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As a" jobbing" teacher of English I KNOW what my students need to improve their literacy skills, comprehend what is required of them as regards reading criteria and what will inspire them to write to describe, argue or to help forge a narrative...and this knowledge is distilled into my resources! The photo-slides, model paragraphs, sentence stems, along with planning ideas, all compliment each other and as a jobbing teacher of English I can return to the resources time and time again...

As a" jobbing" teacher of English I KNOW what my students need to improve their literacy skills, comprehend what is required of them as regards reading criteria and what will inspire them to write to describe, argue or to help forge a narrative...and this knowledge is distilled into my resources! The photo-slides, model paragraphs, sentence stems, along with planning ideas, all compliment each other and as a jobbing teacher of English I can return to the resources time and time again...
Comparing and contrasting for the unconvinced...
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Comparing and contrasting for the unconvinced...

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Struggling to get your students to learn not only the difference between contrasting and comparing but getting them to apply the particular skill? Then starting off visually may be the answer! Included presentations help the students to spot the difference/similarities between photographic images and then to transfer these skills to extracts of literature. All valuable skills that teachers of English can appreciate... *Included is a top seller of mine focusing on inference - another valuable skill required in English! For both ks3 and Ks4. All images are author's own.
Real life literacy mistakes #2 - a useful starter.
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Real life literacy mistakes #2 - a useful starter.

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15 photographs of real life literacy mistakes that I have taken myself - with answers. Some real howlers here for the students to spot. ! The students love catching adults out - as we did! A useful starter for years 6 through to low ability 11s. Why not make that observed lesson stand out for the right reasons? Literacy co-ordinators...you could print them off and produce a classroom or corridor display. Why not up-load a slide and put it on all the screen savers around school? * For homework you could ask the students to take photographs on their phones of any literacy howlers that they spot! Of course you can use the presentation again and again to reinforce the point; you could also expand on the starter and produce an activity. By encouraging students to spot adult's literacy mistakes they might start noticing their own! Copyright: all images are the author's own.
Creative writing - creating a narrative - a car crash of a resource!
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Creative writing - creating a narrative - a car crash of a resource!

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Inspire your students to write a convincing narrative: a "car crash" photo story, discussion points, examples, model paragraphs, sentence starters, help with planning, model techniques and a criteria crib sheet that you can alter if necessary. All you need for a one-off or a series of lessons. This resource has allowed a whole spectrum of abilities to be able to wrote a convincing narrative. "The crunching of metal shattered the silence like a teacher's shriek..." Author owns copyright to all images (ps no one was really hurt)
Writing to describe...a very different approach! (KS3 & KS4)
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Writing to describe...a very different approach! (KS3 & KS4)

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Each power point presentation will focus on a certain topic or subject and include a photographic "story", model paragraphs, points to debate, planning ideas, sentence starters and specific criteria to impress. Suitable for ks3 and ks4. Some of the ppts may be "gender specific" but experience has shown that they work with mixed gender classes! Each ppt can be taught over two or three lessons. * Make sure your students read their work out, share their descriptions and observations and please ensure they..."avoid clichés like the plague." (ALL images, model paragraphs and sentence starters are the author's own.) 1) A day in the motorbike workshop. 2) Match day at a premiership game. 3) The building site. 4) The English countryside at its best. Want an idea for a starter? Select an exciting image (landscapes work well) and describe it to your students - who have to draw said image without asking any questions - of course the drawing produced will not really reflect the image chosen...the lesson being that the students appreciate the value of writing to describe in specific detail. Teach them to be exact with their adjectives, imagery, literary techniques used, oh, and their adverbs...
"Creating your own character with my character bible..."
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"Creating your own character with my character bible..."

