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I currently teach GCSE English Literature and Creative Writing. I try to include creative thinking/tasks in lessons whenever I can to encourage the students' own creativity and enrich their learning experience. My resources seek to give students the skills they need.

I currently teach GCSE English Literature and Creative Writing. I try to include creative thinking/tasks in lessons whenever I can to encourage the students' own creativity and enrich their learning experience. My resources seek to give students the skills they need.
A Christmas Carol - Adapted - Stave 1
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A Christmas Carol - Adapted - Stave 1

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A specially adapted version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for foundation skills reading and writing and special education. It is also Common Core aligned for Kindergarten level. This unit covers Stave 1 and includes all handouts, a presentation and worksheets for a variety of activities designed to increase vocabulary, assist with spelling, reading comprehension and creative writing - working as a group and individually. This resource means foundation level students/kindergarten/Key stage 1 level can enjoy classic literature - and improve their reading and writing skills at the same time. The resources have been designed to stimulate imaginations and make learning fun. Contents - Adapted text Powerpoint - 8 slides. Story journal cover Colour poster Worksheet - Scrooge’s problem Worksheet - Meet Scrooge! (Cut & paste activity) Worksheet - Meet Bob Cratchit! (Cut & paste activity) Worksheet - Complete the sentence Worksheet - Fill in the missing words Answer sheet Write the front page of a newspaper Worksheet - Scrooge true/false Worksheet - Scrooge poem Activity - Interview Scrooge Worksheet - Creative writing exercise Word search
Macbeth, Act 1 (Adapted) and activities
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Macbeth, Act 1 (Adapted) and activities

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Macbeth - A specially adapted version of Macbeth - Act 1 and activities. I wanted to adapt Macbeth so that Special Ed students could study - and enjoy the play. (I'm on a quest to get the classics into special ed classrooms). I have kept the plot, character motivation, scenes etc - and even a bit of rhyme, but it is in simplified language. Because of this, the resource is also ideal for ANY student studying the play as it simplifies the plot so they can understand what's happening and compare it with the difficult to read original. It will be easier for them to grasp what happens in each scene. It's also suitable for adult literacy classes and ESOL classes. This is a complete unit of study of Act 1. This resource includes - * 35 power point slides (illustrated) with the adapted text of Macbeth. * Handout of adapted text. * 35 short answer question quiz, covering all 7 scenes of act 1 (multiple choice, true/false, missing word). * Answer sheet. * Class discussion sheet - Consequence and conscience * Activity sheet - Write a letter. * Activity sheet - Draw a poster. * PDF of presentation. * Role play activity. * Peer performance record sheet. * Self evaluation sheet. * Handout - recap of Act 1 - Some questions to think about.
Macbeth Presentation - Background and context
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Macbeth Presentation - Background and context

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Macbeth presentation - Background and context. GCSE AQA English Literature 9-1 13 slides covering - * Think Shakespeare's boring? Think again! * Who was Shakespeare? * Shakespeare's time * Elizabethan beliefs * Grave robbers! * Witchcraft * The Globe Theatre
Macbeth - Meet the characters
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Macbeth - Meet the characters

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A selection of 7 illustrated one page handouts detailing the main points students need to know/remember about the main characters in the play. Ideal for SEN students to help them recognise the part each character plays in the play as a whole, or as a revision/introductory resource for GCSE students. Characters covered - Macbeth Macduff Banquo The witches Lady Macbeth King Duncan Malcom
Complete resources for lesson 2 of A Christmas Carol, Stave 1, GCSE English Literature 9-1
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Complete resources for lesson 2 of A Christmas Carol, Stave 1, GCSE English Literature 9-1

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A complete set of teaching resources covering the second lesson on A Christmas Carol, stave 1 (as used in my scheme of work which is available separately). AQA GCSE English Literature The 19th-Century novel 9-1 Resources include - Worksheet - Lost the plot?? Worksheet - Who am I?? Worksheet - character worksheet - writing exercises - diary entries.monologue. Worksheet - Question sheet on stave 1 Answer sheet - Lost the plot/who am I Answer sheet - Questions Differentiated AQA assessment objectives covered - AO1, A02
Poetry analysis checklist for any poem
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Poetry analysis checklist for any poem

