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I am an Oxford graduate and recently qualified English teacher (PGCE finished in 2016) who was always told off for 'reinventing the wheel'. I thought I may as well share the fruits of my labours!

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I am an Oxford graduate and recently qualified English teacher (PGCE finished in 2016) who was always told off for 'reinventing the wheel'. I thought I may as well share the fruits of my labours!
Rhetorical devices for A Level Language
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Rhetorical devices for A Level Language

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A quick pupil-friendly glossary (with examples) of new key terms for rhetorical devices for A Level English Language pupils. Handy to use when introducing new terms as you look at rhetoric and speeches or political speaking. We used them as a checklist for looking at interviews between Russell Brand and Ed Miliband, and one between Jonathan Ross and Keira Knightley and then discussed how these techniques can tie in with wider issues on the course: e.g. gender, power, class.
Are pop songs poetry?   Powerpoint, worksheet, 'Firework' by Katy Perry to analyse. Audio in desc.
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Are pop songs poetry? Powerpoint, worksheet, 'Firework' by Katy Perry to analyse. Audio in desc.

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TWO FULL INTERACTIVE/ FUN LESSONS INCLUDING HOMEWORK This is a resource designed to get reluctant pupils interested in analysing poetry. It was used as part of a module on analysing unseen poetry. Skills: unseen poetry GCSE, close reading, poem analysis The lesson includes a starter discussion question, and 1 main activity that can be done as a class to get pupils used to picking out interesting words and phrases before they complete a worksheet. Worksheet is differentiated with the green bulletpoints being the most difficult ones - encourage your higher ability/ able and most able pupils to focus on these. You can also ask pupils to start at different points on the worksheet corresponding to their ability, since the questions get progressively harder. There is a keyword hangman slide for a plenary activity at the end of the lesson, and the slides include homework to bring in their own song - the lesson 2 files use this homework for the main worksheet/activity, and there is an extension activity built in to lesson two. The song lyric word documents that are not 'Firework' are for those pupils who forget to bring in lyrics, or for those who finish early and need another song to do some deeper analysis of. To use the song as an audio learning aid, you can find the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw and Google is saying you can generate an mp3 of the file using this tool http://www.youtubeinmp3.com/ should you know you won't have internet access in your classroom.
Resources for Creative Writing in English Language A Level
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Resources for Creative Writing in English Language A Level

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These two sheets help pupils plan and write creative writing which fits the A-level exam specs. The planning creative writing sheet takes a total of 50 minutes and gets them to think about their commentary, so this could be a full lesson with the commentary set. The Writing Fiction Lesson doc is designed to be printed on A3. It is designed to be a whole lesson which works collaboratively with a class - split them into pairs. Firstly, get the original pair to write their name on the top of their worksheet. 1) Pass the sheet around as many sets of pairs as it takes to fill the planning chart, giving them a certain amount of time to fill in one row per pair (can be differentiated). 2) The original pair fill out 'story one' as an excerpt from a short story - they choose the guidelines from the grid and tick it off. 3) Pass it on and repeat step two with a new pair. 4) Pass back to original pair to evaluate the writing (using two different colours) using the evaluation grid. Peer marking! Can then set easily set an improvement task, if you want to.
Love's Philosophy
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Love's Philosophy

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Poem in the AQA GCSE Anthology on Love and Relationships. Powerpoint includes starter, main activities, annotation guiding questions to discuss, and plenary based on PEE paragraph writing. Poetry, essay-writing skills, GCSE, close-reading, interpretation
Improve persuasive letter argument
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Improve persuasive letter argument

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This is a resource designed to recap persuasive and letter features for pupils and give them a chance to improve a poorly written argument. You can easily differentiate by asking higher ability pupils to focus on register, style, vocabulary and adding in techniques, while asking lower ability pupils to find the problems and suggest simple improvements. The “voice” in the letter to improve is a teenage pyromaniac who goes off topic. Resource includes a technique recap and reminders of the key ingredients for persuasive letter writing and arguments. Could be set as a main activity, or a starter or plenary to recap prior or previous learning. Could also be set as a homework task or project. Perfect for revising or teaching the new GCSE AQA Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives Section B writing task. Discusses the need to be convincing and consider tone, style, register, form, audience and purpose.
Winter Swans
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Winter Swans

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Winter Swans is a poem in the GCSE AQA anthology for Love and Relationships. This lesson is aimed at a mixed ability group, and is differentiated and scaffolded, with a large element of personal choice for the final task. The powerpoint uses visual stimuli to appeal to visual learners. Powerpoint, lesson plan and copy of poem altered to emit the most interesting language - give pupils this first so that they are forced to think about the interesting choices the poet makes. close-reading, poetry, KS4, GCSE
Example meal review - non-fiction writing task
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Example meal review - non-fiction writing task

