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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.

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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.
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!
Dystopia: 1984
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Dystopia: 1984

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Two lessons using the opening of 1984 to introduce students to the features of dystopian fiction with a particular emphasis on Orwell’s use of pathetic fallacy in the introduction. The lesson sequence is as follows: Lesson 1 Starter on what students think makes a perfect world. Explanation of origin of term dystopia. Examples of dystopian fiction for children. Overview of 1984 without spoilers. Analysis of techniques used in opening to establish the dystopian atmosphere of the novel. Zoom in on Orwell’s use of pathetic fallacy. Students identify examples. Answers on slide. Discussion regarding living in this kind of world. Lesson 2 Students return to their original thoughts on what makes a perfect world. Narrative writing in preparation for AQA GCSE English Paper One Narrative Writing. Choice of writing a story about a perfect world or writing a story inspired by a picture of the Earth. Both with focus on using pathetic fallacy and sensory description. Folder includes 24 slide powerpoint and copy of extract of opening. Students are quite rightly fascinated by this amazing novel.
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.
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.
Emotive Language and Emotive Images
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Emotive Language and Emotive Images

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After the introduction to the definition of emotive language, students are given a series of newspaper headlines that they must make more emotive. Further tasks include ranking words in order of most emotive to least emotive. There are several example paragraphs from real texts to demonstrate how professional writers use emotive language. This then links to how professional texts use emotive images also and examples are included. All the introductory activities culminate in students creating an emotive leaflet where they have a choice of five tasks and a template to work from. This work will take at least two lessons.
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.
Frankenstein: The Play
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Frankenstein: The Play

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A basic scheme of work aimed at weaker students that you can build on and develop for students of higher ability. Eleven powerpoints guide you through the text with ideas for development. Many storyboards of the action are included to reinforce understanding of the plot. Background work includes a powerpoint on Mary Shelley and the history of the discovery of electricity.
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.
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!
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.
Gothic Creative Writing Workbook
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Gothic Creative Writing Workbook

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Engage your students in creative writing with this eight lesson student workbook and accompanying powerpoint. Students imagine that their car has broken down near the haunting and mysterious Howley Hall Hotel. Just like Brad and Janet, they knock on the door, whereupon they encounter a strange old lady. Little do they know that inside a strange presence lurks. They are guided to write a gothic story at the same time as revising basic skills, such as sentence demarcation; capital letters; homophones - their/they’re/their; your/you’re; punctuation speech; commas in lists; vocabulary enrichment; complex sentences; sentence variety. Suitable for primary students or secondary students who need to revise basic skills.
Limerick Writing
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Limerick Writing

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Students love writing limericks and this fun lesson contains a fully adaptable thirty-two slide powerpoint that gives some interesting background to the life of Edward Lear and then provides lots of examples of limericks for students to analyse. Next students have to guess the missing words in three limericks. Thirdly students complete the remaining three lines of limericks after being given the first two lines. By this time they will have mastered the rhyme scheme and the rhythm of the form, so they are then left to complete their own completely original limerick, which they they re-draft and illustrate for display. A fun lesson for second language learners 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.
Simple and Compound Sentences
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Simple and Compound Sentences

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With an activity to create compound sentences, this powerpoint also helps students to identify the effects of using both simple and compound sentences. First of all students add a conjunction to a sentence to create compound sentences. Then students change a passage of description just using compound sentences in to a combination of simple and compound, considering the effect. Finally students write a set of instructions using both simple and compound sentences.
The Great Harry Potter Quiz
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The Great Harry Potter Quiz

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Calling all Harry Potter fans, this fifty question quiz with answers will test your knowledge of JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel - “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. A fun way to encourage reading.
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.
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.
Formal Persuasive Letter: Ghandi
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Formal Persuasive Letter: Ghandi

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Encourage your students to write a powerfully persuasive formal letter from a choice of five letter writing tasks. After studying an extract from Mahatma Ghandi’s 1940 open letter to Hitler, designed to persuade him to stop World War Two, students choose a subject that they are passionate about from the following choices: A letter to your local council arguing that the building project should not go ahead. . Write a letter to the organisers of an expedition persuading them that you should be on the team. Write a letter to a well-known person persuading them to visit your school or college for the benefit of the students. Write a letter to a celebrity of your choice persuading him or her to support a campaign to end world poverty. Write a letter to the Manager of the School Meals Service in which you offer your advice. Key persuasive features are identified on a twenty slide powerpoint. Students are encouraged to use emotive language; antithesis; rhetorical question; simple sentences; repetition and direct address. Perfect for teaching GCSE transacational writing.
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.