Five symbols of light in literature presentation and Kit Harington comprehension

Five symbols of light in literature presentation and Kit Harington comprehension

This animated powerpoint showcases five examples of the symbolic power of light in literature. In particular references are made to The Bible, The Great Gatsby, Martin Luther King, Frankenstein and the song lyrics to Candle in the Wind. Pupils learn that light symbolises many things in literature such as knowledge, power, purity and love and asks them to question the texts they are reading and look closer at references made to light. This resource would be useful when discussing symbolism in literature such as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, for example, and could inspire wider reading and research. I include an article about the forthcoming Gunpowder series starring Kit Harington . The Game of Thrones actor reveals the ancestral links which led him to become involved in the retelling of the Gunpowder Plot and shines a light on the motivation behind his latest endeavour. All answers are provided and opportunities given for further writing and research. This resource would be particularly apt to utilise at this time of year just before the show airs. This presentation is suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16.
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Letters and the Gunpowder Plot

Letters and the Gunpowder Plot

I have bundled together three resources which will be useful for the study of letter writing and in particular how a letter saved the day when we look at the intrigues surrounding the Gunpowder Plot. This resource has more relevance today because of the new drama series entitled Gunpowder which stars Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame who plays Robert Catesby, the brains behind the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Here Harington reveals he is a direct ancestor of Catesby.
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The Elizabethan World View : Shakespeare in context

The Elizabethan World View : Shakespeare in context

This animated Powerpoint presentation looks at the major influences and philosophies prevalent in Shakespeare's day, so that students come to a wider understanding of his work , his life and the society in which he lived. The Roman Catholic Church, Science and Astronomy, Voyages of Exploration,The Divine Right of Kings, Humanism and The Renaissance are covered here. The Great Chain of Being, the Zodiac, the Elements and Humours as well as the Wheel of Fortune all feature in this resource. This presentation could be used to provide information, putting Shakespeare into context before going on to examine his work in more detail. Similarly , it could be used to inspire students to go on and explore topics such as humanism in more depth. I include a worksheet which will provide a framework for pupils to do their own independent research about Elizabethan theatre. Suitable for ages 14+
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Spelling, grammar and punctuation practice for SATS

Spelling, grammar and punctuation practice for SATS

This Powerpoint is one in a series of quizzes which helps students get to grips with grammar. This one looks at apostrophes, speech marks, tenses,using prefixes to form opposites and homophones. There is a passage including deliberate spelling mistakes which students can attempt to correct themselves.All answers are provided for ease of marking and sections can be easily modified for differing abilities. I include a further resource where students can display their knowledge of punctuation marks. Suitable for ages 10+
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Letters and the Gunpowder Plot

Letters and the Gunpowder Plot

I have bundled together three resources which will be useful for the study of letter writing and in particular how a letter saved the day when we look at the intrigues surrounding the Gunpowder Plot. This resource has more relevance today because of the new drama series entitled Gunpowder which stars Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame who plays Robert Catesby, the brains behind the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Here Harington reveals he is a direct ancestor of Catesby.
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Hurricane creative writing

Hurricane creative writing

This animated Power Point collates several pieces of writing about hurricanes. There are informative texts, diagrams, eye-witness reports as well as poems about hurricanes. There are before and after descriptions as well as a transcript of a public radio announcement broadcast before a hurricane strike. Having absorbed and discussed the varied texts, students are then given the option of writing either a news report, an appeal leaflet or a poem inspired by this fascinating phenomenon. I include a resource about wild wind which would be useful when discussing poetry and the senses. Suitable for ages 10+
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quiz including homophones, pronouns and semi-colons

quiz including homophones, pronouns and semi-colons

This is one in a series of similar quizzes testing various aspects of grammar, punctuation and spelling to be found in my shop. In this one students need to decide between homophones to complete sentences, to choose between I and me, to insert semi-colons and to form opposites by adding a prefix. They will encounter Joe whose spelling needs a little more attention in order for his words to make sense. All answers are provided . Used on a regular basis, these quizzes will help to identify and eliminate those errors which need addressing. Suitable for ages 10+ I include an extra resource to enable students to display their knowledge of punctuation.
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Halloween Spagbag Special with Potter

Halloween Spagbag Special with Potter

I have bundled together four resources which will prove useful on the approach to Halloween. Powers of comprehension will be tested, punctuation will be practised and letters will be written. Potter fans will be encouraged to widen their reading as they explore the history of broomstick games through the ages... Suitable for ages 10+
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Halloween Trick or Treat

