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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.
'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.
Quick SPaG starter
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Quick SPaG starter

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Ideal for KS2 & 3, this quick starter has 3 slides taken from public signs and adverts where language ‘errors’ exist. From this, students can be encouraged to find errors in the signs, adverts and texts they encounter.
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 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!
Spelling: the DfE's list of 100 words for y3/4 made easier for dyslexic learners; 5 self mark tests
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Spelling: the DfE's list of 100 words for y3/4 made easier for dyslexic learners; 5 self mark tests

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These are the 100 words the DfE claims primary pupils should be able to spell in y3/4 – of course older pupils could do with a bit of revision too. They are divided into groups of five and after five groups there’s a test, But here’s the difference… Being dyslexic myself, I’ve written the words out in a way that makes learning them easier for others with a similar condition – by looking for patterns and words within words – without being a problem to good spellers. Use as a weekly homework, a fill-in starter while you call the register or an occasional filler for a quick worker. At the end of the list there’s a revision opportunity and words to find in a string of letters along with some unscrambling to do. Work is set out for ease of printing/photocopying and teacher’s answers are on the last pages of each set (week 1-5)– print or project as suits. A PP gives end of list answers to the strings and unscrambles. If you do these with older students, just do remember to remove the ‘year’ label with each test to avoid embarrassing them. 6 downloads gives you 5 weeks of daily spelling, 5 tests and 2 revision activities, all self-mark and dyslexia friendly!
'Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror' pre-read discussion & extracts.
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'Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror' pre-read discussion & extracts.

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The lesson starter can easily become a discussion lesson with an enthusiastic class, but a 'one-liner' mumble if the class isn't interested: either have a discussio topic on each desk as students enter or put them in a hat for pairs to pick out. This gets them thinking about the themes covered by the collection of short stories. The lesson consists of short extracts promoting close reading in order to infer and deduce information about the characters and the setting. This is an important skill and if students say they didn't find the stories frightening, ask them whether they are just reading words or actually infering and deducing - I liken the difference to a balloon with and without the breath that blows it up. This is all about making reading a 3-D experience!
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.
19th Century non-fiction, self-mark preparation for GCSE reading.
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19th Century non-fiction, self-mark preparation for GCSE reading.

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The first Power Point gives contextual information about the Great Exhibition and a visual impression of the Crystal Palace. The handout consists of two 19th century non-fiction articles: an extract from a letter writer by Charlotte Brontë to her father about her visit to the exhibition and then extracts from Queen Victoria’s diary about her visits. There are simple questions on each passage reflecting the type of question that may be asked at GCSE: retrieval and inference. Then there are questions comparing the texts. Once students have answered the questions, they can self- or peer assess work as the answers are on a Power Point slide that can guide feedback. These extracts can also be used in conjunction with ‘The Diamond Necklace’ by Guy de Maupassant. For a modern writer’s version of the Great Exhibition, you could read Queenie’s description of her visit in Andrea Levey’s Small Island.
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick: chapter14 - 17, with teacher notes outlining lessons
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Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick: chapter14 - 17, with teacher notes outlining lessons

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If you’ve got to this point, you know what an excellent novel this is, ideal for short reading extracts and lots of teaching opportunities. This set of resources offers teacher notes to help with planning and pacing your lessons. Tasks cover characterisation, vocabulary, imagery and structure. While tasks are aimed at younger or weaker readers in the main, the skills taught are aimed at building a profound understanding of crafting and ‘active reading’. Links are made to students’ own writing, improving writing skills from literary devices to SPaG. Throughout the series skills are revisited to inculcate them via different tasks. Answers are provided and most tasks are self-or peer assess.
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!
Spelling pack: y3-6 in one, for dyslexic learners; 10 weeks of self-mark spelling for all ages.
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Spelling pack: y3-6 in one, for dyslexic learners; 10 weeks of self-mark spelling for all ages.

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Buy the lot at a discount price: 10 weeks' worth of homework or starters to nail spelling. These are the 200 words the DfE claims primary pupils should be able to spell in y3/4 and 5/6 – of course older pupils could do with a bit of revision too. They are divided into groups of five spelling words and after five groups there’s a test, But here’s the difference… Being dyslexic myself, I’ve written the words out in a way that makes learning them easier for others with a similar condition – by looking for patterns and words within words – without being a problem to good spellers. Use as a weekly homework, a fill-in starter while you call the register or an occasional filler for a quick worker. At the end of the list there’s a revision opportunity and words to find in a string of letters along with some unscrambling to do. Work is set out for ease of printing/photocopying and teacher’s answers are on the last pages of each set – print or project as suits. A PP gives end of list answers to the strings and unscrambles. Y5&6 have an additional task – words to fill into a script, similar to SATs tests. If you do these with older students, just do remember to remove the ‘year’ label with each test.
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.
'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.
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.
SPaG starters: prepositions and plurals
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SPaG starters: prepositions and plurals

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Part of the SPaG starter series, these two starters consist of an instruction slide, a handout for differentiation and an answer slide. The idea is to keep drip-feeding SPaG reminders by way of starters that are self mark. Here the focus is on prepositions and plurals. In each case as an extension activity students try to formulate a rule which is given with the answers.
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 Creative writing: Description - Monsters, close focus.
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Ks3 Creative writing: Description - Monsters, close focus.

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Use Halloween as an excuse to focus on close-up description to cut out the waffle, create atmosphere and promote concise writing. This resource offers a lesson on how to make monsters seem scary using extracts from 19th century novels, on PP with the text extracts available as a handout. The cre-ATE PP hyperlinks you via pictures to vocabulary that can help get the description started - great for letting students refer to when they're stuck. The 'you try' worksheet suggests a step-by-step structure illustrated with quotes from 'Game of Thrones' that can be used as a model.
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.