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High-quality, value for money teaching resources covering English language and literature; literacy; history and media. With twenty-seven years' teaching experience I know what works in the classroom. Engaging, thorough and fun, your students will love these lessons.
The Hunger Games
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The Hunger Games

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Twenty-seven lessons with powerpoint and worksheets on this popular novel by Suzanne Colllins. Lessons include: District 12 Theseus and the minotaur - the influence of the myth The Reaping Katiniss’ character Peeta’s character Going to the capitol Role of reality TV In the arena Using a variety of sentences, emulate Collin’s style. Describe your own muttation. Describe places. Create a Hunger Games board game. Students enjoy this film and you can treat them with the DVD too!
Dystopia: 1984
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Dystopia: 1984

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Two lessons using the opening of 1984 to introduce students to the features of dystopian fiction with a particular emphasis on Orwell’s use of pathetic fallacy in the introduction. The lesson sequence is as follows: Lesson 1 Starter on what students think makes a perfect world. Explanation of origin of term dystopia. Examples of dystopian fiction for children. Overview of 1984 without spoilers. Analysis of techniques used in opening to establish the dystopian atmosphere of the novel. Zoom in on Orwell’s use of pathetic fallacy. Students identify examples. Answers on slide. Discussion regarding living in this kind of world. Lesson 2 Students return to their original thoughts on what makes a perfect world. Narrative writing in preparation for AQA GCSE English Paper One Narrative Writing. Choice of writing a story about a perfect world or writing a story inspired by a picture of the Earth. Both with focus on using pathetic fallacy and sensory description. Folder includes 24 slide powerpoint and copy of extract of opening. Students are quite rightly fascinated by this amazing novel.
Bias in Newspaper Reports
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Bias in Newspaper Reports

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Help your students to recognize and identify bias in newspaper reports. Students are presented with two newspaper reports which they have to make more biased using the techniques that they have identified throughout the lesson. Help your students to become more savvy readers of the media.
Multi-Clause Complex Sentences
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Multi-Clause Complex Sentences

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Teach your students to become master writers with this powerpoint on creating multi-clause complex sentences. Students are given the elements of a sentence, which they have to incorporate into a grammatical complex sentence. Ten sentences in total build to create an action-packed adventure story that you write together as a class. In the second activity, students analyse how Robert Louis Stevenson uses this type of sentence to describe Long John Silver. Students are then tasked with writing a description of Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes using the same construction. This should cover two separate lessons.
Boy by Roald Dahl
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Boy by Roald Dahl

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Full scheme of work comprising of lessons on each of the twenty-three chapters of the book. This powerpoint contains approximately two hundred slides. Each lesson features a starter, main and plenary and is designed to encourage students to create their own autobiographical writing, inspired by Roald Dahl’s experiences.
Pronouns
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Pronouns

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Focusing on four of the seven types of pronouns that are commonly mis-used, this twenty slide powerpoint explains common misconceptions with activities to embed correct usage. All answers are provided and the powerpoint is fully adaptable. The lesson should take thirty to forty-five minutes.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18
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Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

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This twenty-six slide powerpoint contains two lessons on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18. In the first lesson, students get to grips with the archaic vocabulary by translating the sonnet into modern English. They can then focus on the meaning and the extended metaphor of the weather. In the second lesson, students are taught the key structural elements of the Shakespearian sonnet form. They then have a go at writing their own love sonnet. For inspiration, Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem “I Love Me Mudder” is included, which they could turn into sonnet form. They are given three-step guidance to writing a sonnet and then time to reflect on the process and Shakespeare’s achievement of writing 154 sonnets in total. Included in folder are: Copy of sonnet with glossary of archaic vocabulary. Copy of Benjamin Zephaniah’s “I Love Me Mudder” 26 slide powerpoint with starters.
Tense
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Tense

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Many students write stories in which they jump between the present and the past tenses. This Powerpoint explains the difference between the simple past and the simple present tenses and contains a variety of exercises to encourage tense consistency and to help them to feel more confident. The zipped file also contains two informative and practical follow-up worksheets which ask students to put a passage about William the Conqueror into the past tense. The other worksheet asks them to put information about the Titanic into the past tense also.
Using Humour: Bill Bryson
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Using Humour: Bill Bryson

