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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sherlock Holmes: Create Your Own Detective
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Sherlock Holmes: Create Your Own Detective

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This fifty slide powerpoint on Sherlock Holmes could be used as background to the study of a Conan Doyle text; as part of a crime writing scheme of learning; or as a one off lesson to get students to create their own detective character. The folder includes: A powerpoint with brainstorming activity on different fictional detectives; a ten question quiz on the character traits of Sherlock Holmes; historical background information about how Conan Doyle created Holmes and his popularity. A worksheet to support students to create their own detective. Follow-up comprehension questions to consolidated the learning for homework.
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!
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.
Dulce Et Decorum Est
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Dulce Et Decorum Est

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This folder includes a powerpoint which guides students through the poem. The first activity helps them to work out what the Latin sentence “Dulce et Decorum est…” means. This is followed by looking at the poem in terms of Owen’s use of similes, metaphors and imagery. Two example paragraphs of analysis of the first lines of the poem serve as a model to encourage students to write some analysis of their own. A storyboard worksheet is also included which students could complete for homework.This lesson could be used in conjunction with the background lesson on Wilfred Owen, also found here.
The Four Types of Sentences
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The Four Types of Sentences

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

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Did you know that sixty percent of words in English have their roots in Greek and Latin? This fun quiz will not only help your students to fully appreciate the huge influence of these languages, it will also make mathematics more meaningful for them. Students are given several clues to fifteen Latin and Greek number prefixes. No longer will they state, "It's all Greek to me." All answers provided.
Headline Writing
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Headline Writing

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Calling all budding journalists. This twenty-three slide Powerpoint helps your students to analyze the key features of headlines and the key language techniques used. They are then prompted to write their own headlines for fictional news stories, culminating in them creating their own intriguing headline to grab the reader’s attention. Worksheet with techniques included. A fun lesson that might inspire your students to become the hacks of the future.
Heroes by Robert Cormier
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Heroes by Robert Cormier

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This folder contains a twenty-two page Student Activity Booklet corresponding to twelve lessons on the novel; a scheme of work; plus exam questions; a quote quest activity; a plot sorting activity with answers; as well as various resources to support discussion regarding what makes a true hero.
Ballad Writing
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Ballad Writing

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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, this 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 from "Holes".
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.
Bias in Newspaper Reports
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Bias in Newspaper Reports

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Help your students to recognize and identify bias in newspaper reports. Students are presented with two newspaper reports which they have to make more biased using the techniques that they have identified throughout the lesson. Help your students to become more savvy readers of the media.
Pronouns
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Pronouns

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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.
Colons
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Colons

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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.
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.
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.
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?
Great Lives: Edith Cavell
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Great Lives: Edith Cavell

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Celebrate the life of the remarkable Edith Cavell with this two-page information sheet, accompanied by comprehension activities and a vocabulary extension worksheet. A Powerpoint with starter and answers to the questions with lots of ideas for further activities is also provided. Designed to commemorate both World War One and the sacrifice of women in that conflict, Edith Cavell is an inspiration to all.