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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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Writing a Biography
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Writing a Biography

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PP with note to teacher and 'brain gym' slide; starter looks at how the word Biography is built up; main section is defining the word and writing a brief biography and plenary is reporting back - a very simple introduction to the topic
Improving writing: Sentence openers self-check starter
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Improving writing: Sentence openers self-check starter

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Using a variety of sentence openers is an effective and easy way to improve writing. The PP begins with a reminder of the ways in which sentences can be opened more effectively. The worksheet task - 2 to a page to cut costs - is to label the openers in a piece of writing, using the reminder slide if needed. Students check their own work from the next slide, writing in correct answers. This task is also useful preparation for any task that requires close reading. A final slide challenges students to complete the story in at least 4 more sentences, each with a different opening, a task which could be set as homework, a plenary or extension work.
Persuasive writing for top sets: 'It's all Greek to me!'
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Persuasive writing for top sets: 'It's all Greek to me!'

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Here's a little something to challenge your top students: persuasion the classical way. The Ancient Greeks worked out how a persuasive speech should be structured to make it effective, Shakespeare played around with the form in many of his most famous speeches and even Barack Obama's speech writers follow the formula. Along with their connectives and persuasive devices, give your most able a tried and tested structure to lift their persuasive writing above the ordinary. There's a handout explaining the structure, a PP to test it's been understood and a worksheet to guide preparation for students to write their own speeches.
'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.
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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It might not seem like much if you don’t follow the links, but this is the portal to the world of unseen poetry! 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!
21 Slide Salute! Poetry Starters: Analysing Language with possible answers.
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21 Slide Salute! Poetry Starters: Analysing Language with possible answers.

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Drip-feed language analysis while familiarising students with unseen poetry… once a month, once a week or even one a lesson, this is not something to rush through. While it is a good idea to ask students to copy the text with an open line between line of the poem for annotations, the texts are also supplied as a worksheet to allow you the flexibility of setting the task for homework or differentiating by giving weaker students a printed version. As a quick revision exercise groups could work on separate extracts. Though ‘answers’ are given on the PP it is important to stress that these are only possible things to notice and any reasonable interpretation is worth considering. Another thing worth pointing out is that merely naming a technique like alliteration is not enough, the effect the poet creates should also be discussed and evaluated.
Writing Postcards: Voice, Tone & Succinct Writing
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Writing Postcards: Voice, Tone & Succinct Writing

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Students draw a postcard, with a given scenario, and write a message in the voice of the given writer to the given recipient - here they practice writing succinctly in a voice they take on. As an extra challenge, to practise tone, students can draw an emoticon to include that emotion in their message. The second phase of the task is to swap the postcards and then for students to write a reply to the postcard they receive in the voice of the given recipient, in either the tone appropriate to the postcard, or using an emoticon to suggest another tone. Lastly, both the sent and received postcards could be used to stimulate a longer piece of either narrative or descriptive writing. To make the teacher's life easier, the PP provides step by step instructions, the recipe for success gives the teacher tips and the tasks come either on the postcards or as strips. The emoticons can be printed in colour, laminated and used again to add extra challenge to several other tasks.
'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick: Chapter2 - personification
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'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick: Chapter2 - personification

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The PP contains the lesson, slide 1 being the starter which requires students to retrieve the action of the chapter. [Most of the chapter is thoughts and flashbacks, so picking out the action in the 'now' is not too onerous.] Students are then given a quote to analyse, step by step, through questioning. Possible answers are given along the way. Thus they recognise 'personification' and think about why its use here is effective. In this way they begin to add 'evaluation' to their analytical skills. The plenary, slide 8, takes them back to the piece of writing they did in the opening lesson - but could be set afresh as a stand-alone task; students try to write their own personification. Differentiation is via a handout: page 1 serves very weak or visually impaired students and can be done with a TA outside the classroom, while page 2 provides the quote which can be handed out to slow writers, those returning from music etc.
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.
Love through the ages : Unseen poetry 2 - 'Meeting at Night' by Robert Browning; AQA
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Love through the ages : Unseen poetry 2 - 'Meeting at Night' by Robert Browning; AQA

