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I am an experienced secondary English teacher and the resources I create are aimed to need little to no adaptation, but instead are 'ready to go'. My goal is to create engaging, well-paced lessons that keep all, but especially boys, interested!

I am an experienced secondary English teacher and the resources I create are aimed to need little to no adaptation, but instead are 'ready to go'. My goal is to create engaging, well-paced lessons that keep all, but especially boys, interested!
AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 4 Revision Lesson
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AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 4 Revision Lesson

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This is a revision lesson for AQA Paper 2 question 4 (writers’ ideas and perspectives). The lesson contains a Do Now, a starter activity in which students can work individually or in pairs to identify the viewpoint of a writer, a main activity that includes applying the mark scheme to an example answer, as well as a plenary to assess understanding of the requirements of the question. Also included is a sorting exercise which focuses on how to structure the answer. The lesson aims to build confidence when answering the question, and includes a follow up homework activity (or you could make it a second lesson) to actually put their learning into practice and write a Q4 answer based on extracts about Aberfan and London. Please note that the sample answer included is only part of an answer (2 short paragraphs). This is ample for students to work with when applying the mark scheme without overwhelming them. The sample answer is part of a lower level 3 (grade 5) answer.
AQA English Language Paper 2, Question 2
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AQA English Language Paper 2, Question 2

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This lesson covers the skills for English Language paper 2 question 2. It is heavily scaffolded so great for lower ability classes, but you could easily adapt for more able groups. I have used this lesson many times and have tweaked it continuously to get it just right. It keeps even my most challenging groups engaged because it very clearly chunks what students are expected to do and how they can get the best marks. I have included notes on the PowerPoint slides to give tips on how I usually teach it. The PowerPoint can easily take two lessons depending on the ability of the class you have. It covers a starter task in which students describe the images of prison cells from present day and from the nineteenth century. Inferences from these images are then developed, before moving on to the texts themselves. After modelling what is expected from text A, students can either work individually or in pairs to extract information from text B. There is the opportunity for students to write up their ideas, as well as a model answer to look at. After applying their own understanding in a Q2 answer, the mark scheme can be applied as either a self or peer assessment.
AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 4 Revision Lesson
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AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 4 Revision Lesson

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This is a revision lesson for question 4 of English Language Paper 1. It could easily be run over two lessons as there is a lot for students to do/think about/discuss. If you have enough time, really give students the chance to dig deep! Included is a Do Now task introducing the extract, a starter activity involving a clip of The Woman in Black, a main activity in which students engage in group work before writing up their own answers, as well as a mark scheme and part of a model answer. There is also a recap plenary and the chance for students to assess their confidence when answering this question.
A4 book covers for your English classroom display!
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A4 book covers for your English classroom display!

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20 colourful book covers for your English classroom display. Save yourself the time of sourcing these wonderful book titles. Included are a range of covers that offer examples of good reads for KS3, KS4 and KS5. All are A4 in size and are great for printing in colour and laminating before you put up on your walls. You'll find The Great Gatsby, Murder on the Orient Express, Frankenstein and Jane Eyre, amongst others! Different genres and abilities catered for :)
Do Now or Form Time Activities
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Do Now or Form Time Activities

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A PowerPoint containing 10 + activities that can be used for either Do Now/Learning Start activities when students are entering the classroom or for use during form time. There are a range of activities included from ‘What’s the link?’ to riddles and dingbats. I’ve used all of these with my classes and they go down a treat!
Planning and Writing a Descriptive Response  - English Language Paper 1 Question 5
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Planning and Writing a Descriptive Response - English Language Paper 1 Question 5

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This is a high quality resource that will last approximately two lessons (could be used over three lessons with a lower ability group). It is designed for a mid-ability class and is ready to teach with minimal adaptation required. The first lesson is designed to plan responses to the narrative writing option for Language Paper 1 Section B (Q5). There are a variety of tasks to encourage students to think about using sensory details, figurative language, and the zooming technique when responding to an image. There are also grade 4 examples of students’ responses to the activities set The second lesson is designed to put the skills learnt in the first lesson into practice. There is an exemplar response for students to look at before using their planning to write their own response. Once completed, students can peer or self assess their writing against the marking criteria and give themselves a working at grade. The lessons are based on the requirements for AQA, but can be easily adapted to suit other exam boards. I hope you find it useful, please leave a review if you can.
Managing Exam Stress
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Managing Exam Stress

