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I am an experienced teacher based in the South East who has taught English and Media Studies.

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I am an experienced teacher based in the South East who has taught English and Media Studies.
Lady Macbeth as the Perfect Hostess, Act 1, scene 6
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Lady Macbeth as the Perfect Hostess, Act 1, scene 6

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In this lesson students are asked to comment on what Lady Macbeth's use of language shows about her intentions within the story. As with the last lesson, there is emphasis on how dramatic irony works within scene. Students are asked to identify where she is deliberately being polite in order to hide her murderous intentions towards Duncan who has arrived at her castle. After this stage, students are then asked to find imagery within her dialogue which is a key skill that these lessons encourage throughout the project. All lessons in this series include: - Links to online videos (see 'Notes' under Powerpoint slides) - Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson - Differentiated tasks - Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing') - Handouts of scenes or a selection of quotes from scenes studied - Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment - Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the scene - References to the AQA English Literature mark scheme for Paper 1, particularly to the demands for attaining a grade 5 - what is considered a 'good pass' for the qualification. It's suggested that you download the whole series to appreciate the full learning journey.
Nothing's Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika
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Nothing's Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika

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An oldie but a goodie! This is still an interesting poem to explore with classes who you feel would benefit from studying the themes of conflict, prejudice and racism. This could be a lesson within a unit on conflict poetry in year 9 or may be used as a chance to explore an 'unseen' poetry which is not in your GCSE class's anthology of Literature exam poems. The poem, if you don't know it, describes a South African's feelings whilst walking through a familiar community that was devastated by the effects of the Apartheid in South Africa. The lesson begins by asking students to define the concept of segregation and then teases out any facts they may already know about the Apartheid regime. There are images and some facts for them to consider. They are then introduced to the 'WPSLOMP' method of analysing poetry as well as being asked to colour code devices the poet uses for effect (metaphor, simile, peaceful and violent imagery). The lesson ends with a chance for students to write independent essay paragraphs with a generic success criteria which can be adapted for your course. There are 3 options on how to approach essay writing: 'layers of meaning', PEA, or the 'reading ladder' which follow the same idea. Attached is; - A blank copy of the poem with a word box for tricky words - A handout of Apartheid images - Essay PEA styles sentence starters writing frames for weaker students - A worksheet with a range of tasks on it along with the poem (good cover work?) - A storyboard template - A powerpoint with the lesson clearly outlined
Macbeth Wants More, Act 1, scene 4
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Macbeth Wants More, Act 1, scene 4

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This lesson asks students to identify how Shakespeare establishes Macbeth as a cunning character and builds tension within a scene. This powerpoint offers pertinent questions for students to consider about the dramatic irony which underlies the scene where Macbeth plays host to King Duncan. There is a tick sheet where students are to identify how key quotes refer to key themes and a chance to 'explode' a key quote as part of the plenary. All lessons in this series include: - Links to online videos (see 'Notes' under Powerpoint slides) - Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson - Differentiated tasks - Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing') - Handouts of scenes or a selection of quotes from scenes studied - Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment - Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the scene - References to the AQA English Literature mark scheme for Paper 1, particularly to the demands for attaining a grade 5 - what is considered a 'good pass' for the qualification. It's suggested that you download the whole series to appreciate the full learning journey.
Macbeth, Act 3, sc 4: Banquo’s ghost at the feast
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Macbeth, Act 3, sc 4: Banquo’s ghost at the feast

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In this lesson students are asked to consider how Shakespeare exposes Macbeth’s loss of control. The lesson starts by asking students to identify where in the play so far the theme of the supernatural has been explored. Students are then asked to read the scene where Macbeth alone sees Banquo's ghost and reacts wildly in front of his guests (a link is provided to Patrick Stewart's performance). In groups they are then asked to consider key questions about how his behaviour builds tension and how it reflects his loss of control. The lesson ends with an opportunity to respond independently by writing an essay paragraph. All lessons in this series include: - Links to online videos (see 'notes' under powerpoint slides) - Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson - Differentiated tasks - Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing') - Handouts of scenes or a selection of quotes from scenes studied - Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment - Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the scene - References to the AQA English Literature mark scheme for Paper 1, particularly to the demands for attaining a grade 5 - what is considered a 'good pass' for the qualification. It's suggested that you download the whole series to appreciate the full learning journey.
‘War Photographer’ by Carole Satyamurti
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‘War Photographer’ by Carole Satyamurti

