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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Magazines Media Messages and Values Student Workbook
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Magazines Media Messages and Values Student Workbook

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This thirty-four page student workbook contains twelve lessons covering: The history of magazines The production of magazines Marketing magazines Create your own front cover Representation - gender, race Stereotypes Institutional Values. Fully adaptable to your needs in Word format.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Apostrophes of Possession Right or Wrong
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Apostrophes of Possession Right or Wrong

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Revision of the apostrophe of possession with three activities for students. First of all they change the word order to use the apostrophe correctly. Secondly they explain why the photographs of mistakes are wrong. Thirdly they decide which of the examples are right and which are wrong. A twenty-one slide show, designed to present the apostrophe of possession a fun way. Students could complete the activities in pairs or groups.
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.
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.
More Multi-Clause Complex Sentences
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More Multi-Clause Complex Sentences

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As a follow on from the lesson "Multi-Clause Complex Sentences", this powerpoint provides pieces of information about ten classic films, which students have to build into multi-clause complex sentences. All answers are provided.
Creating complex sentences with subordinate clauses
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Creating complex sentences with subordinate clauses

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This lesson explains simple sentences and then shows students how to identify the main clause and subordinate clause in complex sentences. Students extend some given sentence starters into complex sentences. Then they use the information about Lake Como in Italy to write a piece of description using complex sentences.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Graphic Novel
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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Graphic Novel

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Full scheme of work on the graphic novel by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy. Eight lessons in total aimed at lower ability students with accompanying worksheets. Worksheets focus predominantly on cloze exercise summaries of the chapters, so that students remember the plot. Each lesson contains a powerpoint also.
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.