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Powerpoint that allows your students to write a convincing and believable character..."showing not telling! " To include, discussion points, starters, model characters (both good and bad to prove my point) and success criteria. Make their creative writing a little more convincing with a an idea or two about character writing. Obviously you can return to the presentation again and again...as I have! "Staring into the screen and blinking myopically at the characters on the shimmering tablet of light, his slumped shoulders and constant sighing hinted at the inner turmoil..."
An English countryside walk: descriptive writing.
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An English countryside walk: descriptive writing.

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Presentation of inspiring slides that capture a very idyllic image of England's countryside. Images of rolling hills and undulating dales to galvanise your students into writing a descriptive piece of writing. Also, sentence starters, discussion points, model paragraphs and a criteria checklist. Has proved useful with ks3 students and less able kss4 pupils. Stephen Fry said: "That there is nothing more beautiful than nature." Which is apt, as he went to school not far from where these photos were taken, and used to steal sweets from our local post office. I have also used this presentation to great effect with inner city kids..."I ain't never seen a field Sir." All images are my own and taken in Laurie Lee's heartland.
Descriptive writing : bring match day alive!
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Descriptive writing : bring match day alive!

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A photo-story capturing a day at a premiership match..."from the home of Manchester United!" Encourage your students to experiment with descriptive writing: with photos of football fans, hot dog sellers, "Fred the Red", the thin blue line, terraces (both full and empty to contrast) players, stadium and images from match day you perhaps wouldn't expect - to galvanise and inspire their creativity. To include sentence starters, discussion points, word banks, model paragraphs and criteria crib sheet. Why not download a soundtrack from an actual football match and play in the background at the start of your lesson? Useful for ks3 or weaker ks4 perhaps? All images are the author's own!
Narrative writing for all: overcoming the start, muddle and end conundrum.
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Narrative writing for all: overcoming the start, muddle and end conundrum.

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Powerpoints focusing on story writing - to include "getting started", discussion points, help with planning, photomontage stories to help with idea generating, model paragraphs and techniques to help impress the reader/examiner. To include ppts looking at the mini saga to help build confidence and writing stamina - useful as starters and fun activities The photomontage resources could easily be employed to produce a GCSE level narrative in readiness for the exams (I know...I know...) Powerpoints include, model writing and criteria for ease of understanding and progression. All images are author's own.
Writing to describe: describe a sunrise or sunset.
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Writing to describe: describe a sunrise or sunset.

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Starter: various power point slides to help you inspire your students to undertake descriptive writing. Power point offered contains a number of photographic slides, an inspiring idea or two, "GCSE criteria", discussion points for oral work, and stem sentences to encourage your students to write -with fire and skill! Resource to be employed to help your yr.9s and KS 4 students get to grips with capturing that moment...descriptively. The original idea inspiring this starter was to make descriptive writing - for the first time? - as accessible as possible. "Even you could make these work Mary!" All photographs are author's own (sic).
Describe a day at a car boot sale...
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Describe a day at a car boot sale...

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A photo-story capturing a day at a car boot sale... encourage your students to experiment with descriptive writing: with photos of stalls, sellers and buyers, hot dog sellers, high-end junk, flowers, furniture and furry toys to galvanise their creativity. Includes sentence starters, smaller "feeder" tasks, discussion points, model paragraphs, (GCSE) criteria crib sheet, and techniques to enhance their writing. Useful for ks3 or ks4 students? All images are author's own,
Comma- bracketing for the unsure!
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Comma- bracketing for the unsure!

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Presentation to offer slides with definitions, examples, sentence starters and extension work. Give your students a head-start in the Spag stakes!
Teaching inference?
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Teaching inference?

