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Alison Shuttleworth's Emporium of Excellence

Outstanding teaching and learning resources from a Lead Teacher in English specialising in: * Transactional Writing, * Creative Prose, * Using creative modalities for Reading, * Most Able, * Well Being through English, * Whole School Advocacy for English and Literacy (e.g. World Book Day) and * Numeracy in English

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Outstanding teaching and learning resources from a Lead Teacher in English specialising in: * Transactional Writing, * Creative Prose, * Using creative modalities for Reading, * Most Able, * Well Being through English, * Whole School Advocacy for English and Literacy (e.g. World Book Day) and * Numeracy in English
Creative Writing Planning Effective Short Stories & Narratives
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Creative Writing Planning Effective Short Stories & Narratives

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This learning sequence is your ‘one-stop shop’ for finally getting them to plan a short story for success. By the time the plan is done, all the events in the story have been worked out and tested for efficacy and so the pitfalls of short story writing are mainly avoided. The whole narrative arc is planned for using ‘The Rule of One’ with each step in the planning being afforded time and practice through this 40 slide PPT. All task sheets for students are embedded in the slides for convenience and quick location. Hugely methodical to use with no great bridges for the teacher to make between slides. How often do student’s short stories get out of control and end up being of epic proportions? How often do students set off with a vague idea then lose their way? How often does a one sheet written plan end up NOT helping them to write a successful story and you are left scratching your head as to why? I am both a professional and award-nominated creative writer and a Lead Practitioner in English. This resource combines both of my practices and, it is my belief, that it offers a pertinent insight into how a professional writer’s strategies translate to outstanding classroom practice in teaching and learning.
Generic Take-Away Homework for Gothic Units of Work at KS3
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Generic Take-Away Homework for Gothic Units of Work at KS3

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Over three A3 pages, the master resource gives you the option of tailor- making homework for a full half term for classes studying Gothic Literature at KS3. Three tasks levels that are differentiated within each level with students choosing the level they wish to work at. There are at least 21 different tasks and with differentiated options - you can actually have about 50 tasks to choose from. Range of creative approaches that you might not dare take in class to encourage students to use a fuller range of modalities with which to explore Gothic Literature. There's even a Beat the Teacher task so that they can show you what they would prefer to be doing!
Macbeth Act 4 Scene 2 Lady Macduff: All that is right with Jacobean Womanhood?
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Macbeth Act 4 Scene 2 Lady Macduff: All that is right with Jacobean Womanhood?

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Designed to aid teaching of Act 4 Scene 2 on Lady Macduff as a contrast to Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. First delivered as an observed lesson which was graded as 'outstanding'. Designed for middle to higher ability students for AQA English Literature but would be equally useful for Eduqas English Literature (which I'm also familiar with through tutoring). Covers assessment objectives 1-3. Great for visual learners, no hands questioning, paired thinking time and leads to Grade 5-9 knowledge of the scene.
19th Century Non-Fiction Anthology with Exam Style Questions
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19th Century Non-Fiction Anthology with Exam Style Questions

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A short anthology and workbook of 19th Century non-fiction with accompanying practice questions from the locate and retrieve, thoughts and feelings, how does the writer (writer's craft) style questions with quick and easy to understand tips for students on how to achieve. The workbook would suit a series of twenty minute slots in lessons or a set of homework. Helps build confidence in reading 19th Century non-fiction and exam style questions on the single texts set for the Eduqas English GCSE Component 2 Section A.
19th Century Gothic KS3 Workbook and Anthology
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19th Century Gothic KS3 Workbook and Anthology

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An anthology of extracts, each between one and three A4 pages, with a focussed reading task exploring 19th Century Gothic and Science Fiction Writing (note that the extracts are more Gothic in focus but the research tasks allow for working on Science Fiction writing). Used as a KS3 introduction to 19th Century Literature in preparation for KS4 English Literature and the GCSE set texts, this workbook can be used as an anthology to offer range of reading and coverage of all the assessment objectives for English Literature study. Authors covered are Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Daphne DuMaurier. Other cultures (though not 19th Century) is covered by two tales from the Arabian Nights. It also has spelling lists to broaden vocabulary in Latinate terms to help with the reading of 19th Century texts. There are a set of research tasks that can be used during class or set as a series of homework over a half term. Easily edited up or down - I haven't included pictures for copyright reasons here - for shorter or longer terms or units of work covering 19th Century Literature. I've used this both in class for guided reading, as a homework booklet and as a Drop Everything and Read and Shared Reading resource. In the workbook, there is potential to compare the description of Dracula to the Cullens from 'Twilight'. For copyright purposes, I haven't included the Meyer's extract but it is easily googled as a PDF and I've included where from and to that are good start and end points.
Seven Transactional Writing Tasks for Eduqas WJEC
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Seven Transactional Writing Tasks for Eduqas WJEC

