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The Nerdy English Teacher

With over seven years of teaching experience, I have learned how to access all levels of learners. As an OFSTED rated "Outstanding" teacher and creator, I hope you find work here that will engage and inspire, challenge and encourage, but most of all, allow you to have fun.

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With over seven years of teaching experience, I have learned how to access all levels of learners. As an OFSTED rated "Outstanding" teacher and creator, I hope you find work here that will engage and inspire, challenge and encourage, but most of all, allow you to have fun.
Writing a Newspaper Report
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Writing a Newspaper Report

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Students will explore how to write a newspaper report by looking at: voice, fact vs opinion, and the five main ingredients. The handout includes a sample newspaper report which allows students to label, highlight, and explore the difference between informal and formal voice. This resource includes: full powerpoint presentation with interactive activities printable “Twisted Tale Ideas” with situations and questions to consider for the main task student handout including sample newspaper report AND peer assessment sheet for in-class evaluation both Word/Powerpoint and PDF documents to allow editing and original fonts
Elegy for my Father's Father by James K. Baxter (IGCSE Literature)
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Elegy for my Father's Father by James K. Baxter (IGCSE Literature)

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An annotated powerpoint lesson of the poem exploring structure, meaning, imagery, language and effect. Students also complete imagery breakdowns using the TEAR technique. In addition to analysis, the lesson also includes Post-It activities and essay paragraph questions (contributing towards the essay in-class timed write.)
One Art by Elizabeth Bishop (IGCSE Literature)
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One Art by Elizabeth Bishop (IGCSE Literature)

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An annotated powerpoint lesson of the poem exploring how the structure of the villanelle contributes to Bishop's overall tone. The lesson also explores: language, imagery, meaning, tone/voice, and effect. In addition to analysis, the lesson also includes Post-It activities and essay paragraph questions (contributing towards the essay in-class timed write.)
"Cold in the Earth" (or "Remembrance") by Emily Bronte (IGCSE Literature)
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"Cold in the Earth" (or "Remembrance") by Emily Bronte (IGCSE Literature)

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An annotated powerpoint lesson of the poem exploring structure, meaning, imagery, language and effect. Students also complete analysis breakdowns using the SMILE technique. In addition to analysis, the lesson also includes a journal reflection, Post-It activities, and essay paragraph questions (contributing towards the essay in-class timed write.)
For Heidi with Blue Hair (IGCSE Literature)
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For Heidi with Blue Hair (IGCSE Literature)

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A thematic lesson exploring key quotes, literary devices, and meanings behind Fleur Adcock's poem. Slides with the poem are annotated by stanza with colour-coded, easy to read commentary and explanations. Powerpoint also includes reflection on reasons why teenagers choose to rebel. Lesson ends with application task: using knowledge gained to explain how the poem affects the reader. Although this lesson was put together for an IGCSE Literature class, the lesson can be used with upper KS3, KS4, and EdExcel classes.
Writing a Monologue (PowerPoint AND Activity)
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Writing a Monologue (PowerPoint AND Activity)

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Students will look at the ingredients of a monologue through both comedic and dramatic examples. First, they will watch a character deliver a monologue. Then, they will read a typed out version (formatted to match their task.) Then, they will annotate a monologue using the ingredients from the start of the lesson. Examples, handouts, and links are provided. I hope you enjoy this -- it was a hit with both my KS3 English and Drama students!
IGCSE First Language: Articles
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IGCSE First Language: Articles

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I found this resource online which helps prepare students for writing an article task. Build up, titles, structure, and planning are included. The answers can be found at the end. Happy planning!
"Because I could not stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson (IGCSE Literature)
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"Because I could not stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson (IGCSE Literature)

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An annotated powerpoint lesson of the poem exploring structure, meaning, imagery, language and effect. Students also reference historical context to support the extended metaphor. In addition to analysis, the lesson also includes essay prompts, all-class discussions, and guided questions to contribute towards the in-class timed write.
Introduction to the Ballad/Lady of Shalott
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Introduction to the Ballad/Lady of Shalott

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Three full lessons including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and activities. Students will understand the purpose of a ballad, rhyme scheme, and expected conventions. The handouts included detailed breakdown with other possible activities, extensions, and songs. They will also complete activities on King Arthur's court to understand the Camelot setting of 'The Lady of Shalott.'
The Great Library Escape! Digital Breakout Room
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The Great Library Escape! Digital Breakout Room

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An exciting and interactive way to bring reading and problem solving into the classroom. Students will use their comprehension and critical thinking skills to solve puzzles and crack the codes they need to escape! The class will use research skills to look up information about familiar and not-so-familiar authors. Furthermore, students will access reading-based vocabulary to solve a crossword, decode phone texts, and use classroom based knowledge to earn the lock codes. This experience has been designed for Year 6-8 students, although many English teachers have been caught putting the puzzles together too! Since it is all digital, there is no paper or prep to contend with! To heighten the drama, I usually put the police “Do Not Cross” tape across my door, play mysterious music, and have a giant digital countdown projected onto my board during each escape room activity. Your purchase will include: a digital teacher’s guide which includes a full breakdown of each puzzle and the answer codes the digital link to the escape website
IGCSE First Language Review: Paper 2
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IGCSE First Language Review: Paper 2

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Using the Honey Hotel Paper 2 question from the 2016 exam, I have taken apart question one (letter). Using student written examples, students must give grade, give advice, and reconstruct examples to improve the writing and structure. By the end of the activity, students will have a strong understanding of including explicit meaning from the passage, in addition to the overall structure of a letter.
Spelling Score Progress Tracker
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Spelling Score Progress Tracker

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I used this for my lower secondary students to keep track of their spelling progress over the year. I’ve attached an edit version in Word, but see the PDF for the proper layout. Hope this might help you!
Writing Haikus
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Writing Haikus

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A writing based lesson in which students create several examples of haiku poetry. Included are the powerpoint, handouts, and a challenging word scramble focusing on key words. Designed for KS2 and KS3 learners, but can be a good refresher for KS4. Word documents included for editing and adapting purposes.
Target Tracking Form: English
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Target Tracking Form: English

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A sheet for the student's folders allowing them to see their progress throughout the year and make adjustments. Students also make targets for themselves based on their results.
Drama Scene Planning Sheet
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Drama Scene Planning Sheet

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I use this sheet at the beginning of scene work to remind students what their scene should look like and what to include. Although I’ve mainly used this resource with Year 6-8 students, I’m sure it could be used for younger and older with some adapting. Feel free to use, adapt, change whatever suits your needs. I hope it helps!
Where in the World?: Author Study
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Where in the World?: Author Study

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A handout for students to use as a take home project exploring a writer/author of their choosing. The box is for them to attach a photo picture, or to draw the image of their author. (It is often so fun to see their visual interpretations of these authors.)