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Mrs Shaw's Shop

Mrs Shaw's Shop With over twenty years' experience teaching English language and literature to secondary school children in the UK, I know what works in the classroom. My resources are designed to fully engage your students in thorough and comprehensive exercises, which will help them to master the lesson objective. With an additional five years' experience teaching English as a foreign language in Spain, you can be sure that my grammar exercises are accurate, thorough and effective.

Mrs Shaw's Shop With over twenty years' experience teaching English language and literature to secondary school children in the UK, I know what works in the classroom. My resources are designed to fully engage your students in thorough and comprehensive exercises, which will help them to master the lesson objective. With an additional five years' experience teaching English as a foreign language in Spain, you can be sure that my grammar exercises are accurate, thorough and effective.
The Witches in Macbeth Act One Scene One

The Witches in Macbeth Act One Scene One

This Powerpoint introduces the historical context of witches in Macbeth with a true or false game where students have to identify the correct or incorrect statements about witches. Students are then given some information about James V1th’s role in witchcraft persecution. Before studying Act One Scene One they are presented with a modern translation so that they understand what is going on. They then read Shakespeare’s Act One Scene One and consider what was lost in the translation and why Shakespeare’s scene is much more powerful. Students enjoy reading and acting out the scene in groups. They are then asked to design three costumes for a modern version of the play, focusing on representing the witches as powerful, evil and frightening. At the end of the lesson, you can show them Roman Polanski’s opening scene and compare and contrast their costumes with Polanski’s choices. Could be used as a precursor to my lesson on the witches’ spell; as part of an introduction to Shakespeare or as part of a scheme on Macbeth.
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The Witches' Spell

The Witches' Spell

Using Shakespeare’s famous spell from the witches in Macbeth, this Powerpoint allows students to explore Shakespeare’s language in a fun and interactive way. After considering why people might cast spells, students are given a cloze exercise and fit the missing ingredients into the spell. They then complete a matching exercise focusing on the meaning of the ingredients. Thirdly students categorise the ingredients and then finally they come up with appropriate ingredients for a sleeping spell. This could be a stand alone lesson introducing students to Shakespeare’s language; part of a scheme on Macbeth or a precursor to my follow-up lesson when students write their own spell. Powerpoint with answers and worksheet included.
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Shakespeare's Language On Quoting Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Language On Quoting Shakespeare

This Powerpoint uses Bernard Levin’s fantastic poem “On Quoting Shakespeare” to illustrate to students the huge influence that Shakespeare had on the English language. The slideshow introduces how many words Shakespeare was responsible for creating; a brief biography of Levin and then the poem split up over 30 slides so that it can be read/performed to the class in a fun way. Students are then asked to explore what some of the idioms that he created mean. The zipped folder includes a worksheet with the idioms split up to be cut up and given to students and a copy of the poem itself.
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More Emotive Language

More Emotive Language

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.
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Bringing Shakespeare’s Globe to life, this thirty-four slide Powerpoint tells the story of The Globe with contemporary and modern images on each slide to illustrate the content. Two activities complement the information - students label a diagram of The Globe with the information that they have learnt, then students write diary entry of an imaginary visit to The Globe, focusing on sensory description.
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Tense

Tense

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.
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Subject Verb Agreement

Subject Verb Agreement

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.
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Gothic Literature

Gothic Literature

This powerpoint explains the origin of the term “gothic” and how it applies to architecture and fashion, not just to literature. It then explains the history and conventions of gothic literature with examples, followed by an explanation of gothic characters. It ends with a gothic writing task for students, imagining that they have been forced to move into a new spooky house and they must describe the exterior, interior and their bedroom using the conventions of gothic literature. Eighteen slides in total.
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Formal Persuasive Letter

Formal Persuasive Letter

This twenty slide powerpoint uses an extract from Mahatma Ghandi’s 1940 open letter to Hitler, designed to persuade him to stop the war, as an example persuasive text (WAGOLL). Key persuasive features are identified and then students are provided with a choice of five persuasive letter writing tasks, which challenge them to use the rhetorical devices that Ghandi used. Devices featured are emotive language; antithesis; rhetorical question; simple sentences; repetition; direct address.
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Sonnet 29 AQA Love and Relationships Cluster

