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I’m an English teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching Language, Literature, Media and Drama. I’ve taught a host of curriculum incarnations in the UK where I live and trained, the USA and Australia. I am a fairly new TES author and it’s my ambition to build a collection of high quality, enjoyable, interesting resources for students and teachers.

I’m an English teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching Language, Literature, Media and Drama. I’ve taught a host of curriculum incarnations in the UK where I live and trained, the USA and Australia. I am a fairly new TES author and it’s my ambition to build a collection of high quality, enjoyable, interesting resources for students and teachers.
Romantic Poets Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work
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Romantic Poets Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work

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A full Scheme of Work for the Romantic Poetry unit (9ETO/03) of the Edexcel A Level Literature course. Information and a host of learning activities address each Assessment Objective, focus on contextual influences, conventions and characteristics of the movement, then on each poet and prescribed poem in turn. Tasks and ideas for study are provided to extrapolate evaluative and insightful understanding of the meanings of each poem in conjunction with further activities which prepare students for writing high level essay responses to essay questions.
The Handmaid’s Tale and Frankenstein Analytical Ideas and Tasks - Edexcel A Level Specification
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The Handmaid’s Tale and Frankenstein Analytical Ideas and Tasks - Edexcel A Level Specification

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Created for the Edexcel A Level Literature Prose Study, here are twenty eight essay style analytical ideas connecting The Handmaid’s Tale and Frankenstein. These ideas can be used to aid students in composing detailed paragraphs or be developed into extended responses. There are three exemplar evaluative paragraphs with quotations, one of which contains a short task. There are also twelve thinking questions which can be used for discussion or as the basis for longer written responses, detailed instructions for an oral presentation task and a fun introductory lesson to The Handmaid’s Tale which asks students to create their own nation.
Trash Program for Stage 4 Australian National Curriculum
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Trash Program for Stage 4 Australian National Curriculum

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A detailed program for Australian Stage 4 Year 8 on Trash by Andy Mulligan which is estimated to last 7 or 8 weeks / 20 to 25 lessons. All activities are tied to Australian National Curriculum Outcomes and fully differentiated for G&T, LD and ESL students. Learning activities and assessment tasks are embedded throughout taking the form of group projects, debates, close analysis of visual, literary and digital texts, and creative writing in a range of text types including news reports, feature articles and diary text types. Students also compose graphic organisers, charts and Venn diagrams. Visible thinking routines, self and peer assessment are used throughout, and there is an emphasis on social justice, diversity, sustainability and critical thinking built into all tasks. Extensive ICT learning is embedded through the unit with the creation and development of a ‘Digital Portfolio’ where students will store and reflect on their work. All activities also comply with UK NC guidelines.
Wolves of Willoughby Chase Mini Unit
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Wolves of Willoughby Chase Mini Unit

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37 detailed study questions for chapters 1 to 5, a list of gothic features with a task, a short exemplar essay analysing an extract and another extract with questions which can be used as a test. A list of ideas for learning activities is also included.
Midsummer Night's Dream Plot, Context and Conventions Worksheets
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Midsummer Night's Dream Plot, Context and Conventions Worksheets

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Context, Genre Conventions and Narrative Worksheets. A detailed, informative essay on the play’s origin and context. A detailed and clear plot synopsis with a plot ordering task as a print out worksheet. An information and worksheet exploring the conventions of Shakespearean comedy. All documents are in worksheet format, fully editable and printable. No preparation is required.
Prose Study Frankenstein and Handmaid’s Tale Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work
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Prose Study Frankenstein and Handmaid’s Tale Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work

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For the Edexcel A Level Literature Prose Study: Science and Society, a detailed Scheme of Learning connecting Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale. A range of concepts and focuses for study are included, along with sophisticated vocabulary and terminology. There are many thought provoking discussion questions, critical viewpoints and ideas provided which can be adapted to extended essay content. Interesting individual and collaborative learning activities with a number of links to websites with useful related content are included throughout.
A Christmas Carol Games
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A Christmas Carol Games

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A Christmas Carol for AQA Literature Paper 1. Seven fun, interactive games for students based around the themes, issues, content, message and characters in A Christmas Carol. All resources and instructions are provided and no preparation is required other than to cut out the playing cards. The games are: What am I Describing? Speed Speech. Sort. Connect. Most to Least. Anagrams (answers provided). Words from Words. This is a fun activity for any class or year group, although it is designed for low to middle ability GCSE students.
Introduction to Literary Criticism including Feminism and Marxism
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Introduction to Literary Criticism including Feminism and Marxism

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Designed for A Level or advanced GCSE students, a 25 slide power-point presentation which provides a detailed introduction to literary criticism. The concept of critical ‘lenses’ is described and short explanations are given of a number of critical paradigms including Formalism, Deconstructionism, Historical, Intertextual, Psychological, Archetypal, Mimetic and Reader-Response. Feminist (8 slides) and Marxist (4 slides) critical perspectives are explored in some detail, encompassing their core aims, central concerns and interests with specific reference to aspects of The Great Gatsby and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Bibliographies and guidelines for conducting further research are also included.
Back to School: Back to School Ice Breakers Opinion Questions Whole Class Activity
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Back to School: Back to School Ice Breakers Opinion Questions Whole Class Activity