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A giveaway of tasks that help students practics and prepare for Eduqas WJEC Component 2 Section B. Full range of formats covered. Is the time saved from your PPA worth five stars? If you can spare a minute from the several this resource will save you, please leave a little thank you.
World Poetry Day Nonsense Poem Writing
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World Poetry Day Nonsense Poem Writing

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Honour UNESCO’s World Poetry Day on 21st March and get them to create a nonsense poem in the style of the Mad Hatter from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Ideal for KS2 and KS3. Easy to follow PPT with methodical steps to help students create a nonsense poem. Low threshold, high ceiling differentiation so all achieve. Could be an extended starter or a whole lesson. Bring your own tea and cake and you could always dress up as the Mad Hatter, if you are that way inclined.
AQA 'Love's Philosophy' High Grade Exemplar Essay Compared with 'The Farmer's Bride'
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AQA 'Love's Philosophy' High Grade Exemplar Essay Compared with 'The Farmer's Bride'

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Invaluable resource for teaching those more nebulous skills for Grades 8 and 9. A high level modelled or exemplar response to a task on ‘Love’s Philosophy’ and the theme of desire. Compared with ‘The Farmer’s Bride’ for AQA English Literature Paper 2 Love and Relationships poetry cluster. Plenty of high level ideas ready to be learned within the response and also a good range of activities provided to encourage students to interact with the essay response, pick it apart, learn it, borrow the style and to encourage wider research. Rich in applied contexts and perspectives.
AQA 'When We Two Parted' High Grade Exemplar Essay Compared with Winter Swans + Activities
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AQA 'When We Two Parted' High Grade Exemplar Essay Compared with Winter Swans + Activities

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Invaluable resource for teaching those more nebulous skills for Grades 8 and 9. A high level modelled or exemplar response to a task on ‘When We Two Parted’ and the theme of heartbreak. Compared with ‘Winter Swans’ for the AQA English Literature Paper 2. Plenty of high level ideas ready to be learned within the response and also a good range of activities provided to encourage students to interact with the essay response, pick it apart, learn it, borrow the style and to encourage wider research. Rich in applied contexts and perspectives.
Transactional Writing Eduqas Teach Learn Revise
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Transactional Writing Eduqas Teach Learn Revise

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A 42 page booklet aimed at students targeted Grade 5 - 9, this course or revision booklet provides everything you and your students need to revise for EDUQAS Component Two Section B Transactional Writing. It includes the way to time the exam, how to plan, how to write detailed developed paragraphs, modelled examples of each of the writing formats, a guide on how to write each text type successfully and two practice questions for each text type. You and they need look no further. I have also included a revision ppt for the day of the exam that concisely reminds students of the approach to this section of the paper. Includes a no-frills ppt worth £2 for quick revision for those students you fear will do little or no revision or as a booster just before the examination.
GCSE Transactional Writing The Whats and Whys Intro to the Unit / Revision / Series of Starters
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GCSE Transactional Writing The Whats and Whys Intro to the Unit / Revision / Series of Starters

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25 slide PPT for the introduction of Transactional Writing or a series of starters to puncuate the teaching of Transactional Writing. Delivered using questions and activities that last a few moments each, the unit gives students the understanding of why TA writing should be important to them for their GCSE grade and in their future lives. It also covers the basics that underpin all the TA writing types i.e rhetoric and the skills the exam boards are looking for. This one includes weightings and timings for the WJEC/Eduqas English Language examination but could easily be swapped for another board with same task applied. Presented with humour and grown-up looking images (none of your clip art images here!) it's certainly been a winner with my Year 10s and 11s. Fuller range in this series coming soon to include 2 minute grade ups for each writing type and quick learn rhetoric devices that go beyond the use of (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) APERFORMER - I leave the selling of that skill to others. Here you will find a fresh approach. I will also be selling this and its comrades as a bundle before too long. Keep coming back. Want to leave a review? Have an equally priced resource on me! Want to say 'Even Better If ...' - collar me on Twitter @alisonshuttlew1
My Polish Teacher's Tie
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My Polish Teacher's Tie

