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I teach English at an academically successful school in Berkshire. I only publish resources that I have personally used in the classroom and always aim for maximum visual and interactive impact.

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I teach English at an academically successful school in Berkshire. I only publish resources that I have personally used in the classroom and always aim for maximum visual and interactive impact.
Gothic fiction: The Woman in Black
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Gothic fiction: The Woman in Black

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A fully-fleshed resource, which has activities designed for analysis of two extracts from The Woman in Black. There is an activity which looks at Ann Radcliffe’s definitions of horror and terror. Included is an extended writing question and writing frame. I have also added a creative writing task with a model response, plus a re-drafted model which could be used to illustrate the importance of making conscious choices as an author. I use the resource with very able year 8 classes, but it would be suitable for key stage 3 and 4 students alike. 15 slides in length and enough material for up to two lessons. Lesson has been updated with working links (September 2019).
Hawk Roosting
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Hawk Roosting

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A bright and visual presentation with a mix of teacher led and student led activities, designed to promote engagement and independent thought. Structure, form, language and context are all covered. There is an annotation activity for students' anthologies (not just copying off the board). The resource would suit middle ability and more able students studying the Eduqas exam board for GCSE and provides work for at least 2 lessons.
The Handmaid's Tale
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The Handmaid's Tale

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A bundle containing a range of visual presentations on The Handmaid's Tale. It includes work on Serena Joy, Nick, Atwood's thematic motif of doubling and more.
The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats
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The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats

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A full lesson on The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats, taking students through key points of plot, context, form and structure, language features and themes. I used this over a two-lesson teaching sequence.
To Sleep by John Keats
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To Sleep by John Keats

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A full lesson on Keats’s To Sleep, covering context in detail, form and structure, tone, imagery, themes and interpretations.
The Prelude (Eduqas)
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The Prelude (Eduqas)

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A bright and visual presentation on Wordsworth's Excerpt From The Prelude. It contains printable slides to annotate in groups with focused questions. Also included are tasks which require students to make predictions before reading the poem and there is information on the context. Middle to high ability students would suit this presentation. Please note, the Eduqas excerpt is different from the AQA excerpt. This resource is designed for the Eduqas GCSE specification.
The Handmaid's Tale: Moira
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The Handmaid's Tale: Moira

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The presentation looks at Moira across the text. It begins with a quotation hunt , contains a task where students evaluate who would be the better protagonist (Moira or Offred) , considers the issue of race and provides a starting point for an essay question.
The Handmaid's Tale: Chapters 2 and 3
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapters 2 and 3

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Separate PowerPoints for chapters 2 and 3 of The Handmaid's Tale. The chapter two presentation deals with the introduction of the Marthas, the shift in style from the first chapter and some of the key images from the second chapter. The chapter three presentation focuses on the character of Serena Joy. It includes context on the three women Serena Joy's character was based on. I have included some links to clips of the women, which stimulate debate as their views are fairly controversial. Then there is a simple outline for group work and an essay question.
The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 4
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 4

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The presentation begins by focusing on the character of Nick as first presented in Chapter 4 of the novel. There is a group task with key quotations for this purpose. Next, to promote discussion, there is inter-textual information on Newspeak from Orwell's 1984, which has strong similarities with the language used in Chapter 4. Finally, there are some questions about the end of the chapter and sexual repression in Gilead, along with a link to an online article on the same topic; QR code provided for students with ipad or similar.
Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
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Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

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A lesson which goes into some detail on the themes and ideas (as well as form, language and structure) of Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn. Tasks are largely discussion based and look at the poet’s ideas of negative capability, his themes of gender and his manipulation of the ode form.
Bright Star by John Keats
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Bright Star by John Keats

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The lesson takes students through some key aspects of context, including some of the language of the letter Keats wrote to Fanny Brawne which sheds light on the themes of this sonnet. There are slides containing comprehension questions designed to get students talking about Keats’s use of the sonnet form and comprehension questions which engage with the main imagery of the poem. The final part of the lesson provides questions to prompt comparisons with other poems by Keats.
Introduction to Romanticism
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Introduction to Romanticism

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An introduction to Romanticism aimed squarely at KS3. The focus is on the art and ideals of the Romantic era and begins with some annotation of Fuseli's The Nightmare. There is a link to an engaging video on the topic, though it runs rather fast, so it would be worth pausing for discussion or using the video with higher ability only. The presentation contains printable grids with key questions, drawing students attention to important things in the artwork. The resource does not deal with any literature, but provides an opening from which you can segue into the works of the Romantics.
Ode on Melancholy by John Keats
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Ode on Melancholy by John Keats

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A lesson which focuses mainly on building students discussion of AO2 (language analysis) through group work. Therefore, I have included no context and only a little reference to structure. My students seemed to really enjoy the lesson.
Edexcel Literature: John Keats (part I)
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Edexcel Literature: John Keats (part I)

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A bundle of seven lessons on John Keats’s poems for the new Edexcel A Level Literature specification. The following poems are included: O Solitude On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer On The Sea In drear nighted December On sitting down to read King Lear once again To Autumn Ode on a Grecian Urn Lessons on the other poems from the specification will be available soon.
The Handmaid's Tale: The Commander
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The Handmaid's Tale: The Commander

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The lesson begins by building character profiles of Commander Fred Waterford and Fred Judd, and asks students to consider the significance of each character. Next is a close focus on the presentation of his character with discussion questions and, finally, a motion that forms the basis of a debate over his character.
The Handmaid's Tale: Reliability of the narrator
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The Handmaid's Tale: Reliability of the narrator

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The lesson begins with some definitions of reliable and unreliable narrators, requiring students to justify which they feel Offred is. Next, students discuss the benefits of each type of narrator to an author before looking at some specific sections where Offred can be seen as unreliable. They must analyse the possible reasons and effects of this lack of reliability.