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This is a poem where structure undergirds the meaning of the poem more obviously than often, so it is a useful 'unseen' to explore. As well as the lesson on PP and the fill in worksheet, there is a detailed note on Metre, using examples from the poem. Avoid with a weak class, but worth doing with a mid- to able class, provided the focus is on how the rhyme and rhythm support/ enhance meaning. The teacher's notes has two links, one to a reading of the poem and another to a youtube clip that could be used as a 'flipped learning' style preparatory homework task [under 20mins]: particularly useful with weaker students - an easy differentiation.
Comparing unseen poems: 'Futility' by Wilfred Owen & 'Suicide in the Trenches'  by Siegfried Sassoon
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Comparing unseen poems: 'Futility' by Wilfred Owen & 'Suicide in the Trenches' by Siegfried Sassoon

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The questions on the worksheet are valid prompts for any comparison of poems, but are particularly for the new EDUQAS style of Section C unseen poetry comparison. The first worksheet contains the poems and the questions, which are based of the specimen papers provided by the exam board. This makes an easy to set homework of cover lesson. The second worksheet has key points as possible answers. So the task can be self or peer assessed easily. For other exam boards or general poetry preparation, the 'answers' could be the springboard for an essay comparing the two poems, to help less able students cluster their response.
AQA Love tt Ages: Unseen poetry- a strategic approach. Uses specimen paper as a guide.
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AQA Love tt Ages: Unseen poetry- a strategic approach. Uses specimen paper as a guide.

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• You will need the specimen paper for Unseen Poetry – p10 & 11, AQA/AQA-77121-SQP.PDF- for each student. • The Power Point will give students a strategy to follow for this paper – annotating the specimen paper, then writing the key ‘steps’ of the strategy is a good way of ensuring students engage with the strategy, but a handout has been made for revision. Some suggested questions can be used by you as a guide for setting essays or given to students for their own revision.
KS3 & KS4 - The Essential Writing Bundle:
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KS3 & KS4 - The Essential Writing Bundle:

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£10 saving! 12 Premium resources to cover creative, descriptive writing for Ks3 & 4. This bundle would normally cost £ 28, but as a bundle you get a whole host of essential writing resources for just £18! 1/3 off. The bundle covers all aspects of writing, from spelling to proofreading, from vocabulary to imagery, punctuation and opening lines. There's plenty to extend and challenge the more able and also to help and support less able students. SPaG and Creativity are covered in starters, plenaries and a variety of lesson styles.
19th Century Writing: " The Diamond Necklace"
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19th Century Writing: " The Diamond Necklace"

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Designed as a way of preparing y9s for the new GCSE, these resources may also suit some exam GCSE boards. Here 'The Diamond Necklace' by Guy de Maupassant introduces students to the concepts they will be studying at GCSE: context & structure. The 'Recipe for success' gives links to the text as well as a reading of the story and has various teaching suggestions. The Power Points outline whole lessons with handouts that allow for differentiation. The 'extend' PP introduces more able students to the idea of a 'context of production' and a 'context of reception' in a simple way.
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’,
Improving writing at KS4: Proof reading & SPaG exercises1
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Improving writing at KS4: Proof reading & SPaG exercises1

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Rather than a series of lessons, this is a 'drop-feed' of tasks to improve older students' writing. The first step is to make them aware of how important accurate expression is. Great ideas are corroded by error-filled writing. The proof reading Power Point looks at two samples of students' writing that need to be improved - on the Word document these are written out to facilitate this process. In each case the next slide presents the corrected sample,so that students can peer mark or check their own. Each sample could be done in a different lesson: I'd recommend that for classes that are easily board by focused work. Likewise the two starters can be spread out. They focus on spelling, particularly the difference between sound and spelling, helping students notice pitfalls like ite/ight/ee/ea as well as the 'c' that sounds like 's'. Awareness leads to focus and on to improvement. That's the aim!