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Teacher of English, Drama and Media Studies. Also responsible for KS3 Literacy. I trained to teach in 2013 and have taught from year 7 to year 12 (A-level). My resources include a mixture of full Powerpoint lessons, worksheets and marking feedback sheets.

Teacher of English, Drama and Media Studies. Also responsible for KS3 Literacy. I trained to teach in 2013 and have taught from year 7 to year 12 (A-level). My resources include a mixture of full Powerpoint lessons, worksheets and marking feedback sheets.
World Book Day Reading Assembly with reading extract

World Book Day Reading Assembly with reading extract

This was an assembly which was planned and delivered during World Book Week. The main focus is about how reading can open your mind and give you an insight into different worlds. It begins with a slide which demonstrates that reading is an imperative skill which people do without realising. There is also a reading of ‘Nightmare in Yellow’ which us teachers split up and read to the assembly to demonstrate the power of reading.
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Jekyll and Hyde Introduction Lesson

Jekyll and Hyde Introduction Lesson

This lesson introduces students to the new GCSE literature exam (AQA) and begins to explore Jekyll and Hyde. It includes analysis of the title of the book as well as front covers.
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Stave 3 'A Christmas Carol' Assessment Lesson GCSE Literature focusing on the theme of Family (AQA)

Stave 3 'A Christmas Carol' Assessment Lesson GCSE Literature focusing on the theme of Family (AQA)

This a lesson I planned for a year 10 class. It was the first lesson where we looked at the AQA GCSE Literature style question (theme of family) and it involved one lesson where students planned their responses and a second lesson where they wrote their responses. It was carefully scaffolded as they are bottom set. This includes: a full Powerpoint presentation, a sentence starter and planning sheet with key quotes for students to use; a teacher marking feedback sheet (with tick targets); an exam question which focuses on an extract from the Cracthit family and the AQA mark scheme.
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'Of Mice and Men' Chapter 4- The presentation of Crook Diary Entry  and Language Analysis assessment

'Of Mice and Men' Chapter 4- The presentation of Crook Diary Entry and Language Analysis assessment

This lesson includes two possible assessments for students focusing on the character of Crooks in chapter 4 in 'Of Mice and Men'- one is a writing task (students write a diary entry) and one is a reading task (students analyse how Crooks is presented). The starter task is a riddle where students have to guess the form of text (a diary entry) there is also a second starter task which is a gap fill based on the description at the beginning of chapter 4 and answers are included. Students then mind map the conventions of a diary entry and write their own diary entry from the perspective of Crooks. For the second assessment students are required to analyse the language Steinbeck uses to present Crooks and there is a planning sheet and example annotated quotation for this. There are sentence starters, extension tasks and a success criteria for each assessment task. I have also included my marking feedback sheet for the diary entry which is a simple tick sheet for teachers to use with positives and targets which are linked to acknowledgement tasks.
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Victorian Context 'A Christmas Carol' 19th century

Victorian Context 'A Christmas Carol' 19th century

This lesson was used for the first lesson on 'A Christmas Carol' scheme of work. It focuses on students learning about the different contextual aspects for 'A Christmas Carol' eg. Charles Dickens, the poor etc Slides 6-13 are the information slides which students need to complete the questions on the A3 sheet. Students rotate the room, read the information on each slide/topic and complete their A3 sheet.
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Comparing poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster- War Photographer and Remains

Comparing poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster- War Photographer and Remains

The lesson I created can be easily adapted to any poems at all. It focuses on the skill of comparing and I taught it to bottom set students in years 9 and 10. We spent one lesson planning and going through the process (including an example) and one lesson writing (they then completed an assessment focusing on the question we looked at beforehand). The lesson includes: an example exam-style question which is annotated; a venn diagram with tips for planning; a step-by-step numbered guide to; sentence starters; a self/peer assessment checklist; an example (with the step-by-step guide applied) and key information (including a summary and contextual information) on each poem (Remains and War Photographer). All worksheets are provided on slides on the Powerpoint
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Planning and Writing a myth

Planning and Writing a myth

This lesson includes both the planning and writing element for students writing their own Greek myth. I have used it at the end of a Greek myth unit where students have studied several myths. There is step-by-step planning grid worksheet, example paragraph (which students should improve as the starter task), a character list example, a success criteria with descriptive methods outlined and a challenge task. My class spent one lesson planning and one lesson writing.
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Blood Brothers Context and themes

Blood Brothers Context and themes

This lesson I taught to a bottom set year 10 class at the start of a Blood Brothers SOW. It includes a quick starter passage (based on context) which students need to correctly punctuate. For the main activity they need to complete a grid (on the powerpoint) based on different areas of context: education, poverty, Liverpool and politics. There is also a worksheet on key themes which they should complete as they read the play.
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Key quotations for AQA Power and Conflict poems and gap fill activity

