Detailed notes, a lesson presentation and handout, as well as pupils' responses that can be used as essay plan frameworks, for 'Personal Helicon'; one of the Heaney poems in the new CCEA AS specification in English Literature.
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).
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
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.
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).
A presentation and handout for studying 3 of the poems on the new CCEA AS English Literature specification: 'Acquainted with the Night' and 'Out- Out' by Robert Frost, as well as 'The Summer of Lost Rachel' by Seamus Heaney, under the possible examination theme of grief, loss or death.
Detailed context of Malala Yousafzai's UN Takeover inspirational/motivational speech, with fully annotated transcript for complete unit of study (I used this speech for GCSE Controlled Assessment in English Language).
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.
A collection of essay-writing resources including guidelines on how to approach answers, structure essays, and numerous exemplars by past pupils (with teacher annotations as well as mark schemes) covering a variety of exam questions.
A set of pupil exemplars from A - C in AS Media Studies coursework in print-based media (magazine covers, contents, and feature articles), WJEC exam board. Includes a fully annotated and marked final submission.
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.
Exemplar paragraphs on computer games in functional / discursive essays, written by top-level KS3 class, and also used by a lower-ability GCSE class as 'What a Good One Looks Like' for English Language revision.