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With all my resources I try to find a balance between clarity and creativity, aiming to stretch and challenge as well as train. Most of all, I want to 'knock on the doors of the mind', introducing students to a wider range of texts, ideas, activities and experiences. Although English is my speciality, I've also got a keen interest in Biology and Geography, which occasionally manifests in resources. Let me know if there is a text not catered for anywhere and I'll see what I can do.

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With all my resources I try to find a balance between clarity and creativity, aiming to stretch and challenge as well as train. Most of all, I want to 'knock on the doors of the mind', introducing students to a wider range of texts, ideas, activities and experiences. Although English is my speciality, I've also got a keen interest in Biology and Geography, which occasionally manifests in resources. Let me know if there is a text not catered for anywhere and I'll see what I can do.
'The Ruined Maid' & 'At an Inn', by Thomas Hardy: A-Level poetry: Flipped Learning, Jigsaw- Groups
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'The Ruined Maid' & 'At an Inn', by Thomas Hardy: A-Level poetry: Flipped Learning, Jigsaw- Groups

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This cluster of resources is rooted in two approaches to teaching: A] Flipped Learning – the students first go and find out about their topic. Your task is to bring all the threads together for them in a plenary lesson AND B] ‘Jigsaw’ – where students find out a piece of the whole then share information to get the complete picture. Allow several lessons and a homework session for this task as it involves research and feedback. The PP presents a useful way of introducing the poems, still keeping to the independent approach and providing a lead in to the tasks. On the Word docs are AO cards with links to guide students' search for information. To finish off, give students an idea of your exam board’s requirements for the poetry question, give them a mark scheme and ask them to write a model answer to a typical question using all the information they’ve gathered in their own research and from their classmates. Print out the planning sheet [assessment] on A3 so that students can plan to cover all the AOs in a trial question for each poem.
'Love through the Ages':  Cavalier vrs Metaphysical poets; 'The Scrutiny' by Richard Lovelace
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'Love through the Ages': Cavalier vrs Metaphysical poets; 'The Scrutiny' by Richard Lovelace

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Using AQA's 'Love through the Ages' poetry anthology, these resources aim to distinguish as far as one can, between Metaphysical poetry and Cavalier poetry, but also to show how blurred the line between them sometimes is: this is the focus of the first Power Point . The quiz quotes lines of poetry and asks students to decide whether the extract represents Cavalier or Metaphysical poetry to enable them to discuss how to recognise each school. Focus turns to 'The Scrutiny' in the work sheet and then there's a revision sheet that focuses on the AOs to ensure that they are met.
creative writing 5; crafting paragraphs
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creative writing 5; crafting paragraphs

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Here the focus is on crafting paragraphs for effect, as part of improving the quality of creative writing at both KS3- particularly in preparation for the new spec. English exam - and KS4, enabling students ‘to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image’... For more able students the lesson ends with a challenge to change the mood between the opening paragraphs and the one students go on to write.
Creative writing 3: setting & atmosphere
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Creative writing 3: setting & atmosphere

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In this writing lesson, students exercise both their close reading of fiction - learning from published authors - and writing creatively ‘to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image’, which is the requirement for AQA's new English Paper 1 Section B creative writing question. Whether you're preparing KS3 students for what will be required at GCSE , or revising skills with KS4, these tasks focus on writing for effect and noticing how published writers have done so, which can only promote improvement.
Ice-breakers: Lucky dip activities to get classes working together and getting to know each other.
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Ice-breakers: Lucky dip activities to get classes working together and getting to know each other.

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These 7 ice-breakers are fun, easy to administer and also help you get to know the class and them to get to know each other. You need a soft ball, a timer and maybe some music. The PP has icons hyperlinked to the activity explanation. 4 of the tasks need no resources. The ‘bingo’ sheet, 'tell us’cards and the ideas for ‘get in line’ are all provided for printing before the lesson. Suitable for tutor or subject lessons.
Creative writing 4: implicit meaning to create atmosphere.
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Creative writing 4: implicit meaning to create atmosphere.

