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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!
AQA- Language Paper 2- Q5
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AQA- Language Paper 2- Q5

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A lesson that lasts two-hours, taking students through the AQA exam (paper 2) which looks at writing for a purpose. This lesson reminds students of certain pointers and gives tips for the exam. The second hour allows students to have a go at writing/practicing.
Beowulf and Hercules Language Comparison -KS3
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Beowulf and Hercules Language Comparison -KS3

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This lesson looks at the Myths Beowulf and Hercules in a comparative way. Students are given an overview of how both heroes can be compared and allows them to look at two extracts exploring how both heroes are presented. Students should analyse the language used to show how each hero is presented as being similar or different. They are then given a grid which enables them to find quotes and write a comparison answer in the style of GCSE.
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
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?"
Gothic Literature- The Castle Of Otranto- Horace Walpole
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Gothic Literature- The Castle Of Otranto- Horace Walpole

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Literature lesson with a focus on Gothic Literature and one of the original Gothic texts of all time- The Castle Of Otranto. The lesson includes creative writing, an extract from the text, detailed conventions of the Gothic horror literature genre, YouTube link,a model answer on how Walpole uses setting in the extract, supported statements for lower ability students and self-assessment.
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.
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.
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.
An Inspector Calls- The Inspector's Final Speech Analysis
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An Inspector Calls- The Inspector's Final Speech Analysis

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A lesson aimed at lower-middle ability year 11 students in a revision lesson. AQA's An Inspector Calls lesson focuses on the use of language in the final speech, analysis of context and the speech's structure. This leads a prompted answer to a GCSE question. The answer attached is a 'pretend' example of a pupil response that pupils can criticise, mark and improve according to the AQA mark scheme.
Travel Writing- Niagara Falls
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Travel Writing- Niagara Falls

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A lesson created for a Travel Writing topic based on the extract by Rupert Brook- Niagara Falls. The lesson includes: - A glossary -The extract -YouTube link to Niagra Falls clip -The question "Is Rupert Brook's Niagara Falls an effective descriptive piece?" Where students can mark/assess against the school's criteria. -A second question GCSE styled question "How does Rupert Brook use language to help create an image of Niagara Falls?" -Peer assessment -Creative writing.
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. -
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.
A Mid-Summer Night's Dream- Bottom and Shakespeare's use of humour.
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A Mid-Summer Night's Dream- Bottom and Shakespeare's use of humour.

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A lesson that spans over two hours- Originally created for a mixed ability year 7 group but easily adapted to different classes. The lesson includes: -Links to humour in everyday life -Key terminology discussion 'malapropism' -What makes Bottom such a funny character (discussion) -Differentiated support in answering the question "How is Bottom presented as being a humourous character?" -Peer assessment -Creative Writing
Gothic Literature- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Gothic Literature- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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2 lessons that span over 4 hours. Each lesson looks at Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde complete with comprehension questions based on the included extract, the use of diary entries and first person, exploration of each character, creative writing (diary entries), and a supported set of sentence starters to help students answer the GCSE styled question "How does Stevenson create tension during the transformation in Jekyll and Hyde?" -Complete with peer and self assessment
Valentine- Carol Ann Duffy Poetry analysis- KS3 Structure
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Valentine- Carol Ann Duffy Poetry analysis- KS3 Structure

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A lesson that explores the use of structure in the poem 'Valentine' By Carol Ann Duffy. Originally taught to a middle set group of year 8 students but can be easily adapted. Lesson would last 2 hours but again can be shortened or extended. The lesson includes: - A structure technique matching worksheet - A help sheet for the GCSE styled question "How has the poet used structure to engage the reader? - A teacher analysis of where structure is used in the poem - Comprehension questions linked to YouTube links -A model answer -A slide including a helping hand task and a challenege task- well differentiated.
AQA- Before you were mine- GCSE Analysis
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AQA- Before you were mine- GCSE Analysis

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A lesson created for a year 11 class. Easily adaptable PowerPoint that provides the basic understanding of the poem with: An analysis of the poem Contextual information about the poet A GCSE model example -An opportunity for students to respond to the question: How does the poet reflect on her mother’s past in before you were mine?
KS3- Hurricane Hits England Poetry Analysis
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KS3- Hurricane Hits England Poetry Analysis

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This lesson was taught to a year 8 mixed ability class whilst studying the poems from other cultures. This lesson is adaptable to use and provides pupils with a model example, pre-teaching tasks and the opportunity to answer a GCSE styled question through differentiated support.
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.