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This is a 45 minute to one hour lesson focusing on strategies to manage exam stress. It contains activities to identify why students feel stress or worry during the exam period and strategies to overcome these. It is a universal guide and not specific to any subject so it can be used in any lesson. There is also an activity for students to create their own personalised revision guide that will help them to manage their own stresses relating to exams. Also included is a ‘coping with exam stress’ pdf published online by the University of the West of Scotland - this contains practical strategies to overcome exam stress and can be printed so students can take it away with them. Great for use during form time!
Monitoring Behaviour Plan & Student Reflection Sheet
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Monitoring Behaviour Plan & Student Reflection Sheet

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Throughout my time working at a variety of schools I’ve come to appreciate just how important it is to manage behaviour effectively. I am very positive in my approach - I aim to foster positive classroom environments that are consistent and fair. This resource allows you to monitor behaviour on a lesson by lesson basis - the behaviour plan is modelled on the 5 minute lesson plan and allows you to quickly, but effectively, record behaviour issues (positive and cause for concern) quickly. I use this with my most challenging classes so I can reflect on the most prominent behaviour issues and what I can do to tackle them. It also allows me to reflect on the students who deserve praise, as well as providing a log that is crucial when planning for good behaviour. Additionally, a student reflection log/sheet is included that I have found to be an absolute game-changer. When students have to be given detentions/corrections (I only use this when students have been given corrections/detentions which require them to come back at break/lunchtime or for 5-10 minutes after school, rather than whole school detentions), they complete this sheet as part of the process of reflection. The sheet allows students to tell you if something has happened which caused them to behave the way they did, as well as what they will do differently next time.This makes the whole process of detention forward-looking rather than punitive. I’ve found that this strategy actually helps to build bonds with my most difficult of students.
Descriptive Writing Placemat (2 sided)
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Descriptive Writing Placemat (2 sided)

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A double-sided descriptive writing placemat that was designed for KS3 but could easily be used for LA KS4. Includes WAGOLL as well as a suggested structure for writing, as well as an opportunity for students to challenge themselves using semantic field. Good for laminating and using as necessary - I’ve found these to be very useful for helping to teach students the criteria for GCSE, including varying punctuation and using ambitious vocabulary. Please leave a review if you’ve found useful - thank you!
Point, Evidence, Explain Help Sheet
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Point, Evidence, Explain Help Sheet

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A useful help sheet for point, evidence, explain/analyse which I use in my English classes. The A4 Word document is fully editable and contains a description of what is required for each section, together with various sentence stems to help the students start their writing.
Differentiated  Figurative Language Task Cards
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Differentiated Figurative Language Task Cards

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I created these figurative language task cards for the mixed ability classes that I have. I usually print 5 or 6 sets of these on different coloured paper and laminate so that students can work in pairs or small groups to complete. There are 30 multiple choice questions focusing on similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia and hyperbole. The questions are differentiated, getting increasingly more difficult. Questions 21-30 focus on the use of figurative language in literature which challenges students to broaden their understanding of how writers use figurative language. The first 10 questions are the most accessible, perfect if you have lower ability pupils. Also included are answer sheets (which can be used with whiteboard pens if you laminate), and an answer key so that students can self-assess their answers. I’ve found this to be a great revision activity. Please review if you find useful - thanks!
Guinness World Records Quiz 2018 (plus independent task)
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Guinness World Records Quiz 2018 (plus independent task)

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A team quiz activity based on the 2018 Guinness World Records. All questions are multiple choice and are suitable for all ages. I use this mostly in KS3 to promote engagement and motivation as I have some challenging learners, and it goes down a treat. There is an independent task with scaffolding at the end of the quiz too. Great for using as a cover lesson as it requires very little printing.
Word of the Week Display
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Word of the Week Display

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A word of the week PowerPoint with 27 slides, each containing a different word, its definition, the word group it belongs to, an example sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms. A visual representation of the word is also included in the form of a small image. I usually laminate these slides and display a new word every week. I get students to use the word as much as possible, whether in writing or in speech, rewarding them as they do so. I’ve even had students put the word in a sentence as they pass me in the corridor (all for a chocolate I admit!). A great way to embed new words.
Literacy Mat for KS3 or KS4
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Literacy Mat for KS3 or KS4

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A useful literacy mat that can be used in any subject as scaffolding . A3 in size, fully editable and can be printed and laminated. Covers the rules for apostrophes, word classes, plurals, sentence types, paragraphs, common homophone errors and more! Contains examples as well as the rules. Perfect for differentiating in your classroom.
'Currently Reading' posters for your English classroom display
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'Currently Reading' posters for your English classroom display

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x4 ‘currently reading’ posters for you to display in your classroom. A4 in size and fully editable for you to include your own name! Great to use as a template for as the year progresses - I usually change my once a month. Good for students to see what your reading interests are and to embed a reading for pleasure culture!