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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.
Starters, quizzes, competitions and real-life literacy mistakes...
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Starters, quizzes, competitions and real-life literacy mistakes...

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All of my best selling start/end of term quizzes and competitions in one bundle. Idea for starters and "fun" lessons when the end of term is in sight - or you are just feeling lazy. The real-life literacy mistakes can easily be made into displays and whole school competitions. Of course you can use these resources time and time again. (Why not employ one of the resources for that special observed lesson?) All of the images are the author's own.
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!
Creative writing: The micro novel in full!
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Creative writing: The micro novel in full!

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Take your students through the presentation and with the aid of photographic inspirations, model stories, 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 homework and create a display in your room? "Yes, yes you can illustrate them!" Author owns the 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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
Literacy quiz - a whole lesson's worth - with answers.  Ideal for the end of term!
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Literacy quiz - a whole lesson's worth - with answers. Ideal for the end of term!

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An enjoyable, challenging and educational quiz. To include the correct choice of they're, their and there? Spot the poetic device? 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 each question/section of the quiz as a one-off starter for your lessons.
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.
Help with GCSE revision...analytical skills and writing ability.
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Help with GCSE revision...analytical skills and writing ability.

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Just to help with your student's GCSE revision. Presentations focusing on relevant skills: comparing & contrasting and the ability to infer. Also includes presentations focusing on creative and descriptive writing. To include: starters, visual stimuli, model responses, criteria, sentence starters and discussion points for oral work. I have included one of my quizzes for use as starter(s). I have spent hours producing these so you don't have to - all for less than the price of a pint - not the only bench mark, I know...but gives a sense of perspective! ALL images are 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: 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).
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.
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.
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.