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

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

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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.
Macbeth - Act 5, Scenes 2-4
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Macbeth - Act 5, Scenes 2-4

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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.
Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7
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Macbeth - Act 1, Scene 7

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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.
AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Quizzes
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AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Revision Quizzes

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

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

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

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

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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.
Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 1-2
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Macbeth - Act 1, Scenes 1-2

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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.
Romeo and Juliet (new AQA spec) GCSE essay resources
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Romeo and Juliet (new AQA spec) GCSE essay resources

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Seven resources covering three lessons: two preparing students for a timed GCSE Lit exam style essay and one where students write the essay. Resources: three PowerPoints (one for each lesson: 15 slides, 6 slides and 1 slide); two example extracts with essay question (based on format from the new AQA GCSE English Literature specimen Paper 1 exam paper); example essay response to one of the example questions; the same example essay response to one of the example questions with key aspects of AOs high-lighted. The lessons go over key success criteria from the AOs including some useful details on what could gain marks for AO3 (context). Also included is a checklist of success criteria, for example: WLA (word level analysis); subject terminology; effect on the audience. Differentiation ideas and extension tasks included. Link to new AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 1 specimen mark scheme also included. Lessons and resources specifically created as a pre-mock activity for my Year 10 class once we had finished studying the play.
Lord Byron - Romantic Poetry (new Edexcel A Level English Literature)
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Lord Byron - Romantic Poetry (new Edexcel A Level English Literature)

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7 resources for 2 lessons teaching the 4 prescribed Byron poems from 'English Romantic Verse' (new Edexcel English Lit spec - Component 3, Section B: Specified Poetry) and leading to students writing an essay analysing 2 of the poems. Resources include 2 PowerPoints, 3 hand-outs, an essay mark sheet (I staple one of these to every student's essay and highlight where they have met the relevant assessment criteria - students find this really useful and helps with target setting and DIRT) and more detailed lesson plans for each lesson. Differentiation and extension tasks on lesson plans and some slides. Independent study tasks included. Prescribed poems from 'English Romantic Verse' covered: 'Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed From A Skull'; 'Fare Thee Well'; 'So We’ll Go No More A Roving'; 'On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year'.
Frankenstein - NEW Edexcel AS/A Level spec
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Frankenstein - NEW Edexcel AS/A Level spec

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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.
Frankenstein - NEW Edexcel AS/A Level spec (comparing with The Handmaid's Tale)
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Frankenstein - NEW Edexcel AS/A Level spec (comparing with The Handmaid's Tale)

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6 resources covering 3 lessons exploring the end of Frankenstein, key quotes, the Prometheus myth, themes and to encourage students to start thinking more carefully about links between Frankenstein and The Handmaid's Tale for their AS and A Level prose comparison exam paper. Resources include: 3 PowerPoints, starter quotes, student handout to help with group tasks and lesson plans. These lessons come after the free resources I have uploaded for teaching Frankenstein, my SOW on The Handmaid's Tale and before the lessons comparing the two texts. They were created for the new English Literature Edexcel AS, but can be used for the full A Level too.
A Streetcar Named Desire - new AS/A Level English Lit spec
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A Streetcar Named Desire - new AS/A Level English Lit spec

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Resources (12 slide PowerPoint and comprehensive lesson plan) for a lesson analysing Scene 11 of A Streetcar Named Desire. This is lesson 16 of my SOW for Other Drama for the new Edexcel English Literature AS/A Level. However, it would be just an effective for the new AQA spec. Extension tasks are included and there is a differentiation by task/group activity detailed. Assessment objectives 2 and 3 are the focus of the lesson.
Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 1 (comparative essay)
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Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 1 (comparative essay)

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An eleven slide resource for two lessons. In the first lesson pupils read Act 5, Scene 1 and explore how Lady Macbeth is presented using a variety of tasks. In the second lesson, pupils choose key quotes they can use from Act 1, Scenes 5-7 and Act 5, Scene 1 and then write a comparative mini essay answering the question: How has Lady Macbeth changed from the first to final Acts of the play? All the activities in these lessons build up to this essay, with extension tasks helping more able pupils access higher levels and a writing frame to help pupils structure their response. This writing frame also has starter sentences for pupils who need a bit of additional support. Pupils peer assess their essays before teacher feedback using success criteria viewed early in the first lesson. I have also included some different ideas re how you could get pupils to tackle different tasks depending on your class size and ability. These lessons were created as part of a SOW for my Year 9 set 2 class. I used this as their end of unit reading assessment with the following lesson being DIRT with pupils using my formative written feedback to guide them.
Power and Conflict comparative essay writing resources - NEW AQA GCSE Lit spec
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Power and Conflict comparative essay writing resources - NEW AQA GCSE Lit spec

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6 resources for 3 lessons preparing pupils for a timed comparative essay on 2 poems from the new AQA GCSE English Literature poetry anthology - Power and Conflict. Resources include: 3 PowerPoints; an example essay comparing how human suffering is presented in Wilfred Owen's Exposure and Ted Hughes' Bayonet Charge; the essay in non-chronological order for sequencing and a copy of a planning grid (to be enlarged to A3). Teachers will also need a copy of the Paper 2, Section B mark scheme. The link to the AQA website for this is below one of the lesson 1 PowerPoint slides. The lessons guide pupils through what they need to include in a comparative poetry essay for the new AQA GCSE Lit spec. They also show pupils how to structure an essay plus tips on how to choose the second poem to compare with the named poem. Some extension tasks are included for the more able, example starter sentences for the less able, plus the example essay and planning grid for all pupils to use. The named poem in the essay task is Poppies and I made all my pupils compare it with War Photographer. However, you could include differentiation by choice with pupils choosing their own second poem (you would just need to slightly adapt the lesson 2 and 3 PowerPoints). These lessons would be best delivered after all or most of the poems had been covered. However, with slight adaptation, the lessons could be done after Poppies, War Photographer, Exposure and Bayonet Charge had been taught.
An Inspector Calls Key Quotes Revision
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An Inspector Calls Key Quotes Revision

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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.