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Hi, I've been teaching secondary English for over 12 years and have experience of OCR, AQA and WJEC GCSEs in Language and Literature. I have also taught GCSE Film Studies. I actually really enjoy creating new resources with a particular focus on creativity and engaging learners as much as I can in an enjoyment of English as well as making progress.

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Hi, I've been teaching secondary English for over 12 years and have experience of OCR, AQA and WJEC GCSEs in Language and Literature. I have also taught GCSE Film Studies. I actually really enjoy creating new resources with a particular focus on creativity and engaging learners as much as I can in an enjoyment of English as well as making progress.
Year 9 Introduction to GCSE English

Year 9 Introduction to GCSE English

A booklet of independent projects aimed at preparing Year 9 for the transition into Year 10 and starting their GCSEs in English. The original idea was to issue this to Year 9 learners for use in option subjects which they would not be continuing with into Year 10, therefore projects are designed to be independently completed but checked by English teachers/form tutors, etc. There are seven projects in total: Independent Reading, Narratives, Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction, Media and Skills and each one includes both reading and writing tasks.
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Loyalty in Macbeth

Loyalty in Macbeth

Power point exploring a range of scenes from Macbeth focusing on the theme of loyalty. Produced to prepare middle set Y10 students for their GCSE English Literature controlled assessment for WJEC in Wales. Power point introduces theme and goes through a selection of key scenes from Acts one, three and five, identifying key quotations and developing PEEL paragraphs in preparation for essay writing. Also accompanied by a student booklet with the key scenes ready for students to explore and annotate.
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Loyalty in Macbeth

Loyalty in Macbeth

Power point exploring a range of scenes from Macbeth focusing on the theme of loyalty. Produced to prepare middle set Y10 students for their GCSE English Literature controlled assessment for WJEC in Wales. Power point introduces theme and goes through a selection of key scenes from Acts one, three and five, identifying key quotations and developing PEEL paragraphs in preparation for essay writing. Also accompanied by a student booklet with the key scenes ready for students to explore and annotate.
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Selling the Unsellable: Persuasive Writing

Selling the Unsellable: Persuasive Writing

A complete lesson in which learners work in groups to investigate one of a selection of "unsellable" products using De Bono's Thinking Hats. They then work as a team to use persuasive techniques to write and present an advert for their product. This has worked very well for a lesson observation with KS4 but is easily adapted for KS3. Grade criteria included is for WJEC but, again, can be adapted to include any exam board. Lesson plan, power point and all resources are included.
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Macbeth: The Full Package

Macbeth: The Full Package

Contains resources to teach the historical, social and cultural context behind Macbeth, the plot and characters as well as comprehensive preparation for a controlled assessment (WJEC in Wales) or extended based on the theme of loyalty.
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Divided City by Theresa Breslin: A Complete Scheme of Work

Divided City by Theresa Breslin: A Complete Scheme of Work

A complete scheme of work for Divided City by Theresa Breslin comprising of reference to assessment objectives, a medium term plan, 24 lesson plans, a range of assessments including reading, writing and speaking and listening, with accompanying power points and worksheets. The main focus of the unit is RAF7: social, historical and cultural contexts.
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Writing A Summary

Writing A Summary

Based on resources shared by https://www.tes.com/member/Lausten and adapted as part of a departmental carousel, teaching various exam skills for WJEC. This looks at the features of a summary, guides learners through the process of summary writing as part of a group, then provides an independent writing task with peer-assessment. This is basically https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/writing-a-summary-lessons-6434675 but condensed into one lesson.
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Gothic Literature Homework Booklet

Gothic Literature Homework Booklet

An A5 sized booklet for easy use with planners with three homework tasks based on Gothic Literature. Tasks are project-based and include research, creative making and written tasks. Booklet also contains key words for a Gothic unit and space for learners to record any new vocabulary they learn.
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Design Your Own Coat of Arms