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A fun, students out of seats activity which is a great way to get to know your students and stimulate interest in any topic. Students are asked a series of opinion questions which they respond to by moving to an A, B, C or D sign in a different area of the classroom. There are 15 fun, topical questions in a ppt presentation and handout, A, B, C and D sign posts and flash cards. Teacher’s notes and instructions are included. This can be used successfully with any Grade Level and no preparation is required. This is a fantastic way of getting to know a new class or livening things up throughout the year.
Romeo and Juliet Creative Writing Portfolio
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Romeo and Juliet Creative Writing Portfolio

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With new additions, a fantastic resource which uses Romeo and Juliet as a focus to practise and refine persuasive writing skills in a variety of forms including a letter to the editor, a newspaper article, a radio interview, a personal journal and a speech. Students develop empathy skills through writing as a series of characters to persuade an audience of Verona’s citizens of their perspective on the events of the play. Each task includes a description of the form students will be asked to write in, a list of its structural and language conventions, and detailed task instructions. This works well as early preparation for the AQA GCSE Paper 2 Section 2 Point of View task for a Year 9 class, or any other persuasive writing examination assessment, or as an extended independent learning homework project. New addition are fun Wanted Poster worksheets for Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt which act primarily as a drawing activity, and a Hot Honeys Dating Profile worksheet that students can complete for characters of their choice.
To My 9 Yr Old Self Lesson Plan, Sample Essay, Questions, Tasks, Worksheet Edexcel A Level
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To My 9 Yr Old Self Lesson Plan, Sample Essay, Questions, Tasks, Worksheet Edexcel A Level

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This package focuses on To My Nine Year Old Self by Helen Dunmore and prepares students for the Edexcel A Level Literature ‘Contemporary Poetry’ section of exam paper 9ETO/03. It contains a host of thought provoking learning activities designed to give students an in depth knowledge of the poem and the skills to write an evaluative comparative essay. There is a ppt with thinking routine activities and an analytical paragraph, an extended worksheet of questions and tasks which guides students towards forming and developing their own thesis statements, and an extended analysis which students are asked to adapt into a comparative essay. Links to the examination focus, question style and Assessment Objectives are referenced throughout.
Jekyll and Hyde Essay Questions, Plans, Exemplar Analytical Writing for AQA GCSE
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Jekyll and Hyde Essay Questions, Plans, Exemplar Analytical Writing for AQA GCSE

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A Jekyll and Hyde essay writing unit of work with a worksheet pack for AQA GCSE Literature Paper. This gets fantastic results in examination analytical writing focusing on the themes, issues and contextual influences on the novel Jekyll and Hyde and teachers students how to build an argument and write an essay which meets all assessment objectives. This extends skills to level 8 or 9 in analysis, evaluation, incorporating contextual influences and academic writing. The resource contains a list of the central themes of the novel, two extended thesis statements for students to expand upon with supporting evidence, and a number of shorter ideas which students are asked to use to form their own thesis statements and explorations. There are a number of specific references to the contextual influences on the narrative. Together this builds to a sample exam style question and a detailed essay plan. A ppt of 12 slides and 13 page workpack.
Ghost of Christmas Past Comprehension Worksheet Drawing and Matching Activities
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Ghost of Christmas Past Comprehension Worksheet Drawing and Matching Activities

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A Christmas Carol close reading comprehension activities worksheet based on an extract description of The Ghost of Christmas Past. Students work on a detailed drawing of each part of the ghost, using their interpretation of quotations as instructions on what to draw. There is also a task in which students match vocabulary from the extract to its synonyms or definition. An answer key is provided. This is editable and no preparation is required.
Macbeth Plot Synopsis
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Macbeth Plot Synopsis

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A one page synopsis of the story of the play with embedded quotations. This is ideal to begin a unit of work on the play or as a resource to aid revision.
Back to School Comprehension and Creative Writing Task
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Back to School Comprehension and Creative Writing Task

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A comprehension and creative writing task based around an amusing extract from Cider with Rosie describing Laurie Lee’s first day at school. There are a series of short answer comprehension questions which test a variety of reading skills followed by an extended Creative Writing task. This is available in both Question Booklet form and Question and Answer Booklet form. It is an excellent way to gain early data on student’s abilities and needs. No preparation is required.
Introduction to Romanticism Presentation for A Level Literature and Arts
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Introduction to Romanticism Presentation for A Level Literature and Arts

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An interesting and accessible 18 page ppt presentation introduction to Romanticism which focuses on the contextual influences and central values of the movement across works of literature, visual art and music. Quotations from contemporary philosophers and artists are included with examples of neo classical and Romantic works of art and music. This provides a fun and interesting introduction to any unit of work on Romanticism for A Level Literature or Arts students.
Of Mice and Men Reading Guide
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Of Mice and Men Reading Guide

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A 21 page reading guide to Of Mice and Men including chapter summaries, brief thinking tasks, a bank of quotations, character descriptions, explanations of themes and issues.