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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!
End of Term Dingbats Quiz
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End of Term Dingbats Quiz

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A powerpoint containing a mix of easy and difficult Dingbats images and in turn the answers. This is a ready to roll End of Term Quiz for that last 50 minute lesson with a 'spirited' group!! Enjoy. Also available as part of a discounted package with a scorecard...see my shop for other options on buying this resource.
Edexcel IGCSE Language Extracts: Chinese Cinderella
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Edexcel IGCSE Language Extracts: Chinese Cinderella

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This lesson builds on the first resource in this series (on H is for Hawk) and challenges students to work a little more independently in identifying methods used by the author in the text through a worksheet activity. This would make an ideal resource for homework or for a flipped learning activity. Students have the opportunity to engage with the demands of this IGCSE curriculum individually or in pairs whilst completing this task before then moving on to a powerpoint presentation that methodically takes students through the Ideas and Perspectives question. The lesson concludes with another independent task whereby students apply their learning on an unseen text, replicating the IGCSE exam structure. My students progressed rapidly as a result of this step by step approach and were more secure on the later extracts we studied. I hope your students enjoy these activities as much as mine did. This resource includes a past paper and the mark scheme for ease of use.
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....
War of The Worlds - The Whole Text
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War of The Worlds - The Whole Text

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This super bundle includes offers an engaging route through this new GCSE text by H G Wells. In this bundle you will find an array of engaging activities on all chapters combined with informative slides and tasks that promote independent learning. The powerpoints include assessments and whole text revision activities and resources providing students with a solid knowledge base on which to respond to essays based on themes, characters, language and/or structure. This is everything you need in a clear format to teach this text.
David Didau 'Slow Writing' + a grade 8/9  challenge lesson BUNDLE
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David Didau 'Slow Writing' + a grade 8/9 challenge lesson BUNDLE

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This bundle is perfect for any mid ability to top ability group and has something for everyone. As a passionate writer myself, this resource works time and time again to progress the quality of students writing and is brilliant for reluctant writers as you can set it up as a lesson that requires only a little ‘carefully crafted’ writing. Stretch and challenge lesson resource is FREE
Pedagogy: Roles, Responsibilities and Professional Behaviour of Teachers
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Pedagogy: Roles, Responsibilities and Professional Behaviour of Teachers

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This lesson is designed for CPD sessions/teacher training as a guide to professional conduct and responsibilities. It includes a number of engaging discussion points and interactive activities plus access to an online Kahoot game and demonstrates a wide range of pedagogical strategies including the inclusion of literacy and numeracy in the curriculum.
Introduction to the Detective Fiction Genre
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Introduction to the Detective Fiction Genre

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This lesson introduces KS3 students to the conventions of the Detective Genre using short film clips and a fun game. This works really well as either the first lesson of a topic on this genre or as a transition day activity as the students will enjoy the lesson and be left feeling that studying English is not always reading and writing.
A  Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Act 2
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Act 2

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This resource takes students through a range of engaging activities in order to instil a love, understanding and ability to analyse the text, in terms of language, structure and thematic links. This is everything you need to teach Act 2 of this play, activities are designed to be pick and mix if you are tight for time. If taught in full this powerpoint would take between 4-6 hours of teaching.
IGCSE/GCSE:  The Tyger by William Blake (includes essay writing skills)
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IGCSE/GCSE: The Tyger by William Blake (includes essay writing skills)

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This bespoke resource on Blake’s The Tyger is designed for use with the Edexcel IGCSE curriculum but is equally useful in teaching Unseen Poetry skills required across all of the IGCSE and GCSE English specifications. These resources are designed for a low/middle ability group and as such are highly supported and differentiated. Challenge/extension tasks are included here and every step of the process is checked for understanding, reinforced and modelled to ensure all students make maximum progress. Tasks include individual work, paired work, whole group work and peer ‘teaching’ (at a low level, but is designed to encourage students to become independent learners). My students enjoyed the variety of tasks included here and I could really see progress in terms of being prepared to ‘try’ out plausible answers based on this poem. I hope your students take as much from this resource as mine did! If you like this resource then you might also like these: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/igcse-poetry-not-waving-but-drowning-by-stevie-smith-cie-syllabus-0475-or-unseen-poetry-12168763 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/la-belle-dame-sans-merci-by-john-keats-11546112 Do check out my shop to see the full range of resources on all things English! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/The_English_Tutor
The Manhunt by Simon Armitage (Relationship Poetry)
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The Manhunt by Simon Armitage (Relationship Poetry)