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Using short extracts from both modern and classic texts, as well as visual stimulus material, this lesson focuses on how implied meaning in the description of a setting helps to create an atmosphere. Thus it both helps improve writing generally, but also prepares students for the demands of the new AQA spec English Paper1, fiction reading and writing. Section A is about reading fiction and in section B students have ‘to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image’,
10 Unseen Poetry starters
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10 Unseen Poetry starters

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Whether revising unseen poetry or honing reading skills, focusing on a few lines of poetry as a starter enables students to practise picking out key words and commenting on them, as well as noting structural and literary devices. You could also use these as prompts for descriptive writing with a brigh KS3 group, or the new creative writing A-Level.
Last lesson Ideas: Creative Revision
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Last lesson Ideas: Creative Revision

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This resource contains a series of ideas for last lessons, whether the end of a topic or term. These can be used to revise previous units of work. Has a slant towards English and could be used with writing, reading and speaking and listening assessment foci.
Kite Runner quote revision
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Kite Runner quote revision

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Used as a quick verbal starter or a more detailed group discussion and write-up, these quotes further invite students to consider all the potential discussion questions they may be useful for.
A Level unseen poetry : revision support booklet & list of questions- AQA Love through the Ages
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A Level unseen poetry : revision support booklet & list of questions- AQA Love through the Ages

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This booklet will save you and your students hours of trawling the Internet. My thanks to Caro Evans, my colleague and friend who asked me to compile this list and selected the poems- we decided that the most logical way to prepare for the unseen element of the exam was to look at other poems by the studied poets, to give students an idea of the context of the time and an ability to write about form and structure. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, I've searched for information online and given you the links - so this works best as an e-book, where links can be easily copied and pasted. So this is something you can use for your own preparation and planning of unseen poetry - along with the sheet of possible comparison questions- or can mail to your students so that they can do their own exploring. There's such a lot of treasure here to discover - Enjoy!
Unseen poetry comparison: the full works- AQA Love through the Ages
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Unseen poetry comparison: the full works- AQA Love through the Ages

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Here's everything you need for teaching the Unseen Poetry Unit for AQA's 'Love through the Ages' - a sound strategy, poems compared using the strategy, a trial exam paper and a revision support booklet that puts you in touch with the best free support on the Internet for poems from every era covered by the anthology.
'Tulip Touch' - step-by-step after reading essay preparation using the 'jigsaw method'
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'Tulip Touch' - step-by-step after reading essay preparation using the 'jigsaw method'

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The advantage of this ‘jigsaw’ way of preparing students to write an essay answer is that they will write much more, it will be well thought through and weaker students will benefit from working collaboratively, while more able students will spark each other. It can work with any text with a bit of tweaking and the resource can be adapted to suit your class. This work will cover several lessons, with the lesson PP giving clear instructions. The written guide gives the teacher the steps to follow as well as sharing friendly advice born of experience. The 'Methods' sheet lists the methods if required and the checklist helps students make sure their essays meet the criteria for top marks. A 'Targets'PP facilitates your marking and feedback to students. A print version of the targets enables you to give a set to each student if you don't think writing out their own target warrants the time.
Descriptive writing: Colours; sustaining imagery, creating mood
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Descriptive writing: Colours; sustaining imagery, creating mood

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Help more able students develop their powers of description with this exercise; although it uses colour to create mood and atmosphere, the technique can be transferred to sustaining metaphors or similes, skills top marks are made of. The PP begins with a hyperlink[click on ‘colours’] to a song, Donovan’s ‘Colours’ [you may want to move to slide 2 on the musical interlude, as by then the link between colours and mood has been made] and takes students through the steps of choosing a colour while also making useful notes on the technique by looking at quotes and extracts. In the end, their task is to describe something, weaving colour imagery and mood words through the description. This could be set as a homework – or a next lesson. Linking this task to the opening lines descriptive writing task as a follow up lesson works well.
241 Really sick of revision- flipped homework & lessons for almost any subject.
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241 Really sick of revision- flipped homework & lessons for almost any subject.

