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Beth Shepherd Author

I am a published children's author and creative writing tutor, with a background working as a teaching assistant. I have a passion for all things creative and encouraging. I have decided to upload resources that I have created during visits to schools to run workshops and lessons along side teachers, this shop is a collection of all the materials I have gathered. I really believe in encouraging children with a positive 'I can' attitude and this is reflected in my resources

I am a published children's author and creative writing tutor, with a background working as a teaching assistant. I have a passion for all things creative and encouraging. I have decided to upload resources that I have created during visits to schools to run workshops and lessons along side teachers, this shop is a collection of all the materials I have gathered. I really believe in encouraging children with a positive 'I can' attitude and this is reflected in my resources
Going for Goals - 'Fill the Sky with you Biggest Dream'
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Going for Goals - 'Fill the Sky with you Biggest Dream'

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Beautiful colouring/sheet sheet and text from the book to encourage to children to think about what their dreams maybe. Extract from the book reads; ‘Dreams are precious things. They are worth more than silver or gold, yet they are free. Everyone can own a dream, no matter who they are or where they are from. Dreams must be loved, treasured, nurtured and encouraged to grow strong and blossom.’ Text creates a wonderful discussion point on the beauty, and the importance, of having a dream in their life, something they work towards hope for, something that is just for them. This could lead into their own poem about dreams. Share children’s finished work with the author, by getting in touch with me on here, I would love to see their work and maybe share on my website. See other colouring sheets and colouring bundles in other listings. Illustration by Lisa Buckridge, all Images and text Copyright and cannot be reproduced or sold on.
Explore a Good One - Look at short story and identify what writing tools/ ingredients are used.
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Explore a Good One - Look at short story and identify what writing tools/ ingredients are used.

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Use this short story and a list of story writing ingredients to identify how, what and where ingredients have been used to make it work well. Stories are made up of multiple elements; character emotion/description, suspense, when, setting, descriptions, action and much more. Once children understand the different elements used in a story it can help them when writing their own. I call them story ingredients, and knowing what ingredients are needed throughout their story before they write it can make, the often challenging task of writing a whole story, a lot easier. Included in this down load is a story worksheet, a list of ingredients and an example sheet. Simply download and print at home. Thanks Beth
10 Guided Story Writing Worksheets to support primary age story writing.
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10 Guided Story Writing Worksheets to support primary age story writing.

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10 Guided Story Worksheets for creative writing exercise. Pre planned plot and guidelines as to what to write in each part of the story, helping to break down the task of story writing. Often its a daunting task to write a whole story form beginning to end. These worksheets have a story a basic plot already mapped out; opening, build up, problem, solution and ending, plus, guidelines/suggestions for what to add for each section. Pupils can follow the suggestions and write the stories, gradually learning how a story is put together, with the aim of being able to apply that to their own stories and independent writing. Guidelines include where to add character description, senses, setting description, action, character emotion etc. This resource includes 10 stories and is based on my other resource; Story Cards and Story Bowl. See my other resources to accompany these. Ideal for classroom, homeschooling and independent study. I am a children’s author and creative writing tutor, visit my website to find out more; www.bethshepherd.com
'Determined Dreamer' Classroom activity & Poster Bundle
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'Determined Dreamer' Classroom activity & Poster Bundle

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**Encourage, affirm and build confidence, teamwork and positive attitude with these stunning posters. Includes 3 posters in one, plus bonus image & teachers notes. For use as a classroom, small focus group, home schooling and as a family. ** 1 - ‘Dream/Goal Poster’ A dream or a goal is only worth pursuing if it’s so big it stretches us; causes us to become bigger so we can reach high enough to achieve it. What is the goal/dream that your’e aiming for as a class? Write it on this poster so you can see what it is that you are moving towards, so you don’t forget. 2 - ‘Attitude Rucksack Poster’ - When going on a journey towards our dreams, just like Ernie, it’s important to pack a bag with all the things we need for our journey. But what about our attitude? What attitude do we need to reach our dreams and goals in life and in the classroom? Together think about what words you would need in order to have the right attitude to be a determined dreamer, and then choose the most important ones to put in the class ‘Attitude Rucksack’. Use the poster image to write up the words to be reminded of them everyday. 3 - ‘Determined Dreamer Poster’ - On the journey towards our dreams it’s important to know that there will likely be challenges along the way, bumps in the road, things that will make us want to give up, will cause us to think we cant do it and to question/doubt why we even decided to do it in the first place. Decide together as a class your ‘Determined Dreamer Phrase’; the phrase you can say to yourself and to each other when it just get so tough that you want to give it all up. Use a classroom activity and display on walls, or can be used in PHSE lessons. Posters are based on the book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’, and the main theme of the book, which is available on Amazon or Etsy, however these resources are not dependent on the book. Download does not have watermark
'Ernie's Dream' - 4 week scheme of work- Guided Reading, Comprehension & Persuasive Writing
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'Ernie's Dream' - 4 week scheme of work- Guided Reading, Comprehension & Persuasive Writing

