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I have been an English Literature and Language Teacher for 6 years now. I have taken several GCSE classes through and had full success. I have a PGCE in English and MA in Applied Linguistics for Teaching English as a Second Language. I currently teach at a secondary school as an English and Media Teacher.

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I have been an English Literature and Language Teacher for 6 years now. I have taken several GCSE classes through and had full success. I have a PGCE in English and MA in Applied Linguistics for Teaching English as a Second Language. I currently teach at a secondary school as an English and Media Teacher.
AFOREST Techniques - Adverts and Leaflets
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AFOREST Techniques - Adverts and Leaflets

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Here is an AFOREST lesson that gets students to pick out the persuasive techniques they can see in an advert. It then goes onto analysing leaflets; for this I usually go and grab a handful of leaflets from the Tourist Information or a service station. Then you can use the middle part of the lesson and the work sheets to get students to identify and explain persuasive techniques used. This is a great lesson if your students are creating a leaflet or brochure for their assessment. It has always worked really well with Y7 and 8s.
Creating a charity
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Creating a charity

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This is like a mini project as you will probably need three lessons to complete the task and students presentation. This lesson starts by asking the students questions that they have to think about when watching the news clips about refugees (internet access needed) The next slide tells the students what their task is and shows them other charities that are available to refugees at the moment. The final slide gives students a success criteria which they need to follow. This lesson aims to show students what being a refugee is a like and how we as a country could help.
Of Mice and Men - Candy's Dog dies lesson on Structure and Language
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Of Mice and Men - Candy's Dog dies lesson on Structure and Language

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Stuck teaching your class about structure and language for the new spec? Look no further! Here is a fantastic lesson pack that takes the class through how to answer the following question: How successful is Steinbeck at creating tension when Candy’s dog dies? In this pack you will find a power point presentation that is ready to go, as it guides the class through the extract (attached) and how they should annotate it. It then talks them through answering the question using PEE questions and PEE sentence starters. If that doesn't hit the spot, then wait until you see the two page top mark model answer that can be shown to that class to mark and then get them marking their own. This model answer includes, three structure model paragraphs on this question and two language/language device paragraphs. It comes together to create a full fabulous answer. The mark scheme for this is also included. This has helped my class massively, I hope it helps yours too.
Newspaper Writing Lesson Pack - Persuasive language
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Newspaper Writing Lesson Pack - Persuasive language

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This is a adapted version of my Persuasive Leaflet Lesson. Instead this is all based around writing newspaper articles. It also has extra resources such as an article to annotate and another lesson where they put their new found knowledge into their own article. (Please see free resources for several newspaper templates, if needed) In this pack you will find two power point presentations that are both on revising persuasive language devices and then trying to find them in an article. (Please note this is an article I have got online and put into a newspaper article format with images)The only difference between the top two power points is one gives the examples and definitions to the class and the HA one asks the class questions to challenge them to remember. To go with this lesson there is the article and a hand-out sheet that the class can fill in when looking at the article. This gives them questions to answer about the article to help them identify the features and devices used in a persuasive article. After the class has completed this lesson, you will want to know if they now can apply their learnt skills to their own article. Please find attached the 'Practising Writing a Persuasive Newspaper Article Lesson' which will give them information (Short video online - not necessarily needed, but link available) and a success criteria on how to write an article. Please see free resources for newspaper templates. This really helped prepare my class for an assessment on newspaper articles. The engaging tops such as homework stress article and too many assessments information got them talking and interested.
PEE Paragraph Bundle - A Christmas Carol
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PEE Paragraph Bundle - A Christmas Carol

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Teaching A Christmas Carol and PEE paragrahs? Well, here is the package for you. Here we have a 10 page booklet on PEE with sentence starters and specific structure questions for general PEE, and 'A Christmas Carol' focused PEE paragraphs. As well as a mark scheme with two different graded model paragraphs to show your students. There is even a word bank section at the back. We also have the power point lesson which goes with the booklet. That's two lessons on PEE focusing on 'A Christmas Carol' sorted. Finally, we have 'A Christmas Carol' Planning sheet with extra scaffolding to help low ability students. Or edit this out and use it as a planning sheet for higher ability students. All of these resources have done me wonders in the past, from Year 7 high ability to Year 10. This pack is a must have!
Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy - Analysis activities and paragraphs
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Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy - Analysis activities and paragraphs

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Looking for a complete Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy lesson with presentation and worksheets included, well look no further. In the range of documents above you will find a power point presentation, card sort activity, the poem itself, and two work sheets that are designed to be printed back to back to make a mini booklet for the students to work through during the lesson. Oh and of course there is an example PEE paragraph for the students to refer too as well as a success criteria. This lesson done well can have a great impact on the students and their understanding of this poem.
Gothic Literature Booklet - Homework/classroom activites
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Gothic Literature Booklet - Homework/classroom activites

