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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Descriptive Writing - Feeling Isolated and Alone
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Descriptive Writing - Feeling Isolated and Alone

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A nice little lesson to get your class thinking about how it feels to be alone. They should use the images and the movie clips to write down a range of adjectives. The students should then attempt to put their feelings of feeling alone into a descriptive paragraph.
A Christmas Carol - Introduction for Low Ability
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A Christmas Carol - Introduction for Low Ability

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We all have those classes who need that extra bit of guidance when it comes to PEE, and that need reminding of the key descriptive words in A Christmas Carol. Here we have a very basic lesson with a wordsearch and questions all on Stave One of A Christmas Carol. These could be used as two separate starters or just as a simple lesson to get the students remembering the key sections of Stave One. For very low ability.
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.
Model PEE Paragraph on Tension
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Model PEE Paragraph on Tension

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This high ability model PEE paragraph will show your top students exactly how to write an outstanding answer to a question on tension using an extract from The Woman in Black. Please find the model paragraph and extract which was used. Happy Teaching!!
Language Techniques - Tables and tasks
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Language Techniques - Tables and tasks

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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. 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. 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.
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.
Project - Design your own Hotel: Speaking and Listening Booklet
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Project - Design your own Hotel: Speaking and Listening Booklet

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This is a great project booklet which will span over about 5-6 lessons. It is designed for students to work through the initial tasks to help their knowledge about hotels/holidays so they gain an understanding and knowledge of what they should be designing. It also helps them with web design, as they have to annotate and design their own. Once these pages are complete, your groups of five get designing, planning and speech writing, in order to create a 5-10 minute presentation to the class. I used this as an opportunity to assessment my students on their speaking and listening skills. This booklet is packed with activities and even a clip link for the students to see some of the top 10 Hotels in 2016. This is a great buy and can be used repeatedly. Could be used in class or as a homework project. 15 page booklet. What will it teach my students: To work in a team To create a speech/script To learn about target audiences To present ideas to the class in a group To understand and design webpages and a hotel To keep to a time limit when presenting What does it include: Preparation task - positives/negatives of hotel life, investigations into top hotels, persuasive language analysis, target audience, website analysis and annotations, website design. Main Task - 5 Roles for the students to decide between themselves, with details of what they each need to prepare and design in the role they have chosen. Time - 1/2 Lessons to prepare 1/2 Lessons to design and practise their presentation 2 Lessons for presentations - class of 30 Happy Teaching!
Persuasive Writing - Leaflets/Newspapers/Travel Writing/Film Reviews
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Persuasive Writing - Leaflets/Newspapers/Travel Writing/Film Reviews

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This is a fantastic bundle which will take your students through a range of persuasive writing types. Here you have some great worksheets and lesson slides, some include a lesson plan. This large bundle will give you a well deserved break when you get back as all these lessons are ready to go. Just load up the slides and pint off the worksheets and you have yourself about 4 full lessons all about persuasive language in a range of writing types. Now I must admit there are some similarities between the leaflet and Newspaper persuasive lessons however, there are some different resources in each to add to the effectiveness of these lessons for their different perusaisve writing types. Happy New Year and Happy Teaching!!!
An Inspector Calls - The Inspector - exploring
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An Inspector Calls - The Inspector - exploring

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Fab resource to complete the set after the responsibility slides I have available on here. To top it off we must explore THE INSPECTOR!!! Here is a one off lesson to question The Inspector and how he feels about the death of Eva Smith using three of his quotes. There is a quotation breakdown of questions around a quotation with clues to get the students thinking. This also comes with a slide of sentence starters if they are struggling with answering these questions and then of course I have provided the answers. This breakdown is based on the guidance I received from the AQA board when on a course - it really gets the students to think about the quotation and the whole text (LINKING IDEAS). Enjoy! (Please note some questions are based on course ideas given by AQA - answers and scaffolds and sentence starters and overall design is what is being sold in this resource)
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.
Of Mice and Men questions on Chapter 3 with answers
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Of Mice and Men questions on Chapter 3 with answers

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Struggling to teach basic comprehension or just need a competition/cover lesson with an extract and questions? Well, here it is! In order to help my class practice picking out quotations for one mark questions and then picking out two quotes and explaining them for a two mark question, I created this worksheet. It will take the class the whole lesson to get all the answers completely right. The extract I have used is from Of Mice and Men Chapter 3 when Carlson is persuading Candy to let him shot his dog. I have also attached the answers. This is a quick, easy and effective lesson just from one print out.
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!