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This is a place for teachers of English and literature to get materials to use in their classroom. Most of the time we are quite deliberately curriculum agnostic as we want to be able to assist teachers in all regions. In between the literature specific material we will also slip in some fun things from time to time because teachers need some light relief.

This is a place for teachers of English and literature to get materials to use in their classroom. Most of the time we are quite deliberately curriculum agnostic as we want to be able to assist teachers in all regions. In between the literature specific material we will also slip in some fun things from time to time because teachers need some light relief.
Vocabulary for teaching Film
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Vocabulary for teaching Film

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Teaching visual literacy and film requires a whole new vocabulary. Often this is refered to as a meta-language. Whatever we call it, our students need to know it in order to speak and write analytically about film as text. This A4 poster covers the basic essentials.
Analytical Essay Writing.
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Analytical Essay Writing.

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The ability to write analytically is critical for our students. It is an integral part of all English curricula. This package includes a slide presentation that explains what the purpose of the analytical essay is, how it is structured and how students can best master it. The presentation is also included in a 10 min. video format that can be useful for relief teachers. There is also a handy visual planning template for those of us who learn better that way.
Improve speaking with tongue twisters
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Improve speaking with tongue twisters

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Speaking clearly and concisely is an important skill which can be learnt and perfected. This handout can help students, teachers or anyone who needs to speak in public - ever. A selection of tongue twisters which deal with the most common problem areas in diction. They are selected to address a number of diphthongs and tricky letter combinations.
Essay Planning Template
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Essay Planning Template

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Encouraging students to plan their writing is a challenge sometimes. It is important they understand that the plan can help them. This diagram works with the simple 3 paragraph essay but can be adapted fro essays of any length.
How Shot Types work in Film
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How Shot Types work in Film

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An 18 slide presentation. We need to approach film as a medium in itself with its own language, signifiers and methods. The most important signifiers are the types of shots the filmmaker chooses to employ. Shot types are to filmmakers what rhyming patterns are to poets. The building blocks which give the structure shape. Learning to recognise shot type and function will assist students in applying critical thinking to the study of film and make them more visually literate.
Visual literacy Essentials
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Visual literacy Essentials

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Teaching visual literacy and film can be fun. This group of resources includes some handouts and presentations that will provide the essentials for introducing film in the English classroom.
Mise-en-scene worksheet.
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Mise-en-scene worksheet.

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Using this handy scaffolding students can start to become more aware of the choices made by a filmmaker and the effect of those choices. This is a handy activity for doing at home either individually or in small groups. It can also be used with students of mixed ability as it can be applied to any film.
Teaching Film In The English Classroom.
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Teaching Film In The English Classroom.

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All you need to begin introducing your students to the idea of ‘reading’ film and improving their visual literacy. The bundle includes a number of slide presentations, a worksheet, viewfinder template and a vocab list. All resources are classroom ready and address the essential elements of visual literacy in all English curricula.
A Chronology of Shakespeare's work.
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A Chronology of Shakespeare's work.

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It is often wrongly assumed that all Shakespeare’s work was Elizabethan. We English teachers know that that is not right. Indeed some of the most commonly taught works, including MacBeth are firmly in the Jacobean canon. This handy poster gives the accepted dates of the works and places them in the historically accurate monarchic period.
Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.
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Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.

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This is for every teacher of every subject who speaks or conducts conversations in English. There is a bonus presentation which addresses email etiquette for business. Important for our students to understand as they head into the workplace. Grammar and all its parts is important. Mistakes in grammar undermine credibility and can make you look less smart. It is hard to get students to be excited by this though and hopefully this 28 min video will help. The video is accompanied by a slide presentation if teachers want to go through it with students. It will easily fill a lesson. The video is ideal for substitute teachers or as a recap at any year level.
Spontaneous Speaking Activities.
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Spontaneous Speaking Activities.

