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I am a secondary English and Media teacher in the UK and have always enjoyed the process of creating lessons to help students be engaged and enjoy the subject. In the shop you will find resources that cover popular topics taught throughout English Secondary schools. The resources range in age from 11 years- 16 years old and you will find that lessons have many differentiated tasks to suit the needs of your learners. Not only have I enjoyed creating the lessons, but I have loved teaching them!

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I am a secondary English and Media teacher in the UK and have always enjoyed the process of creating lessons to help students be engaged and enjoy the subject. In the shop you will find resources that cover popular topics taught throughout English Secondary schools. The resources range in age from 11 years- 16 years old and you will find that lessons have many differentiated tasks to suit the needs of your learners. Not only have I enjoyed creating the lessons, but I have loved teaching them!
Persuasive Speeches- Winston Churchill. (Beaches speech)
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Persuasive Speeches- Winston Churchill. (Beaches speech)

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This lesson covers two hours looking at 2 of the most famous speeches of Winston Churchill. Originally taught at high ability KS3 it can also be used at KS4 in preparation for the speaking and listening assessment. The lesson includes: -Printed versions of the speech -Context of W.Churchill -Group work- annotations of the speeches -Teacher grid of techniques and effects used in the speeches - Supported sentence starters to enable students to answer the GCSE styled question "How is persuasive language used to show the writer's opinion of war?" -A YouTube clip linking to the speeches -Peer assessment
Introduction to Wonder- R.J Palacio
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Introduction to Wonder- R.J Palacio

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2 introductory lessons for R.J Palacio's Wonder. Studied with a year 7 class which could be used for high ability year 6 students or low ability year 8 students. The lessons include information about the author, a task based around emotive impact of the story, analysis of the blurb, comprehension questions, tasks to lead to students learning their first impressions of the main character and a structured support to help students write their own response to the question "What are your first impressions of August's life?" -Images of the book cover to use as a mind-map for students included.
Poetry-Limbo by Kamai Brathwaite- Culture and Identity
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Poetry-Limbo by Kamai Brathwaite- Culture and Identity

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This lesson explores the culture of the Caribbean and the poem Limbo by Kamau Brathwaite. The lesson looks at historical events that can have links to the poem, the linguistic meaning behind the title, a full annotation of the poem, a question based on how the themes are presented in the poem and a hot seat plenary.
Lord of the Flies- Setting and Symbolism
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Lord of the Flies- Setting and Symbolism

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Two full lessons that outline how Golding uses setting in the opening chapters and how the 'conch' is used as a symbol on the island. The first lesson closely analyses language and provides a broken down model answer to discuss and mark as a class. This also includes questions for pupils to consider when peer assessing their partner's response to the question. The second lesson looks at the technique of symbolism and refers to British Values and Democracy.
R.J.Palacio Wonder Scheme of work
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R.J.Palacio Wonder Scheme of work

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Complete with 11 full lessons from the beginning to the end of the book. I created this scheme of work for a middle-high ability year 7 group as an introduction to language and structure analysis in preparation for their end of topic assessment which focused on the question: How has the writer used language and structure to engage the reader. Some elements such as; dates, reading pages may need to be edited to fit the purpose of your teaching. However, I have found that working through this scheme in this order, prepared students well for their understanding of language and structure when it comes to a narrative story. I hope you find this as useful as I have. Lessons include focus on language techniques, structure techniques, particular chapter and extract analysis, discussion work and reading of the book.
Wonder- R.J. Palacio- Language analysis
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Wonder- R.J. Palacio- Language analysis

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This lessons explores the GCSE styled question "How does Palacio use allusion to create a sense of sympathy?" The lesson allows for the guided reading of certain pages, discussion questions based around the technique of allusion, identification of the difference between empathy and sympathy, analysis questions to support the annotations of the extract and a supported structure to help students answer the question. Differentiated and could be used over two lessons as peer assessment is included- students should come up with the criteria you are looking for.
Wonder- R.J.Palacio- The use of first person perspective
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Wonder- R.J.Palacio- The use of first person perspective

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A lesson that explores the use of first person which includes the use of first person with a task that looks at the use of first person in the wonder trailer- youtube link attached. It also allows students to use first person themselves by comparing their first day to the main characters and a supported answer to the question "How does the writer use first person perspective to allow the reader to imagine August's first day?"
AQA- Poetry Analysis- Eden Rock by Charles Causley
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AQA- Poetry Analysis- Eden Rock by Charles Causley