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This is a lesson on a poem which explores the point of view of a War Photographer - not to be confused with Carol Ann Duffy's poem of the same name (AQA). It features in the Edexcel anthology of Literature exam poems. The poem, if you don't know it, contrasts the photographer's memories of taking photos of conflict in a war zone and the Ascot races. It explores the themes of violence and isolation in war which can be linked to other poems taught within a unit. It's particularly useful to compare to 'Remains' by Simon Armitage and of course Duffy's poem (see my shop for a lesson on that one). The lesson begins by asking students to consider what it would be like to be a war photographer and why they would be an effective focus for a poem. There is then a slide which introduces them to Carole Satyamurti as a poet. Students are then introduced to the 'WPSLOMP' method of analysing poetry which they can then apply in pairs before colour coding quotes which are examples of metaphors, simile and contrasts, as well as some more challenging devices. The ideas they pull together for this can then be explored as a class and the slides can be annotated by the teacher on the board and there are also some quotes colour coded as the answers. Students are then asked to think about structure and there is a slide which refers to sibilance, alliteration and how the poem develops through each stanza. The lesson ends with a chance for students to write independent essay paragraphs with Edexcel's exam success criteria but this can be adapted for your course. There are 3 options on how to approach essay writing: 'layers of meaning', PEA, or the 'reading ladder' which follow the same idea. There is then an opportunity to self or peer assess according to the key skills. As with all my lessons, there are 'Talk for Writing' activities and Challenge tasks for more able students. Attached is; - A powerpoint with the lesson clearly outlined - A copy of the poem with a word bank - A handout of glossary style word banks which students can stick into their anthologies - A PEA style writing frame for weaker students - Links to online videos/readings (see 'Notes' under slides).
Identifying and using Narrative Hooks, Story Writing
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Identifying and using Narrative Hooks, Story Writing

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This is a lesson introducing students to the idea of the narrative hook, in other words how to write a killer first line or so to 'hook' the reader in. I put this lesson together for a year 9 scheme of work which referred to the AQA English Language marking criteria (A05+6) but the success criteria can be adapted beyond a level 3 so that it's more demanding for a year 10/11 class. The lesson starts with asking students what a narrative hook is and then to brainstorm in pairs different approaches that can be used to draw readers into a story. There are 3 'taster' first lines to show on the board where students can note questions that they have to illustrate the point. Then there is a handout of quotes which they can match to hooks in trios/groups/pairs and discuss. These can be lined up on their desks or pasted straight in. Of course, the 'answers' are provided on a separate teacher copy and the powerpoint itself (a few debatable ones are thrown in the exercise to encourage students to justify choices). Students are then given 2 scenarios to write about (gothic/horror genre based) demonstrating the use of a chosen narrative hook. A chance to self/peer assess follows to end the lesson where there is a success criteria box to refer to.
Introduction to the context of Macbeth
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Introduction to the context of Macbeth

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This is a bundle compiling of a powerpoint which introduces students to basic facts about Shakespeare, a sheet which lists facts about King James I, witchcraft and religious conflict in the 1600s that link to the play. Also there is a copy of act 1, scene 1 and an exit slip which can be used at the end of the lesson to assess students' understanding. All lessons in this series include: - Links to online videos (see 'notes' under powerpoint slides) - Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson - Differentiated tasks - Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing') - Handouts of scenes or a selection of quotes from scenes studied - Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment - Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the scene - References to the AQA English Literature mark scheme for Paper 1, particularly to the demands for attaining a grade 5 - what is considered a 'good pass' for the qualification. It's suggested that you download the whole series to appreciate the full learning journey.
Violence in 'Lord of the Flies'
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Violence in 'Lord of the Flies'