Sonnet 29 AQA Love and Relationships Cluster

This twenty-two slide powerpoint introduces the poet and her relationship with her husband; focuses on key language features; scaffolds students to write two PEE paragraphs on language and allows them to investigate the sonnet form. It concludes with them considering how love is presented in the poem in preparation for an exam-style question.
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Death of a Naturalist Eduqas Poetry Anthology

Death of a Naturalist Eduqas Poetry Anthology

Designed to teach the Seamus Heaney poem “Death of a Naturalist” in the Eduqas Poetry Anthology, this zipped folder contains a powerpoint with starter activity, context, student activities and plenary. There are three student worksheets focussing on Heaney’s use of sensory description; a storyboard of the key events in the poem and an exploration of what Heaney’s original images make students imagine. There is also a colour-coded annotated copy of the poem for teachers’ reference and a relevant answer sheet for one of the student’s worksheets. An added bonus is an example of a comparison to another poem in the anthology. Overall this should take two lessons and explore the poem in great depth and detail, making it memorable for students.
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Words from French

Words from French

This thirty-two slide Powerpoint explains the historical reason why there are many words from French in the English language. The first activity then asks students to match Old English synonyms to their French equivalents. The second activity gives ten adjectives from French and students have to match the adjective to the definition. The third activity gives ten words for colours from French and asks students to match the description to the colour. Next there are twenty clues to words from French and finally there are eight inventions that have been named after French people that the students have to guess. This will take one hour or two thirty minute lessons. No need for worksheets. All questions and answers on the slides.
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British and American English

British and American English

This fun quiz on the difference between British and American students asks students to guess the American equivalent of the British noun. All answers are provided and the activity culminates by challenging students to talk like Americans, making up a script that uses as many of the thirty words that they have guessed as they can. Extra points for those who can add the accent!
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Adjectives

Adjectives

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.
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Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

A comprehensive explanation of the regular and irregular formations of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives. All exercises are provided with answers for peer or self-assessment. The seventeen slide powerpoint ends by challenging students to write a piece of advertising copy, using as many superlative adjectives as they can. A useful follow-up lesson to Adjectives, this lesson should take 30 to 45 minutes.
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Witch Child by Celia Rees

Witch Child by Celia Rees

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.
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Pronouns

Pronouns

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.
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Nouns - common, proper and abstract

Nouns - common, proper and abstract

This eighteen slide powerpoint begins with an exercise to identify the nouns, followed by explanations and examples of common, proper and abstract nouns. Students are then given twenty-five different nouns which they have to classify into the three different categories. There is an exercise to differentiate between common and proper nouns and whether they need capital letters or not. A short exercise encourages students to use abstract nouns. The plenary is a cloze exercise to embed the learning. All answers provided and fully adaptable.
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Collective Nouns

Collective Nouns

As a follow on from Nouns (Common, proper, abstract), this twenty slide powerpoint teaches students to extend their vocabularies with a range of exercises and quizzes on collective nouns, all with answers provided. The lesson then covers compound nouns, modifying nouns, countable nouns and uncountable nouns. A final cloze exercise summarises the learning. This could be two thirty minute lessons.
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Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll Neologisms

Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll Neologisms

Have fun with your students with this lesson that celebrates the inventiveness of Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll. The first two activities are matching ones where students have to work out which of Dahl's noun neologisms match the correct meaning. The second activity does the same for his use of adjectives. Students learn the terms nouns, adjectives and neologisms. They then have to come up with their own noun and adjective neologisms to describe five new nouns and five new adjectives. Finally the students are presented with Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwock" as inspiration for them to write story using their own neologisms. All presented in a fun, colourful, interactive way. Twenty slides in total. Fully adaptable.
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Colons

Colons

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.
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