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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AQA GCSE Language Paper 2 Last Minute Advice
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AQA GCSE Language Paper 2 Last Minute Advice

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Four pages of question by question advice and tips for AQA GCSE Language Paper 2 Section A and Section B. Easy to remember acronyms, sentence stems and phrases, rhetorical devices and strategies tailored to the Assessment Objectives of each question. Excellent for last minute cramming or consolidation of knowledge.
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.
Edexcel Prose Study Frankenstein and Handmaid's Tale Thesis Statements and Tasks
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Edexcel Prose Study Frankenstein and Handmaid's Tale Thesis Statements and Tasks

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Created to raise student achievement in the Edexcel A Level Literature 9ETO/02 examination, a collection of eight sophisticated, evaluative and detailed thesis statements drawing connections between Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale. The statements address all Assessment Objectives for this examination and can be adapted for use in most essays. A number of tasks are included to familiarise students with the language of the mark scheme and to develop their analytical writing skills to an excellent standard. The content and tasks here can be used as one lesson and homework or extended into a longer unit of work.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Scene by Scene Multiple Choice Quizzes and Tests
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Scene by Scene Multiple Choice Quizzes and Tests

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Scene by Scene Quizzes of between 10 and 20 multiple choice questions. All are available as printouts and ppt presentations with one question per slide to aid feedback or so quizzes can easily be turned into a class competition. A full answer key is provided and everything is printable and editable. A quiz on the opening scene which asks for short written responses. This can be used with any age group though it is probably better suited to 14 years old and upwards, GCSE and A Level or similar age curriculums.
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.
The Turn of the Screw Comprehension Test
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The Turn of the Screw Comprehension Test

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A detailed reading test which asks students to answer comprehension questions based around every chapter of the novel. The document is 8 pages long with spaces for written responses. This can also be used as a worksheet or shared activity.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Debates
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Debates

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15 ‘Midsummer and Me’ Debate and Discussion Question Cards which outline an ethical issue in the play and ask a series of critical thinking questions. This set is very flexible and can be used in a number of ways. Most popular uses so far are as ‘speed dating’ group discussions or as the basis for more formal debates. Tasks can be used as essay questions. Class Debates. Full instructions for holding a more formal class debate are provided along with 20 thought provoking, controversial debate topics. A handout explaining and giving examples of persuasive language devices is also included. This resource makes up part of my bundle full unit of work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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.
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.
Game of Thrones Annotation for AQA A Level English Language NEA Original Writing
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Game of Thrones Annotation for AQA A Level English Language NEA Original Writing

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A detailed annotation of the prologue to the first Game of Thrones novel created for the AQA Level NEA Original Writing Coursework component. This is a good example of how to annotate the Style Model and provides ideas for the Commentary. A short film of me explaining and exploring this further is available on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ox9zQa-Fs