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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!
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.
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.
Before You Were Mine: powerpoint, worksheet, poem
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Before You Were Mine: powerpoint, worksheet, poem

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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
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.
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
Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy
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Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy

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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).
Letters from Yorkshire new AQA anthology 2 whole lessons
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Letters from Yorkshire new AQA anthology 2 whole lessons

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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
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
Detective skills - inferring and deducing with Thor!
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Detective skills - inferring and deducing with Thor!

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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!
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.
New AQA Paper 2 confidence skills rating (peer assessment)
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New AQA Paper 2 confidence skills rating (peer assessment)

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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.
Confidence rating self assessment - exam skills for GCSE
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Confidence rating self assessment - exam skills for GCSE

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Can be used with KS3-KS4 towards GCSE skills for English. Pupils self-assess how confidence they feel about the skills they will eventually need. Great AFL/ Assessment For Learning when starting exam skills with a new class for the first time. Fits with National Curriculum and AQA GCSE Learning Objectives. Two versions - one for year 9 and one for GCSE years.
Peer and teacher feedback - creative writing
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Peer and teacher feedback - creative writing

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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.
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.