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I have been teaching English for 12 years in the state and independent sectors in the UK and internationally. I am also an Examiner so specialise in producing high level, tactical resources with excellent knowledge content for students, especially at GCSE and A Level.

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I have been teaching English for 12 years in the state and independent sectors in the UK and internationally. I am also an Examiner so specialise in producing high level, tactical resources with excellent knowledge content for students, especially at GCSE and A Level.
Edexcel English Language Paper 1
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Edexcel English Language Paper 1

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GCSE English Language, Edexcel Paper 1 Fiction and Imaginative Writing. An example exam paper for students to practice answering. Extract from 'Jane Eyre' with exam style questions, plus creative writing tasks for Section B.
Short story and tasks to complete
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Short story and tasks to complete

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A series of tasks based on a short story called 'The Lady and the Tiger'. Perfect cover activity or when you just need a less 'singing and dancing' lesson to give yourself a break!
Greek Myth Scheme of Work
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Greek Myth Scheme of Work

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From Zeus and the gods on Mount Olympus to Persephone and the Underworld, via Hercules, Theseus and Odysseus, this scheme of work allows students to explore the wonderful world of Greek Mythology. Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening activities included as well as grammar activities and spellings for every lesson. A full half term’s work here. Ideal for KS3.
Hamlet A Level Essentials
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Hamlet A Level Essentials

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Hamlet A Level exam revision essentials. Detailed essay plans, key themes with quotations matched to them from the play, key context and critics to illuminate their arguments. All they need for the exam in one place and presented as handy crib sheets.
The Handmaid's Tale Key Context
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The Handmaid's Tale Key Context

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Everything your students need to know about the context for the novel. Split into sections: religious fundamentalism, feminism and the New Right, literature influences and Atwood's own words. A Level Literature essential.
Greek Myth: Persephone and the Underworld
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Greek Myth: Persephone and the Underworld

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Four detailed lessons on engaging PowerPoints around the myth of Persephone and the Underworld. Includes grammar time, spellings and oral drill for each lesson as well as planning and writing a letter of complaint to the gods on Mount Olympus.
AQA GCSE Paper 2 'Mountain Climbing'
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AQA GCSE Paper 2 'Mountain Climbing'

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AQA GCSE Language Paper 2 - includes a 21st century account of an ascent to Everest (from ‘The Everest Disaster’) combined with a 19th century account by Isabella Bird of her ascent of Long’s Peak in the Rocky Mountains. All questions in the style of the exam. Includes 4 language analysis questions for Section A modelled on the specimen paper and a leaflet writing task for Section B.
The Handmaid's Tale Essentials
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The Handmaid's Tale Essentials

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Everything your students need to know for the exam. Detailed key context (3 sides), key quotations for them to learn, as well as a suggested essay structure for how to approach the exam. Also includes 20 practice exam questions as well as essay plans to give students a starting point/spark ideas off for class discussion. Includes comparison to 'Frankenstein' but also useful if teaching 'Handmaid' with a different text or on its own.
Speaking and Listening activities
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Speaking and Listening activities

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A selection of great speaking and listening activities with a structure given for each. Celebrity Dinner Party? My Rant? Helps pupils decide what to include for a really effective presentation. Suitable for GCSE or KS3.
Non-fiction views of teenagers Sharon Osbourne versus Malala Yousafzai
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Non-fiction views of teenagers Sharon Osbourne versus Malala Yousafzai

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GCSE English Language, non-fiction, Edexcel Paper 2 Non-fiction and Transactional Writing. Two contrasting non-fiction texts give opinions about teenagers. The PowerPoint guides you through several lessons dealing with each article, comparing them and the producing a piece of their own transactional writing at the end.
Greek myth: becoming a god!
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Greek myth: becoming a god!

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The second lesson in the Greek Myth scheme of work leads pupils to 'becoming' one of the gods on Mount Olympus. Spellings, Grammar activity as well as profiles on several gods from Hades to Hera.
Greek Myth: Odysseus 3
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Greek Myth: Odysseus 3

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Full lesson including do now, spellings, grammar time (prepositions), oral drill. Main lesson is exploring the conventions of a monologue, looking at an example and starting to plan ideas for their own monologue as the Cyclops.
English Language Paper 2 OCR
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English Language Paper 2 OCR

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English Language Paper 2 Exploring Effects and Impact. OCR practice exam paper. Extracts from 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison and 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte. Complete set of Section A questions (including a strategic approach for how to answer them) as well as two imaginative tasks for Section B.
The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein essay plans
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The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein essay plans

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Detailed essay plans on three questions comparing Frankenstein with The Handmaid's Tale including 'importance of responsibility', 'fear of female sexuality' and 'gender in the misuse of science'. Structured plans for possible responses given, including context and specific references to both texts. Could be used as a starting point for students to add to or tweak to develop their own plan/essay.
Homelessness Non Fiction Analysis Practice
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Homelessness Non Fiction Analysis Practice

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Two non fiction texts (article and leaflet) on the issue of homelessness plus a PowerPoint with questions on both texts individually and comparing them (strategy on how to answer the questions included). Non fiction writing tasks also included - letter and speech. Designed for Edexcel GCSE Language Paper 2 but useful for any non fiction analysis practice.
English Language Analysis Practice
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English Language Analysis Practice

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Extract from 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison. Great way of getting students to analyse use of language and its impact. Designed for OCR Paper 2 but versatile - can be used for any analysis practice. Also appropriate for A Level. Strategic approach to answering the question included.