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These resources are the product of my retirement! After years as a teacher, I tutored. Tackling different exam boards, texts and aspects of English I had to develop lots of materials, which I'm hoping will help those of you still at the chalk face.

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These resources are the product of my retirement! After years as a teacher, I tutored. Tackling different exam boards, texts and aspects of English I had to develop lots of materials, which I'm hoping will help those of you still at the chalk face.
3 Comprehensions from Gulliver's Travels

3 Comprehensions from Gulliver's Travels

These 3 comprehensions from Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels contain a mixture of questions on vocabulary, information retrieval and language analysis. Useful as a way of introducing pre-twentieth century prose, as well as introducing the types of questions which appear on the GCSE 9-1. They could be used in pair work, small groups or as an individual task.
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4 comprehensions on Robinson Crusoe

4 comprehensions on Robinson Crusoe

These 4 comprehensions contain various types of questions: vocabulary, information retrieval and language analysis. They could be useful for introducing a pre-twentieth century text and for introducing some of the styles of questions now on the GCSE 9-1. They could be used individually or in lairs or small groups.
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5 comprehensions on The Red Room by HG Wells

5 comprehensions on The Red Room by HG Wells

These 5 comprehensions are taken from different parts of this ghostly short story. They include different types of questions on vocabulary, language and straight-forward information retrieval, making them useful exercises for KS3 students preparing FOR GCSE 9-1, or to test knowledge and understanding of the text.
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8 Sherlock Holmes comprehensions from 8 different stories

8 Sherlock Holmes comprehensions from 8 different stories

These 8 extracts (from: Speckled Band, Study in Scarlett, Hound of Baskervilles,Engineer’s Thumb, Boscombe Valley Mystery, Silver Blaze, 5 Orange Pips & Scandal in Bohemia,) all contain a mixture of language, vocabulary and information retrieval style comprehension questions. The comprehensions are suitable for introducing KS3 students to texts from pre 1914 and providing experience of the demands of the 9-1 GCSE . They focus on the more accessible, interesting sections of the Sherlock Holmes Mysteries & as such, hopefully provide an impression of the characters of Sherlock & Watson, as well as the language and setting, and the complexities of Conan Doyle’s work.
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5 Comprehensions from Sherlock Holmes The Speckled Band

5 Comprehensions from Sherlock Holmes The Speckled Band

Taken from different parts of the story, these 5 comprehensions contain a mixture of information retrieval, language & vocabulary style questions. Designed to focus on key sections of the tale, these extracts should help introduce KS3 students to Conan Doyle’s writing, to the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, to the setting and to the content of this part of the 9-1 GCSE course.
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AQA GCSE A Christmas Carol Exam 10 extract questions

AQA GCSE A Christmas Carol Exam 10 extract questions

Based on the GCSE 9-1 sample extract question, here are 10 extracts with questions in the style of the sample question, plus a guide sheet on how to tackle the question, and short background notes as revision. These extracts all focus on Scrooge.
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Edexcel GCSE A Christmas Carol 12 Extract Questions

Edexcel GCSE A Christmas Carol 12 Extract Questions

Using the GCSE 9-1 sample questions provided by the exam board, here are 12 similarly-styled extract questions on characters and themes in the novell which should provide effective revision and exam practice.
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OCR GCSE 'Romeo & Juliet' 15 extracts and question

OCR GCSE 'Romeo & Juliet' 15 extracts and question

Based on the OCR GCSE 9-1 specimen assessment materials, these 15 papers have both an extract and a general question, based on characters and themes in the play to provide effective revision and exam practice.
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Adjectives-11 short activities to practise using adjectives

Adjectives-11 short activities to practise using adjectives

Designed for KS3, these could also be used for KS2, or even as basic revision for KS4. These 11 sheets vary from word games, to simple exercises to reinforce knowledge. They could be used for tuition, quick classroom tasks, pair tasks or homework. Most are designed to take 10-15 minutes.
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