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These resources offer a thorough exploration of this poem and its context through a range of engaging and creative activities. The lesson is fully differentiated with supportive images and tips for lower ability students and regular challenges for the higher ability students in your groups. These resources include a highly visual activity which could easily be used as part of a Poetry Display. This lesson covers context, form, language and structure through independent activities and structured guidance. If you like this resource please leave a review and have a look at my other poetry resources in my shop @https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/joannammarsh or follow me on Twitter (JoMarsh1).
'Neutral Tones'/'My Last Duchess' Teaching and Comparison Bundle
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'Neutral Tones'/'My Last Duchess' Teaching and Comparison Bundle

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This bundle includes fully differentiated and engaging lessons on both of these poems separately together with a third lesson that takes students through the 'STILT' process for writing a comparison. The price of this bundle is discounted to ensure that anyone who has bought one of these resources already is not out of pocket. More comparison bundles will be put up soon, however, if you are looking for a specific combination please message me here or on Twitter @jomarsh1 to request a similar bespoke bundle.
2020:  Motivational Assembly - Who do YOU think you are?
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2020: Motivational Assembly - Who do YOU think you are?

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This assembly is ideal for use as a return to school assembly: it draws on the musings of Jay Shetty, an international speaker who is entirely relateable to young people today. This assembly motivates students to think about who they are and what they want to achieve and to understand that being different is fine, you take you own route through to success. The link in this resource takes you to the video for this assembly and also a range of other useful video resources for future assemblies. My own students were transfixed by this assembly and then went on to refer back to it throughout the academic year, which is why I wanted to share it. This is a perfect assembly for returning year 10s through to year 13s but is equally accessible for younger students who need a sense of direction. This assembly uses a range of strategies to engage students, include visual images, thought provoking questions and a challenge to take away with them. If you like this resource then you will love my other assemblies (both rated 5 *s): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-year-2020-assembly-welcome-back-and-making-changes-11783964 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/christmas-end-of-term-assembly-11599300
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.
'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!
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 5
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 5

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This resource takes you through a range of activities that explore language, form and structure alongside thematic links and theory. This lesson incorporates drama activities and creative activities to ensure students enjoy learning about Shakespeare's play. This lesson will take between 5-7 hours in teaching time. This is also available as part of a complete unit of work on this text if preferred.
Holocaust:  Unseen Poetry Practice
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Holocaust: Unseen Poetry Practice

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This resource includes three differentiated poems with leading questions that traverse language, structure and literary devices. This has been created with the Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January) in mind, although it could be used as a supply activity, revision resource, or recap for Unseen Poetry to get students re-engaged with this part of their exams. This is also available as part of a Bundle with an Assembly and a Reading Paper in my shop.
'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.
Silas Marner by George Eliot: Book 2 Chapters 16 - 18
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Silas Marner by George Eliot: Book 2 Chapters 16 - 18

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This lesson builds essay skills in line with the exam requirements, peer assessment, guidance on themes, language, structure and motifs alongside consideration of the concept of a 'home' which works well as SMSC evidence. The tasks here are varied, some slides are informative, but generally students will learn through completing activities and then secure and demonstrate learning through mini assessment/plenary activities. This resource explains and challenges students to explore the idea of authorial morality in this text. If you like this, you'll love my other resources on Silas Marner: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/silas-marner-by-george-eliot-chapters-14-and-15-11799016 or follow me at joannammarsh, @jomarsh1 (Twitter) or https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jmichelle1115/pins/ (Pinterest) for all new resources, exclusive offers and requests for bespoke packages.