Creative Writing: Dystopia

Creative Writing: Dystopia

- A series of lessons which will help pupils plan and create their own dystopian short story. - Uses Ray Bradbury's 'The Pedestrian' as a way to help pupils understand dystopian fiction - Includes activities explaining what dystopias are and the different types; discussions and analysis of 'The Pedestrian'; characterisation, setting and plot exercises to help pupils write effectively. - Fun and engaging (my pupils always love getting to look at dystopian fiction!)
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The Cone Gatherers Bundle

The Cone Gatherers Bundle

A bundle of PowerPoints, mini tests and helpful sheets for use with Higher classes studying 'The Cone Gatherers'. Included are: -Series of lessons via PowerPoint (activities and discussion questions, as well as 'Quotes to Note') - Four Mini Tests for every four chapters of the text -A sheet including all important quotes
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Creative Writing: Characterisation & Setting

Creative Writing: Characterisation & Setting

Two Powerpoint presentations to help teach creative writing skills to pupils! Characterisation presentation includes activities such as: movie character descriptions; create your own character in-depth questionnaire, 'In Their Shoes' questions, and more. Setting presentation gets pupils to describe using picture prompts, learn about 'show don't tell' and how to build atmosphere using word choice.
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Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Poetry

An engaging and comprehensive unit to introduce pupils to important poetic techniques. The series of lessons use Roald Dahl as a means to showcase the different techniques, such as simile, metaphor and personification. An enthralling and thorough way to help pupils understand what the different techniques are and how they can be used. *I have also included my simile and metaphor worksheet which can be used alongside the PowerPoint if you wish.*
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Carol Ann Duffy Annotated Poem Bundle

Carol Ann Duffy Annotated Poem Bundle

All six of Duffy's poems needed for NATIONAL 5 and HIGHER exams, annotated in an engaging and informative way. PowerPoints are editable so that you can add your own analysis of the poems if you wish.
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Crime Stories - Creative Writing with 'Lamb to the Slaughter'

Crime Stories - Creative Writing with 'Lamb to the Slaughter'

An engaging and enthralling PowerPoint presentation based around having students create a short story based on crime fiction. The series of lessons start by focusing on Roald Dahl's 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and include activities on characterisation and plot, as well as the ever-popular 'Trial of Mary Maloney' lesson. Afterwards pupils will work to create and plan a short story based on their own crime using various helpful activities and exercises. Dotted throughout are 'Crime of the Lesson' anagram starters to help students engage from the moment they step in your class.
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Writing Scary Stories

Writing Scary Stories

A lengthy PowerPoint filled with activities and tasks to help pupils develop skills in narration, characterisation, setting and plot. There are also a couple of worksheets to accompany what is discussed in the PowerPoint. Used with a second year class but could be easily adapted for younger or older students. PowerPoint has over 100 slides that walk through all the aspects of writing scary stories using examples from famous works of literature, movies and movie characters, pieces of music, examples pupils can change from telling into showing and images of setting for them to describe. There are also story prompts, urban myths, a haunted house scenario and some starter games.
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Poetic Techniques

Poetic Techniques

A PowerPoint presentation that teaches or recaps over different techniques commonly used in poetry. Nine techniques are covered (including enjambment, onomatopoeia. oxymoron, etc) and are discussed in terms of what they do and how to identify them. This is supported with examples of each technique from various pieces of literature. After three techniques are covered, pupils must correctly match the technique to its definition and then work through examples to identify which technique is being used. The PowerPoint is followed up with a worksheet that gives an example of each technique for pupils to correctly identify, as well as blank boxes for them to fill in should they come across any other techniques in the future.
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A Christmas Carol (Play Version)

A Christmas Carol (Play Version)

The PowerPoint covers the entire play with activities for individual or group work after each scene. The focus is on how Scrooge changes over the course of the play and so there are activities for pupils to identify examples of change, write from Scrooge's point of view and to create two Facebook profiles (one at the start and one at the end) to show his transformation. The PowerPoint also opens with a brief overview of Dickensian England and has a fun activity for pupils to act out and imagine being in a scenario at that time. I have also included the 'Who Said It?' characters and quotes that I had groups match up and the 'Guess Who?' game (cut out the names of the characters, attach them to pupil who stands at front of the class and has to ask questions to the rest of the pupils to work out who he/she is.)
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Education for Leisure- Carol Ann Duffy

Education for Leisure- Carol Ann Duffy

The PowerPoint annotates the poem fully and then looks at the themes in the poem using questions that can be done individually, in groups or in a carousel. There is also a pre-reading activity at the start of the PowerPoint using a YouTube clip that gets pupils to imagine they are tasked with determining why the speaker has turned out the way they have. They are given police-themed roles and must look at each stanza. I have also included the poem should you require it; a worksheet that looks at various quotes and gets pupils to analyse them, and a worksheet that has the themes of the poem and has pupils write down all the quotes that relate to each theme.
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