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Teacher, classicist, poetry nut; Aristotle: 'We are what we repeatedly do".
Homer's Odyssey Annotated Book 11

Homer's Odyssey Annotated Book 11

A presentation of Homer's Odyssey colour-coded and annotated for use to lead the whole class through the text together and pupils annotate their copies for study. Text is Penguin (2003) translation by E. V. Rieu. Annotations/notes are displayed on successive pages. Colour codes for themes are as follows: purple = xenia yellow = fate green = gods&men pink = women&men blue = fathers&sons red line = [variously] Homeric similes / heroic code / Odysseus's character
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Homer's Odyssey Annotated Book 9

Homer's Odyssey Annotated Book 9

A presentation of Homer's Odyssey colour-coded and annotated for use to lead the whole class through the text together and pupils annotate their copies for study. Text is Penguin (2003) translation by E. V. Rieu. Annotations/notes are displayed on successive pages. Colour codes for themes are as follows: purple = xenia yellow = fate green = gods&men pink = women&men blue = fathers&sons red line = [variously] Homeric similes / heroic code / Odysseus's character
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Homer's Odyssey Annotated

Homer's Odyssey Annotated

Books 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21, 22, and 23 of E.V. Rieu's translation (Penguin, 2003) of Homer's Odyssey highlighted with colour-coded themes and annotated for study.
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CCEA AS1 Poetry 1900-present Frost/ Heaney themes of Poetic Inspiration and the Creative Process

CCEA AS1 Poetry 1900-present Frost/ Heaney themes of Poetic Inspiration and the Creative Process

A study map each on the possible AS1 examination question themes of Poetic Inspiration ('Personal Helicon' by Heaney and 'After Apple-picking' by Frost) and The Creative Process ('The Forge' by Heaney and 'Mowing' by Frost) on the new CCEA English Literature specification. These resources should be annotated by pupils and used to produce analysis of quotations and essay plans/frameworks after studying the poems.
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Thomas Hardy, 'The Withered Arm' Analysis

Thomas Hardy, 'The Withered Arm' Analysis

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.
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Creative writing: structure (The Hero's Journey)

Creative writing: structure (The Hero's Journey)

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.
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Homer's Odyssey Lesson Activities

Homer's Odyssey Lesson Activities

A selection of active lessons, book quizzes, essay practice resources, and study maps on characters and themes, for the study of Homer's Odyssey. All tried-and-tested - mainly for AQA Classical Civilisation, but also used and adapted for OCR GCSE.
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KS3 Poetry: 'After the Titanic'

KS3 Poetry: 'After the Titanic'

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.
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KS3 Poetry: 'The Tyger'

KS3 Poetry: 'The Tyger'

A lesson exploring William Blake's 'The Tyger' poem, as part of a larger scheme studying Yann Martel's novel, 'Life of Pi'. I have included two formats of the original presentation, if it's of interest to retain some of the information from the novel, but if you wish to study the poem exclusively, I have also included a stripped-back version of the lesson.
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KS3 Poetry: 'The Jaguar'

KS3 Poetry: 'The Jaguar'

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).
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