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(Power point presentation includes a starter focusing on modal verbs and the agreement between words.) Whole group questions that can be undertaken orally or as a written response on whiteboards/ or in the back of books. A number of tasks for the students to have fun and to really think about how inference works for the writer and why it is a useful tool in the writer's tool box! So if they can use inference they will begin to see how writers , poets and playwrights use inference....this can only make our jobs easier! This resource has worked well with ks3 and yes lower ability ks4 students. (I was observed earlier in the year and this ppt was singled out for specific praise.) (Contains model examples written by myself and a yr. 7 student.)
Comparing and contrasting - improve their analytical skills
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Comparing and contrasting - improve their analytical skills

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Whole lesson idea for improving students comparing and contrasting skills. Starting with a visual concept and moving onto an arcane literary activity. Just take them through the presentation as quickly or as slowly as necessary. Author owns copyright to all images.
SPaG alert-  teach your students how to use a variety of punctuation...for greater effect!
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SPaG alert- teach your students how to use a variety of punctuation...for greater effect!

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FIVE PRESENTATIONS to encourage your students - both ks3 and ks4 - to experiment with a greater variety of punctuation. Five presentations focusing on the single dash, paired dashes, comma bracketing, the semi-colon and the colon: for greater effect. Offering student-friendly definitions, examples, sentence starters and extension work. If your students can write using more sophisticated punctuation in year7- just what could they achieve? - in their GCSEs and adult life? Obviously, you could use the presentations as starters or in the main development of your lesson plans. You can also return to the presentations time and time again!
Images of real life literacy mistakes: 3 of 3 - spag alert!
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Images of real life literacy mistakes: 3 of 3 - spag alert!

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15 photographs of real life literacy mistakes that I have taken myself - with answers. Some real howlers here for the students to spot. ! The students love catching adults out - as we did! A useful starter for years 6 through to low ability 11s. Why not make that observed lesson stand out for the right reasons? Literacy co-ordinators...you could print them off and produce a classroom or corridor display. Why not up-load a slide and put it on all the screen savers around school? * For homework you could ask the students to take photographs on their phones of any literacy howlers that they spot! Of course you can use the presentation again and again to reinforce the point; you could also expand on the starter and produce an activity. By encouraging students to spot adult's literacy mistakes they might start noticing their own! Copyright: all images are the author's own.
End of term quizzes and activities - to help you make it to the end
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End of term quizzes and activities - to help you make it to the end

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Two end of term PPT quizzes: photographic real life literacy mistakes to spot , grammatical errors to correct, poetic conundrums, correct use of there, their or they're? Unscramble Shakespearian characters, word games, general knowledge quizzes, extension tasks focusing on inference, mini sagas and the greatest horror opening ever! Two whole lessons worth. Of course you can also use the slides as one off starters for your lessons. PPT focusing on inference. A one off lesson with model paragraphs, ideas, discussion points and criteria to improve. Enjoy the holiday when it arrives!
Micro-novel: Creative writing made more accessible.
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Micro-novel: Creative writing made more accessible.

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Encourage your students to experiment with their writing. Galvanise them to write a 50 word mini-novel. Photographic stimuli, sentence starters, ideas bank and model micro-novels included. Why not get them to write a 100 word version as extension work. Set the task up as homework. ( Let's be honest - marking 50 words -makes life easier for all world weary teachers of English.) Other versions available. Author owns copyright on all images.
Writing to describe - for those that want to work with engines.
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Writing to describe - for those that want to work with engines.

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Task: Describe a day at the local garage. Photographic narrative, with criteria crib sheet, example paragraphs and model answers. I have no wish to be gender specific - but I have a group of lads that have loved this resource. This resource will help your classes produce a piece of coursework with the minimum of effort. Other similar format presentations are available - focusing on accessible subjects and themes - from scenic walks in the countryside to match day at Old Trafford. Author owns copyright on all images.
Free Sampler...a little snapshot to help prove my point!
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Free Sampler...a little snapshot to help prove my point!

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Please feel free to download my sampler - I believe that the few slides offered up by TES as a taster, do not at times, do justice to my resources - hence, free access to more slides from three of my resources. All of the ppts offered have been employed in the classroom and tweaked accordingly if necessary. The writing "springboards" include marking criteria, photo-stories, examples,ideas, techniques, structural devices and planning materials. Ideal for both GCSE and KS3. ALL of the photographs are the author's own.