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I'm an English teacher with 12 years of teaching experience in the state and independent sectors. I am also a GCSE examiner and have worked in education research and development.

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I'm an English teacher with 12 years of teaching experience in the state and independent sectors. I am also a GCSE examiner and have worked in education research and development.
Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7

Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7

Four resources for a lesson exploring how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are presented in Act 1, Scene 7. Resources help pupils understand Macbeth's arguments in his opening soliloquy and how Lady Macbeth persuades him to change his mind. Extension tasks included to challenge the more able and a modelling example is completed on the worksheet. To help pupils focus on the meaning of the dialogue, rather than just reading the scene aloud in pairs, I laminated pictures of tartan trousers and pupils held the trousers when their character held the power in the dialogue. The lesson was created for a Year 9 set 2 class, but could easily be adapted for different abilities or even a KS4 class.
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NEW AQA AS English Language Paper 2 - Language Diversity (sociolinguistics and accent)

NEW AQA AS English Language Paper 2 - Language Diversity (sociolinguistics and accent)

11 resources covering 5 lessons introducing Year 12 students to sociolinguistics, key spoken language terms and British regional accents for the new AQA AS English Language Component 2 - Language Varieties. Resources: 5 detailed PowerPoints, 5 student resources and lesson plans for each lesson; 3 independent study tasks also included. If you are not teaching the AS, these resources could easily be adapted for the full English Language A Level. These lessons and accompanying resources worked very well with Year 12 students this year; really got students engaged and thinking about attitudes to regional British accents as well as giving them specific data they could use in the Paper 2 AS exam.
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New AQA Children's Language Development (CLA) Learning to Write

New AQA Children's Language Development (CLA) Learning to Write

Nine resources for six lessons covering the learning to write part of the new AQA English Language A Level Children's Learning Development for Section B of Paper 1 (replacing the old CLA). Resources: five PowerPoints, two children's writing data sets, learning to read booklet for students and sow including details of each lesson as well as a useful overview of the whole A Level. Various activities included for class and independent study in this area of children's language development, a number of which have extension tasks. All tasks linked to AO1 and AO2. One homework is differentiation by choice of tasks which would all be written up as a mini investigation. This unit would be taught after students have already learned about speech acquisition and how young children learn to read. Lessons can be adapted to any size class.
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Child Language Acquisition new AQA English Language A Level - Learning to Read

Child Language Acquisition new AQA English Language A Level - Learning to Read

Four lessons covering the learning to read part of Child Language Acquisition (CLA) for the new AQA English Language A Level (Paper 1 - Section B). Six resources: nine page CLA booklet for students covering learning to read and how to analyse children's books; four PowerPoints and an overview of the new A Level with details of the four lessons included with relevant AOs. Extension tasks are included. One homework (Phonics research) includes differentiation by choice. One student task also includes directed writing practice for Paper 2. These lessons should come after you have taught students about spoken language CLA. Spoken language CLA lessons are not included here as I have adapted the brilliant downloadable resources on TES by Naomi Gilligan for the first nine lessons of my new CLA sow. Lessons on CLA learning to write will be uploaded separately when I have finished creating my new sow.
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Language and Occupation new AQA AS Level English Language Paper 2  (Language Diversity)

Language and Occupation new AQA AS Level English Language Paper 2 (Language Diversity)

8 resources covering 4 lessons examining language and occupation for the new AQA AS English Language (Paper 2 - Section A). Resources cover sociolect, jargon, medical language, legal language, teacher-talk, buzzwords, restaurant talk and lead to a timed essay response. A number of tasks offer differentiation ideas. I have also uploaded the mark sheet I created from the AQA AS English Language Paper 2 Section A AOs which I staple to student essays and highlight to show where they have met the AOs. Students find this really useful.
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New Edexcel AS English Literature comparing The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein

New Edexcel AS English Literature comparing The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein

8 resources for 4 lessons helping students prepare for writing comparative exam essays on The Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein for the new Edexcel AS Lit spec Paper 2 Prose. I have also included differentiation ideas for many of the activities which can be adapted depending on the size of your class. Student responses to all activities and resources were very positive as were the timed essays written afterwards. I have also included the mark sheet I staple to the front of student essays where I highlight where they have met the AOs and issue to students to help them mark example essays. This has really helped students understand the mark scheme (using the Edexcel wording) and what they need to include in their own essays. The PDF Edexcel Lit prose exemplars pack is not included, but I have included the hyperlink (beneath slide 3 of the Writing a comparative essay PowerPoint) so you can download it.
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A Streetcar Named Desire - new English Lit AS/A Level spec

