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Resources for Scottish secondary school pupils S1 - S6 (but most are also suitable for use in English schools).

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Resources for Scottish secondary school pupils S1 - S6 (but most are also suitable for use in English schools).
Close reading word choice exercise
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Close reading word choice exercise

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An excellent resource for getting pupils to analyse the effectiveness of a writer's word choice. A homework sheet with a step-by-step guide to how to tackle each sentence. My pupils' close reading (comprehension/interpretation) marks improved significantly after doing this.
The Devil's Wife Carol Ann Duffy
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The Devil's Wife Carol Ann Duffy

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Resources I've been using successfully with Scottish Higher pupils (age 16/17) in order to support their writing of critical essays. The pack includes templates for initial internet research, 2 model essays, detailed notes on the whole poem, questions on each part of the poem, a step by step essay plan and more... (If Miss Reid, who uploaded my accidentally incomplete first unit is able to contact me, I will email her this full version)
'Lion' Dev Patel film of 'A Long way Home'
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'Lion' Dev Patel film of 'A Long way Home'

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I have developed a range of resources for pupils to write critical essays based on a film text. This PowerPoint focuses on the biopic genre and looks at the genre conventions within 'Lion' My pupils loved studying this 2017 film. See my other resources for essay plans etc.
Creative Writing for Senior pupils
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Creative Writing for Senior pupils

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A unit of work to support a workshop-style approach to teaching creative writing. I've been working on this for a couple of years and pupils really enjoy it. We look at excerpts from a range of inspiring texts (e.g. 'Sophie's Choice' by William Styron, The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, 'Room' by Emma Donoghue, 'The Snapper' by Roddy Doyle, 'About Grace' by Anthony Doerr and 'Talking Heads' by Alan Bennett) and go on to consider how these authors have utilised key techniques such as creating tension, narrator's voice, vivid setting description, engaging openings etc... Pupils then attempt a short writing task based on each text. Texts not reproduced for copyright reasons, but page numbers and publishers listed. I have found that many pupils go on to purchase and read these texts after looking at them here.
Norman MacCaig team quiz - REVISION
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Norman MacCaig team quiz - REVISION

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This is a great resource for revising the Norman MacCaig set text poems. My class loved it and it lasted for a double period. 5 rounds of questions for up to 6 teams: general; complete the quotation; multiple choice; name the technique; anagram. Answer sheet supplied.
'Lion' Dev Patel film of 'A Long Way Home': essay plan
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'Lion' Dev Patel film of 'A Long Way Home': essay plan

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Critical essay plan based on studying a key scene of this brilliant 2017 film. My Scottish Higher class is doing this for their critical essay paper. See my accompanying resources - a template to help pupils prepare for this essay, and a power point and essay plan to help tackle a genre essay.
Norman MacCaig Set Text Comparison charts
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Norman MacCaig Set Text Comparison charts

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A booklet to support the final set text question - clear links between each of the poems: Visiting Hour, Aunt Julia, Memorial, Basking Shark, Assisi, and Sounds of the Day A very helpful resource for exam revision.
Norman MacCaig 6 Poems National 5 Unit
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Norman MacCaig 6 Poems National 5 Unit

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Assisi, Aunt Julia, Basking Shark, Memorial, Sounds of the Day and Visiting Hour.Developed to support the new Scottish National 5 English exam, but suitable for any students studying MacCaig. This resource includes everything you need: questions on each poem; a full set of stanza by stanza notes with important quotations in bold; individual follow-up writing tasks for each poem; and a group presentation task for each poem. I have used this with my own classes for two years.
Romeo and Juliet pub quiz
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Romeo and Juliet pub quiz

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My senior classes absolutely love this team game at the end of studying the text. Five rounds of fun questions, with a bonus anagram round at the end. Answer key provided. A totally riotous lesson (even without beer!)
A Clockwork Orange Introduction
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A Clockwork Orange Introduction

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A powerpoint to introduce Anthony Burgess's 'A Clockwork Orange'. Key information about characterisation, plot, theme, and explanations of dystopia, totalitarianism etc. Youtube links to other supporting materials.