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In this shop you can expect to find inspiration, creativity and a focus on perfecting oneself. My resources range from KS2 as far as KS5, with a particular focus on aiding More Able and advanced level studies.

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In this shop you can expect to find inspiration, creativity and a focus on perfecting oneself. My resources range from KS2 as far as KS5, with a particular focus on aiding More Able and advanced level studies.
Mystery and Murder- an investigative comprehension
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Mystery and Murder- an investigative comprehension

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In order to make comprehension more interesting and accessible, I have created this story with interspersed groups of questions, asking students to try and look for linguistic and stylistic clues to predict the rest of the story. It should be suitable for a range of abilities, as students can give more or less detailed answers. I got the idea from ‘100+ideas for teaching English’ and first section of story is from this resource. The rest is my own work.
Rhetorical Devices: Introductory Examples
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Rhetorical Devices: Introductory Examples

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A powerpoint presentation detailing a range of different rhetorical devices, including techniques such as hyperbole, onomatopoeia and alliteration. Has examples included, a good resource for introducing these devices to an able KS3 class.
The Seven Basic Plots
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The Seven Basic Plots

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This is an interactive Powerpoint presentation I have made to help students interact with plots in creative writing. I gave them a summary of ‘The Seven Basic Plots&’ book by Christopher Booker and examples of each, before asking them to think of their own examples and create their own stories. It&’;s an interesting topic, suitable for group work and individual tasks, and useful for helping them connect different books and plays together which they struggle to find connections between. It would suit a higher ability KS3 class.
Practising Grammar Rules
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Practising Grammar Rules

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This is a resource I created allowing students to practice lots of the more confusing rules at once as an overview of proper grammar. In the resource, each rule is explained, and then there are four examples to practice this rule. It would be useful for revision purposes also. I use this resource with KS3 pupils of all levels.
BFG Comprehension Activity
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BFG Comprehension Activity

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This extract from Roald Dahl’s BFG provides an appealing and interesting comprehension, with questions based on understanding word types, recognising created language, determining true and false answers by closely reading the text and using a bit of logic and vocabulary knowledge. It would suit a higher ability KS2 class.
Understanding Shakespeare's language
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Understanding Shakespeare's language

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This is a collection of worksheets I compiled for initially understanding the complexity of Shakespeare’s language. It includes a model glossary, which students can fill with words they have translated into modern English. It also contains several passages from various of Shakespeare&'s plays, with space to translate whole passages into modern English. There are additional questions for discussion about thematic material in the passages used. It would suit a variety of levels, though some students will have better understanding than others of this topic.
Analytical and Evaluative Vocabulary
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Analytical and Evaluative Vocabulary

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Suitable for students learning how to write either evaluative or analytical responses, particulary when studying GCSE. Created in order to give my students more variety in their vocabulary to avoid frequent repetition in their analytical word choices.
A Jumble of Emotions
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A Jumble of Emotions

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This is a worksheet I have created where there are blank spaces left throughout a short story when the character is feeling a particular emotion. I have written in brackets next to the space what that emotion is, and the correct options are jumbled in a box at bottom. It should suit all abilities as there are lots of clues in the verb tense to help choose right option.
Using your text- Of Mice and Men
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Using your text- Of Mice and Men

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I have written this worksheet for the purpose of helping students revise Of Mice and Men and practice using their books quickly to find quotations during an open book exam. The questions take various formats, and some require a lot of thought and interpretation of symbolism and themes. A useful resource for exam style practice.
Murder at Markham Manor- drama starter for mystery fiction
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Murder at Markham Manor- drama starter for mystery fiction

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This is a short ‘Whodunit?’ play I created. I used it with a Year 7 class but it would be suitable for any KS3 year group. There are 11 parts in the play, I have included an instructions sheet which explains how the play works. I used this as a starter activity to introduce mystery writing and building of suspense. Enjoy!
Grammar Errors- Harry Potter
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Grammar Errors- Harry Potter

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I have found it very useful for Language lessons to allow students the chance to be the proof reader and locate errors. This is one of my extracts from a famous book, this time ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban&’ where I have included 19 errors in Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (some easy and some more challenging). It would suit a range of levels of ability as there are mistakes everyone can find.
Transactional Writing: Example Autobiography Extracts
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Transactional Writing: Example Autobiography Extracts

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This resource contains six examples of autobiography extracts, personally written, and in an engaging style for students. Each is titled with a particular aspect of life which the students might also attempt to write in. This is useful for both analysis practice in the Edexcel Non Fiction Paper or for the Transactional Writing Task as this provides a model response for students to replicate.
GCSE Edexcel Relationships Poetry Revision Pack
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GCSE Edexcel Relationships Poetry Revision Pack

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A series of worksheets, exemplar responses and activities for use with the Edexcel Relationships anthology (2015- onwards). These resources have been used with a high ability group so are ideal for challenging Most Able students in your teaching groups. Several teacher-written exemplars are included, for both comparative poetry and unseen poetry, which should save some time if you are pushed but want to show exemplars! They showcase two of my most effective teaching strategies: colour-coding and thematically linking within responses, gets rid of a lot of unnecessary ramble in written responses.
Character-Location?
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Character-Location?

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This is an activity I have devised which practices combining characters with accurate locations. I have described several characters and students must select a likely location for this character to be found in. Next, the students must complete the activity in reverse, describing a character that might be found in a location. It should be good practice in accurate profiling. This resource will suit a variety of levels in KS3.
Edexcel Relationships Anthology- La Belle Dame Teaching Pack
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Edexcel Relationships Anthology- La Belle Dame Teaching Pack

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I am creating a series of poetry teaching packs for the Edexcel 2015- Relationships Anthology. Within the pack is a fully annotated teacher copy of the poem, a detailed context information guide, two separate essay plans for potential questions, and a fully complete Grade 9 response comparing two poems. This resource is particularly well-suited to teachers trying to engage Most Able students and accessing the top grades at GCSE. I hope you will find this useful!