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I have been teaching English for the last 12 years and worked in three very different schools all facing their own challenges. My aim is to want my students to love coming to their English lessons and involve them in the learning process as much as possible, encouraging them to be independent and resilient. Three years ago I completed an 'Outstanding Teachers Programme' which gave me lots of ideas to enhance my teaching skills. Many of these ideas have been built into my uploaded resources.

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I have been teaching English for the last 12 years and worked in three very different schools all facing their own challenges. My aim is to want my students to love coming to their English lessons and involve them in the learning process as much as possible, encouraging them to be independent and resilient. Three years ago I completed an 'Outstanding Teachers Programme' which gave me lots of ideas to enhance my teaching skills. Many of these ideas have been built into my uploaded resources.
Descriptive Writing KS4

Descriptive Writing KS4

A lesson I used with a Year 11 class which asked them to focus on 'zooming in&' to aid with descriptive writing. I found that the catch phrase game worked really well in order to get students to really focus on aspects of a scene in order to provide more detail and focus in their writing, The individual challenge cards also worked well and students enjoyed having their own personal challenges to meet during the lesson.
helliams
An Inspector Calls - Who is responsible for Eva's death?

An Inspector Calls - Who is responsible for Eva's death?

This is a group debate task which could easily lead in to a written piece. Students complete an individual task where they have to decide how far their given character is responsible. They then come together as a group to decide together which character is most responsible. Students really enjoyed this lesson and it promoted a lot of discussion/debate. Any feedback welcome!
helliams
Writing a formal letter of complaint

Writing a formal letter of complaint

A resource that I used with my Year 8 class. It involves watching a clip of 'Holidays from Hell' and then improving an informal letter of complaint. They are encouraged to create their own success criteria but are then given a more challenging one with a focus on use of grammar and punctuation for effect. They really enjoyed it! Feedback welcome!
helliams
Descriptive Writing: Zooming in

Descriptive Writing: Zooming in

A lesson I used with Year 10 in order for them to practise their 'zooming in' skills when producing descriptive writing. It also encourages them to experiment with structure for effect. Could easily be adapted for any year group.
helliams
Writing to Argue. Task: Write an article for a magazine arguing for or against festivals.

Writing to Argue. Task: Write an article for a magazine arguing for or against festivals.

This is a resource that has worked really well with both KS3 and 4 in teaching them how to construct a balanced argument whilst also recapping persuasive devices and thinking about sentence structure to improve writing. Rather than giving them the usual boring topic of 'should school uniform be banned' etc, I looked at the idea of music festivals with them. I found that this was something they could really become enthused about, especially with the aid of the YouTube clips. The powerpoint uploaded will take a series of lessons to work through accompanied by the resources. There is also a peer assessment activity at the end.
helliams
Introduction to Sonnet 130 for KS3

Introduction to Sonnet 130 for KS3

A lesson created for Year 7s to introduce them to the Shakespearean sonnet. The lesson mainly focuses on the meaning of the poem and deciphering/interpreting language as a starting point. I have included some activities on iambic pentameter at the end of the PowerPoint and also a homework to further knowledge and understanding of the structure of a sonnet.
helliams
'London' by William Blake - annotated poem and revision quiz

'London' by William Blake - annotated poem and revision quiz

An annotated version of the poem in detail - would be useful for higher end GCSE students studying the AQA Power and Conflict cluster or teachers who are unfamiliar with the poem. Also contains notes on context/form/structure as well as some discussion questions. Revision quiz also attached which could be used as a homework activity/consolidation task.
helliams
Zooming in and structuring a piece of descriptive writing

Zooming in and structuring a piece of descriptive writing

A fun way of getting students to zoom in on details of an image used as stimulus for descriptive writing. Students work in groups and are each given a section of the image to write about. They are then shown the whole image at the end and asked to write their final paragraph together. They are then encouraged to experiment with the structure of their paragraphs by deciding on an effective order, ending with feeding back to the class and explaining their choices.
helliams
War Photographer