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In this lesson students are asked to identify key moments from 'Lord of the Flies' and comment on how the writer explores the theme of violence throughout the story (A01, 3). The lesson starts by asking students what violence is and list all the relevant moments from the book that they remember. A slide follows with suggested ideas to discuss. Student can then in groups consider the list of quotes from across the novel on the A3 sheet attached. They can stick them in their books, annotate and highlight them and then the teacher can annotate them on the board where the class can feedback their ideas. Since there are a lot of quotes on this sheet, student may want to allocate a section to each member of the group in order to get through it all. Students are encouraged to think about the following questions: - What is Golding’s message to the reader? - What is he trying to tell us about what is happening to the boys? - The novel was published in 1954. How might these quotes link to people’s attitudes towards the world after WWII? - Some people think that the island is like a violent character itself. Do you agree? Why is this effective? Students are then asked to write essay paragraphs independently using provided sentence starters which come in 3 formats: a 'layers of meaning' approach, PEA or the 'reading ladder'. An opportunity to self or peer assess their essay writing follows this. The success criteria provided refers to the Edexcel English Literature course but can be adapted to suit your course. This lesson, as my other Literature lessons do, includes: - Links to online videos/websites (see 'notes' under Powerpoint slides) - Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson - Handouts of quotes / extracts from the text - Differentiated tasks - Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing') - Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment - Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the text
Gothic Horror Villains: Count Dracula
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Gothic Horror Villains: Count Dracula

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In this lesson students are asked to explore what a reader expects from a villain and explain how one is portrayed in an extract (AO2, 3 + 4) I put this lesson together for a year 9 scheme of work which referred to the AQA English Language marking criteria but the success criteria can be adapted beyond a level 3 so that it's more demanding for a year 10/11 class. Students are asked to consider what a villain is and what conventions they usually follow with the gothic horror genre. As a challenge task they can consider whether they're always so complicated. After the starter, the class can can feedback and a list of 5 main features can be collated on the next slide. Next there is a slide which introduces Count Dracula which states some basic facts about him referring to the original novel by Bram Stoker and a link to a video clip. Next students can stick the attached extract into their books which describes Dracula's appearance and in pairs they could highlight key quotes and annotate it with their ideas. On this sheet there is a word box which defines any archaic language. The lesson ends with a chance for students to write independent essay paragraphs with the AQA English Language GCSE success criteria which can be adapted for your course. There are 3 options on how to approach essay writing: 'layers of meaning', PEA, or the 'reading ladder' which follow the same idea. There is then an opportunity to self or peer assess according to the key skills.
Macbeth Kills Duncan, Act 2, scene 2
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Macbeth Kills Duncan, Act 2, scene 2

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In this lesson students are asked to explain how Shakespeare builds tension on stage when we hear of Duncan’s murder. Initially the concept of tension is explored, then students are asked to identify where it is built in pairs. The questions posed in the central group work task centre around Shakespeare's stage craft and how news of his death is revealed to the crowd. Key dramatic devices such as elision and stichomythia are introduced and there is an opportunity for students to respond independently by writing an essay paragraph. All lessons in this series include: - Links to online videos (see 'notes' under Powerpoint slides) - Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson - Differentiated tasks - Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing') - Handouts of scenes or a selection of quotes from scenes studied - Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment - Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the scene - References to the AQA English Literature mark scheme for Paper 1, particularly to the demands for attaining a grade 5 - what is considered a 'good pass' for the qualification. It's suggested that you download the whole series to appreciate the full learning journey.
Revising Macbeth as a Tragic Hero
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Revising Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

