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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.
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.
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
World Book Day 2020 Assembly
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World Book Day 2020 Assembly

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This engaging assembly uses audience engagment initially to explore reduced reading habits around the world before then considering how successful people read and the benefits of reading to students (especially year 11s and 13s!). The assembly then closes with a reading challenge linked to this years World Book Day Challenge to get students reading a million books. Images are used throughout to stimulate understanding and engagement and a link to a World Book Day video is also included. Recommended reads are included: and as such this presentation would work as well as a motivational library lesson as an assembly or a tutor session. This resource includes a SPECIAL OFFER of a FREE RESOURCE if you leave a review, details of how to claim your free resource is included in the powerpoint.
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.
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.
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....
'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!
KS3 Transition Unit: Mystery/Detective Fiction (Complete)
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KS3 Transition Unit: Mystery/Detective Fiction (Complete)

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A complete 4 week Transition or Introductory Unit of work for KS3. This is engaging with lots of interesting activities to complete and ending with the creation of a 'Detective Game Board'. My students loved this scheme of work and it enabled us to set classroom rules for learning within a relaxed bubble of learning. The resource includes week by week powerpoints plus extracts, homework and an easy to follow scheme of work.
Year 7: 12 Week Literacy Study/Homework Guide (1 of 3)
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Year 7: 12 Week Literacy Study/Homework Guide (1 of 3)

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This KS3 Literacy Programme is 1 of 3 for use with year 7s across an entire term and forms part of a newly written programme that builds on the current demands of the KS2 literacy skills and makes them relevant for students as they head towards GCSE studies. The Study Guide is aptly designed to appeal to year 7 students and has one task per week focusing on a range of literacy skills: Spelling, Grammar and Reading. Each week the student is given a task assuming ‘no knowledge’, so is excellent for all abilities of students, a powerpoint takes students through the correct answers and offers scope for peer assessment and then a further ‘testing’ task is completed to check how securely the students have grasped that aspect of literacy. This cyclical learning style ensures that all students make progress and it encourages students to be accountable in part for their learning, and from the teacher’s perspective they can provide evidence of systematic address of literacy that builds on prior learning supported by comparable data on all students. Answers are included in this resource, so it works seamlessly from purchase to classroom with no additional work except for printing pages for the students. This resource is the first of 3 airmed at year 7 students and forms part of an entire KS3 resource comprising 9 units in total. The subsequent two year 7 booklets for use in this Programme can be found on the links below: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-12-literacy-programme-2-11477993 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-7-12-week-literacy-programme-3-11480580 If you would like to see a sample of how this programme works prior to purchase see my free resource here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/literacy-regular-and-irregular-verbs-ks2-3-11713633
GCSE (9-1) Conflict Poetry: Partition by Sujata Bhatt (OCR/Unseen)
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GCSE (9-1) Conflict Poetry: Partition by Sujata Bhatt (OCR/Unseen)

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This fully differentiated and detailed resource takes students through the context, form, language and structure in a clear, effective and engaging way. This resource would suit teaching for GCSE poetry anthologies or as a guide to approaching Unseen Poetry and would work for both KS3 students and KS4. Contextual links make this particularly relevant to teaching in Black History Week. There is everything here to secure an excellent grade on this poem that features in the new GCSE (9-1) specifications.
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
Year 8 : 12 week Literacy Programme
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Year 8 : 12 week Literacy Programme

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This Literacy Programme is 1 of 3 for use with year 8s across an entire term and forms part of a newly written programme that builds on the strengthened demands of the KS2 literacy skills and the Year 7 Programme also available on TES. This resource includes a PDF version of the programme plus an Adobe version that is editable so that the name of your school/behaviour policy can be incorporated into the documents. The powerpoint presentation is used to test the weekly skills gained by your students and allows you to track progress and build in additional intervention for areas of shortfall post completion. The subsequent booklets for use in this Programme and year 9 will be posted imminently.
Macbeth Revision Quiz
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Macbeth Revision Quiz

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This is so much more than a quiz, it asks questions but also answers them in detail, using PEE paragraphs, full explanations and text references. The questions include challenges relating to language, structure and context and conclude with a 'big question' before offering guidance on how to respond to the question (which links to some of the prior questions) and essentially a homework task. This powerpoint is heavily differentiated using images and bonus questions to support and stretch. If a student has not 'got' this text, this powerpoint should go a long way to filling gaps. If you find this useful please do leave a review. If interested in a marking service for the resulting essays please contact me on Twitter @jomarsh1 as this is also available, subject to demand. Finally, my other resources on Macbeth can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-act-1-11561879 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-act-2-11562280 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-act-3-11566639 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-act-4-11567137 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-act-5-11567257 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-the-whole-play-11567264 3
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 4
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare: Act 4

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This lesson uses engaging activities to challenge students to think about the language, structure and form of this Act. This powerpoint includes a wide range of activities and would take 6-8 hours of teaching time to teach in its entirety. Available as a single Act or as part of a complete Unit of Work at a discounted price.
'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.
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.
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.