Halloween Trick or Treat

I have bundled together four resources which I think will be useful on the approach to Halloween. One asks students to use adjectives and adverbs to create a spooky atmosphere; another explains how to build a story paragraph by paragraph about a walk through the woods; another is a tongue twister in the style of Dr Seuss about a cat and a hat and one is a comprehension in which we discover that bats are not such scary creatures after all... Suitable for ages 7+
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space week Saturn and Cassini mission comprehension and descriptive writing

space week Saturn and Cassini mission comprehension and descriptive writing

This animated Power point showcases data about Saturn and the Cassini mission to discover more about the planet. Pupils are then presented with fourteen questions to test their powers of comprehension about what they have read. Links are provided to enable further independent research. Answers are provided to the comprehension for ease of marking.Finally pupils are presented with a short poem about space exploration and are asked to produce some descriptive writing of their own about visiting a planet of their own choosing. This resource would complement studies during Space Week and also poetry linked to space exploration. Suitable for ages 8+
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book review

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book review

This animated PowerPoint consists of 25 slides and is intended to accompany the reading of Patrick Ness' novel, A Monster Calls. Students are asked to consider what constitutes a nightmare and how our senses can feed into our subconscious mind. They are required to consider elements of a Gothic novel and how atmosphere is created both in terms of the words and the illustrations here. What is the significance of the ancient yew tree and how does this relate to modern day cancer treatments? Pupils are asked to list what they can glean about the major characters and to examine where their own sympathies lie. Finally they are required to write their own review of this memorable novel and are invited to do their own independent research about Herne the Hunter and the techniques the illustrator used to ensure this novel became a multi-award winning one. Suitable for ages 12+
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Improve your spelling years 9-11

Improve your spelling years 9-11

This Powerpoint resource is intended to be used to improve spelling throughout years 9 to 11. It includes 60 words most commonly misspelt by students and various tips on how to learn them such as look, say, cover, write and check. Students are encouraged to look for smaller words within the longest spellings and to break them down into parts as well as other tips for specific words. Exercises are given where students have to complete sentences, solve anagrams and invent their own sentences using three given words from the set. A word document containing the words split into five sets of twelve words can be used to enable ease of learning and repeated practice. This resource is intended for use by students aged 12+
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Using adverbs and adjectives in descriptive writing

Using adverbs and adjectives in descriptive writing

This resource revises the use of adverbs in different positions within sentences and asks pupils to create sentences using adverbs appropriately. Students rearrange sentences to make them flow and look at descriptive extracts which use both adjectives and adverbs for effect. Pupils decide which extract is the more descriptive and find evidence to support their choices. I include one of my Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar quizzes in which adverbs and adjectives feature in one of the sections. Answers are provided. Suitable for ages 10+
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Descriptive writing adjectives and adverbs

Descriptive writing adjectives and adverbs

I have bundled together three resources which will be useful when studying descriptive writing and the revision of adjectives and adverbs in particular. Suitable for ages 10+
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quiz: spelling, punctuation and grammar

quiz: spelling, punctuation and grammar

This resource is one in a series of similar quizzes which test various aspects of spelling , punctuation and grammar. This one focuses on of/off and where/wear and we're as well as other homophones. Pupils need to insert commas where needed, use prefixes to form opposites and invent examples of their own. They are given a weirdly worded passage featuring Joe who finds spelling difficult. All answers are provided at the end. This resource can be easily dropped into a revision session and will enable students to review their own mistakes, without the need for lengthy marking. Used on a regular basis, these quizzes will help to raise standards in SPaG. I include an activity which encourages pupils to write an informal letter to Joe and also a further worksheet which looks at questions and statements and asks pupils to utilise a range of punctuation in their own descriptive writing. Suitable for ages 10+
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quiz : spelling, grammar and punctuation revision

quiz : spelling, grammar and punctuation revision

This resource tests knowledge of past and passed, to/two and too, apostrophes, homophones, adding prefixes to form opposites and much more besides. This is one of many quizzes to be found in my shop, which , when used on a regular basis will help to raise standards of spelling, grammar and punctuation. Pupils are presented with a passage which they need to perfect featuring Joe whose spelling leaves a lot to be desired. All answers are provided at the end so this resource can be dropped into a revision session easily and students will be able to identify areas which need improvement. I include a worksheet to provide opportunities for further development. Suitable for ages 10+
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The Elizabethan World View : Shakespeare in context

