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I'm an English teacher with 12 years teaching experience in the state and independent sectors. I've held TLRs for KS3 and KS5, am a GCSE examiner and have worked in education research and development. All my resources have been successfully tried and tested in the classroom.

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I'm an English teacher with 12 years teaching experience in the state and independent sectors. I've held TLRs for KS3 and KS5, am a GCSE examiner and have worked in education research and development. All my resources have been successfully tried and tested in the classroom.
New The Handmaid's Tale A Level English Literature full scheme of work with resources
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New The Handmaid's Tale A Level English Literature full scheme of work with resources

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A 21 lesson detailed scheme of work on The Handmaid's Tale of 28 separate teaching resources covering the whole novel. This was produced for the new Edexcel AS / A Level English Literature and is the first part of preparing students for the prose exam (will compare with Frankenstein - details uploaded separately). This pack on The Handmaid's Tale includes a comprehensive 8 page scheme of work which links each lesson with relevant assessment objectives and details each lesson activity. There are PowerPoints for the first 20 lessons as well as a number of student hand-outs you can just print out. I have used it successfully with my current mixed ability Year 12 students.
New AQA Children's Language Development (CLD) Learning to Write
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New AQA Children's Language Development (CLD) 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 Language Development for Section B of Paper 1 (replacing the old CLA). Resources: five PowerPoints, two children’s writing data sets, learning to write 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.
Year 7 reading assessment prep - based on AQA KS3 assessments format
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Year 7 reading assessment prep - based on AQA KS3 assessments format

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8 resources for 3 lessons helping pupils prepare for the AQA KS3 assessments (reading). Tasks are based on the Paper 1 format, although the source is non-fiction rather than fiction (local news article) as I had just completed a non-fiction SOW with the class. Lessons 1 and 2 take pupils through the main tasks, with whole class modelling of the longer answers to support all pupils. Pupils then individually complete a task at a time in timed conditions. This also helped focus pupils on how long to spend on tasks with different marks. Peer assessment is used for the shorter tasks to cut down teacher marking time. There is a mark scheme (again based on the AQA KS3 assessments) which can be matched to APP levels or school flightpath skills. For lesson 3, I gave pupils copies of example answers to focus on key skills in the mark scheme and to support their DIRT. This lesson has differentiation by task to enable more able pupils the challenge of answering a language and structure task without teacher guidance - so building resilience in addition to analysis skills. During lessons 1 and 2 there are also extension tasks (and skills reminders) for the more able, plus modelling examples to support all pupils. Most activities are self-explanatory, but I have included some additional details and ideas for teachers below some slides. I have also included a sheet of all the questions that could be issued to pupils - although I only used the PowerPoints with my class. These resources were produced for a mixed ability Year 7 class (APP level range from 3 to 6) and it proved highly successful in focusing pupils on comprehension and PEE analysis of language and structure. Moreover, confidence has been increased in their ability to succeed in the forthcoming end of year exams. The lessons could easily be adapted for set ability groups.
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.
Child Language Development (learning to read) AQA new A Level English Language
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Child Language Development (learning to read) AQA new A Level English Language

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Four lessons covering the learning to read part of Children’s Language Development (old CLA) literacy for the new AQA English Language A Level (Paper 1 - Section B). Six resources: nine page CLD 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 CLD. Spoken language CLD 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 CLD sow. Lessons on CLD literacy learning to write are available separately: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-aqa-children-s-language-development-cld-learning-to-write-11302233
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.
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.
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.
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - cloze activities Chapters 1-10 and Chapter 15
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Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - cloze activities Chapters 1-10 and Chapter 15

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Cloze activities on Chapters 1-10 and Chapter 15 of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I first created these to help a low ability class and used them as starters or mini plenaries. Learning support also used these cloze exercises to help absent pupils catch up or remind pupils what they had read in class. Chapters 8 and 9 are combined in one cloze exercise. The rest are on individual chapters.
Christmas Literature Quiz
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Christmas Literature Quiz

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An 81 slide fun quiz made up of 53 questions and answers which can be used for KS3, KS4 or even KS5 classes with three main rounds for engaging variety in those end of term lessons. There is a 25 question general literature knowledge quiz first - with the extra benefit that the last letter of each answer is the beginning letter of the following answer. This is followed by a ten question round on literary terms. You may or may not want to add correct spelling into the mix for that round! Answers are at the end of that round. The third round is a name that book round with fifteen book covers with the titles blanked out. Answers are at the end of that round. The books are from a range of target ages and genres. There is also a final round of three bonus questions if you need some tie-breakers. This was initially created last year and proved hugely popular with all my English classes from Year 7 to Year 13. It is an hour of end of term fun related to English, literature and independent reading.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
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Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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Six resources detailing activities on Chapters 4, 6, 10, 11, 16 and a final choice of written task options after completing class reading of the novel. Sheets on Chapters 4, 6, 10 and 11 include extracts from the novel I typed up to help focus pupils on specific significant sections of those chapters. Most resources include extension tasks and the final chapters task sheet has differentiation by choice.
Great Expectations (new AQA spec) essay resources
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Great Expectations (new AQA spec) essay resources

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Eight 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: 16 slides, 7 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; sheet with the relevant AOs and level descriptors. 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 reader. I displayed this on the board whilst my pupils wrote their timed essay. Extension tasks included in purple for differentiation. 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 novel.
GCSE Ambitious Vocabulary and Sentence Variety Booster (AO6)
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GCSE Ambitious Vocabulary and Sentence Variety Booster (AO6)

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31 ready-made tried and tested homework tasks for essential AO6 skills (new English Language GCSEs). These tasks help KS4 students develop a useful repertoire of ambitious vocabulary. In addition, they increase a student’s ability to use a range of sentence structures and are beneficial in developing punctuation proficiency. The first 15 tasks focus on narrative, descriptive or viewpoint writing. The rest link with specific English Lit set texts - so 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. Moreover, 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 wider 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).
Language and Gender AQA AS and A Level English Language
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Language and Gender AQA AS and A Level English Language

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A lesson for the new AQA English Language AS/A Level using an Argos Barbie advert to bring together genderlect theories students have learned and apply them to an example for analysis. Lesson leads to students writing a practice AS / A Level English Language Paper 2 essay on language and gender. Example essay question included on the final slide. Annotated modelling example to get students started, addressing different linguistic methods, is also included on the PowerPoint.