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Short stories scheme of work - Dickens Saki Hey
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Short stories scheme of work - Dickens Saki Hey

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This scheme explores the short stories The Signal Man by Dickens, The Open Window by Saki and The Gift by Hey. The texts are included. There is analysis of story structure using Freytag’s pyramid, key vocabulary, characterisation methods, using the PEE (including model PEEs) to explore setting and character. There are reading comprehension tasks and an extended writing task for each story. Aimed at GCSE but also used with higher ability Y9. 44 slides. 4 weeks worth of lessons.
Short Story 'Spiderhands' with reading and writing activities for KS3
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Short Story 'Spiderhands' with reading and writing activities for KS3

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1-2 weeks worth of lessons The short story Spiderhands by V.H. Hey with comprehension questions and tasks. Aimed at Y7 but also enjoyed by up to Y11 EAL students. Spiderhands is about a boy who was born with six fingers on each hand - this has advantages and disadvantages. He’s bullied by George Smith, makes friends with Angela, becomes a keyboard player in a band. He lives in England but wasn’t born there, his dad’s in prison, he has a whacky Grandad who lives in a van …
Stories of Ourselves - exam style essay titles and revision prompts
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Stories of Ourselves - exam style essay titles and revision prompts

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Includes 15 sample exam style essay titles and a table with prompts for themes narrator, structure, language etc. which can be completed for revision of the main components of the stories. Also includes worksheet for prompts on how to write an essay on short story openings and 45 slide ppt exploring components of a short story. Aimed at Cambridge AS Literature but also useful for GCSE. Short stories referred to include The Signalman, The Yellow Wall Paper, An Englishman’s Home, Meteor, The Lemon Orchard, Five-Twenty, The Village Saint, Secrets, Games at Twilight, Journey.
Short Stories Scheme - Poe Chopin Desai
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Short Stories Scheme - Poe Chopin Desai

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This scheme explores the short stories The Fall of the House of Usher by Poe, The Story of an Hour by Chopin and Games at Twilight by Desai. The texts are included. There is analysis of story structure using Freytag’s pyramid, key vocabulary, characterisation methods, using the PEE (including model PEEs) to explore setting and character and theme. There are reading comprehension tasks and an extended writing task for each story. Aimed at GCSE but also used with higher ability Y9. 55 slides. 4-5 weeks worth of lessons.
Ted Hughes Exam Style Essay Titles and prompts for specific poems
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Ted Hughes Exam Style Essay Titles and prompts for specific poems

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This resource provides 16 exam style essay titles with suggested poems to refer to. There is a also a list of prompts for what should be included in an essay and a list of typical themes in Hughes’ poetry. Also find a ppt which guides students through writing an essay on Pike and Jaguar, a ppt with prompts for A Memory and Six Young Men, a table with prompts for Tender Place and You Hated Spain. Aimed at Cambridge AS and A Level Literature but also suitable for GCSE.
Character Structure Lajos Egri
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Character Structure Lajos Egri

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Worksheet detailing Lajos Egri’s theory of character - physiology, sociology and psychology - useful for students when planning and creating their own characters.
Richard II Let's Talk of Graves Model Essay for A Level
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Richard II Let's Talk of Graves Model Essay for A Level

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Here is an A grade A Level model essay on Richard II. It is based on a passage from Act III Scene II (approx 1500 words). Useful for students to see what they should be aiming for - reference to themes, character, language, audience, critical theory (Marxism), Shakespeare. The model essay and the passage are provided.
Into the Wild Krakauer English GCSE style tasks
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Into the Wild Krakauer English GCSE style tasks

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This resource is for preparation for GCSE reading and writing exam style tasks as well as to enjoy a great book. All 18 chapters are covered. There may be too many tasks for some chapters so teacher can pick and choose. This has been tried and tested with both Y10 and Y11. An estimate of 8 weeks worth of lessons here. Into the Wild is a wonderful book and there is also the Sean Penn film which pretty much follows the text. Pdf versions of the text are available online. Some page numbers are included in the resource but obviously these may differ depending on which edition you use. All chapter numbers are clearly indicated.
The Glass Menagerie Revision
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The Glass Menagerie Revision

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Aimed at A Level Literature, also useful for GCSE. This pack is a simple revision activity for all 7 scenes. Tried and tested and very useful. Basically there are a series of points/topic sentences/comments/quotes on each scene which the students then expand upon in turns, allowing them to read each others’ work and build each point/topic sentence/comment/quote into a mini group written essay. I took a lesson, sometimes two over each scene. When completed I provided each student with their own copy of the mini essays written for each scene. Sometimes I’ve seen this activity described as ‘Pass the buck’. Page numbers refer to the Penguin edition but references should be able to be found pretty easily as they are specific to certain scenes.
Never Let Me Go - Model Essay, Plan, Prompts - Chapter 2 Passage
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Never Let Me Go - Model Essay, Plan, Prompts - Chapter 2 Passage

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This 5 page document contains Never Let Me Go 1500 word model essay (A Level), essay plan, prompts of what to include in Literature essay and brief teacher comments and grading. (A to C qualities). Aimed at A Level Literature but might be useful for GCSE too. The essay is teacher written as an aid for students.