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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!

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!
Before You Were Mine: powerpoint, worksheet, poem

Before You Were Mine: powerpoint, worksheet, poem

Powerpoint, worksheet and poem copies for Before You Were Mine. Made for teaching the AQA Poetry Anthology on Love and Relationships. Questions on the worksheet increase in difficulty - you can differentiate by asking different pupils to start at different points. Language analysis, close-reading, interpretation
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Are pop songs poetry?   Powerpoint, worksheet, 'Firework' by Katy Perry to analyse. Audio in desc.

Are pop songs poetry? Powerpoint, worksheet, 'Firework' by Katy Perry to analyse. Audio in desc.

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.
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Rhetorical devices for A Level Language

Rhetorical devices for A Level Language

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.
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Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy

Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy

Work for Neutral Tones (GCSE Literature Love and Relationships Poetry Anthology AQA). Close-reading skills, comprehension skills, different perspectives and critical material, essay-writing skills, thinking skills. Worksheet on responses (agree/ disagree) to poem to be done in pairs. Task where pupils replace the emotive words to create a poem with a different mood or tone (higher ability).
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Improve persuasive letter argument

Improve persuasive letter argument

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.
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Non-fiction writing task (exam practice)

Non-fiction writing task (exam practice)

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.
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Letters from Yorkshire new AQA anthology 2 whole lessons

Letters from Yorkshire new AQA anthology 2 whole lessons

Two lessons on Letters From Yorkshire, a poem in the new AQA anthology on Love and Relationships. Matched to the exam specification, with questions to really get pupils thinking and discussing. Includes a gapfill activity to do before they encounter the poem, to make them really analyse the language the poet is using. Skills: analysing poetry, unseen poetry, close-reading, poetic technique evaluation
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Detective skills - inferring and deducing with Thor!

Detective skills - inferring and deducing with Thor!

Lesson created for comprehension skills for KS3 and KS4. Fully differentiated resources - worksheet pack includes differentiated choice-based activity, which the three different levels of Word doc correspond to. Can be used to teach the curriculum skills of inferring / deducing / synthesising which are important to the new AQA GCSE. Uses the idea of the Norse God Thor (popularised by Marvel comics and films) to engage pupils, and they have to solve the riddles in a story from Norse Mythology (which I translated). Interactive, engaging, always a success!
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New AQA Paper 2 confidence skills rating (peer assessment)

New AQA Paper 2 confidence skills rating (peer assessment)

Peer assessment for the new paper 2 - reading and writing skills. Includes glossary document - do not provide Able and More Able/ Gifted and Talented pupils with this! Differentiation. Pupils assess how confident they feel with the skills needed for the paper. This allows the teacher to spend future lessons addressing the right areas. AFL/ assessment for learning reading and writing skills reading comprehension inference etc.
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Winter Swans

Winter Swans

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
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Peer and teacher feedback - creative writing

Peer and teacher feedback - creative writing

Peer and teacher feedback template for creative writing and the critical commentary for the new WJEC English Language A Level Specification. This saves loads of time for your own marking and feedback / assessment, and is a handy tool for a peer feedback or improvement and reflection time starter. Intuitive and straightforward, I use these to highlight to quickly give feedback for exam style answers and show students the key skills they need to hone. It has a 'what went well' and 'even better if' box at the bottom of each sheet for formative feedback.
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Reading and writing skills - EDM (more fun task)

Reading and writing skills - EDM (more fun task)

This resource is an article about Electronic Dance Music (which many of my lower ability pupils like), with questions matched up to the new AQA Paper 2 English Language GCSE - a true/false task and a language analysis task at the end to brainstorm. There is a separate worksheet which requires you to cut up the sentences so pupils can do a card sort, focusing on PEEL paragraphs and being able to identify which sentence performs which function. It is aimed at a lower-middling ability class, but you can differentiate and ask higher ability pupils to focus on planning the language analysis task without the paragraph/PEEL sheet (which they could present to the class). Skills: analysis, synthesis, interpretation, close reading, paragraph writing, P E E, reading skills, language analysis, true or false
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Different types of sentence crash course

Different types of sentence crash course

A detailed worksheet introducing the different types of sentence: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex to pupils with tasks. Includes references to popular culture and Disney villains to assist understanding. Designed to try and make a rather dry topic a bit more fun. Grammar, sentence structures, different sentence types, exam criteria, national curriculum.
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Example meal review - non-fiction writing task

Example meal review - non-fiction writing task

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.
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Before You Were Mine for new AQA Anthology

Before You Were Mine for new AQA Anthology

Whole lesson on Before You Were Mine to fit specifications for the new AQA GCSE anthology on Love and Relationships. Questions designed to test pupils on exam criteria and get them really evaluating and analysing the text. Worksheet to be done before analytical paragraph.
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Whole interactive and visual lesson - Hello

Whole interactive and visual lesson - Hello

This lesson is designed to be a one-off, complete lesson for KS3-4 English. The powerpoint is differentiated with examples and higher ability tasks, and contains many visual stimuli for more visual learners. The presentation uses several gifs, which always go down well! The lesson starts with an activity about the origin of the word 'hello', and goes on to analyse Adele's hit song Hello. Learning objectives are clear and shared. Good for teaching approaches to unseen poetry in a fun manner.
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