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Learning to manage speaking on a topic without much warning is a valuable skill that can only be achieved with practice. The suggestions for 1 minute orals come with accompanying mini mark sheets. These can be copied and cut up and I have always chosen 2 or 3 students in the class to mark each oral. The students learn a great deal when they compare the marks they awarded to the ones the teacher awarded. There is a slide of the mark sheet which can be used to talk the process through with the students. Even if they don't write much and they spend most of their time in a digital world, they are still going to need to speak and communicate and constant practice, without the pressure of summative assessment, is the best way to prepare them.
Speaking Skills Handouts.
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Speaking Skills Handouts.

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A selection of student ready handouts and activities to accompany lessons on oracy. They cover non-verbal aspects, the elements of voice as they relate to performance, persuasive speech techniques and planning, dramatic monologues and impromptu/spontaneous speaking. These can be used as they are but they can also accompany the presentations which are listed separately. The handouts would suit secondary school students in most disciplines.
Speaking Skills Unit.
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Speaking Skills Unit.

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Teaching speaking skills (oracy) has never been more important for our students. No matter how much we would like them to be writing everything, their digital world demands a different skill set. They are always going to have to speak and teaching oracy with the same attention to detail that we apply to teaching literacy is crucial. This package contains everything a teacher will need to build a unit of work around oracy and speaking. The package contains: A short overview of oracy and why we need to teach it. 4 presentations on various aspects of speaking. 5 student handouts. - pdf 3 activity pdfs.
Extra Persuasive Speech Tips
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Extra Persuasive Speech Tips

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Every English teacher has taught persuasive techniques more than once. This presentation looks at the issues of timing, audience, tone and handling the opposition in persuasive speeches from a slightly different angle and with an eye on changing social perceptions. It is a short presentation ( 45 slides ) and would be best used with a class that was already familiar with the genre of persuasive speeches. I have included a 2 page handout in pdf format that covers more general aspect of persuasive speeches.
Elements of  Voice
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Elements of Voice

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We spend a lot of time preparing students for speaking tasks but we don't always teach the vocal elements in detail. This presentation (101 slides) discusses the following: Volume Pace Pitch Pause Modulation Pronunciation Tone Diction Also included is a Tongue Twister handout that can be used to practice diction.
Essential Elements of an Effective Speech.
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Essential Elements of an Effective Speech.

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Interesting content, confident delivery and appropriate language are the three essential elements of any effective speech. This short (46 slides) presentation explains each and outlines the ideas students need to consider when making their choices. A useful resource for introducing concepts of spoken English to secondary students. Examples are kept to a minimum so that teachers can use ones that are appropriate to their year level. This is part of a larger body of material on spoken English but is perfectly able to be used as a stand alone.
How do we talk about Literature?
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How do we talk about Literature?

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Give students the confidence they need to talk about literature by arming them with the right terms and language. There are so many factors that go into making meaning in texts and these 3 handy resources are just the beginning.
Extra Persuasive Speech Tips
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Extra Persuasive Speech Tips

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Package includes a presentation which looks at a couple of different angles on audience, timing and delivery in persuasive speeches. A handout for students with information about persuasive speeches. A video version of the presentation. It runs for 8 minutes and can be useful for relief teachers, revision or to show at the end of unit as a refresher. The Vimeo password is on the penultimate slide of the presentation. This package is also part of a larger body of work on Speaking skills and oracy.
3 Most Common Speech Formats for Students
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3 Most Common Speech Formats for Students

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The three most common types of speeches that students have to deliver are impromptu, persuasive and dramatic monologue. This presentation takes them through what can be specific to each type as well as speaking skills that are common to all three. There are 84 Slides. The presentation is accompanied by student handouts in pdf format for each of the types. Also included are some suggestions for impromptu speaking activities and a copiable sheet of mini marking rubrics. I have found that 3-4 of the students marking each of the speeches is optimum as if you do too many it takes too much time to go through them in sufficient detail for solid learning to occur. As students compare their marks to those awarded by the teacher and their peers they grasp the elements more quickly. A single slide of the mini mark sheet is included for teachers to talk through with the whole class in preparation for the activity. Like all our material, the presentation is curriculum agnostic and can be adapted for any region.