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Teacher, classicist, poetry nut; Aristotle: 'We are what we repeatedly do".
Homer's Odyssey Study Maps: Books 1-11
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Homer's Odyssey Study Maps: Books 1-11

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Two simple study maps for pupils to complete, firstly, considering themes in books 1-11 of the Odyssey, and secondly, focussing specifically on the theme of women. I have included my completed maps as teacher's answers, to facilitate whole-class discussion once pupils have formulated their own responses, either in groups or independently.
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.
Louis Sachar's Holes: understanding character starter activity
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Louis Sachar's Holes: understanding character starter activity

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KS3 novel - randomly allocate a character from the novel to each pupil (or also works in pairs, depending on ability), then get them to use this worksheet to develop deeper understanding of character. A nice follow-up extension is to work this into a Speaking and Listening class presentation for Key Skill Communication assessment.
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).
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.
KS3 Poetry Analysis: variety of tasks
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KS3 Poetry Analysis: variety of tasks

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A presentation in two formats including 'On the Beach at Fontana' by James Joyce, 'Nettles' by Vernon Scannell, 'Rough' by Stephen Spender, and 'The Evacuee' by R. S. Thomas. Poems are accompanied by written activities (or, alternatively, can be completed in discussion or group work), leading up to a final Reading assessment.
Key Stage 3 Creative Writing
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Key Stage 3 Creative Writing

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Everything needed to teach Creative Writing at KS3: a whole unit in a presentation; a peer evaluation grid; a lesson on similes and metaphors; as well as numerous pupil examples of poetry and prose.
Macbeth: Acts 4 and 5
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Macbeth: Acts 4 and 5

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A set of lessons to work through chronologically in my unit on Macbeth, covering themes, genre, close language analysis, performance, group work, research tasks, and lots of active learning methods.
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.
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.
Unseen Poetry
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Unseen Poetry

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Five lessons and resources to guide 14+ pupils through studying unseen poetry (some material based upon CCEA GCSE Literature mark schemes).