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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.
Speaking Skills Unit.

Speaking Skills Unit.

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.
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Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.

Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.

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.
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Teaching Film In The English Classroom.

Teaching Film In The English Classroom.

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.
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Visual literacy Essentials

Visual literacy Essentials

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.
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Extra Persuasive Speech Tips

Extra Persuasive Speech Tips

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.
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Speaking Skills Unit.

Speaking Skills Unit.

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.
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Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.

Common Grammar Mistakes and Business bonus.

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.
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Spontaneous Speaking Activities.

Spontaneous Speaking Activities.

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.
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Analytical Essay Writing.

Analytical Essay Writing.

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.
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How do we talk about Literature?

How do we talk about Literature?

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.
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3 Most Common Speech Formats for Students

3 Most Common Speech Formats for Students

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.
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Elements of  Voice

Elements of Voice

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.
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Essential Elements of an Effective Speech.

Essential Elements of an Effective Speech.

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.
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Extra Persuasive Speech Tips

Extra Persuasive Speech Tips

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.
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Speaking Skills Handouts.

Speaking Skills Handouts.

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.
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Bridge to Terabithia add ons.

Bridge to Terabithia add ons.

2 simple quizz activities and a vocab list that compliment the study of Katherine Paterson’s popular novel Bridge to Terabithia. These could be used in any class and offer the benefit of being useful in mixed ability classes.
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Archetypal Narratives.

Archetypal Narratives.

According to most sources there are only 7 story archetypes upon which all stories are built. Aaron Spelling believes there are only 5 in film. This poster presents those 5 colourfully. A valuable addition to the English classroom. Suits any English class.
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Mise-en-scene worksheet.

Mise-en-scene worksheet.

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.
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Teaching Film In The English Classroom.

Teaching Film In The English Classroom.

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.
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What Makes a Film a Classic.

What Makes a Film a Classic.

A 10 slide presentation which outlines the elements of film that are required for it to be designated a classic. Useful when teaching visual literacy and film in English or media. Helping students understand that being a ‘classic’ requires particular attributes. I don’t know about you but I get really peeved when people use the word ‘classic’ as a synonym for ‘old’ or ‘dull.’ People arguing against the inclusion of classic literature in English courses invariably infer that if a text is a classic then it is old and irrelevant. This is simply not true of course. It is not even logical. After all we can talk about ‘classic’ cars and ‘classic’ fashion, none of which is either old or boring. We also talk about classic films and film has not been around for a particularly long time. So what makes a film a classic? What are the elements that we look for when we are deciding whether a film, or any work really, can be added to the classic cannon?
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What is Mise En Scene?

What is Mise En Scene?

A 14 slide presentation. Mise-en-scene deals with the choices that the filmmaker has made in constructing what the viewer sees. It includes all the little things that make up a scene. By close reading of mise-en-scene the viewer begins to comprehend how small, unremarkable aspects of a film can affect our understanding. Aspects include lighting, acting, colour, make-up and costumes.
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Introducing Film in The English Classroom.

Introducing Film in The English Classroom.

As books were to us, films are to our students. Like any text, a film can be read if you know the language and the signifiers that are used to make meaning. It is not enough to use film as an entertaining addition to our other texts. We need to approach it as a medium in itself with its own language, signifiers and methods. This way our students can still learn the important critical skills that they need while getting a solid understanding of visual literacy. This presentation takes us back to basics in preparation for a deeper study of film.
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Avatar Bundle

Avatar Bundle

This is a huge bundle of 95 mixed avatars. There are some which give you the option of building an entire character with the same avatar and others which can be used singly. There are costumed avatars including a Santa for Christmas and a superhero. A balance of male and female Avatars are included.
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Planning Perfection

Planning Perfection

Keep your planning simple and up to date with these 2 colourful templates. The lesson planning template has sections for the information that teachers really need. DIW - Did it work? What interruptions occurred to the lesson and what did you not get to? Most important, did they learn what you needed them to? The to-do list gives you a page for the week that lets you see at a glance what is coming up. It is not helpful to add more items n a to-do list than it is possible to complete so we have deliberately limited the number of spaces. And made room for some fun things.
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