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I have been teaching for twenty eight years. Having been a Head of English and Head of Literacy, I now work with most able students in an inner city comprehensive school. This has led me to focus on notions of growth mind set, Socratic thinking and independent learning, which I incorporate into my resources. I am also a fiction writer, who has had some success. As a practitioner of my subject, I believe in the importance of keeping English teaching creative.

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I have been teaching for twenty eight years. Having been a Head of English and Head of Literacy, I now work with most able students in an inner city comprehensive school. This has led me to focus on notions of growth mind set, Socratic thinking and independent learning, which I incorporate into my resources. I am also a fiction writer, who has had some success. As a practitioner of my subject, I believe in the importance of keeping English teaching creative.
Mega Macbeth Quiz - 50 Multiple Choice Revision Questions
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Mega Macbeth Quiz - 50 Multiple Choice Revision Questions

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This resource is designed to help students revise Shakespeare’s Macbeth, after initial teaching has taken place. It covers plot, character and context. Answers are attached and can be separated. Questions can be used as a spring board for further revision or class discussion.
Peter Grimes by George Crabbe: Context
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Peter Grimes by George Crabbe: Context

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This Powerpoint explores the social, historical and generic context of Crabbe's poem, Peter Grimes. It is suitable to be used as part of the study of AQA's English Literature A level, Specification B: Elements of Crime. There are discussion questions and a written task included, as well as self assessment opportunities.
A Complete Creative Writing Course
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A Complete Creative Writing Course

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Focused on flash fiction, these resources look at all elements of creative writing: internal structure, macro structure, dialogue, description, editing and proof reading. There are also creative writing exercises and opportunities to try out new techniques. Finally, there are picture prompts to inspire students and get them writing.
Women and Society - Wuthering Heights (inc. comparison with A Thousand Splendid Suns)
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Women and Society - Wuthering Heights (inc. comparison with A Thousand Splendid Suns)

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This 43 slide presentation provides everything you need to teach Wuthering Heights for the EDEXCEL A level Component 2: Women and Society. It focusses on the social and historical context of the book, then moves onto exploring the female characters and finally draws comparisons with Khalid Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, as per the specification. It includes relevant quotations and invites students to consider how Bronte uses language, structure and form. The presentation would also be useful for A level with other examination boards and study more able GCSE students who are looking at this book for their 19th century novel study.
An Introduction to Shakespeare's Plays - Comedies, Tragedies and Histories
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An Introduction to Shakespeare's Plays - Comedies, Tragedies and Histories

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This Shakespeare resource is suitable for HOME LEARNING and to use in the classroom. It is designed to introduce Key Stage Three students to Shakespeare’s plays. It explores how Shakespeare wrote comedies, tragedies and histories. As well as video links, research links, Socratic thinking tasks and information on genre and historical context, it includes a variety of tasks: costume design, focussed questions and exploring how Macbeth can be performed in different ways. It is sufficient work for about five one hour lessons.
Macbeth as Tragic Hero
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Macbeth as Tragic Hero

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This Powerpoint looks at Macbeth as the tragic hero, with very simplified references to Aristotle's Poetics. It assumes the students have read to the end of the play and are able to plot the character changes in Macbeth. It would form, the basis of one or two lessons. Key ideas: growth mindset, independent learning, self assessment, Socratic thinking.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

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This is a detailed, differentiated, five week scheme of work on Conan Doyles' The Adventure of the Speckled Band. It focusses on reading skills. It also includes an assessment question. It does not come complete with all the resources, like Powerpoints, hence it is a free resource. It is very adaptable, though. It would be useful for year 9 students who may go on to study Conan Doyles' The Sign of Four in Year 10.
Editing and Proof Reading
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Editing and Proof Reading

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This presentation focusses on how to edit and proof read, emphasizing the importance of both. It includes tasks and advice. It would be useful as part of a writing scheme or as a one off lesson.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde: Context
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The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde: Context

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This resource is ideal to use as part of the AQA English Literature A level (spec. B), Elements of Crime course. It explores the social and historical context of the poem, specifically prison life and Victorian punishment. It also explores the cultural and generic context of the poems as 'crime fiction'. There are discussion questions and a written task to help students develop a personal response.
Creative Reading:  Structure - H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man
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Creative Reading: Structure - H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man

