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My shop is full of literary surprises: with a degree in Creative Writing and English I have some fantastic resources on creative writing, poetry and Literature Texts. I aim to offer resources on the less common texts and also cover a range of resources from the International GCSEs....welcome, come in and feel free to browse...buy, don't buy, follow, don't follow....just don't spend every weekend working....be kind to yourself!

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My shop is full of literary surprises: with a degree in Creative Writing and English I have some fantastic resources on creative writing, poetry and Literature Texts. I aim to offer resources on the less common texts and also cover a range of resources from the International GCSEs....welcome, come in and feel free to browse...buy, don't buy, follow, don't follow....just don't spend every weekend working....be kind to yourself!
'Outstanding' Lesson Observation on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
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'Outstanding' Lesson Observation on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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This lesson is highly differentiated, with learning goal sheets to ensure progress is evident and checked/reviewed at several checkpoints during the lesson. It also includes a detailed lesson plan and group activities that are then jigsawed to ensure all students are responsible for their own learning. I have alphabetised the poem for use as a starter activity and created a more accessible question sheet for students likely to achieve grade 2/3. This is a really good lesson to show the students working harder than you do!
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats
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La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats

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A thorough exploration of this poem including analysis of form, language and structure, differentiated notes and tasks plus an exam style question including advice on how to respond to the question. This is everything you need to teach this poem at GCSE level.
New Year 2019 Assembly: Welcome Back and Making Changes
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New Year 2019 Assembly: Welcome Back and Making Changes

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This assembly uses music, interesting facts about New Year, an inclusive ‘hands up’ activity and challenges students to adapt their approach to setting new year’s resolutions and instead aim to be more reflective and make changes all the time to ensure they achieve successes in their education, personal and emotional lives. This assembly draws on facts that traverse a range of cultures and is overtly linked to the SMSC agenda. This would be a perfect assembly to use as a first assembly back in 2019 and will save you thinking/planning time over the festive season.
Macbeth Act 3
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Macbeth Act 3

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An in depth study of Act 3 of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. This is designed for GCSE teaching and includes a range of activities including: guided extract analysis, creative activities (Shakespearean Mannequin Challenge!), links to Transactional Writing on the Language specification, prompts to consider structure and structural devices, clozed activities and a range of extension tasks for more able students. This is 6-8 hours of teaching and includes everything students need to know for their exams in an accessible and fun format.
Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique
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Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique

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An outstanding observation lesson based on David Didau's Slow Writing Technique. These resources include an exam style starter activity, exemplar writing and activity, strategies for improving writing, progress checker, peer assessment and a lesson plan. I have used this lesson several times and every time get excellent evidence of progress across a full range of age groups....
Christmas  End of Term Assembly
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Christmas End of Term Assembly

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This assembly uses humour to appeal to secondary age students and reiterate that Christmas does not have to mean not looking at your study books for 2-3 weeks. This assembly is one that stays in students' memories and resonates with them for a long time afterwards. The resource comes with a complete script and the powerpoint is fully animated to ensure that the visuals match the presentation. This is an assembly that my students loved and laughed about for a long time after first presenting this. WARNING: DO NOT SHOW THIS TO ANY YEAR GROUP WHO MIGHT STILL BELIEVE IN SANTA! :-)
'Outstanding' lesson on E-Safety
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'Outstanding' lesson on E-Safety

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This lesson introduces students to the fundamental differences between 'features' and 'components' in Media texts and asks them to analyse the 'Where's Klaus' Internet Safety advert. This lesson worked really well as a successful interview lesson for Middle Leadership, it would equally work well for a Media Studies lesson or a PSHE lesson on Internet Safety. Students are asked to engage with the advert using stills and differentiated questions. When I taught this lesson I also got students to mark their start 'grade' on a timeline (most said they would have thought they'd get a 2/3 at first) and then ask them to review this twice more during the lesson.....this simple method was highly successful in showing the 'outstanding progress'achieved during the lesson for all students.
KS3 Identity Poetry: Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathwaite
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KS3 Identity Poetry: Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathwaite

