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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.
Ocean Pollution GCSE Exam Preparation
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Ocean Pollution GCSE Exam Preparation

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In May 2021 an investigation found that two out of three sea bass from fish farms in the Atlantic ocean contained micro plastics. In the first part of this lesson, students answer four questions on a newspaper article explaining the investigation. They then have a choice of exam-style writing tasks - letter, article or speech. A Word copy of the article is included and a twenty-slide Powerpoint introduces the subject and walks the students through the tasks with opportunities for discussion of the key ideas.
Great Artists: Frida Kahlo Self Portraits
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Great Artists: Frida Kahlo Self Portraits

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The first Powerpoint gives an overview of Frida Kahlo’s life. The second Powerpoint goes through her work systematically and chronologically, explaining the significance of many of the symbols that she used in her paintings. The final activity is for students to review the symbology that she created, create their own symbology to represent themselves and ultimately create their own self-portraits. Frida’s life was full of painful and dramatic incidents and this work is best suited to older and more mature students. By the end of the lessons, students will be able to appreciate what a great artist she was.
Climate Crisis: Fossil Fuel Persuasive Letter
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Climate Crisis: Fossil Fuel Persuasive Letter

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In February 2021 the government announced that it was going to open a coal mine in Cumbria. This horrified the climate expert Professor James E Hansen who wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to persuade him not to go ahead with the policy and to reconsider his climate policies. This letter uses a simplified extract of this letter to introduce the fossil fuel climate crisis that is currently emerging and focuses on the persuasive language techniques that the writer uses to persuade the Prime Minister to his point of view. A clean copy and an annotated copy of the abridged letter are included. A twenty-slide Powerpoint accompanies the lesson with introductory activities, context and a choice of post-analysis activities: exam-style question on writing to persuade article for school magazine leaflet for younger students further research on the ‘fee and dividend’ economy described in the letter.
Great Lives: Harriet Tubman
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Great Lives: Harriet Tubman

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Harriet Tubman not only liberated herself from slavery, but helped at least a further seventy people to escape from enslavement in nineteenth century Maryland, using the Underground Railroad. Later she worked as a nurse, spy and scout for the Union during the Civil War. All this despite suffering from debilitating injuries suffered from her brutal childhood in slavery. Find out more about the life of this truly remarkable woman with this sixty-slide Powerpoint full of interesting information and images. Activities include writing a ballad to celebrate her life with an example of a four verse ballad included as Word document; writing a promotional webpage for the museum dedicated to her life and ideas for further investigation.
Great Lives: Frederick Douglass
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Great Lives: Frederick Douglass

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This sixty-slide Powerpoint tells the tale of the amazing life of Frederick Douglass who was born into slavery in the USA in 1818. After escaping to the free state of New York, Douglass worked on various newspapers and travelled Europe campaigning for abolition. After learning about the life of this remarkable man with interesting photographs and graphics, students are invited to write the text for a web page to promote his former home, Cedar Hill, as a site of national, historic importance. The house can actually be visited today.
Climate Crisis: Single-Use Plastic Letter
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Climate Crisis: Single-Use Plastic Letter

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In May 2021 the Minderoo Foundation published a ground-breaking report into the problem of single-use plastics. They discovered that a mere twenty global companies were responsible for over fifty percent of the non-recyclable plastic in our world. The report created the first ‘Plastic Waste Makers Index’. This lesson is based on this report, simplifying complex terminology so that students can understand the shocking detail and the contribution of single-use plastic to the climate crisis, which is predicted to grow even further in the coming years. Activities to engage students are interspersed throughout the 39 slide Powerpoint and the final activity is a letter to government to persuade policy-makers to legislate to curb the prolific production of this noxious product. There is a suggested letter structure and a reminder about persuasive language techniques.
Tree Internet Research Project
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Tree Internet Research Project

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A recent report by the charity Forest Research revealed that only thirteen percent of England is covered by woodland, one of the lowest figures in Europe. With this fifty-eight slide Powerpoint you can introduce your students to the importance of trees to humankind and the planet in a fun and engaging way. First there is a quiz to identify the tree from clues and a picture. Then students study a poem about eleven trees and have to fill in the blanks. After brainstorming many different types of trees, students then choose one tree that they would like to research on the internet to write a report on. The Powerpoint covers the structure and content of the report and goes through the process step-by-step. The fill-in-the-blank poem is a Word document. This project helps to raise awareness of the pressing need for global reforestation.
Apprentice Litter Challenge
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Apprentice Litter Challenge