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This presentation explores Wells' structural choices at the end of his novel, The Invisible Man. It could be used as a one-off lesson or as part of the preparation for GCSE English Language, in particular AQA Paper 1. Key ideas: growth mind-set, Socratic thinking, independent learning, speaking and listening, self assessment.
AQA A Level English Literature (Spec B) Elements of Crime Writing - Course Book
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AQA A Level English Literature (Spec B) Elements of Crime Writing - Course Book

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This forty page booklet acts as a companion to the AQA A level English Literature, Spec. B, Elements of Crime Writing course. It allows students to explore and question ideas about crime, justice and punishment. It includes a number literary extracts with questions; these could be used either as an introduction to the course or as practice for the first section of the examination. The booklet also encourages independence with a comprehensive reading list and essay questions. It could be used as a homework booklet or for work in class.
War of the Worlds: Science Fiction Reading and Writing
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War of the Worlds: Science Fiction Reading and Writing

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This presentation comes in two parts: reading and writing. While the focus on the opening of Wells' novel The War of the Worlds presents aliens as aggressive, the following writing task (play script) offers some light relief. It would be useful for a Key Stage 3 class studying Science Fiction or a LOWER ABILITY Key Stage 4 class studying the Creative Reading and Writing Paper 1, GCSE (for example, AQA). Key ideas: growth mind-set, Socratic thinking, self-assessment and independent learning. This Powerpoint would cover at least two lessons and could be used as part of a Science Fiction SOW or as a one-off.
An Introduction to Science Fiction
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An Introduction to Science Fiction

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Key ideas: Growth Mindset, Socratic thinking and independent learning. This presentation would be suitable for one or two lessons at the beginning of a science fiction module. It focusses on students understanding the ideas and themes used in the science fiction genre. The presentation includes a starter, plenary, a number of main tasks and self assessment. The language of the presentation reflects Carol Dweck's research on Growth Mindset, while the supplementary tasks encourage Socratic thinking and independent learning.
Act One , Scene 7: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's Relationship
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Act One , Scene 7: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's Relationship

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This presentation focusses on the interplay between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in a section of Act One, Scene 7. There are speaking and listening opportunities and a written task with an example answer paragraph. It could be used alone or as part of a scheme of work on Shakespeare's tragedy. Key ideas: growth mind-set, self assessment, Socratic thinking, independent learning.
A Christmas Carol:  The Ghost of Christmas Present
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A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of Christmas Present

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Key words: growth mindset, independent learning, self-assessment, differentiation, Socratic thinking. This resource forms a detailed lesson exploring how Dickens uses The Ghost of Christmas Present to critique Victorian society's treatment of, and attitude to, the poor. This would be suitable to use with the other Powerpoints on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, or as a stand alone lesson.
Creative Reading - Structure: The Thirty Nine Steps
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Creative Reading - Structure: The Thirty Nine Steps

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This presentation explores Buchan's structural choices in the opening of his novel, The Thirty Nine Steps. It could be used as a one-off lesson or as part of the preparation for GCSE English Language, in particular AQA Paper 1. Key ideas: growth mind-set, Socratic thinking, independent learning, speaking and listening, self assessment.
Science Fiction Reading and Writing Twelve Week Scheme of Work
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Science Fiction Reading and Writing Twelve Week Scheme of Work

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This is a TWELVE week differentiated reading AND writing scheme of work on all aspects of science fiction. It includes all links for extracts and texts to be studied. In week six and week twelve there are assessments: the first for reading, and the second for writing. Weekly headings are: space, aliens, superhumans, dystopia, post apocalypse, dangerous science, robots, androids and time travel. The extracts studied include pre 1900 texts, young adult fiction and sci fi classics. Homework and discussion activities are also included.
Dangerous Science: The Mad Scientist in Science Fiction
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Dangerous Science: The Mad Scientist in Science Fiction

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This presentation on Dangerous Science is about the archetype of the mad scientist in classic science fiction. It would be useful for a Key Stage 3 class studying Science Fiction or a LOWER ABILITY Key Stage 4 class studying the Creative Reading and Writing Paper 1, GCSE (for example, AQA). Although it would need adapting for this - perhaps the main task could focus on language for example, rather than genre. The main extract explored is from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Key ideas: growth mind-set, Socratic thinking, self-assessment and independent learning. This Powerpoint would cover at least two lessons and could be used as part of a Science Fiction SOW or as a one-off.