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Zephyr Learning - English and General Literacy Shop

Welcome to my shop! I hold an MA in literature and a CELTA in language, and over the last 20 years I've taught language and literature in the UK and USA as well as ESOL in France and Tanzania. In addition to my work as a teacher, I am the Literacy and Grammar Consultant for Zephyr Learning and Professional Development. All of the resources below have been refined in my own classroom and are the same ones that I reference and use in my CPD sessions for teachers. Email me at: Sam@ZephyrLPD.co.uk

Welcome to my shop! I hold an MA in literature and a CELTA in language, and over the last 20 years I've taught language and literature in the UK and USA as well as ESOL in France and Tanzania. In addition to my work as a teacher, I am the Literacy and Grammar Consultant for Zephyr Learning and Professional Development. All of the resources below have been refined in my own classroom and are the same ones that I reference and use in my CPD sessions for teachers. Email me at: Sam@ZephyrLPD.co.uk
Clauses and Sentences
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Clauses and Sentences

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Knowledge organiser that explains main and subordinate clauses as well as simple, compound and complex sentences. Useful in preparing students to discuss language and structure in English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2.
Compound sentences  / joining commas
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Compound sentences / joining commas

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This fully resourced grammar-for-writing lesson teaches students how to use coordinating conjunctions (and, when applicable, joining commas) to combine simple sentences to form compound sentences. *NOTE: Instead of using the American acronym FANBOYS in this lesson, I have included the more UK-appropriate ANTBOYS (most American dictionaries do not recognise 'then' as a coordinating conjunction, whereas the British council and most UK dictionaries do. Also, although 'for' is recognised as a coordinating conjunction on both sides of the Atlantic, it is almost never used in contemporary writing. As this is a grammar for writing rather than a sentence-parsing lesson, the archaic 'for' has been omitted and the British conjunction 'then' has been included, thus 'ANTBOYS'). With this in mind, teachers in North America or ESOL teachers teaching North American English may wish to hide, delete or replace the slide in the powerpoint in which I have listed the coordinating conjunctions most commonly used in the UK.
Adverbs and adverbials
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Adverbs and adverbials

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A fully resourced grammar-for-writing lesson that teaches students what adverbs and adverbials are and then gives them practice with placing adverbials in different places within sentences (i.e. at the front (fronted adverbials), in the middle or at the end). I have found it particularly useful in preparing students for Section B of GCSE English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2. The powerpoint includes a starter, an explanation of adverbs and adverbials (with examples), instructions for the worksheet (with an example), a list of possible answers and a plenary.
Extract question (lit exam) focused on a character - general planning grid
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Extract question (lit exam) focused on a character - general planning grid

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This is a grid for planning a response to an extract question focused on a character (as opposed to audience response, a relationship, etc.). I used the general label 'THE CHARACTER' throughout when designing this; whenever I use it with a text I go back and do a 'Find and Replace' search, inserting the actual name of the character in place of the general label 'THE CHARACTER'. This way I've been able to use it with a variety of texts and characters. I've found this scaffold very useful in helping students who have struggled with the extract question to plan and structure their response.
Full stops - lesson & worksheets
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Full stops - lesson & worksheets

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Fully resourced lesson with Powerpoint presentation, worksheets and answer keys. Students learn to identify when a sentence has ended and a full stop is needed. For the final task, they must insert missing full stops in an article about the Titanic.
Unseen Poetry - Response Planning Sheet
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Unseen Poetry - Response Planning Sheet

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Straightforward planning guide for a response to two unseen poems. Students read the poems and answer the questions in the boxes provided. This should give them everything they need for a satisfactory response.
Speech marks / dialogue / direct speech
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Speech marks / dialogue / direct speech

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(Starter or mini-lesson) Provides a quick revision of the guidelines for punctuating direct speech to encourage students to incorporate quotes/ dialogue in a creative writing task (e.g. English Language Paper 1 Section B). It’s in Powerpoint format; simply copy and paste into your own existing Powerpoint for a ready-to-use starter activity. If you find this useful, please leave a review to spread the word!
Prepositions & prepositional phrases
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Prepositions & prepositional phrases

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This fully resourced grammar-for-writing lesson teaches students about prepositions and prepositional phrases, then uses sentence combining exercises to provide practice in placing prepositional phrases at different points in the sentence. Very useful in helping students to achieve sentence variety on Section B of Paper 1 and Paper 2. The powerpoint includes a starter, an explanation of prepositions and prepositional phrases (with examples), instructions for the worksheet (with an example), a list of possible answers and a plenary. It also provides examples of misplaced phrases/modifiers to help students to recognise when they have not placed prepositional phrases in a sentence correctly.
Compound sentences / semi-colons
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Compound sentences / semi-colons

