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Teacher, classicist, poetry nut; Aristotle: 'We are what we repeatedly do".

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Teacher, classicist, poetry nut; Aristotle: 'We are what we repeatedly do".
KS3 Writing: evaluating PEE paragraphs (WAGOLL)
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KS3 Writing: evaluating PEE paragraphs (WAGOLL)

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A lesson where pupils look at exemplar POINT-EVIDENCE-EXPLANATION paragraphs (written by my previous pupils on 'Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', but the success criteria of structuring paragraphs can be applied to any text), then use a table of success criteria to evaluate them in groups. With the understanding of these success criteria, and having seen 'What a Good One Looks Like', pupils then self-evaluate and improve their own work.
Creative writing: structure (The Hero's Journey)
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Creative writing: structure (The Hero's Journey)

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A pdf to be used as a class presentation (or could be adapted to handout format!), based upon Christopher Vogler's work on mythic structures and the 12 stages of the archetypal hero's journey, to enable pupils to understand and create structure. I have illustrated each stage with examples. Particularly suited to GCSE creative writing, but I have also taught at KS3, and even used this in after-school creative writing club to compose fairytales.
Unseen Poetry
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Unseen Poetry

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A set of poems to use as possible practice pieces for unseen poetry, and a guide to aid pupils in approaching unseen poems. Designed for GCSE, but I have also used for top-set KS3 pupils, and used the poem selection to widen A-level pupils' experience of poetry.
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth
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Macbeth: Lady Macbeth

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A comprehensive guide to writing an essay on the question: 'Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Lady Macbeth’s character in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. How would Shakespeare’s audience have reacted to them?' Resource includes contextual detail, in-depth analysis, notes on essay structure and useful phrases, as well as an exemplar past-pupil essay.
KS3 Reading Task - Daedalus and Icarus
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KS3 Reading Task - Daedalus and Icarus

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To practise or assess KS3 key Communication skill Reading, a lesson presentation that can be completed in class time, or printed as a handout for homework, with comprehension questions (and mark scheme) on the story of Daedalus and Icarus (taken from The New Windmill Book of Greek Myths, Geraldine McCaughrean, 1997).
Homer's Odyssey, Introduction and Summary
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Homer's Odyssey, Introduction and Summary

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An introductory handout for pupils embarking upon study of the Odyssey, covering oral tradition and the background of the Trojan War, accompanied by a book-by-book summary of the text. I have used these resources at both GCSE and A-level.
KS3 Poetry: 'After the Titanic'
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KS3 Poetry: 'After the Titanic'

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A lesson on the poem 'After the Titanic' by the Northern Irish poet Derek Mahon, in which pupils engage in active, collaborative close reading and language analysis through 'Home Group/Expert Group' activities. Presentation is split into 2 PowerPoints, since the first includes a video and is larger. I have also removed the video and made the presentation into a pdf, if that is an easier format to work with. The handout is for printing, cutting, and distributing to the groups.
Thomas Hardy, 'The Withered Arm' Analysis
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Thomas Hardy, 'The Withered Arm' Analysis

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Examining the theme of strength and weakness in Thomas Hardy's short story, and how this reflects the time in which it was set, looking at the supernatural, social class and people, the environment, vanity, and criminal punishment, as well as possible links with Shakespeare's Macbeth as a comparative text.
Unseen Poetry: Lesson 3
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Unseen Poetry: Lesson 3

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A lesson using a CCEA GCSE Literature past-paper unseen poem, 'After the Titanic' by Derek Mahon. Lesson makes use of the 'Home Group/Expert Group' activity, using the attached question sheets.
Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men Study Maps: Life on the Ranch
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Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men Study Maps: Life on the Ranch

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Two original study maps for the novel 'Of Mice and Men' for pupils to complete as they study the ranch workers, life on the ranch, and the control they have over their lives. Both study maps include completed versions for teachers to use to go through pupils' responses, which works well as whole class discussion. I created these study maps for my GCSE class to use as revision for their final exam after studying the whole novel, but colleagues also used them effectively as resources as they taught the text. They also form a good basis for writing a Speaking and Listening presentation on the text.
KS3 Poetry: 'The Jaguar'
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KS3 Poetry: 'The Jaguar'

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A lesson in two formats, guiding KS3 pupils through language analysis with study of the language techniques in Ted Hughes' poem 'The Jaguar', including expanding vocabulary, enjambment, imagery, similes and metaphors. Lesson culminates in a 25-mark poetry Reading assessment (extension task included: 'Second Glance at a Jaguar' by Ted Hughes).
KS3 Poetry: Jabberwocky
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KS3 Poetry: Jabberwocky

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An activity where pupils identify types of words in a nonsense poem ('Jabberwocky'), then create their own dictionary of nonsense words in order to write their own poem about school.
Language techniques: fact/opinion and rule of three
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Language techniques: fact/opinion and rule of three

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A differentiated starter on facts/opinion when introducing language techniques (persuasion). Use the polar bear questions first, and high achievers can move on to Shakespeare (or allow pupils the choice at the start). Also includes a handout on Rule of Three. I designed this for use at KS3, but then, teaching lower-ability classes at GCSE, it came in very useful as a resource for language study in all kinds of units: multi-modal/media texts; speaking and listening writing own speeches; the study of spoken language; reading non-fiction; and functional writing.
CCEA AS1 Poetry 1900-present Robert Frost/Seamus Heaney Poetry Comparison Grids
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CCEA AS1 Poetry 1900-present Robert Frost/Seamus Heaney Poetry Comparison Grids

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A 31-page resource containing 14 poem comparison (AO4) grids for the Frost & Heaney anthology, including notes on situation of speaker (AO1), tone and poetic methods (AO2), and context (AO3) for the new CCEA English Literature specification. The grid format can be employed as a basis for first lessons on each of the poems, and should be used to gather quotations and write analysis. Alternatively, pupils may use the resource independently in order to plan an essay framework for practice exam questions. These are also extremely useful at the end of the course for revision purposes, where pupils use the class notes that they have made whilst studying AS1 to complete the grids from memory, as effective exam preparation.