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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.

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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.
Show Don't Tell Examples, Top Tips, Tasks and Challenges
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Show Don't Tell Examples, Top Tips, Tasks and Challenges

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A nine slide ppt and 8 page work pack filled with examples of good quality writing that shows rather than tells, top tips, tasks and challenges for students to build skills in using language to show something with their creative writing skills rather than tell it. Ideal for AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 or Key Stages 2 and 3 creative writing.
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.
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.
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.
Edexcel 9ETO4 Coursework The Great Gatsby Scheme of Work
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Edexcel 9ETO4 Coursework The Great Gatsby Scheme of Work

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A Scheme of Work for the A Level Edexcel Coursework Component 9ET0/04 based around The Great Gatsby. Included are 20 tried and tested essay questions that have lead to successful coursework submissions, 22 possible comparison texts and 10 specific points of comparison with any second text. There is a list of over 30 textual themes and issues in The Great Gatsby, notes and tasks on its contextual influences, literary elements and narrative methods. There are also links to 3 useful documentaries.
Sentence Structures Games and Activities for Creative Writing
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Sentence Structures Games and Activities for Creative Writing

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An editable, no prep required worksheet hand out containing examples of 20 different sentence types which are ideal for extending student achievement in descriptive or narrative writing, a short list of verbs to use when creating personification and ideas for imagery. 10 fun activities / games are provided which consolidate and extend skills in using these sentence types effectively. This works well as a mini unit of work estimated to take between 2 or 4 lessons, or as a useful addition to a longer scheme of learning in preparation for AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 Section B or for skills practice at Key Stage 3.
The Handmaid's Tale Detailed Chapter by Chapter Breakdown
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The Handmaid's Tale Detailed Chapter by Chapter Breakdown

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A thorough (15 pages, 5200 words), chapter by chapter breakdown of the content, themes, issues and concerns of the author, literary devices and impact of The Handmaid’s Tale. Every point is tied to specific textual references which together provide an essential support resource for any study of the novel for A Level study for AQA, Edexcel, OCR or other examination boards. This reource also assists study for the Australian HSC.
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.
Persuasive Writing Tasks, Devices Definitions, Examples, Scaffolding Ideas for Building an Argument
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Persuasive Writing Tasks, Devices Definitions, Examples, Scaffolding Ideas for Building an Argument

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A huge 23 page document that gives you everything students need to write effective detailed and well developed persuasive pieces. It consists of definitions and a host of examples (most have between 10 and 20) of 31 persuasive devices which include more sophisticated techniques such as parallel structure, antanagogue, absurdity, weasel words, neologisms, allusion, delayed epithet, hypophora, distinction and metabasis. All of the better known devices such as rhetorical questions, emotive language etc are present as are examples of how to use punctuation for persuasive effect such as ellipsis and inverted commas. There is a list of 34 topics for debate followed by 13 AQA style GCSE Language Paper 2 Question 5s. Also provided are 14 ideas that students can choose between to build any argument around which will help them avoid repeating the same point in their writing. 10 mnemonics are included to help students remember these argument ideas. The resource ends with a handy checklist to aid students in ensuring their writing uses the conventions of a persuasive piece. This resource acts as an excellent addition to any scheme of learning or works very well alone. It is also a useful reference when focusing on specific skills with any age group.
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.
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.
Creative Writing Lesson Plans,  Examples, Fun Tasks, Structural and Language Devices for AQA GCSE
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Creative Writing Lesson Plans, Examples, Fun Tasks, Structural and Language Devices for AQA GCSE

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Creative narrative and descriptive writing unit of work, full lessons of fun, practical activities guaranteed to enable students to make incredible progress. Skills include basing a narrative around a central theme, show don’t tell, avoiding repeating words, focussing on small details of a larger scene, symbolism and layers of meaning, using a variety of sentence structures and punctuation, creating a character, narrative structure, impact openings and closings and more. There are 32 slides and a 27 page worksheet document with easy to follow guidelines, lots of tips for improvement and examples. Tasks are structured to build towards high quality short stories or extended piece of descriptive writing, although they work just as well as stand-alone starters or full lesson tasks. Primarily designed for AQA GCSE Paper 1 Section B, a tried and tested comprehensive selection which can be used with any age group and ability from Year 7 through to 6th Form.
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.
Advanced Narrative Writing How To Guide
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Advanced Narrative Writing How To Guide

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A ‘How To’ guide in writing successful, sophisticated short stories. These 8 pages break down all the major elements including; narrative viewpoint and the way this shapes meaning, the importance of setting and context, plot building, character creation and development, the necessity of strong themes, methods to create and maintain a central conflict, effective openings, and maintaining reader interest. This is best suited to advanced classes or older students. This will raise achievement for AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 Section B.
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.
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.
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.