Design Your Own Coat of Arms

A short power point looking at Coats of Arms and supporting learners to create one for themselves. Ideal as a "getting to know you" exercise or as part of an autobiography unit.
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Flannan Isle: Description and Mystery

Flannan Isle: Description and Mystery

A power point based on the poem "Flannan Isle" including activities such as describing a mysterious lighthouse, putting the events of the poem in order, producing a storyboard and writing a newspaper report. booklet contains sources related to the real-life mystery which could be used as part of the newspaper report or as a separate investigation and speaking and listening task.
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Skimming and Scanning: Guinness World Records

Skimming and Scanning: Guinness World Records

A complete lesson pack developing skimming and scanning skills at KS3 using texts about World Record breakers. Pack contains engaging activities such as a 'Where's Wally?' starter and a skimming and scanning relay race, full lesson plan and power point, all resources and a new mnemonic for remembering what to look out for when scanning a text. This lesson was devised as an observation for an interview and, guess what? I got the job!
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The Seven Ages of Man/ All the World's a Stage

The Seven Ages of Man/ All the World's a Stage

A complete lesson with power point, lesson plan and resources following the TEEP learning cycle. The lesson focuses on exploring the Seven Ages of Man/All the World's a Stage speech from As You Like It.
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Reading Fiction - The Road

Reading Fiction - The Road

A reading activity based on a extract from The Road by Cormac McCarthy including GCSE-style questions (WJEC) and a power point with a mark scheme for self/peer assessment.
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Year 9 Introduction to GCSE English

Year 9 Introduction to GCSE English

A booklet of independent projects aimed at preparing Year 9 for the transition into Year 10 and starting their GCSEs in English. The original idea was to issue this to Year 9 learners for use in option subjects which they would not be continuing with into Year 10, therefore projects are designed to be independently completed but checked by English teachers/form tutors, etc. There are seven projects in total: Independent Reading, Narratives, Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction, Media and Skills and each one includes both reading and writing tasks.
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Non Fiction Text Types - interactive worksheet

Non Fiction Text Types - interactive worksheet

A foldable worksheet useful for revising non-fiction text types and their features. Learners fold and cut the sheet as instructed, then add the details to create a revision resource ideal for kinaesthetic learners.
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Children In War: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Children In War: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

A complete scheme of work focused on The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne and its social, historical and cultural contexts. Scheme of work includes medium term plan, 17 lesson plans, several power points and worksheets, homework booklet and builds to an essay assessment task.
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A Busy Place - Descriptive Writing

A Busy Place - Descriptive Writing

A powerpoint which works through planning, writing and checking a piece of descriptive writing. Originally devised to help prepare for GCSE English language Controlled Assessments for WJEC, this could easily be adapted for any descriptive writing task. Activities include looking at vocabulary choice, structuring writing, descriptive techniques etc. Planning sheet included.
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Reading Fiction - Smaug KS4

Reading Fiction - Smaug KS4

A reading activity based on a extract from The Hobbit including GCSE-style questions (WJEC) and a power point with a mark scheme for self/peer assessment.
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Investigating Lorraine Castle: Gothic Writing

Investigating Lorraine Castle: Gothic Writing

A group work and creative writing lesson based on the idea of investigating the paranormal activities reported at Lorraine Castle (The Red Room by H.G. Wells). Using the Mantle of the Expert, learners play the parts of paranormal investigators and work in teams to explore and report back on the different areas of the castle. This builds towards a creative writing piece where each individual is parted from their team by a complication and they retell the story of what happens next. This was developed and used as a very successful lesson observation. Pack includes lesson plan, power point and all resources. Lesson can be further supplemented by the addition of props from each area of the castle - I can't supply those though!
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Reading Booklet: Macbeth's Historical Context

Reading Booklet: Macbeth's Historical Context

A booklet with a range of reading activities based on aspects of historical and social contexts of Macbeth. Activities develop reading skills while providing contextual information including James I, witchcraft and the Gunpowder Plot. At the end of the booklet is a reading assessment in the style of the new GCSE exams (WJEC).
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