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This lesson asks students to explore the character of Macbeth across the play by commenting on the significance of quotes (A01,2, 3). It refers to the success criteria of the AQA English Literature GCSE but can be adapted for your course. The lesson starts by asking students to summarize him as a character using adjectives and then to narrow down his appearances into 5 'top' moments in order to remind them of the wider picture. Slides reminding them of these follow as well as a list of links to online videos of some of these key scenes. Since there's not always time in lessons, perhaps they can be given to students to watch as homework. Attached is a 'quote explosion' sheet of quotes that he says or that others say about him. Students can stick these across a page in their exercise book and annotate what they show about him as a character and pick out any imagery (symbolism, metaphor, antithesis, apostrophe etc). It could also be blown up to A3 size (great for displays!) A copy of this is on a slide in the Powerpoint for the teacher / students to also annotate on the board when the class gathers their ideas together. Next there is a list of 'challenge/extension' tasks which explore Macbeth as a tragic hero. A list of qualities expected in tragic protagonists is listed and students can discuss how Shakespeare used this formula to enrich the plot. The lesson ends with a chance for students to write independent essay paragraphs with AQA's exam success criteria but this can be adapted for your course. There are 3 options on how to approach essay writing: 'layers of meaning', PEA, or the 'reading ladder' which follow the same idea. There is then an opportunity to self or peer assess according to the key skills. As with all my lessons, there are 'Talk for Writing' activities and Challenge tasks for more able students. Please see my other lessons on Macbeth which explain his state of mind in more detail.
Act 3, sc 2: The Macbeths swap roles
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Act 3, sc 2: The Macbeths swap roles

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In this lesson students are asked to explain how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s roles have reversed in the story judging by their language. The lesson starts by asking students to identify the differences between them as people, referring to what they have previously learned. Students are then asked to read the scene where Macbeth admits to his torturous guilt (a link is provided to Ian McKellan and Judi Dench's performance). They are then to colour code where they find particular patterns in the imagery Macbeth uses and then invited to compare his use of language to his wife's previous use within her soliloquy near the start of the play. The lesson ends with an opportunity to respond independently by writing an essay paragraph. All lessons in this series include: - Links to online videos (see 'notes' under the powerpoint slides) - Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson - Differentiated tasks - Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing') - Handouts of scenes or a selection of quotes from scenes studied - Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment - Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the scene - References to the AQA English Literature mark scheme for Paper 1, particularly to the demands for attaining a grade 5 - what is considered a 'good pass' for the qualification. It's suggested that you download the whole series to appreciate the full learning journey.
Plan your own Gothic style Villain, Creative Writing
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Plan your own Gothic style Villain, Creative Writing

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In the lesson students are asked to create an interesting gothic style villain to use in their creative writing (AO5.1, 5.2). I put this lesson together for a year 9 scheme of work which referred to the AQA English Language marking criteria but the success criteria can be adapted beyond a level 3 so that it's more demanding for a year 10/11 class. To begin students are asked to consider Count Dracula's past (see the other lesson I did on him although it's not vital to use to do this lesson). This leads to a discussion about how important a villains' back story can be and whether they are sympathetic to readers at all. For this I have provided a link to the 'Dracula Untold' trailer which explores this idea. Next to get their creative juices flowing these are 2 slides with images of villains on them - students can work in pairs to write descriptive sentences about them using a list of key skills ranging from adjectives, similes to harder ones such as oxymoron and adverbs. Next students are asked to make up a gothic-style villain of their own and write a profile of them. The lesson ends with a chance to peer assess a partner's and offer advice on how their character plan could be improved.
Chapter 3, 'The Bicycle and the Sweet Shop', Boy by Roald Dahl
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Chapter 3, 'The Bicycle and the Sweet Shop', Boy by Roald Dahl

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In this lesson students are asked to explore how Roald Dahl describes his childhood in chapter 3 of his autobiography, Boy. It would ideal to use as part of a KS3 unit. The lesson starts by asking students to discuss their favourite sweets with a partner and they are then to read the chapter. There is a handout attached which is a template of a sweet jar which they can stick in their books and label with the quotes they find about Dahl’s favourite sweets mentioned in the text. The plenary asks students to write a descriptive paragraph about their favourite sweets using key skills, using Dahl’s writing as inspiration. The key skills which are mention fit into the ‘MASSIVEOP’ acrostic. There is a handout for this also attached. This lesson, as my other Literature lessons do, includes: Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson Differentiated tasks (challenge tasks in red) Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities (‘Talk for Writing’)
Chapter 4, The Great Mouse Plot from 'Boy' by Roald Dahl
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Chapter 4, The Great Mouse Plot from 'Boy' by Roald Dahl

