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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!

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!
Macbeth Act 1-4 Analysis- Full lessons

Macbeth Act 1-4 Analysis- Full lessons

13 lessons included. Although it states 4 resources, you can buy the lessons individually which looks at Act 1, 2, 3 and 4 or buy and save 25% from the bundle with everything included. All of the lessons include a variety of lessons analysing in detail the plot line, characters, themes and extracts of Macbeth. Complete with model answers and structures to help students answer GCSE learning questions. Aimed at lower ability looking at key scenes.
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R.J.Palacio Wonder Scheme of work

R.J.Palacio Wonder Scheme of work

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.
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Introduction to Wonder- R.J Palacio

Introduction to Wonder- R.J Palacio

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.
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Persuasive Speeches- Martin Luther King analysis

Persuasive Speeches- Martin Luther King analysis

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. -
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Persuasive Speeches- Speaking and Listening- Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Speeches- Speaking and Listening- Persuasive Writing

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!
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Gothic Literature- Dracula for lower ability and SEN.

Gothic Literature- Dracula for lower ability and SEN.

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.
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Marley's Ghost- Observation lesson

Marley's Ghost- Observation lesson

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"
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Lord of the Flies- Setting and Symbolism

Lord of the Flies- Setting and Symbolism

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.
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Beowulf and Hercules Language Comparison -KS3

Beowulf and Hercules Language Comparison -KS3

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.
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R.J.Palacio Wonder Scheme of work

R.J.Palacio Wonder Scheme of work

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.
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Persuasive Speeches- Winston Churchill. (Beaches speech)

Persuasive Speeches- Winston Churchill. (Beaches speech)

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
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Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Miss Havisham Analysis

Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Miss Havisham Analysis

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
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Shakespeare-Much Ado about Nothing- Tricking Beatrice Act 3 Scene 1

Shakespeare-Much Ado about Nothing- Tricking Beatrice Act 3 Scene 1

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?
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Persuasive Speeches- End of the world and Movie Speeches.

Persuasive Speeches- End of the world and Movie Speeches.

A lesson aimed at working in groups to analyse 4 different speeches and create a second group to teach each other about their speech. Lesson includes: -4 speeches from movies: Armageddon, Independence day, Braveheart and Coach Carter. -YouTube links to all speeches to spark discussion with the class. -Guided steps to help students annotate their speeches -Independent structure used to help students answer the question "How does the language used in the speech help motivate the audience?"
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A Mid-Summer Night's Dream- Bottom and Shakespeare's use of humour.

A Mid-Summer Night's Dream- Bottom and Shakespeare's use of humour.

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
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Media Studies Glossary display

Media Studies Glossary display

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.
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Macbeth Analysis- Act 4

Macbeth Analysis- Act 4

3 LESSONS- Analysing and understanding ACT 4: Plot line, characters and themes. Act 4 Scene 1- Students are asked to explain the change in relationship between Banquo and Macbeth as a starter activity. Includes reading act 4 scene 1- Speakers needed are outlined in the presentation. Discussion around what is an apparition? Summary of Act 4 scene 1 and then comprehension questions for students attached with a Youtube link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdoGqrizfdc The witches apparitions explained lesson- A more detailed analysis of what each apparition symbolises. Complete with an explanation slide of each apparition to spark discussion within class- allowing students to take notes. The final question is "Why did Shakespeare introduce the apparitions?" Act 4 Scene 2- Exploring the theme of violence. Lesson complete with: A whole re-cap of where violence is shown throughout the play, supported reading of Act 4 Scene 2, exploration of Lady Macduff as a minor character and the importance of this, highlighting Lady Macduff quotes and a supported structure to allow students to answer "How is the theme of violence shown in Act 4 Scene 2?"
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Gothic Literature- The Castle Of Otranto- Horace Walpole

Gothic Literature- The Castle Of Otranto- Horace Walpole

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.
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Wonder- R.J.Palacio- Analysis of Structure

Wonder- R.J.Palacio- Analysis of Structure

This lesson explores how structure is used in the story looking at a particular extract. The lesson covers the structure techniques and effects used in the extract (extract and revision sheet of techniques attached). Students are directed through a pre-analysed section of the extract of how to analyse the use of structure and then given the full extract to do this independently. The end result supports students in answering the GCSE styled question "How does Palacio use structure to influence the reader?"
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