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Poetry analysis checklist/handout with notes on things to remember when analysing a poem. Suitable for GCSE and Common Core grades 7,8,9,10. This resource makes analysing poetry easy for students who don't know where to start. It enables students to engage with ANY poem independently and increases their confidence so that even unseen poetry won't seem as daunting. With practice, using the checklist, it will become second nature to them. cover Clip art - http:teacherspayteachers.com/store/krista-walden Border - http://the3amteacher.blogspot.com
Frankenstein (Adapted) - Vol.1
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Frankenstein (Adapted) - Vol.1

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Frankenstein (Adapted) Vol.1 A comprehensive range of resources covering Volume 1 of a specially adapted text of Frankenstein -suitable for spec. ed students, ESOL students, foundation level reading and writing. * A 20 slide presentation containing the adapted text. * A PDF of the presentation you can print out. * 3 word search activities. * 3 writing worksheet activity handouts with a list of 10 words the students may not be familiar with from the text so they can learn the words and increase their vocabulary. There is also a complete the sentence activity. The students need to choose which is the correct missing word from the list. There is also a word search for each of the writing activity handouts using the same list of words. Repetition and use of the unfamiliar words ensures they are remembered by the students. * 2 reading comprehension quizzes with short answers - true/false, multiple choice, short answer. * Highlighting unfamiliar words in the story activity and recognising words they do know. * 2 fill in the missing words from two letters in the text. * Write a postcard activity. * Answer sheet. Vol. 2 will be available soon.
A Christmas Carol Presentations (ADAPTED) staves 1-5
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A Christmas Carol Presentations (ADAPTED) staves 1-5

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‘A Christmas Carol’ presentations covering staves 1-5, specially adapted for foundation level reading and writing skills, special education, ESOL and adult literacy classes. The accompanying scheme of work and further lesson resources are also available. All clip Art - www.edu-clips.com Border on cover - http://the3amteacher.blogspot.com
Macbeth (Adapted) Act 2 and activities
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Macbeth (Adapted) Act 2 and activities

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Macbeth - A specially adapted version of Macbeth - Act 2 and activities. I wanted to adapt Macbeth so that Special Ed students could study - and enjoy the play. I have kept the plot, character motivation, scenes etc, but it’s in simplified language. Because of this, the resource is also ideal for ANY student studying the play as it simplifies the plot so they can understand what’s happening and compare it with the difficult to read original. It will be easier for them to grasp what happens in each scene. It’s also suitable for GCSE students, adult literacy classes and ESOL classes. This is a complete unit of study of Act 2. This resource includes - 28 power point slides (illustrated) with the adapted text of Macbeth. A short answer reading comprehension quiz, covering all 4 scenes of act 2 (multiple choice, true/false, missing word). Answer sheet. X2 word search activities. Lost the plot?? activity. Activity sheet - Invent a word. Activity sheet - Write a newspaper front page activity. Role play activity. Peer performance record sheet. Self evaluation sheet. Handout - recap of Act 2 - Some questions to think about. Irony handout Lessons King Duncan learned too late. Meet the characters - Duncan Lady Macbeth Malcom Banquo The witches Macduff Macbeth
A Christmas Carol - (Adapted)  - Stave 5
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A Christmas Carol - (Adapted) - Stave 5

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A specially adapted lesson/version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for foundation skills reading and writing and special education.Equally suitable for ESOL or adult literacy classes but also common core aligned for kindergarten/1st grade. This complete lesson covers Stave 5 and includes all handouts, a presentation and worksheets for a variety of activities designed to increase vocabulary, assist with spelling, reading comprehension and creative writing. This resource means foundation level students can enjoy classic literature and improve their reading and writing skills at the same time.
A Christmas Carol. (Stave 3) The 19th- Century Novel
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A Christmas Carol. (Stave 3) The 19th- Century Novel

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Resources covering Stave 3 of A Christmas Carol :The 19th- Century Novel. Included are - Learning objectives/method of assessment. A 'Lost the plot' worksheet. A 'Who am I?' worksheet. A question worksheet focusing on stave 3. clip art by www.edu-clips.com with thanks
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste . Creative writing lesson.
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The Mystery of the Mary Celeste . Creative writing lesson.

