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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!
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.
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.
Children in Need Assembly 2019
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Children in Need Assembly 2019

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This assembly considers 21st century problems in a humorous way before considering what Children in Need does, who it helps and challenges students to ‘Do their thing’. 50% of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Children in Need Charity, so please ‘Do your thing’.
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.
Assembly: Holocaust Memorial Day Assembly 2020
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Assembly: Holocaust Memorial Day Assembly 2020

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This resource bundle includes an Assembly based on the Holocaust Memorial Trust theme of ‘the power of words’ and considers both the ethos of the Trust in honouring survivors whilst also focusing on the importance of ‘words’ to ensure discrimination and prejudice are eliminated from our society. This assembly is interactive with a link to a video about the latest recordings of Eva Schloss and offers students some practical ways to get involved with Holocaustian projects post assembly. The assembly is fully scripted and ready to use and is accompanied by a handout about some of the projects mentioned in the assembly for tutors to explore during tutor/PSHE time for potential ongoing individual and whole school involvement.
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
GCSE (9-1) War of The Worlds by H G Wells: Context and Chapter 1
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GCSE (9-1) War of The Worlds by H G Wells: Context and Chapter 1

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This is the first of several lessons on this new option on GCSE syllabuses. These lessons are differentiated and supported whilst also offering challenge and options to create revision resources in preparation for the final examinations. These lesson would work as well for KS3 groups who need a strengthened syllabus in preparation for the more robust (9-1) specifications as for KS4 students preparing for exams. More lessons to follow shortly.
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! :-)
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!
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.
IGCSE Poetry Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden (0475) 2020/2021
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IGCSE Poetry Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden (0475) 2020/2021

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This complete lesson is aimed at IGCSE students, but is equally suitable for use as an Unseen Poem, and encourages students to become increasingly independent in their learning. Small group tasks are set to encourage all abilities to be able to access this poem and the requirement to present their findings and set a fun task for their peers ensures that the focus is on enjoyment and ‘game play’ as much as learning. For less able groups questions are proffered to open discussion and then annotated stanzas are included either for use at face value or to top up the presentations. This lesson closes with some thought provoking questions that only make sense once the text has been studied. This is an engaging and active learning lesson that my students have always enjoyed for both its sense of freedom to find answers and support in finding out if they were in the right ball park.
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
IGCSE English: Cetacean by Peter Reading Poetry
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IGCSE English: Cetacean by Peter Reading Poetry

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This resource offers a thorough exploration of this IGCSE poem by Peter Reading. The activities are highly varied and inclusive, whilst also offering plenty of challenge for the more able students. This lesson includes literacy tasks, arty tasks, independent and group tasks plus a clear guide as to how to achieve the range of grades prior to closing with an exemplar assessment task. This lesson, whilst prepared with the Cambridge International specifications (English Literature and World Literature 2022 onwards) in mind, would make a perfectly engaging lesson for KS3 students just setting out on their GCSE style poetry as it includes clear terminology, explained and applied and exemplar sentence starters as a guide as to how to ‘start an analytical response’. Please do visit my shop for more IGCSE resources on this and a range of other specifications, if you are looking for something specific message me on Twitter @jomarsh1 and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
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.
IGCSE Poetry 'Not Waving But Drowning' by Stevie Smith (CIE: syllabus 0475 or Unseen Poetry)
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IGCSE Poetry 'Not Waving But Drowning' by Stevie Smith (CIE: syllabus 0475 or Unseen Poetry)

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This IGCSE resource explores the complexities of this poem through engaging and fun activities that are fully differentiated through relevant activities using emojiis, images, discussion, SMSC strategies and a set of differentiated worksheets, for which answers are included, to challenge students to fully understand the nuts and bolts of this poem. Once knowledge has been gained, this lesson culminates in a fun, yet supported Marketplace activity whereby all studies will be expected to demonstrate understanding and have the opportunity to fill any gaps before being asked to respond to an exam style written activity. This lesson is as useful for the IGCSE as it is for anyone teaching Unseen Poetry as the activities are translateable to any poem. If you like this resource please don’t forget to follow me: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/The_English_Tutor
Holocaust: Non Fiction Reading Paper
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Holocaust: Non Fiction Reading Paper

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This is a constructed paper based on an extract from one of Primo Levi's Holocaust survivor novels. This is accessible for KS3 and KS4 and has been designed with the Holocaust Memorial Day in mind as an apt activity during that week, although this would prove to be useful practice and revision at any time of the year too. This is available individually or as part of a bundle at a discounted price. Visit my shop for more resources like this.
'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.