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An exciting, enriching and educational exploration of the main topic of the book to develop comprehension, inference, guided reading and creative skills, plus teaching valuable life lessons of determination, resilience and having a dream/goal. Explore the main theme of the book and relate it to pupils own experiences, look at why author has use that particular title and what this suggests about the story and the main character. Identify writing styles used by the author, and use this example to write their own creative piece about their own dream/goal. Reflecting on a particular part in the book explore how the character feels and practice writing show-not-tell sentences to demonstrate his emotions. Lessons all lead to a final creative/persuasive writing exercise. Includes exploration of the book, understanding authors writing styles, identifying characters emotions, relating book to self, creative writing exercises, group discussions, learning new vocabulary, researching topics further, preparation for final writing exercise and thinking about what happens next in the book. No need to own a copy of ‘The Determined Dreamer’, as this scheme of work comes with everything you need for the lessons. Includes; teachers notes (lesson plan), pupils activity worksheets, relevant text from the book (presentation sheets), images from the book, whole chapter for further study, and front and back book cover images. Plus details to contact, me, the author for any follow up questions you or the pupils may have or to share pupils work. If you need anything else for this scheme of work please don’t hesitate to get in touch and if I can help I will. Also if you are able and willing to identify the learning objectives for the lesson plan for the UK curriculum and send it to me then I would love to send you signed copies of both my books as a thank you. Beth
'The Determined Dreamer', Teacher's Guide
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'The Determined Dreamer', Teacher's Guide

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Covers guided reading, comprehension and PHSE for Key Stage 2, to support teacher's as they work through the novel; 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer' as a classroom read or an across curriculum scheme of work. Created by literacy leader, Diana Mendonca, supported by Beth Shepherd, author. Draws out points for discussion to interpret meaning behind authors use of text and language, morals, life lessons, comprehension. Contains forward by Ben McDonald, child life coach, and story synopsis, plus suggested way to use the book across curriculum for topics such as guided reading, PHSE, writing, literacy, science, art etc and to support Rights Respecting schools. 'This resource is not only a fantastic tool for teachers to use in guided reading, comprehension and PSHE settings but it’s also valuable for instructing and coaching children on how to move forward in many key areas of social and emotional development. Using Ernie’s journey as an encouraging guide, Beth draws on fundamental strategies and concepts that are used daily by many highly successful people, such as goal setting, task chunking and the power of positive words and thoughts, to create positive progress in areas that count. Becoming determined, building resilience, raising self-esteem, building healthy friendships and more are all addressed as children work through the different sections.' Ben McDonald.
Being Determined - lesson & worksheet
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Being Determined - lesson & worksheet

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**Exploring what we know about being determined through sharing of previous experiences and reflecting on strategies used. ** As adults we know too well the importance of being determined towards a goal, and that its only a determined attitude that will keep us going when we hit a tough point in our journey. Teach kids this great life lesson, whilst developing sentence structure, self reflection and use of words to express emotion, through 3 main questions: 1- have you ever been determined to achieve a goal? 2- what strategies did you use to achieve it? 3- what did it feel like when you achieved it? Invite children to discuss these questions and to share their strategies and experiences with the group. Worksheet on being determined. For key stage 2. Based on the book Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer. Download includes printable worksheet. Copyright Beth Shepherd.
Story Cards Games - Identify the different elements of the plot within a story KS2
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Story Cards Games - Identify the different elements of the plot within a story KS2

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This fun story game helps pupils identify different elements of the plot in a story arc; Opening, build up, problem, solution, ending. Includes 10 different stories and a story bowl sheet (story hill). Based on the idea that writing a story is like baking a cake, and every good cake needs a bowl to add ingredients to. The bowl represents the basic plot of the story in which all the ingredients can be added; character description, action, events etc. Cards can be cut and laminated. Each story needs to be shuffled, then each child is give 1 story at a time and has to lay them onto the story bowl sheet in the correct order. Pupils can then go on to write the stories. See my other resources linked to My Story Cake©, including guided templates for these 10 stories, which offer suggestions for what to write in each part of story. Advanced game; exclude one card and ask pupils to write the missing part. Or give pupils only the problem and ask them to write the rest of the story. Good for homeschooling, independent study as well as classroom. I am a children’s author and creative writing tutor. To find out more visit www.bethshepherd.com
Becoming a Determined Dreamer
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Becoming a Determined Dreamer