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For a cover lesson or to help your usual class develop their creative writing skills. Learning Objectives - By the end of the lesson, students will be able to - * Discuss as a group, possible reasons for the Mary Celeste to be abandoned by its crew. * Write a fictionalised diary extract of the Captain's wife. * Produce a fictionalised story based on information given about the Mary Celeste. * Design a newspaper's front page. * Write a fictionalised interview with the Captain of the Dei Gratia or a member of its crew.
A Christmas Carol. Complete resources for lesson 4, stave 2. GCSE AQA English Literature 9-1
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A Christmas Carol. Complete resources for lesson 4, stave 2. GCSE AQA English Literature 9-1

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A Christmas Carol GCSE AQA English Literature 9-1 stave 2, lesson 4 of my scheme of work which is available to buy separately. Included are all the resources to cover lesson 4 of my scheme of work - * Worksheet - Lost the plot?? * Worksheet - Who am I?? * Answer sheet - Lost the plot/Who am I. * Flash cards/instruction handout. * Character profile - Bob Cratchit. * Worksheet - Close reading/reading comprehension questions. * Worksheet - Inference. * Answer sheets - Close reading/reading comprehension Cover clip art by -www.edu-clips.com Border by - http://the 3amteacher.blogspot.com
Macbeth Acts 1-5 PRESENTATIONS (Adapted)
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Macbeth Acts 1-5 PRESENTATIONS (Adapted)

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Macbeth Acts 1-5 illustrated PRESENTATIONS of adapted text. As it is in simplified language, this resource is suitable for any student of Macbeth, not just special ed students. See my other listings for more Macbeth resources.
Macbeth Unit - Act 1
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Macbeth Unit - Act 1

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Macbeth unit covering Act 1 of the play. 50 pages in total. In PDF, so you can print it off and bind how you want it, or use as individual worksheets in the order you prefer. (I use plastic folders which 'grip' the pages and keep them in place and secure, but other methods of binding are available. HUGE resource compiled to save you time... Contents - * Opening scene question sheet (longer written response questions). * Lost the plot?? (worksheet). * Who am I?? (worksheet). * Shakespearean language v's modern language (handout.) * Shakespearean phrases (highlighting task). * Meet the characters (character profiles and illustrations they can colour in). * Irony (handout). * Discussion sheet (prompts for class discussion). * Quiz (multiple choice/true/false questions). * Main events (bullet point handout). * Unit project (an ongoing task for the unit). * Journal prompt (for their chosen project). * Answer sheets. Suggestions for using this resource - The workbook is designed to be used alongside study of the text of Macbeth. The activities assess students' learning and understanding of the play using multiple choice/true/false questions as well as longer, more in-depth questions. There are also helpful handouts included which students can refer back to whilst studying the rest of the play. The discussion questions involve the whole class in engaging deeper with the play. You can use the resources in a different order to the one suggested. You can also 'cherry pick' which resources from the workbook you feel will work best with your students or you can adapt them further. The unit project is an on-going journal in which the students have to decide which Elizabethan profession they are in. From this, they will fill in relevant quotes/details from the play as they progress through it. This project encourages them to focus on the text and events. A journal prompt is included to start their journals off. Other workbooks covering the rest of the play will be available soon.
Amelia Earhart Creative writing lesson
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Amelia Earhart Creative writing lesson

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Resources include learning objectives, a handout detailing Amelia's mysterious disappearance and 5 creative writing activities which can be free choice or you could focus on just one or two for in class and one for homework. Activities include writing a diary entry, designing a missing poster, writing a fictional account, write a front page of a newspaper and write a message in a bottle. Learning objectives: Students will be able to - * Read a text and respond creatively to its content. * Find relevant information in the text. * Develop reading comprehension skills. * Develop creative writing skills.