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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Semi-Colons

Semi-Colons

Designed as a follow-on to the powerpoint on colons, this lesson explains the three uses of semi-colons with activities for students, complete with answers. Activities then become more complicated as students are given passages to punctuate with both colons and semi-colons, helping them to become supremely confident in the use of these two pieces of punctuation.
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Conjunctions/Connectives

Conjunctions/Connectives

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.
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How to write a ballad

How to write a ballad

Teach your students how to write a ballad poem using the life of ex-slave and slave rescuer, Harriet Tubman. Celebrating the heroic life of Harriet Tubman, the twenty slide powerpoint shows how her life story was made into a ballad by Eloise Crosby Culver. Students then study the key features of ballads and are invited to add an extra verse of their own to the ballad, with historical information about the great lady. Students are then tasked with writing their own ballads about either a fictional or real person. Links in well with writing a ballad about Kissin' Kate Barlow in "Holes", for example.
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More Multi-Clause Complex Sentences

More Multi-Clause Complex Sentences

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.
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Varying Sentences with the Past Particple

Varying Sentences with the Past Particple

Help your students to vary their sentences with this powerpoint that explains how to begin sentences with the past participle ("-Ed Verbs). There are five sentences about Buckingham Palace to practise with. Then the follow-up activity becomes more difficult as students are given information about a famous place or artefact and then have to construct the sentence themselves. The lesson will last at least thirty minutes.
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Varying Sentences with the Past Participle

Varying Sentences with the Past Participle

Help your students to write in a more interesting way by teaching them how to begin sentences with the past participle ("-ed" verbs). After a clear explanation, students practise combining five sets of two sentences about Buckingham Palace, bringing the past participle to the beginning of the sentence. Answers provided. The lesson then increases in difficulty with students given information about five different places/artefacts, with which they have to build the sentence. The lesson will last at least 30 minutes.
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The Four Types of Sentences

The Four Types of Sentences

A twenty-eight slide presentation explaining the four types of sentences, with exercises for students to complete and answers.
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