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This wonderful Keys stage 2 resource for teachers or parents, based on the book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ and designed to be used alongside the novel, explores some of the tools and strategies Ernie uses to achieve his mission, and shows children how they too can become determined dreamers, whilst also affirming the power of self belief and awakening them to the own potential no matter what their circumstances are. Covers PHSE seal topics such as ‘Going for goals’ and ‘It’s good to be me’. For use in the class room, SEN groups or small focus group to build self esteem and awareness of self and others. Can also be used for home study with parent and child. Contains discussions, creative group activities, and personal reflective journaling. Use with the novel; Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer www.bethshepherd.com
'If You Ever Saw a Monster' -  4 activities in 1; Creating a character and Diary/Journal writing
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'If You Ever Saw a Monster' - 4 activities in 1; Creating a character and Diary/Journal writing

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A fun and engaging creative writing activity for KS2 pupils. With a focuses on creating and developing a character, using senses to make good descriptions and a journal entry to build upon those descriptions. This lessons begins with a fill in the blank story where pupils can add in full sentences and descriptive words to complete the story and design their monster. The story uses sight, touch, smell and emotions to describe the character and is a great way to introduce the idea of using senses (and emotions to create a story), which they can later apply to the other writing activites in the lesson. Works well with my description prompt cards which helps them focus on one description element at a time to help them identify different tools needed to build a good story. (See my other resources). Next, pupils can create a character profile for their monster in more detail with a profile sheet, answering questions such as; age, family, physical description of their character. This leads them into writing ‘Character Profile Card’; a paragraph describing their character. Lastly, pupils can use information gathered on their character to write a diary/journal entry for the day they saw a monster. This is a great activity to put into practice what they have learnt about adding descriptions to build their writing piece and bring it to life. Great activity to help children with their creative writing and the use of creative writing tool kit. I am a children’s author, my books include; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ and 'Escape from Paradise", and I tutor creative writing privately and in schools, to 6-11 year olds. I have a passion for writing and teaching kids, I also love making my own resources and sharing them with others. See my free creative writing and comprehensions resources to accompany my books. My books are available on Amazon
Creative writing exercises with picture prompt cards - ‘What's happening?’/‘What are they saying?’
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Creative writing exercises with picture prompt cards - ‘What's happening?’/‘What are they saying?’

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Great for practicing key stage 2 creative writing and preparing for story writing 7+ entrance exams. Use this resource to practice writing dialogue and action descriptions, which are an important part of story writing. Using their imagination, pupils can choose a picture from the prompt cards, and depending on the picture either write about what is happening, or focus mainly dialogue, or include both. Included are word cards for action and dialogue words, to introduce pupils to to new words and to help them develop their writing. The cards can also be used for a variety of other creative writing activities; such as prompts for a full story, character description and many more. I am a children’s author, my books include; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ and 'Escape from Paradise", and I tutor creative writing privately and in schools, to 6-11 year olds. I have a passion for writing and teaching kids, I also love making my own resources and sharing them with others. See my free creative writing and comprehensions resources to accompany my books. My books are available on Amazon ll picture have been taken from my book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: Escape from Paradise’, please respect my copyright and only use these images within your classroom for the purpose of teaching. For more information on my books go to www.bethshepherd.com
Comprehension Activity - 'No Time to Waste' - Inference,  Interpreting and analysing text.
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Comprehension Activity - 'No Time to Waste' - Inference, Interpreting and analysing text.

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*‘Ernie awoke with a jolt and found himself flying through the air. He watched in shock as trees and sky whooshed past him, at great speed. As he looked back he caught a glimpse of his owners as they shook the last vegetable scrap out of the bin and closed the window.’ * Ernie has found himself on a never ending pile of vegetable scraps, but what has happened to him? How did he get there and who is the strange voice telling him that he is trespassing? Comprehension activity for KS 2, and for practicing for entrance exams. These sheets are based on extracts from my book; Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer, and include a reading of text, questions on that text and lastly as creative writing exercise based on the reading. The questions are varied as include inference, grammar, creating sentences, analysing and interpreting meaning of text. Look out for more of these sheets, and also see the comprehension bundle for a discount on bulk orders. For more information on my books go to: www.bethshepherd.com
Teamwork - Posters for classroom display
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Teamwork - Posters for classroom display

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**Inspire and motivate pupils in the right direction with these 4 classroom or home printables. ** Posters read; Teamwork makes the dreamwork Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Together everyone achieves more For more positive and motivating resources see my full collection in my shops. Includes lesson plans and 4 week scheme of work based on my book; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ BETH
Story Planning Hill
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Story Planning Hill

