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Want to make Grammar fun? Want to engage not test your students? Want to see kids coming up with their own ideas not just repeating yours into a formulaic PEEL paragraph of doom? Me too :)
Dulce et Decorum est.
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Dulce et Decorum est.

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Whole lesson: KS3 Middle Ability taught successfully with Year 7. Encouraging students to connect with the ideas of the WW1 poem Dulce et Decorum est through first examining and sharing their own viewpoints on dying for your country. Includes Starter and Plenary activity, and 3 main writing tasks. Link to Youtube clip to support visual learners. Sentence starters and top tips to improve their work.
Grammar Worksheet Pack: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs
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Grammar Worksheet Pack: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs

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First three worksheets in my Branches of Grammar series, aimed at mid-ability KS3 English students. This pack contains Worksheet One Nouns & Verbs Worksheet Two Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives Worksheet Three Adjectives & Adverbs Each worksheet includes detailed definitions and examples. Straightforward activities to help them identify parts of speech and then produce their own sentences. Particular emphasis on how parts of speech work together and modify one another. Sample sentences based on student interest/humour containing some more complex examples for more able students e.g. verbs used as adverbs (The terrifying clown) and longer noun phrases. Example: Underline the adjective and adverb in the sentence: "The terrifying clown made us scream loudly."
Word Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes
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Word Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes

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KS3 English Language Grammar lesson; excellent for improving grammatical knowledge, widening vocabulary and improving reading skills through comprehensive step-by-step activities. Designed for a 50-60 minute lesson, includes engaging starter and plenary activities with features to appeal to visual learners.
Anderson Shelter Research Sheet
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Anderson Shelter Research Sheet

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KS2 Support/Low Ability Worksheet for completing a report on Anderson Shelters. Includes diagram and sentence starters. Points students to the use of the 5Ws in factual texts. Used as a differentiated task for SEN and EAL learners alongside Year 5 and 6 writing a non-chronological report as part of literacy and Topic work. But could also be used as the basis for planning a more detailed report.
Hamlet Act 5 The Gravediggers
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Hamlet Act 5 The Gravediggers

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A full lesson including several different activities to help students explore the symbolism and themes presented in Act 5 Scene 1 of Hamlet. Key focus is on how the skull is used to symbolise changing attitudes to death. Produced for a High Ability KS4 or Mid to High Ability KS5 class. Taught successfully to a mixed KS5 English Literature group. Traffic light coding used for differentiated questioning. Visual elements incorporated e.g. video clips and illustration activity.
Christmas Carol : Context
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Christmas Carol : Context

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An hour long lesson for GCSE (KS4) students on A Christmas Carol. English Literature focus - based on the current 2015-2017 AQA specification. The lesson explores the concept of Materialism and Commercialism and uses students own ideas as the basis of understanding the message of Charles Dickens. It includes links to yo-utube clips, dialogic and active learning based activities, and is also designed to appeal to visual learners, Keywords are signalled and defined throughout. Worked successfully with Mid to High Ability students.
KS4/5 Introduction to Dystopia
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KS4/5 Introduction to Dystopia

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An introduction to the Dystopian genre including its history and main features with links to The Handmaid’s Tale as a method of preparation for study of The Handmaid’s Tale for A Level English Literature. Could also be used as a general introduction to texts such as 1984, Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Brave New World etc.
Grammar Worksheet 1 : Nouns & Verbs
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Grammar Worksheet 1 : Nouns & Verbs

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First sheet in my "Branches of Grammar" worksheets I produced for my KS3 students. Has worked well with middle ability. Can be used alongside other sheets or stand alone. This worksheet has 3 straightforward tasks to help students define, identify and then produce their own sentences containing verbs and nouns. Sample sentences based on student interest/humour containing some more complex noun phrases to challenge more able students. Example: Underline the noun in the sentence "The headmaster had a detention slip in his pocket."
Standing Female Nude by Carol Ann Duffy
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Standing Female Nude by Carol Ann Duffy

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KS4/KS5 Lesson with full text annotation. Learning Objectives: LO: Understand the historical context of the poem. LO: Explore how the poet presents the “male gaze” and the role of women in art. The lesson includes - contextual understanding of Cubism and 19th Century female models. Literary analysis using the Feminist framework of “the male gaze”. Annotation of linguistic devices - caesura, double entendre and interior monologue. Exam question with support. Taught with Year 12 students in a double lesson.
An Introduction to Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)  by George Orwell : History and Title
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An Introduction to Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell : History and Title

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An Introduction to 1984 by George Orwell, single introductory lesson focusing on key facts about the text, its title and place in literary history. Aimed at KS4/KS5 students, who may or may not yet have read the book or are about to embark on the novel as a class. Key activities: Discussion task: the concept of surveillance, and understanding of key phrases from the book such as "Big Brother is watching you" Short question and answer based on key facts about the book. More detailed comparison task using with modern media examples of fly-on-the-wall television (embedded video) and short extracts from the novel (provided). Working with context - looking at historical influences on the author as well as considering the text's lasting heritage and influence on modern fiction in a plenary activity. N.B. Preview images does not reflect actual resource as for some reason its completely screwed my formatting and changed fonts and alignments etc. Doesn't look like that! Tes informed of issue.
My Last Duchess
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My Last Duchess