A Streetcar Named Desire - new English Lit AS/A Level spec

Four resources covering two lessons - one lesson analysing Scene 3 with an AO1, AO2 and AO5 focus and leading to students writing an analytical essay on the scene; one lesson on essay feedback and DIRT. Resources include PowerPoints for each lesson, comprehensive lesson plans and an essay cover sheet I created using the mark scheme for the AS exam. These lessons form lesson 8 and lesson 11 of the SOW I created for the new Edexcel English Literature AS Level. However, both are equally valid for the new AQA spec. The lesson plan also explains how essays will be worded in the Edexcel AS Level drama exam. There are also ideas for other essay titles to help students develop their understanding of the play and prepare them for exam essays.
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GCSE Ambitious Vocabulary and Sentence Variety Booster (AO6)

GCSE Ambitious Vocabulary and Sentence Variety Booster (AO6)

31 ready-made homework or cover tasks for essential AO6 skills (new English Language GCSEs). These tasks help KS4 students develop a repertoire of useful ambitious vocabulary, the ability to use of a range of sentence structures and increase accurate use of a wide punctuation range. The first 15 tasks focus on narrative, descriptive or viewpoint writing. The rest link with specific English Lit set texts - also useful for revision. Each homework task gives students at least three words to find a dictionary definition for and then place into a sentence. Extension tasks encourage punctuation variety or more extended writing. Some tasks include differentiation by choice. In addition, key skills of close reading and following instructions are boosted with set rules (such as one sentence must be a complex sentence beginning with a subordinate clause) to be followed. Rules vary across the tasks. If students misread or ignore the rules, I make them redo the homework. I created these for mixed ability GCSE classes. Over time, the tasks led to significant improvements in each student’s use of more ambitious vocabulary, sentence variety and accuracy in a wide range of punctuation. I print out the tasks for the first few weeks, then refer students to their virtual learning environment to save my photocopying bill. Marking is straight forward with definitions checked through peer assessment. Eventually all main tasks can be peer assessed with teacher marking of extension tasks only. I also issue students with an AO6 homework help sheet (included) to refer to if needed. Set texts covered: A Christmas Carol (2), Frankenstein (2), Great Expectations (2), Macbeth (2), Romeo and Juliet (2), AQA Power and Conflict Poetry - also relevant for Edexcel Conflict Poetry (2), An Inspector Calls (2), Lord of the Flies (2).
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Language Diversity and Change - new AQA English Language A Level (20th and 21st century English use)

Language Diversity and Change - new AQA English Language A Level (20th and 21st century English use)

6 lessons with 11 resources covering: 20th and 21st century buzzwords/jargon; text-talk/multi-modal communication and political correctness for the new AQA English Language A Level specification - Paper 2 Section A: Language Diversity and Change. Resources include: 5 PowerPoints; an article to use with students for information and exploring different attitudes to language use (links on the scheme of work document take you to the 2007 John Humphrys article for lessons 2, 4 and 6 and to The Guardian article for lesson 5); example texts to analyse and numerous web links for class and independent study tasks. Differentiation and extension options included for a number of tasks with further details on the scheme of work document which also gives an overview of the new AQA English Language A Level. Also opportunities to revise some genderlect and sociolect features/theories studied at AS and tasks for students to practise responses to Paper 2 Section B: Language Discourses. These 6 lessons were created as a mini scheme of work to be delivered to Year 13 students after they have studied language change and diversity from 1600+ to 1900s.
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Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 1-2

Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 1-2

Three resources covering two lessons on the opening scenes of the play and exploring why Shakespeare opened his play with the witches. Pupils produce a piece of written work at the end of the first lesson which they assess for RAF6. They complete DIRT on this piece at the start of the second lesson before moving onto reading and exploring scene 2 and their first impressions of Macbeth before the audience has even met him. These lessons were created for a set 2 Year 9 class, but could easily be adapted for different abilities or for a KS4 class.
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AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Quizzes

AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Quizzes

8 revision quizzes for the new AQA Power and Conflict anthology. Poems covered are: Kamikaze, Checking Out Me History, Poppies, Remains, War Photographer, Exposure, The Charge of the Light Brigade and Bayonet Charge. All quizzes have either 15 or 16 questions. They were created for a mixed ability Year 11 class revising for a mock on the new AQA English Literature Paper 2.
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Macbeth - Act 5, Scenes 2-4

