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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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Unit of Work

A Midsummer Night's Dream Unit of Work

A large (136 pages of WORD documents and 11 detailed ppts), fully editable, no prep required complete unit of work which really brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life. This unit of work makes the play relevant to student’s lives and the world in which they live, asking them to experience the play as a piece of theatre as well as a literary text. Quizzes, tests, essay questions, worksheets, debate cards, character analysis, group projects, creative activities, contextual information and more. All activities are graduated to fit the learning stages of Blooms Taxonomy moving from recall and understanding through to analysis, evaluation and creation with collaborative projects. Primarily designed for A Level courses or GCSEs, most activities can be easily used with younger age groups at Key Stage 3 (11 to 14 years old). I have placed particular focus on contextual appreciation, textual knowledge, critical thinking, and skills in building and supporting an argument through debate, essay and letter writing tasks. Creative tasks include Director’s Log and Deck of Cards projects. The essay questions in particular are intended to stretch and challenge students’ ability and achievement. The resource includes: Context, Genre Conventions and Narrative (12 pages) Close Reading and Textual Knowledge (57 pages and 9 ppt presentations) Debate and Discussion Tasks (18 pages) Formal Letters (13 pages and 2 Marking Rubrics) Essays (17 essay questions, 25 pages and 2 Marking Rubrics) Collaborative Projects (21 pages and 2 ppts of 35 slides)
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Creative Writing Lesson Plans,  Examples, Fun Tasks, Structural and Language Devices for AQA GCSE

Creative Writing Lesson Plans, Examples, Fun Tasks, Structural and Language Devices for AQA GCSE

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.
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Introduction to Literary Criticism including Feminism and Marxism

Introduction to Literary Criticism including Feminism and Marxism

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.
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The Handmaid’s Tale and Frankenstein Analytical Ideas and Tasks - Edexcel A Level Specification

The Handmaid’s Tale and Frankenstein Analytical Ideas and Tasks - Edexcel A Level Specification

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.
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Romantic Poets Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work

Romantic Poets Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work

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.
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Wolves of Willoughby Chase Mini Unit

Wolves of Willoughby Chase Mini Unit

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.
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To My 9 Yr Old Self Lesson Plan, Sample Essay, Questions, Tasks, Worksheet Edexcel A Level

To My 9 Yr Old Self Lesson Plan, Sample Essay, Questions, Tasks, Worksheet Edexcel A Level

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.
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Persuasive Writing Tasks, Devices Definitions, Examples, Scaffolding Ideas for Building an Argument

Persuasive Writing Tasks, Devices Definitions, Examples, Scaffolding Ideas for Building an Argument

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.
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Jekyll and Hyde Essay Questions, Plans, Exemplar Analytical Writing for AQA GCSE

Jekyll and Hyde Essay Questions, Plans, Exemplar Analytical Writing for AQA GCSE

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.
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Hamlet, Claudius and Laertes Venn Diagram and Tasks

Hamlet, Claudius and Laertes Venn Diagram and Tasks

A really handy venn diagram and 6 short tasks which asks students to investigate the characters Hamlet, Claudius and La ertes through consideration of the ways they are similar and unique. This is a great way to stretch students’ knowledge of the play, stimulate discussion and debate, or simply to use as a homework task.
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Romeo and Juliet Creative Writing Portfolio

Romeo and Juliet Creative Writing Portfolio

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.
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Back to School: Back to School Ice Breakers Opinion Questions Whole Class Activity

Back to School: Back to School Ice Breakers Opinion Questions Whole Class Activity

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.
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Prose Study Frankenstein and Handmaid’s Tale Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work

Prose Study Frankenstein and Handmaid’s Tale Edexcel A Level Literature Scheme of Work

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.
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Macbeth Plot Synopsis

Macbeth Plot Synopsis

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.
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Macbeth: Ten GCSE AQA exam questions on Macbeth with extracts and response ideas.

Macbeth: Ten GCSE AQA exam questions on Macbeth with extracts and response ideas.

AQA Macbeth. A really useful ppt and printable word document that provides TEN AQA GCSE Literature Paper 1 critical evaluation exam style questions based around the ‘to what extent’ or ‘how far do you agree’ stems. Four of the question slides include a comprehensive or partial list of points to support an argument which encourage students to add their own ideas, forming a basis for a written response. Five exam style questions with extracts from the play make up the remainder of the ppt. If worked through in order, the slides build on reading and essay writing skills, though the resource works very well if used in any order.
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Creative Writing Lesson Plans,  Examples, Fun Tasks, Structural and Language Devices for AQA GCSE

Creative Writing Lesson Plans, Examples, Fun Tasks, Structural and Language Devices for AQA GCSE

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.
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Creative Writing Vocabulary and Descriptive Devices Activity

Creative Writing Vocabulary and Descriptive Devices Activity

An unusual activity which enables students to access a wider range of ambitious, unexpected, descriptive vocabulary and devices than they may usually rely on in their creative writing and make their compositions stand out in the examiner’s pile. This will also assist students in creating specific language fields to assist establishing tone and character within narrative or descriptive writing. The activity should take a full lesson and requires a packet of jelly snakes or similar. It is excellent for GCSE creative writing or adaptable to any age group or ability.
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AQA GCSE Language Paper 2 Last Minute Advice

AQA GCSE Language Paper 2 Last Minute Advice

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.
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The Taming of the Shrew and Ten Things I Hate About You Detailed Connections Reference Grid

The Taming of the Shrew and Ten Things I Hate About You Detailed Connections Reference Grid

A detailed table which breaks down many of the similarities and differences in the ways the characters, narrative events and issues in the play are extended, challenged and subverted in the modern film appropriation. It can be used as a support resource for an essay, presentation or to aid revision. It can also be adapted by deleting some parts of the text and asking students to add their own ideas and examples.
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Creating a Narrative Advice and Three Detailed Tasks

Creating a Narrative Advice and Three Detailed Tasks

Three creative writing tasks with ideas and advice for producing good quality stories. This forms part of my larger resource ‘AQA GCSE Paper 1 Section B Really Effective Creative Writing Advice and Tasks’. Both resources can work brilliantly with any age group for any curriculum. This works really well with students, showing them how to write less but write it better. This also stimulates their own creative ideas for using narrative and descriptive language. I have uploaded a short film to YouTube which takes you throught this presentation names AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 Section B Creating a Narrative.
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