War Photographer

A lesson with resources to help students independently analyse/annotate/explore the poem. The starter activity involves getting students to look at a wordle with jumbled words from the poem. I would ask students to pick out some words of interest in order to annotate, thinking about connotations/literal meaning etc. Based on this they can make their own predictions about the poem before reading it. The main body of the lesson involves them using a 6x6 grid (they will need dice for this). They should use the square they land on as the stimulus for them to annotate a particular part of the poem/spot or comment on a particular technique used. Students can also write their own questions using the Blooms Taxonomy question stems in order to create higher order questions. They can also swap questions throughout the lesson. (Please note the question stems are uploaded in my free resources.) Any feedback appreciated.
helliams
Descriptive Writing with a twist! Suitable for KS3 or 4

Descriptive Writing with a twist! Suitable for KS3 or 4

This is a lesson I taught in order to get students thinking about how to write more descriptively and in a fun way. It involves them writing a 'pirate' story by using a 6x6 grid which gives them images as a stimulus for each sentence. They will need dice for this activity. After they have done this, they then think about techniques to improve their writing further (extract from 'Treasure Island' provided for students to get some ideas). They then create an up-levelled and improved version of the grid and challenge each other to improve their descriptions. Any feedback welcome!
helliams
Hitcher by Simon Armitage - Grammar focus

Hitcher by Simon Armitage - Grammar focus

A resource I produced to help students look at the use of grammar and punctuation in the poem. It challenges them to think about why particular techniques/devices have been used as opposed to just understanding the subject of the poem. This idea could easily be adapted to suit other poems.
helliams
The Laboratory by Robert Browning

The Laboratory by Robert Browning

A lesson suitable for either KS3 or 4 in order to encourage students to independently explore the poem by using a 6x6 grid. Dice are needed for the activities. Feedback welcome!
helliams
Detailed analysis of 'Ozymandias' by Percy Bysshe Shelley including revision quiz

Detailed analysis of 'Ozymandias' by Percy Bysshe Shelley including revision quiz

An annotated version of the poem in detail - would be useful for higher end GCSE students studying the AQA Power and Conflict cluster or teachers who are unfamiliar with the poem. Also contains notes on context/form/structure as well as some discussion questions. Revision quiz also attached which could be used as a homework activity/consolidation task.
helliams
Analysing Poetry - 'Two Scavengers in a truck...'

Analysing Poetry - 'Two Scavengers in a truck...'

A lesson I used for a middle - high ability class who have just finished reading 'Of Mice and Men'. In order to challenge them further I got them to analyse the 'Two Scavengers poem' - they used a 6x6 grid to help them (you will need dice for this). They then used a venn to compare themes/ideas/characters from the poem to the novella. This was a really successful lesson and the students cam up with some amazing links. I was observed teaching this and received excellent feedback. I have also attached my lesson plan.
helliams
Katy Perry's Firework

Katy Perry's Firework

Identifying and commenting on poetic devices in the song. Suitable for Yr 7/lower ability. Unfortunately I could not save the wordle but this can easily be made!
helliams
An Inspector Calls - Collecting Key quotes

An Inspector Calls - Collecting Key quotes

A really simple resource which could be used for a homework. Students asked to collect key quotes on each character in Act 1. I have only used a few speech bubbles around each character in order to get students evaluating quotes. Which are the most important? Which could they easily remember in an exam situation? Could easily be adapted for other acts.
helliams
Descriptive Writing Stimulus

Descriptive Writing Stimulus

A lesson I used with Yr 10s during which they play a game as a stimulus for a piece of descriptive writing. You will need dice for this! They then create their own version of the game but include language techniques in order to up-level their writing. They can use the Treasure Island text/mark scheme to help them think about what they should be including in their own writing in order to improve.
helliams
Analysing Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5

Analysing Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5

A lesson I have put together for a high ability Year 7 class which challenges them to interpret Act 1 Scene 5 and independently annotate it in a fun and challenging way. This could easily be used with higher year groups.
helliams