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In this lesson students are asked to explore how Roald Dahl describes his childhood in chapter 4 of his autobiography, Boy. It would ideal to use as part of a KS3 unit. The lesson starts by asking students to ‘think, pair, share’ about when they may have been surreptitious. They are then to read chapter 4. There is a group task for students to do after reading the chapter where they are given 4 questions on the board and a challenge task. All questions are linked to the GCSE reading skills AO1, 2, 3 where they have to think about language, structure and the readers’ reactions. There are slides with the text on for teachers to annotate on a smart board. The plenary asks students to write an essay paragraph using the SQUID structure provided. There is a slide which demonstrates how students can self assess their essay writing skills. This lesson, as my other Literature lessons do, includes: Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson Handouts of extracts/text Differentiated tasks Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities (‘Talk for Writing’)
Papa and Mama, Chapter 1 of 'Boy' by Roald Dahl
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Papa and Mama, Chapter 1 of 'Boy' by Roald Dahl

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In this lesson students are asked to explore how Roald Dahl describes his childhood in chapter 1 of his autobiography, Boy. It would ideal to use as part of a KS3 unit. The lesson starts by asking students to read the preface and respond to it in pairs. There is a group task for students to do after reading the chapter where they are given 4 questions on the board and a challenge task. All questions are linked to the GCSE reading skills AO1, 2, 3 where they have to think about language, structure and the readers’ reactions. There are slides with the text on for teachers to annotate on a smart board as well as a map to show the area in Wales in which Dahl grew up. The plenary asks students to discuss anecdotes about members of their own family which links to the text. This lesson, as my other Literature lessons do, includes: Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson Handouts of extracts/text Differentiated tasks Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities (‘Talk for Writing’)
The Matron, Chapter 12 from 'Boy' by Roald Dahl
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The Matron, Chapter 12 from 'Boy' by Roald Dahl

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In this lesson students are asked to explore how Roald Dahl describes his childhood in chapter 12 of his autobiography, Boy. It would ideal to use as part of a KS3 unit. The lesson starts by asking students to ‘think, pair, share’ about what it would be like to go to boarding school. They are then to read chapter 12. There is an extract attached which students can stick into their book. There is a group task for students to do after reading the chapter where they are given 4 questions on the board and a challenge task. All questions are linked to the GCSE reading skills AO1, 2, 3 where they have to think about language, structure and the readers’ reactions. There are slides with the text on for teachers to annotate on a smart board. There is a slide which demonstrates to students how they can structure an essay. The plenary asks students to write an essay paragraph using the SQUID structure provided. There is a slide which demonstrates how students can peer assess each others’ essay writing skills. This lesson, as my other Literature lessons do, includes: Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson Handouts of extracts/text Differentiated tasks Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities (‘Talk for Writing’)
Autobiography: Jessica Ennis Extract
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Autobiography: Jessica Ennis Extract

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In this lesson students are asked to explore how a writer can write in vivid detail and create tension. It would ideal to use as part of a KS3 unit on autobiography. The lesson starts by asking students to write down what they know about Jessica Ennis. Other suggested starter tasks include listing synonyms for the word ‘victorious’. There is a slide with explains who Ennis is and why she is famous as well as a link to an online video narrated by her. There’s also a list of synonyms that they may wish to use later in the lesson. There is a group task for students to do after reading the extract from her autobiography where they are given 4 questions on the board and a challenge task. All questions are linked to the GCSE reading skills AO1, 2, 3 where they have to think about language, structure and the readers’ reactions. Students are then asked to colour code where in the article Jessica uses particular devices in order to create tension (emotive words, feelings, senses, metaphors). The extract has been pasted on some slides with the devices already shaded in for you so it’s quick and easy to go through with the class. There is some space around the text if you want to annotate it. The plenary asks students to write a paragraph describing their own victorious sporting achievement in an interesting way, using the key descriptive skills. There is a slide to set up a peer assessment. This lesson, as my other lessons do, includes: Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson Handouts of extracts/text Differentiated tasks Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities (‘Talk for Writing’)