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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. Watch out for Spanish resources coming soon. If you leave a review with your email address, I will contact you and offer you a free resource up to the value of £3. Yes, that's right. Buy one, get one free!

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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. Watch out for Spanish resources coming soon. If you leave a review with your email address, I will contact you and offer you a free resource up to the value of £3. Yes, that's right. Buy one, get one free!
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.
Emotive Language
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Emotive Language

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The first activity asks students to identify which of two alternatives is more emotive and to explain why. The second activity asks students to make fictional headlines more emotive. Finally students are asked to consider the overall effect of emotive language. Twenty-three slides in total, designed to embed the idea that emotive language is very persuasive and that students themselves can use it to persuade. Fully adaptable to your and your students' needs, can be used as an independent or a group activity.
Stereotype by John Agard
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Stereotype by John Agard

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Students explore John Agard’s use of irony in this clever poem. They are then supported to write a parody of the poem, rejecting any stereotypes of themselves. A multiple choice quiz worksheet is used as a starter to get students interested in the themes and ideas.
Colons
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Colons

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A comprehensive explanation of the various uses of colons. Several different activities for students to complete, with answers. A fun activity on colons in emoticons to complete the lesson. The lesson should last forty-five minutes to an hour. Twenty slides, fully adaptable for your classes.
Punctuating Speech
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Punctuating Speech

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This powerpoint contains three separate lessons on punctuating speech. First of all students revise the rules and then complete two exercises - adding punctuation to a dialogue, then using picture stimuli to write their own original dialogue. The second lesson covers speech tags and the three places tags can be positioned with exercises. The third lesson helps students to make writing dialogue more interesting using adverbs and character description. The lessons culminate in students creating their own dialogue from a scenario, all designed to support increasing independence with punctuating speech
Introducing Shakespeare
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Introducing Shakespeare

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Introduce your year 6 or 7 students to Shakespeare with these fun, interactive lessons. Begin with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and get students to write a an account of an imaginary visit to the theatre in Shakespeare’s day. Then watch your students fall about laughing with the Shakespeare Insult Kit, at the same time as making them aware of Shakespeare’s huge influence on the English language with the poem On Quoting Shakespeare. Appeal to their love of gore by analysing the ingredients of the witches’ spell in Macbeth and let students enjoy creating their own spell. Over four hours of teaching can be yours for just £1 per powerpoint.
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.
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.
Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Workbook
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Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Workbook

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This student workbook contains activities based on poems from Benjamin Zephaniah’s poetry antholgy entitled “Talking Turkeys”. There are twelve lessons covering the following poems - “Greetings”, “Bodytalk”, “Running”, “Fear Not”, “Little Sister”, “According To My Mood”, “De Generation Rap”, “Civil Lies”, “For Sale”, “Who’s Who”, “Heroes” , “Memories” and “Pride”. There is also “Checking Out Me History” by John Agard included for comparison. Creative writing tasks include writing about a hero and writing about a time when you felt proud. This is designed to engage and enthuse low ability students with fun activities on the great Benjamin Zephaniah. An added bonus is a powerpoint that encourages students to write about a relative.
Witch Child by Celia Rees
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Witch Child by Celia Rees

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Twenty-two lessons with powerpoints and worksheets on Celia Rees' novel, focusing on the author's use of similes, foreshadowing, culminating in a planning sheet with seven choices for creative writing inspired by the novel. As the new GCSEs focus on narrative writing, students are encouraged to use the five-part story structure for their writing. Other language techniques focused on are use of nautical idioms inspired by Mary's journey to the new world and use of the prefix "anti". There are also ample opportunities for discussion of the themes of the novel, such as witchcraft, miscarriage of justice and capital punishment.
Spelling Lists
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Spelling Lists

