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English Language and Literature Resources

Straightforward resources to help structure lessons - both with analytical and creative writing.

Straightforward resources to help structure lessons - both with analytical and creative writing.
The Ghost Story: Creative Writing
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The Ghost Story: Creative Writing

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What makes a good ghost story? Atmosphere. A template and guidance for writing a ghost story. Appropriate for KS3 (Year 9) or International GCSE Creative Writing Coursework. Includes a template to help planning; plus an emphasis on foreshadowing, tension and atmosphere. There is also a strong emphasis on self-assessment (via success criteria) so that the pupils can evaluate and edit as they work towards the finished product.
English Language GCSE  Writing to Persuade
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English Language GCSE Writing to Persuade

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A guide on how to succeed at the writing to persuade section of the G.C.S.E. English Language Exam. There is a template to help the students structure their responses and exemplar speeches / letters. The revision pack / lesson will be useful for weaker pupils, but also includes some advanced devices to help achieve the top band too. There is also a section focusing on Orwell’s Animal Farm (Major’s Speech) and inviting the students to appreciate why it is so effective.
Supernatural Poetry
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Supernatural Poetry

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Three poems that can be used as ‘unseen’ to help the pupils get to grips with poetry:’ The Listeners’, ‘Unquiet Grave’ and ‘The Gray Folk’. There is also a creative writing task linked to ‘The Listeners’ once analysis of the key devices has been discussed.
Shakespeare: 'Julius Caesar'
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Shakespeare: 'Julius Caesar'

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A series of stand-alone tasks that can be used whilst studying the play: analytical (P.E.E.) paragraphs, essays (with scaffolding templates), and rhetorical tasks.
'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens
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'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens

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A series of resources to help with the reading and analysis of the great classic Christmas Story. There are analytical and persuasive writing tasks; as well as the opportunity to look at adapting key scenes: resources titled ‘Drama’.
English Language GCSE / KS3   - Persuasion
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English Language GCSE / KS3 - Persuasion

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What is rhetoric? The ability to write / speak persuasively. From Aristotle to the present day, never has the ability to be able to persuade (or understand when it is being used on you) been so important… It will also help with GCSE results! An introduction to the Art of Rhetoric with a reference to many classic texts and leaders: Henry V, Elizabeth I, Churchill, Martin Luther KIng. There is also a template for how to construct classic speech using advanced rhetorical devices, e.g. the tricolon.
English Language GCSE Transactional Writing - Writing to Persuade
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English Language GCSE Transactional Writing - Writing to Persuade

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Target Audience? G.C.S.E. pupils. Exam preparation and revision. A straightforward and clear template of how to structure a response for a writing to persuade task; with examples. Useful for pupils who need a clear guide on how to build their letters / speech but equally has advanced elements that can hep to achieve the top band.
World War I Poetry: 'The Target' by Ivor Gurney
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World War I Poetry: 'The Target' by Ivor Gurney

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A very moving and very accessible poem from the sensitive soldier poet who explored the theme of guilt in this poem. A great poem to get the pupils interested in WWI poetry: clear, powerful and moving. The presentations also includes exemplar essay paragraphs and focuses on close analysis.
World War I Poetry: Wifred Owen
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World War I Poetry: Wifred Owen

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A powerful introduction to WWI poetry via Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum est…’ with historical context and exemplar essay paragraphs to show the pupils how to analyse closely and how to construct a strong essay.
Christmas Bundle
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Christmas Bundle

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Literature for December! KS3. Classic Christmas poems, play extracts and a short story to help the pupils understand the true spirit of Christmas: ‘The Little Match Girl’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Timothy Winters’.
The Supernatural
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The Supernatural

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Spooky poetry to analyse and inspire as well as tips and a template for writing a ghost story.
World War I Literature: Helen Thomas
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World War I Literature: Helen Thomas

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A collection of diary extracts and recollections from Helen Thomas, widow of Edward Thomas, killed at the front. There is also a moving memory of her visit to Ivor Gurney after the war.
World War I Poetry: 'Who's for the Game?'
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World War I Poetry: 'Who's for the Game?'

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Jessie Pope’s poem that acted as a catalyst to Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum est…’ This poem is worth reading prior to studying Owen’s riposte to her work - especially if the pupils then look at the original draft which has her name crossed out…
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth
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Macbeth: Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth: Lady Macbeth Some resources to help the pupils to understand how Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth at the beginning of the play: Act I, scene 5.
World War I Poetry: Siegfried Sassoon.
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World War I Poetry: Siegfried Sassoon.

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‘The Hero’ by Siegfried Sassoon. The poem, a Powerpoint, and a feedback sheet. Plus an extension poem: ‘The General’ to help the pupils gauge Sassoon’s attitude to the war…