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

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

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Help your students to learn their homophones with fun activities. Two worksheets packed full of sentences and activities to help them learn the differences, followed by a powerpoint with varied activities, such as creating a homophones educational poster; a quiz; plus a list of pairs of homophones for students to create a worksheet themselves for their classmates. Over three lessons worth of material.
Theme Park Project
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Theme Park Project

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Have oodles of fun designing your own theme park. This step-by-step Word guide explains how to create a marketing campaign for your very own theme park. The steps include: Create a name and a logo for your theme park. Design four new rides for your park and write a sentence to sell each of them. Create two areas to appeal small children. Create a new on-site hotel with themed rooms. Put it all together in a leaflet to publicise the theme park. This sixteen-page booklet contains example texts which have been marked-up to highlight key features.
Spelling: Suffix -Ful/-Fully
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Spelling: Suffix -Ful/-Fully

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Adding the suffixes -ful and -fully to the ends of words can be tricky because if the word ends in y, then you change the y to an i. This rule is explained and then there are twenty sentences that students have to complete with key words, either ending in -ful or -fully. Cartoon graphics are included to help second language speakers. All answers provided, so students mark their own work. A workheet is provided to consolidated the learning either at home or in class. A free suffix worksheet is thrown in for good measure too.
The Logo Quiz
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The Logo Quiz

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A fun quiz with twenty logos that students have to guess before designing a logo to represent themselves. Could be done as a one-off lesson or as part of a Media Studies scheme.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Twenty-two lessons on JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone aimed at weak Key Stage 3 students, so it would be suitable for Key Stage 2 students also. Activities include designing your own sweet and selling it ; mapping out and labelling Diagon Alley; creating your own potion; creating your own wand; creating similes; selecting text to fill in the blanks cloze exercises. As you progress through the scheme, students create a silly name for themselves which they develop into a character who will have to defeat a monster. They create their own monster and then write a story where they imagine themselves running through the corridors of Hogwarts to defeat it. Full of supporting resources and examples to get them writing. My Harry Potter name is Sally Silly Sausage. What will yours be?
Conjunctions/Connectives
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Conjunctions/Connectives

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Designed to help students connect and extend sentences, this eighteen slide Powerpoint contains a variety of exercises, with answers. It would take one hour to deliver all the exercises or two lessons of thirty minutes, as the exercises increase in difficulty. Fully adaptable for you and your students.
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.
Nettles: Extended Metaphors
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Nettles: Extended Metaphors

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Using the poem “Nettles” by Vernon Scannell, students analyse the effect of the extended metaphor of military imagery to describe the nettles before engaging with the theme of the poem. In the second lesson, students learn how to create extended metaphors themselves with an example comparing school to a prison. Students are given several choices and lots of support to then choose a vehicle for their own extended metaphor. Folder includes: A worksheet to identify meanings of military imagery words before reading. Copy of poem. 25 slide powerpoint.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Numbers 1-100 in Spanish
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Numbers 1-100 in Spanish

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Teach your students numbers from 1 - 100 in Spanish with this 110 slide Powerpoint. First numbers 1 - 10 are introduced and then practised. Next numbers 21 -30. After numbers 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100. Students repeat the numbers after their teacher and then there are ample opportunities for memorisation and practice. A worksheet to embed the learning is included in the folder.
Chocolate Box Project
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Chocolate Box Project

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This fourteen-page Word document contains all you need to design your own box of chocolates containing eight unique chocolates that have come from your imagination. The booklet begins with information on the history of chocolate with a timeline to fill in. Then there are opportunities to analyse the language features of real chocolate box advertising campaigns. Your brief is to rescue the floundering Thornbury Chocolate Group with your new box of chocolates and marketing campaign. Can you rise to the challlenge? The booklet includes hours of fully-guided fun.
Sensationalising Newspaper Reports
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Sensationalising Newspaper Reports

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Shock. Horror! One day a woman went to her local shop and guess what she found inside her newly-purchased bag of bread? Unbelievably, to her amazement the whole bag was full of crusts of bread!! And you probably wouldn’t believe it either, but this story did actually make it onto BBC online news. This lesson takes this story and shows students how to blow trivial things up out of all proportion in order to sell newspapers. You can expose the serious nature of newspaper sensationalising while having some fun. Students add even more emotive language into the already existing newspaper report. The newspaper report with blanks for students to fill in is included, along with a twelve slide Powerpoint to introduce the subject. This is also a good introduction to the ethics of the press.
Death of a Naturalist Eduqas Poetry Anthology
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Death of a Naturalist Eduqas Poetry Anthology

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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.
Apostrophe of Possession - right or wrong?
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Apostrophe of Possession - right or wrong?

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After a re-cap of the rules of the apostrophe of possession with an exercise with answers, students become language detectives to decide whether given examples, some from real life use, are right or wrong. A fun revision activity for students.
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.
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.