumbled Sentences  - FREE SAMPLE - 11 Plus
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Jumbled Sentences - FREE SAMPLE - 11 Plus

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Here are 20 jumbled sentences for learners to unscramble. There is always ONE word left over in each sentence. Learners give the left-over word as their answer for each question. Pack includes 20 jumbled sentences + detailed answer key. Suitable for EFL learners and students taking the 11+ exams. I have left the worksheet editable so that you can alter it to suit your individual students if you need to. If you like this resource, you can get 200 more jumbled sentences at my store!
Cloze Exercises x 30 (suitable for 11 Plus) - English
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Cloze Exercises x 30 (suitable for 11 Plus) - English

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Here are 30 cloze exercises for students looking to increase their vocabulary and processing skills. Answer keys are included for all exercises. In this pack, you will find: 10 x ‘box style’ cloze passages, where the missing words are listed at the bottom of the extract in a box; 10 x harder ‘box style’ passages, which contain more words in the box than are actually needed to complete the passage; 10 x ‘multiple choice’ cloze passages, which present students with a choice of 4 options for a particular word in the sentence. Please see the product photos for examples of each type. You can also try a free sample of this resource, which contains one of each type. These resources are suitable for students taking the 11 plus exams, EFL learners, plus general vocabulary or literacy classes. They would also make a great Form Time activity.
Synonyms and Antonyms - FREE SAMPLE - 11 Plus
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Synonyms and Antonyms - FREE SAMPLE - 11 Plus

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Here is a free sample of my synonyms and antonyms worksheets. In this free sample, you will find 12 questions, with an answer key. These are great for EFL learners as well as students taking the 11 Plus exams and general Literacy or Vocabulary classes. If you like this resource, you can buy a pack of 200 x synonym/antonym questions at my store.
OCR-style English Language Paper 2 Practice Paper
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OCR-style English Language Paper 2 Practice Paper

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Here is a practice exam paper which I have made for students taking OCR English Language GCSE. This is a practice paper 2: Exploring Effects and Impacts. This exam paper consists of two extracts: one from Meera Syal’s ‘Anita and Me’, and one from Sathnam Sanghera’s ‘The Boy With The Topknot’. There is a full set of Section A questions and a choice of writing tasks in Section B. I have also included a detailed mark scheme specific to this paper. Before you buy, please note: copyright laws mean I can’t reproduce the texts in the lesson pack. Instead, you are given links to websites where you can access the extracts yourself.
AQA-style Practice English Language Paper 1
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AQA-style Practice English Language Paper 1

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Here is a practice paper which I made for my students following the AQA syllabus. This is for Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. The pack contains a full question paper, link to the source text, and detailed text-specific mark scheme. PLEASE NOTE: the text cannot be reproduced in this pack for copyright reasons. Instead, you are given a link to a website where you can access the text yourself.
OCR-style English Language Practice Paper 1
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OCR-style English Language Practice Paper 1

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Here is an OCR-style English Language practice paper, for Paper 1: Communicating Information and Ideas. I have created this paper myself to help my OCR students. The paper uses extracts from a letter written by Oscar Wilde in prison and a memoir by nature writer Raynor Winn. The pack contains: a full question paper, insert and paper-specific mark scheme. BEFORE YOU BUY, PLEASE NOTE: copyright laws mean I can’t reproduce Text 2 in the lesson pack. Instead, you are given links to a website where you can access the extract yourself. I hope you find this resource useful as it took many hours to prepare!
Sophisticated Writing - Adding Sophistication To Descriptive Writing
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Sophisticated Writing - Adding Sophistication To Descriptive Writing

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Here is a fully resourced, differentiated lesson on adding sophistication to descriptive writing. The lesson covers at least eight techniques in detail, using a simple and sophisticated version of the same text. Students practise each technique in isolation and then apply all their learning in the final task, where they are given the simple version of a text for which they provide a sophisticated equivalent. Included is a 28-slide PowerPoint with accompanying worksheet and checklist to support students in their writing. Suitable for able KS3 or KS4 students or can be adapted for 11 Plus.
Language and Structure OCR
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Language and Structure OCR