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Here is a fantastic Gothic Literature Booklet that can be used as a homework booklet or used in your classroom as an activities booklet. You could even just pull out activities you want from the booklet and use them as starters or main activities to teach gothic literature. In this pack there are 10 tasks to help students research, design, identify gothic motifs from extracts, and write gothic literature themselves. This is a fab booklet. Happy Teaching and Homework Setting!
Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy PEE help
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Havisham by Carol Ann Duffy PEE help

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Here are a few slides that will help students to understand the structure of a PEE paragraph and give them an example. Included: Model PEE paragraph, PEE sentence starter, and PEE questions.
Language Teachniques for Low Ability
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Language Teachniques for Low Ability

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Well here is a little number to help your classes with those all important language devices for creative and persuasive writing. It will also help them learn all the language techniques ready for identifying them in novels and poems. This one is different from my other worksheets as this one is for low ability. Extra help and fill in the blankets is used here to help those struggling with these techniques. In this pack there is a full table with the Language Teachniques, definitions and examples. The other two sheets are for the students to fill in during the lesson to help them build a work bank of these language techniques. As I said, there is extra help in these ones as opposed to the others I have uploaded. I did this with my class and then set learning them for homework. They then were tested to see if they could spot examples of techniques and their meaning. Really simple, but beneficial resource.
Identifying AFOREST Techniques
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Identifying AFOREST Techniques

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This lesson will help students to identify AFOREST Techniques using Martin Luther King's speech and prior knowledge matching cards. As you can see above this pack includes a powerpoint lesson, MLK speech for the students to use, MLK speech annotated for the teacher, and AFOREST matching cards for the starter activity. This lesson has worked really well with my Y8s and 9s. It could also be used for Y7.
Shakespeare Research Booklet
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Shakespeare Research Booklet

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This Shakespeare Research Booklet is a fantastic resource for introducing students into the world of Shakespeare. Every teacher struggles with how to teach the all important context section of the Shakespeare topic, and how to make it actually interesting. Well, here is the way to do it, and all you will need for one to two lessons is either a computer room or a Shakespeare book box from your school library. This booklet will teach the context for you, as it has key questions for the students to research, fun activities to complete, key quotations to understand, and a glossary the students can fill out.
Introduction to the Gothic genre
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Introduction to the Gothic genre

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This lesson will introduce your students to the ideas behind the Gothic genre. Using extracts from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, as well as specially written pieces of text, this lesson will aid students in identifying Gothic themes, storylines, and writing techniques.
The Tempest - PEE preparation lessons
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The Tempest - PEE preparation lessons

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This power point is great for preparing your class to write an essay on The Tempest. The question that I have focused on is 'How does Shakespeare present Prospero and his relationship with one other character in the first act of ‘The Tempest’? Included are PEE questions, success criteria based on the new 9-1 scale, and a model paragraph on Prospero and Caliban. There are about three lessons in this one power point in order to prepare your students. This lesson goes really well with The Tempest Planning sheet (which can be used to plan their assessment after these lessons). '
The Tempest Planning Sheet
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The Tempest Planning Sheet

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An ideal planning sheet to give to students who need a little guidance to start with when planning and writing their assessment. It has an introduction and conclusion plan with sentence starters and questions focused on a question that compares Prospero and one other character in the play, in this case Caliban. It also has a guide for writing a PEE paragraph.
Sentence Structure Lesson - Gothic Creative Writing
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Sentence Structure Lesson - Gothic Creative Writing

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This sentence structure lesson is designed to show students how using a variety of sentences can create a certain effect on the reader. Here I have used 'The Boy' horror movie trailer to create my own descriptive piece of writing which focuses on building an image using descriptive language and a variation of sentences. Once students have read the description and discussed why this description is effective you move on to watching the trailer (access to the internet needed), and then get the students to continue the original description using the success criteria, trailer, their imagination, and the original descriptive piece of writing for aid.
A Christmas Carol Assessment Planning Scaffold Sheet
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A Christmas Carol Assessment Planning Scaffold Sheet

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The 'A Christmas Carol planning sheet' guides students through writing a PEE essay based on A Christmas Carol. It has questions and sentence starters to help students understand the sequence of their essay. This can be used for those students just starting to learn about PEE and students who need that extra bit of scaffolding when it comes to the real thing.
Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy Lesson
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Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy Lesson

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This lesson introduces the poem Valentine to the students. It explores the main ideas of love and has a model answer to support the students in their PEE paragraph. This pack also includes a PEE grid, sentence starters, and a lesson plan of the whole lesson.