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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...

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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...
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.
Writing to describe...describe your favourite meal!
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Writing to describe...describe your favourite meal!

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As we know writing to describe can be tricky for some students, however one way in fro me was to get my students to describe one of their favourite meals. (Apart from the student that wrote himself into a corner writing about hash browns.) Some rather obvious images and some less obvious ones so the students gain inspiration to describe their favourite meal. Powerpoint contains a number of photographic slides, a starter, criteria, discussion points for oral work, plenty of model paragraphs, ideas for planning and stem sentences to encourage your students to write: with fire and skill! Resource could be employed over two lessons to ensure that your yr.9s and KS 4 students get to grips with capturing that moment...descriptively. Of course we all have one eye on the GCSE criteria and this presentation will help your students to achieve. Worked a treat with both my bottom set (why does everyone insist on calling them that?) and my more able KS3 students - I've included challenging and urbane language - to encourage my students to experiment with a more sophisticated language. (See what I did there Maggi?) I thoroughly enjoyed the research for this presentation but please don't judge me on my eating habits! All images are author's own.
Useful starter: Images of real life literacy mistakes - for students to spot - SPaG alert!
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Useful starter: Images of real life literacy mistakes - for students to spot - SPaG alert!

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15 photographs of real life literacy mistakes that I have taken myself - with answers. Some real howlers here! 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! By encouraging students to spot adult's literacy mistakes they might start noticing their own! Copyright: all images are the author's own.
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!
Writing to describe: in detail describe a winter's day.
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Writing to describe: in detail describe a winter's day.

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Encourage your students to explore their ability to describe. Power Point presentation contains photographic stimuli, criteria crib sheet, model responses, discussion points and sentence starters to get you and your students started. Suitable for GCSE coursework prep or capable KS3 students. Could be employed over a lesson or two... Author owns copyright to all images.
Writing to describe for nature lovers: x4 whole lessons to get them started! (KS3/KS4)
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Writing to describe for nature lovers: x4 whole lessons to get them started! (KS3/KS4)

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Power point presentations for nature lovers. Presentations will include a series of photographic images, brainstorming ideas and model paragraphs to act as a stimulus for your students; ppts will inspire your students to think carefully about their creative writing. I have employed with ks3 and KS4 students. With discussion points and sentence starters to ensure you galvanise even the most challenged of students. There is a slide for the criteria to remind your students how to impress both you and the exam board. Why not employ the ppt over a number of lessons and ensure the students take some pride in their writing? Make sure they read their work aloud, so they learn from each other! 1) Swan feeding time. 2) A barn owl hunting 3) A walk around the lakes. 4) A winter's morning. Images and model paragraphs are author's own.
Narrative writing...made just that litte bit more accessible..."a start, a muddle and an end!"
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Narrative writing...made just that litte bit more accessible..."a start, a muddle and an end!"

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Various power point presentations included that will allow your students a spingboard to write their own creative stories: for an end of term assessment or coursework perhaps? Ppts to include "photographic stories" to galvanise their imaginations,narrative ideas for their stories, sentence starters, model paragraphs, planning techniques, structural devices and task specific criteria. Not only have these sold well in the past but I know from personal experience that they work. All ppts can be used over a period of two or three lessons. To include: 1) How doe this exciting car chase/crash end? (ks4/stronger ks3) 2) Just what have Molly and Gerry been up to? Fun in the neighbourhood! (ks3) 3) Using a famous artist's work- who is following whom? - for what reason? (ks3/weaker ks4) I have included three presentations for "mini sagas" that can be used as warm-up sessions/ writing workshops or even starters if you are feeling ambitious? "Now, starting at the start and beginning at the beginning, as I so often do, the best place to be is down by the fire with the storyteller..." All images, sentence starters and model responses are author's own.
Start of term literacy/English language quiz... with answers and model paragraphs. All new!
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Start of term literacy/English language quiz... with answers and model paragraphs. All new!

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An enjoyable, challenging and educational quiz. Can ewe spot the incorrect homophone usage and correct them? Can you write your own similes? Correct the grammatical errors to achieve! Unscramble the Shakespearian characters to progress! With a few word games along the way. To include general knowledge rounds and brainteasers. Correct the literacy howlers - from photographs - of real-life grammatical and literacy mistakes. There are various rounds of relevant and valuable questions, plus extension tasks. Enjoy! Of course you can use certain questions/sections of the quiz as a one-off starter for your lessons. A whole lesson's worth of power point slides with answers and extension tasks. Suitable for ks3 and lower ability ks4 students.
Epic mini novels - create a prose poem in 50 words - inspire your young charges with this resource!
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Epic mini novels - create a prose poem in 50 words - inspire your young charges with this resource!

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Take your ks3 students through the presentation and with the aid of photographic images, offered suggestions, discussion points and extension work your students can access - quite easily - their inner author. They become addictive...so be careful. Why not use the task for a set homework and create a display in your room? "Yes, yes you can illustrate them!" Author owns the copyright to all images.
Writing to describe...describe your school!
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Writing to describe...describe your school!

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Presentation worked well with less able Ks4 students, that struggled with concept of writing to describe, so I focused on a subject that they knew and felt strongly about. Get them up out of their seats and thinking about criteria that will help them write to describe. To include oral work, main task, model paragraphs and discussion points...
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.
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.
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.
Writing to argue - made easy!
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Writing to argue - made easy!

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Encourage your students to write to argue. Complimented with photo montage, a number of examples, a number of discussion points, and a series of model paragraphs and a criteria crib sheet (for peer assessment?) - couldn't be easier! Author owns copyright to all images.
Descriptive writing: feed their imaginations! (C/D borderliners)
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Descriptive writing: feed their imaginations! (C/D borderliners)

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Photo montage of the local building site: with ideas, suggestions, model paragraphs, discussion points and a criteria check list to help you judge how they have done! Get them describing a situation they will understand and appreciate. Without wishing to generalize I have a group of lads that are going to love this...perhaps employ over a series of lessons? Author owns copyright to all images.
Descriptive writing: A country walk - release the inner poet!
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Descriptive writing: A country walk - release the inner poet!

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Descriptive writing for the reluctant. Using a photo montage take your students on a very British walk through our countryside without leaving their seats. To include discussion points, criteria, suggestions, sentence starters and model paragraphs throughout the presentation. They can and will achieve...employ over a series of lessons perhaps? Author owns copyright to 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.
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.