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Three lessons using an extract from Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Big Country” on the theme of junk food. The lesson sequence is as follows: With a worksheet of devices, students learn the techniques that writers can use to create humour. They then identify these devices in the extract. The second lesson is transactional writing where students write an article to persuade their class mates to eat healthily in timed GCSE exam practice conditions. The third lesson is a feedback lesson after the articles have been marked. The folder includes a WAGOLL from a real GCSE student and exercises to help students make their conclusions more powerful.
Wilfred Owen Background and Letter Home
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Wilfred Owen Background and Letter Home

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This introductory lesson to the greatest World War One poet includes sixteen slides about his life. The folder also contains a very moving letter that he wrote to his mother about a disastrous sentry duty that he had to undertake. The powerpoint concludes with a choice of activities inspired by this letter, such as highlighting all the powerful language and writing your own poem; responding to the letter as Owen’s mother; interviewing Owen and then writing up the interview as a newspaper report (planning sheets included). A great resource to celebrate the centenary of the end of World War One and can be used in both English lessons and history lessons. This can also be used as an introduction to the two other lessons on Dulce et Decorum Est and Exposure, both available here.
Create Your Own Magazine
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Create Your Own Magazine

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Twelve lessons with powerpoints and resources to help students to create their own magazine on a topic of their choice. Scheme comprises of: Analyse the title of magazines and decide on your own title. Analyse mastheads and create your own masthead. Design your own front cover. Write a celebrity profile features article. Write a travel article. Write a how-to article. Design a competition. Write an article on a food of your choice. Use emotive and sensationalising language. Create a contents page. There are extra folders with a GCSE media task comparing two front covers and a WAGOLL analysis of a front cover. Students love this scheme of work as it allows them to be creative while exploring their own interests.
Latin Roots
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Latin Roots

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Did you know that sixty percent of English words derive from Latin and Greek? This thirty-five slide Powerpoint gives a range of clues for words containing ten different Latin roots. With an explanation of how Latin roots have come to be in the English language, all the answers are provided. A final table for students to fill in in class or at home consolidates the learning. Designed to allow students to work independently or in groups, this interactive Powerpoint will inspire your students to think more deeply about the English language.
Michael Morpurgo Author Project
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Michael Morpurgo Author Project

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Inspire an interest in reading by telling your students about the fascinating life and work of Michael Morpurgo. This thirty slide Powerpoint covers his early life, his career, marriage and work. Find out the amazing story about how he discovered the identity of his biological father and how the author’s note at the beginning of War Horse was a little white lie until 2011. Finally there are four choices of activities for students to complete ranging from researching one of his books to writing an article about him. Students find real lives interesting, so this is a good way to hook them into reading.
The Great Harry Potter Quiz
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The Great Harry Potter Quiz

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Calling all Harry Potter fans, this fifty question quiz with answers will test your knowledge of JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel - “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. A fun way to encourage reading.
History of English Language and Timeline
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History of English Language and Timeline

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A six-page information booklet on The History of the English Language with a cloze timeline to help students gain and an overview of the evolution of the language. It covers The Celts, the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings, Normans, Middle English, William Caxton and standardisation. Word documents so fully editable.
Adjectives
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Adjectives

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Covering pre-modification, post-modification and the use and creation of compound adjectives. This twenty-three slide powerpoint full of exercises and answers concludes with a fun activity where students are shown how Shakespeare used compound adjectives to be inventive. They are then challenged to be inventive themselves. The lesson would take one hour or two thirty minutes sessions.
Pimp Your Sentences: Use  Subordinating Conjunctions
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Pimp Your Sentences: Use Subordinating Conjunctions

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With two activities to help students create sentences using subordinating conjunctions and an activity to identify subordinating conjunctions, this slideshow will help your students to become more sophisticated writers. A fun quiz at the end consolidates the learning.
Spelling Words Ending in Y
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Spelling Words Ending in Y

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Free worksheet on spelling words ending in Y. Check out Mrs Shaw’s Shop for more new interactive spelling powerpoints with fun cartoon graphics and all answers provided, designed to engage and interest your students, at the same time as embedding the learning.
Eduqas GCSE English Language and Literature Course Overview
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Eduqas GCSE English Language and Literature Course Overview

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This powerpoint and word document present the Eduqas GSCE English Language and Literature content and assessment objectives in student-friendly language. Show the students the presentation and then give them a copy of the objectives in student speak so that they are confident going forward in these exams.
A CARPPIE SENTENCES
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A CARPPIE SENTENCES

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Free worksheet explaining the different range of sentences that can be used under the mnemonic A CARPPIE. Download this, then checkout my range of Powerpoints with clear explanations and rigorous activities to embed the different types of sentences for students.