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Ernie's Story Planning Hill, includes opening, build up, dilema, resolution and ending. All centered around Jose the snails from the book Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer www.erniegonzales. co.uk 7-11 years
An Icy Prison - Comprehension, Guided Reading and Created writing. Based on chapter 1
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An Icy Prison - Comprehension, Guided Reading and Created writing. Based on chapter 1

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Improve your key stage 2 pupils comprehension with these worksheets based on the first chapter of the book; ‘Ernie Gonzales; The Determined Dreamer’ Explore what it means to have a dream. Empathise with the characters emotions. Understand words used by the author. Write a letter to the main character encouraging him to not give up. This resource can be used at home or in the classroom, and can be spread over a number of lessons. It includes a variety of comprehension questions and writing activites, leading to a final creative writing piece which is to write a letter to the main character encouraging them to not give up. This is part of a bundle of resources which work through each chapter of my book, and draw upon the theme of having an ‘I can!’ attitude towards goals. This resource is suitable for english comprehension, creative writing and guided reading lessons, however, it can also be used in PHSE classes, as it encourages pupils to identify with the character and to use language which encourages and motivates. To purchase a copy of Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer to use with this resource and others, go to Amazon
I am. I can. I will. Mindfulness and confidence building activity
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I am. I can. I will. Mindfulness and confidence building activity

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**Nowadays we are becoming more just how much more aware we need to be. The importance **of developing an inner compass that points to an attitude of self belief, determination, resilience and being kids to others, will carry us well through life. This is something that anyone who has every tried to achieve something in their lives knows too well, and I’m sure understand the value of learning this at a young age. This resource is inspired by the morals from my book so can be incorporated into literacy/guided reading lesson, and aims to create class discussion through the introduction of news words or reflecting on words already learned and how they can personally apply them to their own life, which leads to children creating positive self declarations which they can take home with them and keep safe. This resource aims to show children potential and the endless possibilities before them, and the important of a positive mental attitude. Includes worksheets to be used as a poster. Flash cards to introduce new words and phrases and to help them to fill out the worksheet. Extract from on the book in which the main character demonstrates a positive ‘I can’ attitude, despite possible negative opinions. For a copy of the book this resource was inspired by go to Amazon; http://amzn.eu/7MpFto4 Www.bethshepherd.com
Exploring title, blurb & intro - comprehension & creative writing
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Exploring title, blurb & intro - comprehension & creative writing

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Lesson 1 looks at the title; what the author suggests about the character and the story through the title, the blurb; interpreting what the story is about and creating an alternative blurb and lastly, the intro on dreams; understanding authors meaning, researching and relating it to ourselves. Covers comprehension exercises, interpreting authors means, creative writing, sentence structure, spelling and vocabulary and their own personal reflection on their own dreams. Can be explored over 2 or 3 lessons depending on class ability. PDF downloads include; pupils worksheets (3 pages), jpeg of cover and back images, intro text and ‘Fill the Sky with your Dreams’ worksheet. All text and images from the book is Copyright Beth Shepherd, one licence per purchase.
What? When? Where? - Design your own poster - creative writing exercise
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What? When? Where? - Design your own poster - creative writing exercise

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Make a poster for a fictional event. When? Where? What? Pupils to think what important information is needed in the poster to advertise the event. Included worksheet and original image from the book. Suggested idea; Image taken from my book, ‘Escape from Paradise’ in which this poster was used to advertise the local Fiesta and a giant paella dish as the feature of the party, pupils may wish to use this theme and redesign the poster from the book, page 58. You may wish to use the whole chapter and pull comprehension questions from it, also note the Spanish words in the original poster. This exercises may also be used as an activity in Spanish lessons. More information on this book can be found at www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
Dreaming with Ernie Workbook
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Dreaming with Ernie Workbook

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A guided reading, comprehension and PHSE Workbook for Key Stage 2 designed for use along side the novel; 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer' This Kids’ Workbook has been designed for independent study in the classroom or at home and is aimed at Key Stage 2 level readers and is designed to be used along side the novel: 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer'. Each chapter has different questions to suit children at all levels, and has been designed to prepare pupils for SATs and to develop their comprehension and literacy skills. It can also be used as a fun workbook to support guided reading and to further children’s understanding of the morals that are found in the book. The workbook has a strong underlying theme of self-belief, friendship and thinking of others to support personal development and to cover PHSE topics such as ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Good to be Me’, with the aim of developing self awareness, confidence and perseverance. This workbook covers all the chapters of Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer in order and has been designed to accompany the book as a whole or by focusing on selected chapters. Written by author Beth Shepherd and literacy leader and primary school teacher, Diana Mendonça, this book will inspire and awaken the dreamer in every child. To buy copies of 'Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer' either buy direct from the author; www.bethshepherd.com or Amazon uk.