Macbeth - Act 5, Scenes 2-4

A 21 slide resource covering Macbeth Act 5, Scenes 2, 3 and 4. After reading Scene 2, pupils discuss questions (extension task included). After reading Scenes 3 and 4, test pupil knowledge and understanding through a quiz based on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' When I used this with my Year 9 set 2 class, I paused the quiz at the end of the Scene 3 questions to read Scene 4. You could, however, read both scenes before starting the quiz. I also used named lolly sticks to ensure random pupils were chosen to answer questions. For the final question I had the answers stuck round the classroom and asked pupils to stand next to the one they agreed with. I then chose more able pupils to explain their choices. It is an active learning lesson which worked very well with my class.
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Macbeth Act 1 Resources Bundle

Macbeth Act 1 Resources Bundle

My KS3 ‘Macbeth’ Act 1 resources (PowerPoints, worksheets and selection of tartan trousers images!) for six lessons. A range of engaging starter, main and plenary activities are included as well as ideas for differentiation. Please see links to resources on different scenes for more details on each lesson resource.
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An Inspector Calls Key Quotes Revision

An Inspector Calls Key Quotes Revision

Two sheets to be enlarged to A3 to help students revise key quotes from ‘An Inspector Calls’ for the new AQA English Literature GCSE Paper 2. This revision resource was created specifically with my visual learners in mind. I photocopied the sheets single sided to encourage students to display them at home.
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Frankenstein - NEW Edexcel AS/A Level spec

Frankenstein - NEW Edexcel AS/A Level spec

Details of 13 lessons on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the new Edexcel AS English Literature spec (prose comparison). Due to workload, these resources are not up to the standard of my premium resources and do sometimes borrow from others' ideas and free TES resources. Moreover, a few resources are detailed on the lesson plans, but not uploaded due to copyright - these are from Teachit and emagazines. I have put details of these resources on my lesson plans so you will be able to locate the Teachit resources (available free as PDFs) and the emag articles if your centre has a subscription. I hope they are of use.
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Lord of the Flies - NEW AQA spec (key quotes and homework/revision questions)

Lord of the Flies - NEW AQA spec (key quotes and homework/revision questions)

Five resources: 1. A sheet of key quotes from the novel for the new AQA GCSE English Lit closed book exam. Page numbers are included so pupils can see the quotes in context in their copy of the novel. This resource could also be used to help pupils revise the novel's themes by getting them to decide what key theme(s) each quote reveals or to test a pupil's knowledge of the novel by trying to allocate each quote to a chapter or who some of the quotes are spoken by. You could also use this resource for a differentiation by choice homework to help pupils practise their PEA skills. 2. Homework questions on Chapter Six. 3. Homework questions on Chapter Seven. 4. Homework questions on Chapter Nine. 5. Homework questions on Chapter Ten. All the homework sheets have extension tasks to challenge the more able and help them access the higher levels on the new AQA GCSE English Lit spec. These are ready made homework tasks you can set after reading these chapters or for revision.
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KS3 Starter/Extension tasks (reading)

KS3 Starter/Extension tasks (reading)

Seven resources on prose extracts which can be used as starters or extension activities with KS3 classes. They include a range of tasks (often through differentiation by choice) to help pupils explore the effects of a range of language and structural techniques plus start to develop evaluative skills. These tasks also help pupils respond to more challenging 'how' and 'why' questions. Pupils have found these short extracts and guidance questions extremely helpful in preparing them for analysis of longer texts in end of unit and end of year assessments. I have these resources (along with my poetry extension reading tasks and extension writing tasks) laminated on coloured paper (green for reading and yellow for writing) in a folder my pupils can access if they have completed all my main lesson tasks. I have also used some for cover lessons and as differentiated group tasks. I have uploaded my reading extension poetry tasks and writing extension tasks in separate bundles.
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Macbeth - Act 2, Scenes 1-2

Macbeth - Act 2, Scenes 1-2

Two resources - both PowerPoints have nine slides - covering two lessons on the opening scenes of Act 2. A range of activities included, including a homework task, extension activities and differentiation by choice. The modern version of Macbeth's soliloquy is not included as it is a Teachit sheet you can download for free. Both lessons were created for my set 2 Year 9 class, but could easily be adapted for different abilities.
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