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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.
AQA A Level English Literature (Spec B) Elements of Crime Writing - Course Book

AQA A Level English Literature (Spec B) Elements of Crime Writing - Course Book

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.
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Year 7 School Poetry Scheme of Work

Year 7 School Poetry Scheme of Work

This is a six week scheme of work on the poetry about school, culminating in a reading assessment. It is designed for Year 7, but would be equally suitable for Year 8. It comes with a booklet of five poems.
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Persuasive Speech Two Week SOW

Persuasive Speech Two Week SOW

This is a two week scheme of work, most suitable for Key Stage 3, reflecting the demands of the spoken language study at GCSE. It begins by focusing on John F Kennedy’s speech about space exploration at Rice University, moving onto the students performing their own speech.
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Macbeth Quick Revision

Macbeth Quick Revision

This is a revision Powerpoint on Macbeth by Shakespeare. It is suitable for low and middle ability students studying AQA GCSE English Literature. there are slides with discussion questions, cloze exercises and a practise examination question
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Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Writing

This is a complete lesson looking at persuasive writing. It includes work on planning, targetted questions, a written task and follow up work.
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Viewpoints and Perspectives: Down and Out in Paris and London

Viewpoints and Perspectives: Down and Out in Paris and London

This resource looks at Orwell's non-fiction text, Down and Out in Paris and London. It looks at questions 1, 2 and 3 of the AQA English Language, Paper2, Viewpoints and Perspectives. Key ideas: independent learning, speaking and listening, growth mindset, Socratic thinking, self -assessment.
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Creative Reading:  Structure - H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man

Creative Reading: Structure - H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man

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.
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A Christmas Carol - An Introduction to Context

A Christmas Carol - An Introduction to Context

Key ideas: growth mindset, Socratic thinking, independent learning, self-assessment. This presentation asks children to explore the context of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, through speaking and listening and independent research. It encorporates a starter and plenary and would be suitable for a full lesson or, perhaps, two. 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. Please note that students will need access to books or computers to complete their research.
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Peter Grimes by George Crabbe: Context

Peter Grimes by George Crabbe: Context

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.
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Macbeth as Tragic Hero

Macbeth as Tragic Hero

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.
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Editing and Proof Reading

Editing and Proof Reading

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.
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Macbeth: Act Three, Scene Four - Banquo's Ghost

Macbeth: Act Three, Scene Four - Banquo's Ghost

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.
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Steampunk Writing

Steampunk Writing

This differentiated resource looks at the science fiction sub-genre, steampunk. It can be used as a stand alone, as part of a science fiction scheme of work or as a fun diversion from work on Victorian literature. The presentation would be suitable for one or two lessons, with the outcome of a steampunk short story. Key words: self-assessment, Socratic thinking, growth mindset and independent learning.
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Creative Reading - Structure: The Thirty Nine Steps

Creative Reading - Structure: The Thirty Nine Steps

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.
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Act One , Scene 7: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's Relationship

Act One , Scene 7: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's Relationship

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.
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Women and Society - Wuthering Heights (inc. comparison with A Thousand Splendid Suns)

Women and Society - Wuthering Heights (inc. comparison with A Thousand Splendid Suns)

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.
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War of the Worlds: Science Fiction Reading and Writing

War of the Worlds: Science Fiction Reading and Writing

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.
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A Christmas Carol:  The Ghost of Christmas Present

A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of Christmas Present

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.
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The Prelude

The Prelude

This presentation looks at the context and themes of an extract of Wordsworth's The Prelude, (as featured in the AQA GCSE poetry anthology). Following discussion questions, students are asked to annotate the text. Key learning ideas are: growth mindset, independent learning, Socratic thinking, self assessment.
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Macbeth Act One, Scene 5: An Introduction to Lady Macbeth

Macbeth Act One, Scene 5: An Introduction to Lady Macbeth

This presentation looks at how the audience is introduced to Lady Macbeth in Act One, Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Macbeth. It asks students to discuss the character in terms of gender and in light of the themes of power and ambition. The main task directs students to annotate the text. Key ideas: growth mindset, Socratic thinking, self-assessment, independent learning. This could be a one off lesson, exploring language and imagery, or could be used as part of a scheme of work on Macbeth.
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