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GCSE English Revision Tool or Overview of the poem from the AQA Poetry Anthology Contains: Contextual background for students, quick quotation work using the title as a starting point, annotation activities focusing on both the content and key events as well as the tone of the narration. Key terminology - dramatic monologue explained. Plenary writing task to encourage students to discuss the message of the poem, with differentiated ideas for students to use in building their own opinion of the poem.
Context in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell : Historical Background, Stalinism
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Context in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell : Historical Background, Stalinism

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Lesson 3 in my Introduction to Nineteen-Eighty Four series, works in series or as a stand-alone lesson. Aimed at KS5 Students who have read 1984 or are reading the book as a class. LO: Understand the historical context in which Nineteen Eighty-Four was written and received. Focus - Considering how the theme of erasing the past, propaganda and control of visual evidence may have been influenced by Communism, in particular Stalin's USSR. Key Ideas: Key Activities: Starter - key terminology research e.g. totalitarian Historical Sources Visual learning, comparing doctored images from the past. Finding Short, Effective Quotes in pairs. Challenging pair discussion work. Close-text analysis with provided extract. Sample exam question to plan in class (can be set as a homework) with instructions on how to make an effective planning sheet.
Punctuation Worksheet Pack: Full-stops, Commas and Semi-colons
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Punctuation Worksheet Pack: Full-stops, Commas and Semi-colons

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Punctuation worksheets in my Branches of Grammar series, aimed at mid-ability KS3 English students or revision for KS4. Can be used alone or in series. This pack contains: Worksheet Four Full-stops Worksheet Five Commas Worksheet Six Semi-colons Each worksheet includes detailed definitions and examples. Straightforward activities to practice using each punctuation mark at sentence and paragraph level. Sheets build upon one another with Worksheet Five considering the difference between comma and full stop pauses and challenging students to select which should be used in a sample paragraph. Sample sentences based on student interest/humour containing some more complex extension tasks for more able students. Example: Now copy out the passages below and put in the missing full stops and capital letters: 2. The singer took the microphone in her hand the audience waited in anticipation the music began to play
Hamlet: Tragic Hero
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Hamlet: Tragic Hero

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An introduction to the concept of a tragic hero through looking at modern examples and key sections of Act 1 of Hamlet. With key features to aid visual learners.
An Introduction to To Kill A Mockingbird
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An Introduction to To Kill A Mockingbird

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An Introductory lesson for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, aimed at higher level KS3 or mid level KS4 classes. Has been used successfully with top set Year 9s and mid ability Year 10 classes in the past. Part of an introductory series of lessons, this stand-alone lesson covers: Symbolism and key symbols used in the book and its title. Making predictions based on book covers, titles and blurbs. What a proverb is and why it is used in the title. Reflection about the reading process ahead as student embark on this class novel. Activities include strong visual elements, as well as solo writing and discussion.
An Introduction to The Woman in Black
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An Introduction to The Woman in Black

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KS3/4 A Comprehensive lesson pack aimed at introducing the text and its genre to students studying The Woman in Black, for use ahead of reading the novel. The Powerpoint consists of approx. 4 lessons worth of activities covering the following Learning Objectives: Understand the theme of childhood presented in the novel Explore the context in which it was written Infer and make predictions based on introductory information The scheme works on introducing and familiarizing the students with key terminology including “Gothic” , “Uncanny” , “Atmosphere” and “Personification” with extension work to upgrade answers using these new terms. Also includes a selection of exam questions for use after reading the text drawn from the original ideas presented in this pack.
English Gothic Writing Bundle
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English Gothic Writing Bundle

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KS3 Bundle of the most popular Gothic themed resources from the English Rose store. Includes the brand new Introductory Course to The Woman in Black as well as printable resources for creative writing to use alongside your study of the text. At least 5 lessons worth of material available for a short time only at a discount of 30%!
Design your own Gothic Monster
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Design your own Gothic Monster

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Two page worksheet with three unusual extracts from 19th Century Gothic texts, reading questions to inspire students to create their own Gothic Villain or Monster. and a character design sheet for annotation. Good starting point for a Gothic Writing exercise.
Literacy: George's Marvellous Medicine
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Literacy: George's Marvellous Medicine

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Just in time for Halloween… A lesson to help students create their own marvellous medicines. A literacy pack designed for KS3 students with a low reading age or to engage less able students. This lesson includes activities designed to stretch students reading comprehension through discussion of literal concepts and group reading of enjoyable extracts from Dahl’s great short story. It also includes 2 analysis activities covering key literary and grammatical techniques (onomatopoeia, noun phrases, rhyme) to get students thinking about what makes Dahl’s writing effective. Final task to “fill” their own cauldron with noun phrases of ingredients in the style of Roald Dahl.
Grammar Worksheet 4: Full Stops
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Grammar Worksheet 4: Full Stops

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First sheet in my "Branches of Grammar" worksheets I produced for my KS3 students. Has worked well with middle ability. Can be used alongside other sheets or stand alone. This worksheet has 3 straightforward tasks to help students define and use full stops at a sentence and paragraph level. Last task aimed at pair work. Sample sentences based on student interest/humour. Example: Add the missing full-stops and capital letters to the sentences below 3. You-tubers like to endorse products usually they sell make-up or clothing but I sell carpet cleaner