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This lesson includes a range of tasks to engage students, including information on context and interpretations of the poem. The lesson includes extension activities, grading criteria and DIRT tasks. This is a really effective lesson to use when studying poetry at KS3 level to gently introduce students to the strengthened demands of the GCSE (9-1) syllabus.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 3
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 3

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This powerpoint incorporates all the skills required by the new GCSE specifications and would be appropriate for teaching this text at both KS3 (top end) or KS4. The resource includes challenge tasks, language, form and structure analysis, dramatic tasks, recreations of scene, engaging use of ICT and nods to including Maths in the English curriculum. This is everything you need to teach this section of the play and would take between 7-9 hours to teach in its entirety.
Edexcel  'Pick n Mix': Revision Questions Literature Paper 1 - Blood Brothers
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Edexcel 'Pick n Mix': Revision Questions Literature Paper 1 - Blood Brothers

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This resource includes 3 separate exam style questions on Blood Brothers, all original questions, written with the higher challenge of the new (9-1) exams in mind. This also includes the Edexcel mark scheme. This resource is available as an individual resource or at a 50% discount as part of a bundle. This resource would be perfect for final revision lessons, use by parents to keep their children motivated over holidays, tutors and homeschooled learners alike. Follow me to see more along these lines over the next few weeks.
Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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A complete analysis of language, form and structure including indications for content according to grades and challenge tasks. This lesson is engaging, whilst also developing inquiry and independent learners. This is everything you need to teach this poem.
Literacy: Regular and Irregular Verbs (KS2/3)
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Literacy: Regular and Irregular Verbs (KS2/3)

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This resource includes a worksheet (8.1) as an introduction to this aspect of Literacy. The powerpoint is designed to follow on from the completion of the worksheet and serves to check the answers to the worksheet whilst also including further tasks to ensure learning is secure and can be applied independently. The powerpoint includes a self assessment task and a 'Show me the Maths' task plus an extension activity for more able students. This worksheet and powerpoint forms part of a bigger scheme of work that focuses on literacy, reading and spellings through similarly challenging and engaging tasks. If your like the format of this resource please see my other resources for Years 7, 8 and 9 available as either termly booklets/powerpoints, yearly or whole key stage bundles. If you leave a review for this resource and email me on jo_marsh@btinternet.com to confirm your details I will give you a discount to use on one of my other resources. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-12-week-literacy-programme-11472994 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-literacy-programme-whole-year-11490931 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-8-12-week-literacy-programme-11481475 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-8-literacy-programme-whole-year-11490932 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-9-literacy-programme-preparing-for-gcses-11484542 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-9-literacy-programme-whole-year-11490934 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-9-literacy-programme-three-years-11490938
'i wanna be yours' by John Cooper Clarke: Edexcel Relationship Poetry
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'i wanna be yours' by John Cooper Clarke: Edexcel Relationship Poetry

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This powerpoint is thorough, engaging and fully differentiated, overtly drawing on the mark scheme to ensure that students understand how to develop their responses and improve on their grades. The tasks are varied and traverse individual, paired and group tasks to ensure all students are supported. Visual imagery has been used throughout to aid comprehension. This powerpoint also includes slides on suitable comparison poems and how to structure a written comparison before concluding with a written task for completion in class for homework. This lesson is likely to take 3 hours teach and includes everything you would need to cover this poem. This is a FREE resource, the remaining 14 poems can be found in my TES shop at: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/joannammarsh Examples of individual poems can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/neutral-tones-by-thomas-hardy-11597028 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/relationship-poetry-1st-date-she-1st-date-he-by-wendy-cope-11715073 Or the entire collection can be be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/relationships-poetry-bundle-11607210 If you like this resource please leave a review and follow me on Twitter @jomarsh1 to find out when the comparison companion will be available, new resources marking services and sales.
KS2/3 Using Commas in Lists
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KS2/3 Using Commas in Lists

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This fun lesson teaches the accurate use of commas in lists and draws on a Geography based activity to evidence the students application of knowledge. The powerpoint is highly animated to aid engagement with what might otherwise be quite a dry subject. If you like this resource see my other packages on Literacy at: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-literacy-programme-whole-year-11490931 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-12-week-literacy-programme-11472994 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-9-literacy-programme-three-years-11490938 or contact me on Twitter at @jomarsh1 and I can make bespoke packages according to needs.