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This lesson offers an adaptable PowerPoint for analysing the poem ‘Eden Rock’ from the GCSE love and relationships anthology. It provides an analysis of key points from the poem, contextual information and a model answer in preparation of the students writing their own analysis in response to a GCSE question.
Nothing's Changed- Poetry Culture & Identity
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Nothing's Changed- Poetry Culture & Identity

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Would last two or three lessons: This lesson explores the poem Nothing's Changed by looking at questions surrounding different cultures. A task that helps to show your student's understanding as the topic progresses on poetic techniques. Context of the poem and the poet. An analysis of language and structure within the poem and two model answers that students can mark and feedback on which one is better and why. The final question is "How does the poet present his life in Nothing's changed?
Persuasive Speeches- Martin Luther King analysis
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Persuasive Speeches- Martin Luther King analysis

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A lesson that lasts 2 hours- analysis of language used in the famous 'I have a dream' speech. The lesson includes: -Starter activity linking to speeches today -Confidence scales for AFL -YouTube link and summary of speech -Analysis of language on a particular section of the speech -Model answer to the GCSE question "How does the writer use persuasive language to engage the audience?" -Complete with helping hand worksheet -Print out of the confidence scale and comprehension questions for the starter. -
Gothic Literature- Dracula for lower ability and SEN.
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Gothic Literature- Dracula for lower ability and SEN.

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A set of 3 lessons that last approximately 5 hours (depending on ability) Originally created for a group of year 8 and 9 foundation learners to help them explore Gothic literature. The lessons link to the original Bram Stoker’s Dracula, including descriptive writing, analytical writing and peer assessment. This could also be simply differentiated for younger years.
Persuasive Speeches- Speaking and Listening- Persuasive Writing
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Persuasive Speeches- Speaking and Listening- Persuasive Writing

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3 lesson that should be taught in sequence lasting 6 hours. Analysing different speeches including, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill and more movie based speeches such as; Armageddon... This bundle aims to give students the knowledge of speeches needed to create their own either written persuasive piece or for a speaking and listening assessment. Enjoy!
Media Studies Glossary display
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Media Studies Glossary display

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A collection of media terminology complete with definitions to print and put on the walls of a media classroom. I have found the key words are the center of everything I do with me media class and they always forget them unfortunately, so I thought how can I change this? How can I make them more independent in finding out the information. I have placed this on a notice board and students now get up and go to the board to refresh their memories- It works really well.
Marley's Ghost- Observation lesson
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Marley's Ghost- Observation lesson

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This lesson was created as part of an observation which received positive feedback showing students had made good progress. Originally taught to a bottom set year 10 class. It could be adapted to reach a more able group or a higher ability group at KS3. The lesson begins with a creative writing starter based on the image of the ghost. Also included, a youtube clip showing ghost stories, extract of Marley's Ghost (focusing on the description), the same extract with 4 language techniques identified, a glossary, an exploration of the use of the imagery (Lobster), a model answer and a supported set of sentence openers for students to write their own answer to the question "How is language used to present Marley's Ghost"
Wonder- R.J.Palacio- Language and Structure analysis
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Wonder- R.J.Palacio- Language and Structure analysis

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This lesson looks at the use of language and structure throughout an extract from the book 'Wonder' by R.J Palacio. Students are given a list of things to look for in the extract, a group task which allows students to work together to create a grid of techniques and effects. Complete with a model answer to be discussed as a class and the tools/support to enable students to answer the GCSE styled question "How has Palacio used language and structure to engage the reader?"
Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Miss Havisham Analysis
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Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Miss Havisham Analysis

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A lesson originally created for a mixed ability year 9 class but can easily be adapted for your own class. This lesson explores the use of language in the character Havisham from Great Expectations. Taught as part of a 'History of the English Language topic" but can also be used as a great expectations scheme or other language analysis topic. -Context of Great Expectations/Charles Dickens -Creative writing from Havisham's perspective -YouTube clips to BBC adaptation -Extract - to annotate with class or individually -Model answer to the question "How does Dickens use language to present Miss Havisham?" -Supported sentence starters to enable students to answer the question -Peer assessment
Shakespeare-Much Ado about Nothing- Tricking Beatrice Act 3 Scene 1
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Shakespeare-Much Ado about Nothing- Tricking Beatrice Act 3 Scene 1

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A lesson that explores structure in Act 3 Scene 1 complete with a modern and original extract for students to annotate. Aimed at a high ability but could easily be adapted. The lesson also includes: A model answer Discussion tasks in pairs Progress checks of student's understanding The GCSE question: How is the extract structured to engage the audience?