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Teacher of English, however I have also taught Drama and Media Studies. Also responsible for coordinating 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 to help teachers mark quickly and efficiently.

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Teacher of English, however I have also taught Drama and Media Studies. Also responsible for coordinating 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 to help teachers mark quickly and efficiently.
Compring Poems step by step guide, success criteria
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Compring Poems step by step guide, success criteria

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This is a worksheet I created for bottom set year 10s. It goes through the steps of how to compare two poems. Mine used it with the AQA poetry anthology and for their assessment they followed the steps on the sheet. It is a step-by-step process for comparing two poems and is generic so can be applied to any poems.
Quick marking feedback sheet for letter writing as Jane Eyre
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Quick marking feedback sheet for letter writing as Jane Eyre

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This is a feedback mark sheet which I used to give students feedback on their letter writing assessments (based on being Jane Eyre and writing about the conditions of her school). It includes a quick tick-list with assessment and SPaG focused targets and is in student-friendly language. It makes marking so much quicker.
Comparative gap fill for power and conflict poems (Remains and War Photographer)
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Comparative gap fill for power and conflict poems (Remains and War Photographer)

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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
Speaking and Listening Endorsement introduction lesson
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Speaking and Listening Endorsement introduction lesson

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This lesson introduces students to the speaking and listening GCSE endorsement. It includes the mark scheme, an example speech and suggested topics for students. It can be adapted but was used to introduce the Speaking and Listening Scheme of work for year 11s.
Marking feedback sheet for poetry ('Exposure')
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Marking feedback sheet for poetry ('Exposure')

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This is a marking feedback sheet which is tailored to writing an analytical paragraph. This was used after my students wrote an analysis on the poem 'Exposure', however, it is very generic so can be used for an analytical responses. It includes clear strengths, targets and tasks for students to complete which help them achieve their target. It makes marking a lot quicker, is clear for students to understand and saves you writing out the same thing over and over again! My year 9s responded really well to this.
Comparing poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster- War Photographer and Remains
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Comparing poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster- War Photographer and Remains

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

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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.
Relating the gothic conventions to an extract from Frankenstein (19th century literature)
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Relating the gothic conventions to an extract from Frankenstein (19th century literature)

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This lesson was used in an interview and was told my leadership that it was "impressive". This lesson introduces students to the gothic conventions using memory techniques. It also demonstrates how to tackle tricky 19th century vocabulary in Frankenstein. Then students apply the gothic conventions to an extract from Frankenstein and write an analytical paragraph. They then peer assess and complete the acknowledgement task which accompanies their target.The PowerPoint also includes a helpsheet, differentiated success criteria, specific acknowledgement tasks and a worksheet for all students to write on.
Peer/Self assessment lesson with GCSE mark scheme literature
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Peer/Self assessment lesson with GCSE mark scheme literature

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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.
FA Writing Challenge, football inspired newspaper article writing
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FA Writing Challenge, football inspired newspaper article writing

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This lesson was focused on the FA writing competition which was used as two literacy lessons for years 7 and 8 in my school. It explains the competition, but can still be used (without entering the competition) as a newspaper article writing lesson using football as a stimulus. It includes planning activities, a clip and the writing of the newspaper article. The boys at my school really engaged with it, so I created my own competition on top and have included the certificate. On average, this takes 2 lessons, one explaining and planning and another writing.
Subject specific cross-curricular spellings
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Subject specific cross-curricular spellings

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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.
Planning and Writing a myth
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Planning and Writing a myth

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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.
Greek myth conventions in Pandora's Box
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Greek myth conventions in Pandora's Box

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Planned for year 7 for an Ofsted inspection. This lesson explores the conventions of a Greek myth and focuses on the myth 'Pandora's Box'. It includes an 'odd one out' starter task, definitions for all of the keywords, a table for students to fill in the convention and example (from the text) and a writing task. There is also a plenary student friendly peer assessment checklist and a gap fill exercise focused on the Greek myth conventions. It is well differentiated with challenge tasks and sentence starters.
Comparing poems with success criteria and examples
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Comparing poems with success criteria and examples

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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.
Students response or acknowledge lesson on 'Exposure' poem
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Students response or acknowledge lesson on 'Exposure' poem

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This was a lesson I created and taught following marking students' assessments on the poem 'Exposure'. In the lesson before, they wrote some analytical paragraphs on the poem, focusing on analysing the language. This lesson includes a spelling test or key words, the assessment task with success criteria and sentence starters and a model paragraph which shows students how to write a good analytical response. It can be easily adapted to giving feedback on any topic in English.
iGCSE Core Paper Letter Writing using formality
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iGCSE Core Paper Letter Writing using formality

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This lesson was created to scaffold question 2 of the iGCSE paper (for bottom set), it teaches students how to approach a question, informs them on formality, they write a response to a question (sentence starters provided) and peer assess their work. They then acknowledge their targets by completing the corresponding task.