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Designed for pupils studying for their English Language non-fiction exam. An example review with a task where they have to spot persuasive techniques. Can easily be used as a whole lesson if used with a starter recapping techniques, and an additional task of writing their own review of a meal they had recently.
Non-fiction writing task (exam practice)
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Non-fiction writing task (exam practice)

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Aimed at GCSE English Language students preparing for their non-fiction exam. Practice opinion article task with prompts and reminder of persuasive techniques. Cliparts to make it a bit brighter and more exciting! Differentiated - encourage higher ability pupils to ignore the scaffolding prompts and go straight to choosing their techniques and writing their answer.
KS3 Curriculum pupil skills map
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KS3 Curriculum pupil skills map

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A colourful, hand-drawn resource which explains in an accessible manner which skills pupils need to have by the end of KS3 English. Broken-down into categories which are indicated by symbols, this is written in a way designed to be pupil-friendly. It can be made into a fully differentiated resource easily: By, for example, a teacher laminating class copies and marking (with an erasable whiteboard pen) for each new topic or task the areas they want a certain pupil to focus on.
Planning chart for literature essays
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Planning chart for literature essays

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GCSE and A Level compatible. Planning chart for English Literature essays aimed at encouraging pupils to make effective plans and use them well. Can be used for revision or for classwork. Adaptable for your spec.
Follow Your Passion - non-fiction project
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Follow Your Passion - non-fiction project

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This is a resource aimed at GCSE English Language pupils following the new AQA specification. It is designed to introduce them to the format of Paper 2 in a fun, independent manner and give them time to research and read about a topic they care about. There is an opportunity for peer marking here if you ask them to answer each others' papers, and you can also ask them to create model answers and can differentiate this task as appropriate. Will increase their familiarity with all the learning objectives and with the markscheme. Requires additional documents which can be found at the following links but which I do not own the copyright of: AQA assessment resources: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/assessment-resources AQA reading support booklets: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/teaching-resources Teachit practice paper: https://www.teachit.co.uk/resources/ks4/comparing-texts/reading/practice-questions-on-animal-baiting/27041
Singh Song AQA Love and Relationships Poetry Anthology
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Singh Song AQA Love and Relationships Poetry Anthology

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Differentiated lesson materials aimed at a class of students ranging from A-D grades. 2 x lesson plans and 2 x lesson powerpoints, and differentiated support resources including definitions of difficult terms. Quotes to give to any struggling pupils while the table-fill task is underway.
Telling Tales - Creative Writing around Inspector Goole's character
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Telling Tales - Creative Writing around Inspector Goole's character

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2-3 WHOLE LESSONS This resource was created at the end of a GCSE module on An Inspector Calls. The powerpoint covers 2 lessons - the cover sheet can be set as the first lesson without the powerpoint but using the two worksheets (ingredients of genres, who is Inspector Goole). The powerpoint has interactive timers and visual stimuli to appeal to all learners and to keep the lesson at a good pace/ keep pupils engaged, and the starter worksheet should be done as a fast-paced discussion/ competition. The writing part of the unit of work can be set as homework or completed in lesson time - you can either have pupils peer mark, feedback on and rework just 1 paragraph OR an entire short story.
NEW SPEC GCSE English Language Paper 1: Teaching ppt, original papers & resources
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NEW SPEC GCSE English Language Paper 1: Teaching ppt, original papers & resources

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A teaching powerpoint, an original mock paper (with source booklet) I have created and original exemplar answers at different grades (differentiated) I have created using the text Mrs Dalloway, which fits the GCSE English Lang Paper 1 spec for the new AQA paper. Also included - an original mock paper, source booklet, and differentiated exemplar answers at different grades for Lord of the Flies, which also fits the spec. The teaching powerpoint includes advice on the skills needed (close-reading, analysis, inference, etc.), how to approach the paper etc., this powerpoint uses student-friendly language and could be easily adapted for a different text/ mock/ exemplar set. The papers and source booklets have been painstakingly created in order to follow the format of - and print like - actual exam papers. This resource includes the following files: Teaching powerpoint for approaching paper 1 (Mrs Dalloway) Original mock exam paper 1 (Mrs Dalloway) Original mock exam paper 2 (Lord of the Flies) Original source booklet 1 (Mrs Dalloway) Original source booklet 2 (Lord of the Flies) Original differentiated exemplars booklet 1 (Mrs Dalloway) Original differentiated exemplars booklet 1 (Lord of the Flies) AQA cover sheet for papers if set as a mock When used with the reading/writing resources from the website TeachIt for the new Paper 1, this resource forms an entire scheme of work.