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Here is a full lesson on Language and Structure for OCR English Language. Students learn new structure and language techniques, then apply their learning using the texts provided. The focus is on fiction texts, but the same skills apply to the non-fiction analysis of language and structure, so it’s suitable for both papers. The lesson is differentiated to three levels and includes: 21-slide PPT, worksheets, model answers, practice exam questions, success criteria and annotations.
5-Pack of Comprehension and Writing Exercises (11+, KS3)
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5-Pack of Comprehension and Writing Exercises (11+, KS3)

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Here is a pack of FIVE comprehension exercises, ideal for 11+ preparation and KS3 comprehension. Each comprehension exercise contains a fiction text, with ten multiple-choice questions and a longer, 50-mark comprehension section which is not multiple choice. There is also a Writing Section for each text, where students are offered the choice of three tasks relating to the theme of the text. A detailed mark scheme is included for each exercise. To try a free sample of this pack, click here. These comprehension and writing exercises are also a great way to introduce AQA English Language Paper 1 to KS3 students.
Writing to Argue - Developing Complex Ideas
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Writing to Argue - Developing Complex Ideas

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Here is a lesson on developing complex ideas, which is a feature of the highest band of the AQA mark scheme for English Language Paper 2 Question 5. The lesson takes students through the development of a key idea into a developed idea and finally a complex idea. We do this twice before students then apply their learning to a shorter task. The lesson culminates in a full-length task with a focus on developed complex ideas. Because ‘developed complex ideas’ is a feature of the highest band on the mark scheme, this lesson is not differentiated: it is designed for students who are approaching the high ends of band 3 already. It is also suitable as revision for top sets. Lesson includes a 20-slide PPT and worksheet. Exam-style task and peer assessment focus included in PPT.
Advanced Vocabulary Builders x 10 - 11 Plus
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Advanced Vocabulary Builders x 10 - 11 Plus

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Here is a pack of 10 Advanced Vocabulary Builders. Designed to be used on a regular basis, these vocabulary builders focus on an extract of text and contain a range of exercises (including differentiated tasks), to familiarize students with more advanced vocabulary. This pack includes my free sample Advanced Vocabulary Builder, plus 9 more worksheets, as well as an end-of-unit review task. Lessons follow a similar format in order to get students into the habit of vocabulary acquisition. The documents have been left editable. Suitable for Literacy lessons, Home Room, for 11 Plus preparation, or for general advanced vocabulary acquisition.
Jekyll and Hyde: Is Hyde Inhuman?
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Jekyll and Hyde: Is Hyde Inhuman?

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A detailed revision lesson which explores to what extent Hyde is presented as inhuman. The lesson walks through key terms and definitions before setting specific topics for groups to focus on. We then look at putting together an essay using some of the points discussed. We look at the typcial requirements of a mark scheme and examine some sample responses. Students then write up their essay and peer assess their partner’s work using the appropriate statements from a precise AO Feedback Statement Bank provided. Suitable for KS4 revision and differentiated to allow for varying ability levels. This lesson should last at least 90 minutes including essay writing time, and is fully editable. 23-slide PPT and worksheet included.
Framework for Descriptive Writing
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Framework for Descriptive Writing

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This is a framework for desriptive writing which I use with my lower-ability GCSE students, but it’s also a useful way for teaching structure for descriptive writing to younger learners. Suitable for students taking the 11 Plus exams, or any student in need of a bit of confidence with descriptive writing. The guide walks students through one way of structuring a descriptive piece of writing and the task at the end allows them to put their learning into practice. The file has been left editable so that you can alter it for your own purposes if needed.
Synonyms and Antonyms x 200 - 11 Plus
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Synonyms and Antonyms x 200 - 11 Plus

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Here is a pack of 200 synonyms and antonyms (100 of each) with answer key. These are great for EFL learners as well as students taking the 11 Plus exams and general Literacy or Vocabulary classes. The aim is to help students with acquiring advanced vocabulary. The files have been left editable. You can try my free sample of this resource, available at my store.
Jumbled Sentences x 220 - 11 Plus
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Jumbled Sentences x 220 - 11 Plus

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Here are 220 jumbled sentences for learners to unscramble. Each sentence has ONE word left over. Learners give the left-over word as their answer to each question. This pack contains 11 x Word documents, each containing a set of 20 questions plus a comprehensive answer key. The pack includes my FREE sample sheet plus 10 more sheets of jumbled sentences. That’s 220 jumbled sentences in total! The files are editable. Suitable for EFL learners, students taking the 11 Plus exams, or general use in Literacy class or Form Time.