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Fuuly resourced lesson that teaches students how to use semi-colons to combine simple sentences into compound sentences. It also teaches them about linking adverbs (e.g. ‘however,’ ‘besides,’ ‘likewise,’ ‘consequently,’ ‘instead,’ etc.) and how they can be added immediately after semi-colons to clarify meaning. Resources include printable explanations and practice exercises along with a Powerpoint presentation that can be used to guide students through the lesson (the Powerpoint includes the answers for the exercises on the worksheet).
Simple and compound sentences bundle
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Simple and compound sentences bundle

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Three lessons that teach students how to recognise, punctuate and compose simple and compound sentences. Each lesson includes worksheets with explanations, examples and practice exercises along with Powerpoint presentations that can be used to guide the lesson and display correct answers. Lessons are organised as follows: Lesson 1: how to recognise when a simple sentence is complete and requires a full stop. For the final task students are given an informative article about the Titanic which contains no full stops or sentence-signaling capital letters. They must insert full stops in the correct places. Lesson 2: how coordinating conjunctions can be used to combine simple sentences into compound sentences (and when joining commas should be included). Students are given pairs of simple sentences which they then join with coordinating conjunctions, inserting joining commas as appropriate. Lesson 3: how semi-colons can be used to join simple sentences to form compound sentences. Students practise using semi-colons and linking adverbs to combine simple sentences into compound sentences. I have also added a bonus resource examining simple sentences that do not follow conventional word order (i.e. questions, imperatives and inverted sentences). It includes two pages of explanation and examples followed by an exercise designed to help the teacher assess students’ ability to identify the subject in sentences with unconventional word order.
Nouns in apposition / appositives
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Nouns in apposition / appositives

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Fully resourced grammar-for-writing lesson that includes a Powerpoint presentation, worksheet of sentence-combining exercises and answer key. The lesson reminds students of what a noun is, explains apposition and teaches students how to place nouns in apposition with correct punctuation. This is a useful strategy in all writing and directly applicable to Section B of English Language Paper 1 and 2.
Word classes / parts of speech
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Word classes / parts of speech

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Knowledge organiser with explanations of the 9 word classes along with examples. It’s designed to be printed on the front and back of a single sheet, and both colour and black and white versions are included (to make allowance for photocopying budgets at different schools). A useful resource for the cost of a cup of coffee! If you find this useful, please leave a review.
Peer editing
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Peer editing

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A series of peer editing sheets for use after students have finished drafting descriptive or narrative texts. Sheets are organised into Bronze, Silver and Gold levels with increasingly challenging criteria included in each. Criteria are based on the Literacy and Numeracy Framework for Wales, with Bronze corresponding to Year 7, Silver to Year 8 and Gold to Year 9 expectations.
Nouns - complete lesson with worksheets (with extracts from A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz)
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Nouns - complete lesson with worksheets (with extracts from A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz)

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Teaches noun fundamentals (common and proper, concrete and abstract, countable and non-countable). In the lesson, students practise identifying the nouns in extracts from two classics (A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz ). They must also identify and capitalise the proper nouns in each text. This provides very useful practice for helping students to analyse language (specifically lexis) on Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 as well as Literature Paper 1 and Paper 2. In addition to explanations and examples of common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, and countable and uncountable nouns, the presentation also explains the rule for when to use ‘less’ and when to use ‘fewer’ to present quantity of nouns.
Peer editing across the curriculum
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Peer editing across the curriculum

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A series of peer editing sheets for use across the curriculum, designed to develop writing proficiency without sacrificing attention to subject-specific content. Worksheets are differentiated into bronze, silver and gold levels, with increasingly challenging targets for each level in organisation, grammar, punctuation and use of language. Students simply follow the instructions on the sheet, looking for specific features in their partner's work and circling the corresponding recommendations accordingly. No specialist knowledge is required on the part of the classroom teacher. For teachers in Wales, the targets are in line with those of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework, with bronze targets aligning with the objectives for year 7, silver matching those of year 8 and gold matching those of year 9.
Words, phrases, clauses and sentences
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Words, phrases, clauses and sentences

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The fundamentals of English Grammar on three colourful A4 handouts, plus a bonus handout explaining the different types of subordinate clauses for more advanced students. Equip your students with meta-language that will enhance their analysis and understanding of English and prepare them for exams.