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Volunteers all over the world are collecting tonnes of litter that have been left in beauty spots and beaches. This twenty-two slide Powerpoint introduces the problem with reference to Royal Parks, London which in the month of June 2020 collected rubbish that weighed as much as 15 double decker buses. The folder includes an article on the Royal Parks which explains the problem and students analyse the language techniques used. (Answer sheet included). Ideas and prompts are given for creating a fresh campaign to raise awareness of the problem and to persuade people to change their behaviour. Students can work in groups in apprentice-style teams, or the lesson can be adapted for students to work as individuals.
London by William Blake
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London by William Blake

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More than four lessons worth of material on this 80 slide Powerpoint on William Blake’s deceptively simple, yet brilliant poem ‘London’. A full lesson on historical context, plus two further lessons on language and sound effects. A final lesson on how to write a contemporary pastiche of the poem with a template included. Five worksheets are included on this poet’s masterpiece.
Disabled: Wilfred Owen
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Disabled: Wilfred Owen

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This twenty-slide Powerpoint guides you through the poem beginning with historical context and then annotated notes on each of the verses. Follow-up activities concentrate on Owen’s use of contrast and narrative writing from the point of view of the disabled man. A timeline of information about Owen is included in the folder also.
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

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This folder contains everything that you need to understand Maya Angelou’s brilliantly uplifting poem. A 48 slide Powerpoint introduces the poem and then goes through the significant features verse by verse. A separate Word timeline of facts from the advent of slavery in America to the Civil Rights Movement contextualises the poem. Follow-up activities include visualising the positive images used in the poem. A copy of the poem is also included.
Implicit and Explicit Meaning: The Farmer's Wife Poem
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Implicit and Explicit Meaning: The Farmer's Wife Poem

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In this poem Julie Ann, the farmer’s wife, is a ferocious were-wolf, but we only really find out at the end. Teach your students to look for the clues that are sprinkled throughout this anonymous poem that Julie Ann is not quite what she seems. A thirty-slide Powerpoint guides students through the text after they have had chance to look for the clues in a Word copy of the poem. Three choices of follow-up writing activity are included. By the end of the lesson, students will learn how writers often prefer to drop hints and suggestions, rather than use explicit information.
Shakespeare's Life Quiz
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Shakespeare's Life Quiz

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Everything that you need to teach about the life of the great bard. A Powerpoint gives the important known details of his life and an additional Powerpoint includes a quiz with multiple choice answers to the key questions about his life. The folder contains a worksheet with three pages of written information on his life and a timeline to fill in that could be used as follow-up or homework.
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.
Telling the time in Spanish
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Telling the time in Spanish

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Teach your class how to tell the time in Spanish with this easy to understand 64 slide Powerpoint. The cardinal numbers are introduced and practiced first, followed by the other divisions of time. The students are given visual clues and have to say the time as it appears on the slide. A worksheet with twenty-two times is for follow-up (answers provided). The lesson is completed with students practising real-life questions in pairs. The visuals on the Powerpoint make it fun and easy to understand.
Formal and Informal
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Formal and Informal

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Tired of your students using the incorrect level of formality in their writing? With this fun twenty-four slide Powerpoint, students are shown how inappropriate informal language can be in some fun texts. They are also taught that informal language can be appropriate for the right target audience. Students then practice the correct level of formality by writing an application for their dream job. Finally, a quick quiz at the rounds off the lesson.
Ice Lolly Project
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Ice Lolly Project

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With this thirty-two slide Powerpoint, your students are introduced to the language techniques used to advertise and sell ice lollies. They then create their own ice lolly and design an advertising poster to sell it. Lots of examples to stimulate students’ imaginations and the work can be extended into creating a script for a TV advert.
Narrative Writing: The Crash
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Narrative Writing: The Crash

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A four-page Word document booklet to inspire students to write creatively about a dramatic crash that took place in the Bronx in New York in January 2021. The booklet includes a newspaper report on the crash. (Amazingly, no-one was killed!) A planning sheet to gather ideas about structure and another to brainstorm ideas about writing style. Step-by-step help to create a dramatic piece of writing.
Climate Change Open Letter
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Climate Change Open Letter

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In 2016 over three hundred scientists wrote an open letter to argue that the United States should not leave the Paris climate change agreement, which was under threat by Donald Trump. This folder contains a Word copy of the letter; a Word copy of the letter annotated with the language techniques used and a Powerpoint (30 slides)that introduces the letter; includes the letter; reviews the techniques and then suggests ideas for students to write their own open letters on a topic of interest to them. Step-by-step help to learn how to write to persuade and to argue a case.
Fahrenheit 451: How does the writer present Montag?
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Fahrenheit 451: How does the writer present Montag?

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A set of twelve comprehension questions on the opening to Ray Bradbury’s novel helps students to subsequently tackle the English Literature exam-style question ‘How does the writer present Montag in the opening of the novel’. The folder includes a Powerpoint with starter activity and an exemplary introduction to the exam question, as well as a Word copy of the opening and a Word set of comprehension questions.