Key quotations for AQA Power and Conflict poems and gap fill activity

This is a list of three key quotations from each poem in the Power and Conflict Cluster of the AQA anthology. My students have learnt these and are regularly tested on them. Alongside this, I have started to create a revision gap fill activity to help students revise the key quotations and remember the key words. I have blanked out the key words for some of the poems which students fill in. Please note I haven't done this for every single poem.
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Comparing poems with success criteria and examples

Comparing poems with success criteria and examples

This is not a full lesson, but key slides for comparing poems based on the AQA poetry anthology. This includes key slides which can be used in lessons based on comparing two poems. It includes the assessment objectives, a model paragraph on 'War Photographer' and 'Exposure' as well as one on 'Checking Out Me History' and 'Tissues', a venn diagram for comparing with prompts and an example question. I used this with years 9, 10 and 11 when introducing the skill of comparing poems.
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Subject specific cross-curricular spellings

Subject specific cross-curricular spellings

This powerpoint includes 10 spellings across 17 subjects taught at secondary school. I organised fortnightly spelling tests for each subject which ks3 students completed. This was used to display the words beforehand. I complied each spelling list based on feedback from each subject teacher.
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Writing a Bibliography

Writing a Bibliography

This was a lesson taught to A-level students. It guides them through writing an effective bibliography and includes examples of how to cite different texts. This can be easily adapted depending on task/subject
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Word classes and frameworks

Word classes and frameworks

This was one of the first lessons taught for an AS year 12 English Language class. It includes a outline of the frameworks, key definitions of the word classes, a recipe word class activity, a homework activity and a quiz to check students' understanding. It also includes open and closed word classes.
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Handriting intervention

Handriting intervention

This was used as a handwriting intervention session for students struggling with their handwriting. It includes tips on how to hold a pen, an activity which explores different forms of texts and scaling these in terms of neatness, examples of poor/good handwriting, a timed practice sentence activity, a handwriting assessment paragraph and top tips. Some activities can be skipped, there are several to choose from.
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Revision booklet for Lord of the Flies: context, exam layout/question, key quotes, chapter summaries

Revision booklet for Lord of the Flies: context, exam layout/question, key quotes, chapter summaries

This is a booklet based on students who are studying Lord of the Flies for their English literature exam. It was given to year 11s and at the start of the lesson they completed a chapter summary for each chapter. I have attached two versions (one with the chapter summaries completed and one with them blank for students to complete). The booklet also includes key quotations, a mind map space for themes and characters, example exam questions, a breakdown of the exam paper (sections and marks) and relevant contextual information.
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Comparative gap fill for power and conflict poems (Remains and War Photographer)

Comparative gap fill for power and conflict poems (Remains and War Photographer)

This is a scaffolded gap fill which I used with my bottom set years 9 and 10. After marking their poetry comparison assessments (on Remains and War Photographer), it was evident that many of them struggled with structuring their responses. As a result, I created this gap fill exercise using the sentence starters I had provided previously. We completed it as a class choosing a quotation from Remains and one from War Photographer. I have also attached two completed ones which can be used as examples. T
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Macbeth Tragedy Genre Introduction

Macbeth Tragedy Genre Introduction

This lesson introduces students to the tragedy genre. The starter includes key greek tragedy terms which they have to match the definition and a supporting clip. Then there are slides with different Macbeth posters on, students have to make predictions about the play, including plot, themes and how it reflects the tragedy genre. Each slide is coloured coded with differentiated questions for students to answer.
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Peer/Self assessment lesson with GCSE mark scheme literature

Peer/Self assessment lesson with GCSE mark scheme literature

This was a feedback lesson I did with my top set year 11s focusing on their Jekyll and Hyde literature responses. It focuses on the GCSE mark scheme, students have to transform the mark scheme into a student friendly mark scheme. I then photocopied the best response in the class and the students had to identify the different AOs in the example response. They then apply the mark scheme to their own work and mark it. Finally, there are two optional plenaries: a twitter slip or a post-it challenge.
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Macbeth revision lesson with Key Quotations

Macbeth revision lesson with Key Quotations

This lesson was used with my year 11 students to start a revision scheme of work of Macbeth. It includes a list of language and structural features, a clip which goes through the plot of Macbeth, an example question and list of key quotations with visual prompts. It's a good lesson for re-capping plot, quotes and how to approach the exam.
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Newspaper Article on the Demeter (boat in the storm) based on Dracula

Newspaper Article on the Demeter (boat in the storm) based on Dracula

This lesson was taught to a middle ability year 8 class who have been studying the play Dracula. It's based on act 2 of Dracula when their are reports of a severe storm in Whitby. The class spent a lesson planning their newspaper article (worksheet attached) and a lesson writing it. It includes a starter task which involves students decoding the conventions of a newspaper article, an example article, a newspaper template (attached) and a success criteria of what to include. There is also some key words for writing using a newspaper style.
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