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Little bundle of activities helping range of grades to engage with the text during or post reading. Especially useful for class tasks or homework since all are worksheet based. Please see individual resources for fuller write up.
100+ 'Macbeth' Homework Tasks Differentiated Grades 1-9 18xA4 Pages Ready to Tailor to Your Needs
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100+ 'Macbeth' Homework Tasks Differentiated Grades 1-9 18xA4 Pages Ready to Tailor to Your Needs

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Homeworks but nothing to stop the tasks being adapted for cover lessons or into classroom activities. It's a smorgasbord of activity! Full set of homeworks differentiated for Grades 1-9 to accompany teaching of Macbeth. Designed to consolidate and extend learning and encourage students to use a range of learning modalities. The original word document is 18 pages long and you can make it into bespoke take away sheets for your students. Divided into Acts so that you can team up with your teaching. At least 100 tasks to choose from and very quick to edit - e.g. choose the grades 6-7 column for the term. Plenty to please parents who want their child to be busy and engage in homework and revision. Tasks encourage independence. Use alongside my free download to track the completion of homework alongside parents and students.
My Polish Teacher's Tie Lower Ability Revise Carla's Character and Dunmore's Writing Style
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My Polish Teacher's Tie Lower Ability Revise Carla's Character and Dunmore's Writing Style

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Three homeworks or classroom activities that help lower grading students 1-4 revise or establish straightforward ways to regard Carla Carter in the beginning, middle and end of the story. Contains key quotes and key informed personal responses. Also a sheet on Dunmore’s writing style. Low price reflects the ‘no frills’ worksheets which are clearly presented by have no graphics to anchor learning.
Revise Formal Letter Writing at GCSE Booklet
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Revise Formal Letter Writing at GCSE Booklet

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An ‘everything you need to know’ 15 page A4 booklet very suited to all exam boards on writing formal letters that includes: • A good modelled example • An outstanding modelled example • Guidance on how to plan • Guidance on how to structure detailed, developed paragraphs • Guidance for content suitable to form • Sophisticated ‘tricks and flicks’ • Five practice tasks
Learning Mat Reading Strategies
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Learning Mat Reading Strategies

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Predict, Experience, Question, Vocabulary, Visualisation, Chunk. Six reading strategies that students can use independently when they are asked to read that are out of their reading age comfort zone. Designed for use at KS2 (Years 5 and 6), KS3 and KS4. Gives students suggestions on how they can use each strategy to work out meanings of texts independently or get the most out of texts to broaden and deepen understanding. Designed for student use but also useful for teachers who are less familiar with the ins and outs of reading strategies or just a brush up of your own excellence. Great for persuading and supporting the more reluctant reader to pay more attention to the clues in a text or the ways they can push themselves forward. Use as a mat on desks for students or create a resource that is bound by a key ring. Senior Leadership will be glad you are tackling this! They might even insist you roll it out school wide. In which case, you’ll need a school license. Contact me on Twitter @alisonshuttlew1
AQA High Level Modelled Essay 'Mother, any distance' and 'Follower' with range of activities
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AQA High Level Modelled Essay 'Mother, any distance' and 'Follower' with range of activities

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Invaluable resource for teaching those more nebulous skills for Grades 8 and 9. A high level modelled or exemplar response to a task on 'Follower' and attitudes to parents. Compared with 'Mother, any distance' for the AQA English Literature Paper 2. Plenty of high level ideas ready to be learned and also a good range of activities provided to encourage students to interact with the essay response, pick it apart, learn it, borrow the style and to encourage wider research. Rich in applied contexts and perspectives and full use of those aspects of poems students often neglect - structure and form - the response looks at sounds (because poetry is an aural form) and both big (journey structures) and smaller structures.
Whole Sch Literacy Reading Strategies Learning Mat
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Whole Sch Literacy Reading Strategies Learning Mat

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Predict, Experience, Question, Vocabulary, Visualisation, Chunk. Six reading strategies that students can use independently when they are asked to read texts across the curriculum. Designed for use at KS2 (Years 5 and 6), KS3 and KS4. Gives students suggestions on how they can use each strategy to work out meanings of texts independently or get the most out of texts to broaden and deepen understanding of all reading or revision of materials they encounter across the curriculum. Useful for teachers who are less familiar with the ins and outs of reading strategies. Great for persuading and supporting the more reluctant teacher to pay more attention to the reading demands of their subject. Use as a mat on desks for students or create a resource that is bound by a key ring. Senior Leadership will be glad you are tackling this!