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I have been teaching for twenty five 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.

I have been teaching for twenty five 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.
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 Christmas Carol - the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
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A Christmas Carol - the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

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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 Yet to Come to reflect the ghost story genre. This would be suitable to use with the other Powerpoints on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, or as a stand alone lesson.
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.
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.
First Lesson Back After a School Holiday
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First Lesson Back After a School Holiday

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Key ideas: Growth Mindset, Socratic thinking, independent learning. This presentation asks students to write about their school holiday experience (perhaps summer, Easter or Christmas). It incorporates some of the principles of Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset, using language which suggests that success comes from hard work. Students are also asked to audit their own effort, as well as self-assess. After the main task, there is the opportunity to take part in 'Socratic' discussion, encouraging risk taking, then the 'Take It Further' slide encourages students move forward independently.
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.
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.
To My Nine Year Old Self by Helen Dunmore
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To My Nine Year Old Self by Helen Dunmore

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This presentation offers a detailed analysis of Dunmore's poem, with accompanying tasks. Though designed for the Poems of the Decade poetry element of the EDEXCEL A level English Literature course, it could also be used for high ability students in preparation for GCSE unseen poetry.
Gothic Writing Scheme of Work
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Gothic Writing Scheme of Work

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This differentiated six week scheme of work focusses on the gothic tradition, exploring how writers use the conventions and motifs of the genre. It pays particular attention to tension and atmosphere. Although this is a writing scheme it also aims to develop students' speaking and listening skills. Each week there is a writing task, culminating in a writing assessment in week six.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Reading (GCSE) Benjamin Button
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Creative Reading (GCSE) Benjamin Button

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This lesson explores the language used by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his short story, Benjamin Button. It also shows students how to shape a response to the kind of GCSE question asked in paper 1, English Language (for example, AQA, Paper 1, question 2). Key ideas in the presentation are growth mindset, Socratic thinking, self assessment and independent learning. This is a flexible resource that could be used as a one-off with Year 9 upwards.
Macbeth: Act Three, Scene Four - Banquo's Ghost
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Macbeth: Act Three, Scene Four - Banquo's Ghost

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This differentiated resource looks at how the appearance of Banquo's ghost in Act Four, Scene Three effects the audience. This Powerpoint is suitable for one or two lessons. Key words: self assessment, Socratic thinking, growth mindset, independent learning, speaking and listening.
Theatre in Shakespeare's Time
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Theatre in Shakespeare's Time

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Looking at a contemporary account of going to the theatre at the time of Shakespeare, this presentation asks students to complete independent research and create a resource. This presentation forms a full lesson and includes detailed information about Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre. Key ideas: growth mindset, Socratic thinking, independent learning, self assessment. It would make a perfect introduction to the study of a Shakespeare play or extracts.
Alone in Space: Imaginative Writing
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Alone in Space: Imaginative Writing

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Key ideas: Growth Mindset, Socratic thinking, independent learning. This presentation asks students to write imaginatively about being alone in space. It incorporates some of the principles of Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset, using language which suggests that success comes from hard work. Students are also asked to audit their own effort, as well as self-assess. After the main task, there is the opportunity to take part in 'Socratic' discussion, encouraging risk taking, then the 'Take It Further' slide encourages students move forward independently. It could be used with the twelve week Science Fiction scheme of work which is also available.
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.
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.