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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

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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
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.
Participles & participle clauses
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Participles & participle clauses

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Fully resourced grammar for writing lesson; teaches students what participles are and how they can be used to enhance description and sentence variety, useful on Section B of both English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2. The worksheet consists of sentence combining exercises designed to give students practice in constructing participles and participle clauses. The powerpoint includes a starter activity, an explanation of participles and participle clauses with examples, instructions on how to complete the worksheet with examples, possible answers and a plenary.
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.
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!
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).
AQA Language Paper 1 Mock
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AQA Language Paper 1 Mock

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Question paper, source insert and and mark scheme with exemplar response samples plus response planning grids for each question to help students prepare answers as well as DIRT sheets to help you provide feedback more quickly. The source text is an extract from The Call of the Wild by Jack London. As always, please leave a positive review if you find this resource helpful to help spread the word!
Subordinate clauses (adverbial, relative, non-finite and noun clauses)
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Subordinate clauses (adverbial, relative, non-finite and noun clauses)

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Knowledge organiser containing explanations and examples of the different types of subordinate clause. Designed for advanced students of English grammar, applicable to students at A level or more able pupils at GCSE level. Copies are available in colour or black and white to accommodate printing capabilities and budgets in different settings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verbs - lesson & worksheet
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Verbs - lesson & worksheet

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Fully resourced lesson. Students learn to identify the main verb in a sentence, no matter whether it is an action verb (a ‘doing word’) or a linking verb (a ‘being word’). The Powerpoint explains action verbs and linking verbs, with examples of each. Afterwards, students practise identifying the verbs in sentences on the exercise sheet (there are 40 sentences in total; you might wish to do only a portion at a time and spread the activity over a few lessons). More able students can be challenged to classify each verb as either an action or linking verb.
Romeo and Juliet Scene Sort Challenge (Plot Revision)
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Romeo and Juliet Scene Sort Challenge (Plot Revision)

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Each card includes the key events from one scene in the play. Students arrange the cards in the correct order (either on the A3 placemat provided or in their exercise books, whichever you prefer). This provides a fun and engaging and fun way to revise the plot of the drama. The task can be completed individually or in groups, allowing for friendly competition either way, and all for the cost of a cup of coffee! The scene cards have been organised so that the task can be completed over two lessons, with students arranging the scenes of the first two acts after they finish reading Act II and then arranging the remaining scenes after they finish reading the play or in a single lesson, revising the entire play at once. Several different levels of challenge are provided; simply select and print the level that suits your students.
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.
Of Mice and Men - Key Event Sort / Plot Revision
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Of Mice and Men - Key Event Sort / Plot Revision

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Students place cards containing key events in the correct order on the A3 placemat or in their exercise books (they can work individually or in groups). A straightforward and fun way to revise key events of the plot. This helps students to place extracts in context when responding to the extract question and to organise essays chronologically when writing about a character or theme. I have included a Powerpoint slide show that explains the activity and which also provides the correct answers for assessment after students have completed the task. If you find this resource useful, please leave a review to help spread the word!
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.