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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.

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.
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.
Literacy Lessons Quality Pack
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Literacy Lessons Quality Pack

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Fully resourced literacy lessons with bell work (pre starter), differentiated learning objectives and highly-visual, scaffolded tasks for building literacy in less able learners. Many of the presentations contain links to relevant literacy games, which can be played on interactive whiteboards (or simply using a projector and computer). I have used these lessons to equal effect with years 7 - 9, but they could be enjoyed by other year groups, primary or secondary.
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.
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.
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 group, paired and individual analysis of an extract from The Woman in Black. There is an activity which looks at Susan Hill's background and provides a good source of discussion on how her experiences shaped her writing. Included is an extended writing question and writing frame. I used this resource with a very able year 8 group.
The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 1
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter 1

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The resource is aimed at AS / A level students just beginning the novel. The presentation unpacks the first page and half of Atwood's novel in a fair bit of detail. The epigraphs, satire, context, significance of names and mode of narration are all covered. More like this to come.
Introduction to the Gothic
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Introduction to the Gothic

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An introduction to the conventions of Gothic literature for KS3. This is an engaging resource with a video clip, a game of taboo, some descriptive writing and peer assessment. It is very accessible and would suit the low to middle ability.
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.
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
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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.
Gothic Character Analysis
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Gothic Character Analysis

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A pair of lessons which focus on extract analysis of characters from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Frankenstein. The Frankenstein lesson contains printable resources for close language analysis in groups and the Jekyll and Hyde lesson contains an engaging activity where students can draw and label Mr Hyde. I would recommend the resource be used with low to middle ability KS3 students.
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.
Frankenstein: The early chapters
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Frankenstein: The early chapters

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A KS5 scheme of work (or a KS4 scheme for the more able). It covers the introductions, the Romantic genre, Walton's narrative, the first part of Victor's narrative, Byron and the Oedipus complex. The scheme is resourced with links to external websites such as the British Library and comes supplied with articles for which I claim no intellectual credit. Students can access the QR codes and hyperlinks which are given from time to time with an ipad or mobile phone.
On The Sea by John Keats
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On The Sea by John Keats

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A lesson filled with contextual information on Keats’s On The Sea. Discussion points are also provided for Keats’s use of the sonnet form as well as his philosophy of negative capability and the role of the poet.
To Autumn
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To Autumn

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A presentation which considers some advanced aspects of the context, form and structure of John Keats's To Autumn. It then provides discussion / comprehension questions for the language in each stanza. The resource is suited for more able GCSE learners (i.e. those following the Eduqas specification) and A level Literature students who have selected Keats as their pre-1900s poet.
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.
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: 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.