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Working on the assumption that people remember things better if like is grouped with like, this booklet contains twenty-one lists of commonly mis-spelled words, all under different categories. Ranging from adjectives to adverbs to animals to birds to body parts to food and sports, the concept is that students will remember the spellings more easily if they can remember patterns and connections between words. This free resources complements the booklet “The Definitive Guide to Spelling” found at Mrs Shaw’s Shop, which is a seventy-four page booklet covering all the major spelling rules with exercises and answers, on sale at just £10. This photocopiable resource is a bargain for anyone wanting to help their students improve their spelling.
More Emotive Language
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More Emotive Language

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Due to the popularity of the Emotive Language Powerpoint in which students create emotive newspaper headlines, this stand- alone or follow-up Powerpoint looks at other forms of emotive language. Firstly students identify the emotive words form the neutral words, then they rank sets of words in terms of their emotive power. Next they identify the emotive language in two real texts - an extract from a Winston Churchill speech and an extract from an Animal Aid leaflet. They are then supported to use emotive language by re-writing a text on smoking. Emotive images are introduced with three real images from charity leaflets which create discussion on their use/effect. Example answers provided. Finally students are guided with a template to create a leaflet to persuade teenagers to stop eating meat. The question mirrors a GSCE writing task. Twenty-slides in total which could take three lessons - introduction and practice with two lessons to begin and create leaflet.
Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah
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Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah

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Have fun exploring ideas about animal cruelty with Benjamin Zephaniah’s hilarious poem “Talking Turkeys”. This folder contains a cloze exercise on the poem to engage students directly with the text with follow-up comprehension questions. There are then three more powerpoint options for further exploration. Students can either create a leaflet to persuade people to give up turkey and eat something else at Christmas. Or if you are looking for a Christmas themed activity, students can use the poem as inspiration for their own Christmas poem. And don’t forget to watch Mr Zephaniah in action on Youtube, performing said poem in a bright pink shell suit. Not to be missed!
Formal Letter Writing GCSE
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Formal Letter Writing GCSE

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Suitable for both GCSE students and Key Stage 3 students, this powerpoint contains a letter from a grumpy member of the older generation complaining about teenagers today. Students have to identify the writer’s arguments and then consider how to write a successful letter in response. The folder also contains a Word copy of the letter. All resources fully adaptable.
Latin and Greek
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Latin and Greek

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Did you know that 60 percent of words in English originate from Latin and Greek? Isn’t it about time that we celebrated this fact in the classroom and enabled our students to appreciate the foundation of their language? For a limited time only you can purchase a bundle of six powerpoints with explanations and varied activities that will entertain and enlighten your students during literacy lessons. Normally priced at £18, this bundle is on sale at the bargain price £6. Yes that’s right, just £1 per powerpoint!
Subject Verb Agreement
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Subject Verb Agreement

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Designed to last thirty minutes, this editable Powerpoint explains the rule of subject verb singular and plural agreement and contains three sets of exercises to clarify this rule. Firstly students are asked to choose the correct form of the verb “to be” in the present tense; next they have to choose the correct form of the verb “to have” in the present tense and finally the correct form between “was/were”. Students are also reminded about irregular foreign plurals. Help your students to become masters of standard English with this fun activity.
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.
Greek roots in the English Language
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Greek roots in the English Language

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This thirty-six slide Powerpoint contains clues to at least two words derived from fourteen different Greek roots. Students work independently or in groups to guess the words from the clues. A brief explanation of why there are Greek roots in English is provided at the beginning and the answers are provided at the end. Designed to engage your students as an interactive quiz.
Onomatopoeia
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Onomatopoeia

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Lots of colourful and visual examples and a variety of exercises to embed the concept of onomatopoeia for your students. This twenty-two slide powerpoint culminates with three examples of poems using onomatopoeia. Students are then supported to create their own onomatopoeia poem about the noises that they hear while they are at school.
British and America English Worksheet
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British and America English Worksheet

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Download this worksheet for free, then check out the Powerpoint quiz “British and American English” which contains thirty words.Students have to work together to find the American English alternative. With cartoon visuals and animated words for added fun. It could also work the other way around with American students guessing the British English alternative. Entertaining, educational and no photocopying involved.