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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.
Hamlet A Level Essentials

Hamlet A Level Essentials

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.
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English Language Analysis Practice

English Language Analysis Practice

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.
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John Donne Essentials for A Level

John Donne Essentials for A Level

Detailed essay plans, key poetic techniques, context and critical readings for John Donne’s poetry. Essential knowledge for the exam, concisely put together as bullet pointed crib sheets.
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Greek Myth: Persephone and the Underworld

Greek Myth: Persephone and the Underworld

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.
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Greek Myth Scheme of Work

Greek Myth Scheme of Work

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.
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Greek Myth: Hercules

Greek Myth: Hercules

Five detailed lessons on engaging PowerPoints around the myth of Hercules and his Labours. Includes grammar time, spellings and oral drill for each lesson as well as writing an information leaflet guidance and a character in role speaking and listening activity.
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Hercules Lesson 4

Hercules Lesson 4

Detailed guidance for writing up our information leaflet for Hercules’ labours (plus Grammar Time).
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Hercules Lesson 3

Hercules Lesson 3

This lesson goes through the conventions of an information leaflet, as well as spellings and Grammar Time
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Hercules Lesson 1

Hercules Lesson 1

Overview of Hercules’ labours using images from vases to guess the labour. Plus a starter activity on the Prometheus myth and spellings.
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Persephone Lesson 2

Persephone Lesson 2

PEA paragraphs on how the writer presents the Persephone myth. The Underworld reading and activities - differentiated versions to support and stretch as needed.
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Persephone Lesson 4

Persephone Lesson 4

Writing our letters of complaint as Persephone to the gods of Mount Olympus. Planning grids to help structure included - both to support and stretch. Connectives grammar activity.
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Persephone Lesson 3

Persephone Lesson 3

Preparation for writing a letter of complaint as Persephone. Connectives and spellings. Exemplars of letters of complaint included.
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Hamlet Essay Plans

Hamlet Essay Plans

Detailed essay plans including quotations, context and critics as well as introductions and conclusions for the following four questions on ‘Hamlet’: Explore Shakespeare’s treatment of moral responsibility in Hamlet. Examine the dramatic importance of Gertrude and Ophelia in Hamlet. “In his presentation of royalty in Hamlet, Shakespeare could be accused of undermining the political and social values of his time.” Explore this view of Hamlet “From first to last, there is an overwhelming air of decay.” Examine Shakespeare’s presentation of the theme of decay in Hamlet
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AQA GCSE Paper 2 'Mountain Climbing'

AQA GCSE Paper 2 'Mountain Climbing'

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.
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John Donne Essay Plans

John Donne Essay Plans

Essay plans for 8 essay questions on Donne’s poetry. Ideas, arguments, references to specific poems and context all included. Ideal for A Level revision / to promote discussion in class. Could be useful as a challenge activity as well as to support students’ revision.
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AQA English Language Paper 2 Mock Exam Paper

AQA English Language Paper 2 Mock Exam Paper

AQA GCSE Language Paper 2 - includes a 21st century article on homelessness combined with a 19th century letter by Charles Dickens on the state of the London slums. All questions in the style of the exam. Includes 4 questions for Section A modelled on the specimen paper and a writing task for Section B.
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Dr Faustus Essay Plans

Dr Faustus Essay Plans

Detailed essay plans including ideas, introductions, conclusions and context on the following essay questions: Explore Marlowe’s presentation of Faustus as a character who gets what he deserves. Explore the ways in which Marlowe presents the relationship between Faustus and Mephastophilis.
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AQA English Language Paper 1 Mock Exam Paper

AQA English Language Paper 1 Mock Exam Paper

AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 - includes an extract from Orwell’s ‘1984’. All questions in the style of the exam. Includes 4 questions for Section A modelled on the specimen paper and a choice of two writing tasks for Section B.
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AQA English Language Paper 1 Mock Paper

AQA English Language Paper 1 Mock Paper

AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 - includes an extract from Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’. All questions in the style of the exam. Includes 4 questions for Section A modelled on the specimen paper and a choice of two writing tasks for Section B.
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