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241- Keep this resource in store for those times when you’re overloaded and need to let the students do a bit of the work. Begin with homework – 1 or 2 depending on amount and complexity - that don’t require marking. The first task will be the ‘flipped learning’ or revision content you want students to research, the second checks they’ve done it. Although these are designed for revision, set in advance of a new topic and you’ve got students engaged already. These tasks lend themselves to any topic or content subject and all you have to do by way of preparation is apply the tasks to the specifics of your subject and provide some guidance as to where students can find information, whether that’s in the text book, online or reference books. Slide one has 6 images – choose any icon to click on in a way that engages the class [throw a di, ask a question, choose a quiet student to make the choice]. A hyperlink will take you straight to the relevant slide, where the tasks will come up in steps on your click [adapt the wording of these to suit your specifics if you wish]. Once homework is set, ‘end show’ to get back to slide 1 and store for the next session. Each task is explained in your ‘recipe for success’ word document and alternatives or ways to differentiate suggested. The central idea is to get students helping each other while you facilitate only when required.
SPaG 'The Boy who Swam with Piranhas' chapter10 - feelings
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SPaG 'The Boy who Swam with Piranhas' chapter10 - feelings

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The focus of this exercise is the contrast in feeling between Ernie and Stan. Some of the words appear in the chapter, some are inferred. This task could be done as a plenary after reading the chapter or as a simple homework. Page 2 gives the answers and sets an extra challenge as extension work. This novel by David Almond is published by Walker Books and is suitable for KS2 & KS3 reluctant readers. The starter, which could be be done as a way of introducing the homework or as a starter when the homework/ plenary is being marked. Suitable for using individual white-boards as well as for exercise books.
SPaG starters: Proof-reading- correct errors & punctuation
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SPaG starters: Proof-reading- correct errors & punctuation

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Keep students mindful of the need to proof-read with regular starters and short SPaG exercises. These self-mark starters consist of an instructions slide and an answer slide PP and the text to be corrected on a handout, either for the whole class to aid speed or as differentiation to aid weaker/slower students.
19th century writing - new GCSE preparation: 'Subha' , close reading & inference.
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19th century writing - new GCSE preparation: 'Subha' , close reading & inference.

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Everything you need for exploring the short story 'Subha' by Rabindranath Tagore. [Multiculturalism in the context of Empire has a firm place in 19th century writing ; this is a good place to ensure it's not lost with the new syllabus]. The lesson begins with prediction, requiring students to infer and deduce, then looks at 3 extracts with imagery that suggests things about the character while describing something else. The focus then moves on to how language is used to present the character, while the plenary asks students to consider other ways in which the character is presented. The extracts to be annotated are given on a handout, with key phrases to be noticed in bold. The teacher's note also has links to the text, a reading and information about Rabindranath Tagore, along with the outline of the lesson and possible homework or extension tasks.
SPaG 'The Boy who swam with Piranhas'  Chap 1-4 vocab.
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SPaG 'The Boy who swam with Piranhas' Chap 1-4 vocab.

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This fun, illustrated novel by David Almond is ideal for KS2 & weaker KS3 readers, especially those who don't like reading much. This first task is a word recognition exercise that helps improve spelling by getting students to notice words within words. This also makes a good homework task. To facilitate peer or self-assessment, the answers on p2 can be projected. You can extend the task by setting a spelling test on the words. The PP takes the challenge further: students are shown how to memorise the spelling of words and then asked to find 3-5 of their own errors to learn to spell correctly using the technique. Tip: let them use colours to show the words within words.
'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick -
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'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick -

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This novel is great, particularly for boys who hate reading as it is short and gripping, but also for teachers and readers because of its clever construction and beautiful descriptions. These resources were made for a weak, boy-heavy, non-reading class, but with a view to stretching them. From pre-reading to chapter 6, tasks are designed to be 'light touch' so that students can get back to reading before impetus is lost.
SPaG 'The Boy who Swam with Piranhas' - Chap 5
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SPaG 'The Boy who Swam with Piranhas' - Chap 5

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Kids love playing teacher and in this exercise they get to 'mark' Clarence P. Clapp's spelling. The answers are on the second page and can be projected or handed to a group or table to check their marking. If you can, let pupils mark in red pen to add to the game. This work is aimed at weaker KS3 students, but should also suit KS2. 'The Boy who Swam with Piranhas' is written by David Almond, published by Walker Books and is illustrated, so ideal for reluctant readers. As an extra challenge, project a letter table containing a 9-letter word from the task. students should find the 9letter word as well as 4-or more letter words using the letters. Answers are on slide 2.