The Elizabethan World View : Shakespeare in context

This animated Powerpoint presentation looks at the major influences and philosophies prevalent in Shakespeare's day, so that students come to a wider understanding of his work , his life and the society in which he lived. The Roman Catholic Church, Science and Astronomy, Voyages of Exploration,The Divine Right of Kings, Humanism and The Renaissance are covered here. The Great Chain of Being, the Zodiac, the Elements and Humours as well as the Wheel of Fortune all feature in this resource. This presentation could be used to provide information, putting Shakespeare into context before going on to examine his work in more detail. Similarly , it could be used to inspire students to go on and explore topics such as humanism in more depth. I include a worksheet which will provide a framework for pupils to do their own independent research about Elizabethan theatre. Suitable for ages 14+
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Poem In the Basement of the Goodwill Store by Ted Kooser and questions

Poem In the Basement of the Goodwill Store by Ted Kooser and questions

This poem is a useful one to consider when discussing the problems of old age and the inevitability of death. Students are asked to focus on the poem and to think carefully about the ideas the poet wants us to think about regarding attitudes towards the elderly and relationships between different generations. Students are asked to discuss the mood and setting of the poem in particular. This resource would be useful all year round but particularly poignant during anti-bullying week when students are considering how we are all different and yet all equal. This resource will make students realise that the only difference between the old and the young is time itself. Suitable for ages 11+
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Spag revision mix

Spag revision mix

I have bundled together three resources which I think will prove useful for general revision purposes concerning spelling, punctuation and grammar. These resources could be used to test knowledge and understanding and to highlight areas needing improvement.
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comprehension: hard work pays off with answers

comprehension: hard work pays off with answers

This resource is a story about a King who does not listen to his adviser's words, whilst watching a spectacle involving a talented magician. The adviser proves in the end that through sheer hard work and consistent effort that he deserves his freedom from the dungeon. He uses his own words to prove a point. Pupils answer questions involving retrieving information from the text, making inferences, explaining writer's choices and composing an extended answer advising a friend who is struggling with their schoolwork. This is a timely resource as the end of term draws closer and pupils reflect upon their own learning and development. Answers and mark scheme are included. Suitable for ages 7+
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Persuasive speeches including Yes We Can speech by Obama featuring Dizzee Rascal

Persuasive speeches including Yes We Can speech by Obama featuring Dizzee Rascal

This resource includes an animated Powerpoint showcasing how to make an effective speech in five steps. Pupils are reminded about the features of persuasive writing using the AFOREST mnemonic. Students are required to make their own effective speech choosing to put themselves forward for the roles of Head Boy or Head Girl in the form of Ronald Dump or Angela Smirkle. Moreover there is an extract from Obama's famous Yes We Can speech which could be used as an example of persuasive writing. It uses repetition and a growing crescendo of rhetorical devices to make a point about the divisions in America. There is an extract form a Jeremy Paxman interview with Dizzee Rascal regarding the Presidential election in 2008 and a reminder of spoken language features. Ideal for Black History month and beyond. Suitable for ages 12+
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Fantastic Beasts Bundle 2

Fantastic Beasts Bundle 2

This Bumper Bundle of Fantastic Beasts contains seven resources full of magical creatures and more besides. There are quizzes, campaigns and comprehensions to keep Potter fans reading , writing and exploring in the weeks ahead. Ideal for revision of informative and persuasive writing skills. Answers are provided for each resource. Suitable for ages 10+
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proper nouns  and spag quiz with answers

proper nouns and spag quiz with answers

This Power Point tests knowledge of proper nouns. Pupils need to identify names, places and things which classify as proper nouns and add capital letters appropriately within sentences and also within a lengthier passage about Victorian theatre.Included is a more general spelling , grammar and punctuation quiz in which proper nouns is just one of the topics covered. Ideal for revision purposes. Suitable for ages 10+
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rhyming words : swimming with a mermaid

rhyming words : swimming with a mermaid

This resource accompanies a Power Point presentation but could be used in isolation. Pupils are asked to group words according to how they rhyme and then they are required to add more of their own choosing. The words can then be used to create a poem of their own about swimming with a mermaid. This resource is useful for spelling and phonics work and will compliment the study of oceans and seas. Suitable for ages 7+
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