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I am an English teacher who designs resources for KS3, 4 and 5 students with particular focus on AQA GCSE and A-level courses (both literature and language). My resources range from revision booklets to full schemes of learning, and I pride myself on high-quality resources which are engaging and accessible to a range of learners.

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I am an English teacher who designs resources for KS3, 4 and 5 students with particular focus on AQA GCSE and A-level courses (both literature and language). My resources range from revision booklets to full schemes of learning, and I pride myself on high-quality resources which are engaging and accessible to a range of learners.
AQA A-Level English Literature B (Paper 2A - Crime) Revision Booklet - Poetry cluster / Atonement
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AQA A-Level English Literature B (Paper 2A - Crime) Revision Booklet - Poetry cluster / Atonement

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This 20 page revision booklet is designed for A-Level students studying the AQA English Literature B Paper 2 (Elements of Crime Writing), in particular the Browning, Crabbe and Wilde cluster and Atonement. It focuses on each of the three sections independently and contains an explanatory page for each which walks students through how to approach the response, a selection of practice questions and a breakdown of the mark-scheme in student friendly language. In total there are over 30 practice questions, written in AQA-style language that would be appropriate for mock exams as well as revision/practice tasks. There is also a ‘Critical Theory’ section which encourages students to engage with wider perceptions of crime (from a variety of critical and theoretical sources) in order provide a range of interpretations (AO5), discuss the genre as a whole (AO4) and place texts into their wider context (AO3). Included in this file is a PDF copy of the booklet (fully assembled and ready to print), an editable Publisher version and PDF copies of the extracts for Section A Practice Questions and Critical Theory section. In this way, teachers can either issue booklets right away or adapt it to suit the needs of their course.
A-Level (AQA) Literature Paper One Revision Booklet
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A-Level (AQA) Literature Paper One Revision Booklet

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This 43 page revision booklet is designed for A-Level students studying AQA English Literature B (Aspects of Tragedy). It walks them through how to revise for, plan and approach answers to all three sections and is aimed at students who have studied OTHELLO, KEATS POETRY and DEATH OF A SALESMAN The booklet sections are structured around each of the five AOs and encourage students to build specific skills for each to prepare for the exam. Each section has a mix of information and tasks that students can complete either in class or independently as part of their revision. Sections include: AO1 - terminology glossaries (literary, poetry, dramatic terms, Shakespeare, essay vocabulary) AO2 - tragic terms glossary AO3 - Wider context worksheets / useful resources list / authors’ lives worksheet AO4 - Analysis grids for 6 other tragic plays (wider reading) AO5 - Guided practice for essay structure/analysis paragraph/breakdown of exam paper +++ knowledge organiser templates, exam info, revision tips and tracker+++ Included in the file is a PDF version which is ready-to-use and an editable Publisher version which can be easily adapted to suit the needs of students.
Analysing the Paris Anthology
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Analysing the Paris Anthology

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This resource is designed for A-Level students studying the Paris Anthology workbook. It is designed around the Assessment Objectives and includes analysis grids for every text in the anthology. Also included are a linguistic and literary glossary (with words/examples to enable students to provide their own definitions), a timeline of Paris’ history (and a grid for students to organise their own contextual research) and practice questions (and advice to complete them). In total, the booklet is 44 pages long and contains enough work to support the entire unit, and can be used either independently (as homework/revision) or to support in-class analysis of the texts. This file includes a ready-to-print PDF version of the booklet and an editable Publisher version. Please note: this ia different resource to the Paris Anthology workbook also available.
AQA English Language and Literature AS Revision Book (The Handmaid's Tale / Carol Ann Duffy / Paris)
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AQA English Language and Literature AS Revision Book (The Handmaid's Tale / Carol Ann Duffy / Paris)

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This 36 page revision covers all of the material required for the new spec. AQA English Literature and Language AS course. The first half covers each of the AOs separately with tasks for students to complete throughout, and the second half focuses on each of the questions across both exam papers with tasks to revise knowledge of key texts. There is also a list of practice questions and mark schemes attached. **IMPORTANT: this booklet is designed for students that have studied The Handmaid's Tale / Carol Ann Duffy Poetry / Paris Anthology.** There are also versions available for: The Lovely Bones / Carol Ann Duffy Poetry / Paris Anthology AO Skills / Paris Anthology (no set texts included - this is reflected in the price)
A-Level English Language & Literature Revision Quiz Bundle
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A-Level English Language & Literature Revision Quiz Bundle

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This pack contains three quizzes aimed at AS/A-Level Students. It was designed originally to teach on the AQA English Literature and Language A-Level course, however the material is very skills-based so it would appropriate for a range of courses/exam boards. Each quiz is a self-contained lesson that can be delivered to help students revise key linguistic/literary terminology and key concepts/theories in a fun way.
Death of A Salesman / Keats  - Model answers/writing frames
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Death of A Salesman / Keats - Model answers/writing frames

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This slideshow was originally made for A-Level students to revise some key quotations from DOAS in a revision session. It looks at four quotations in detai (two from Keats and two from DOAS)l and unpicks the language used, linking this to overall significance and tragic features. There is also an example paragraph on each slide to show how students might write this information up into an exam-style response. There are black template writing frames at the end for students to work through an answer together on the board or have a go at writing their own. This resource works particularly well with the DOAS / KEATS key quotations flashcards (for sale in my TES shop) as this resource uses quotations and key themes found in those resources.
AQA (A-Level) English Literature B Practice Question Bundle (Section C) - NO SET TEXTS
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AQA (A-Level) English Literature B Practice Question Bundle (Section C) - NO SET TEXTS

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This bundle of twenty questions are designed for use with students on the AQA A-Level English Literature B course, in particular Paper 2A (Elements of Crime Writing) - SECTION C: comparison of 2 texts. The questions are formatted in the style of an AQA question (see image) and are written in ‘AQA language’, focusing on a wide variety of topics based on study of specimen papers/revision guides. AQA does not make specific reference to individual texts in this question and thus this bundle can be used regardless of set text choices. This resource can be used in conjunction with the EXAM PAPER TEMPLATE (sold separately) which is included and questions can be copy and pasted into the relevant sections to generate exam papers. In this sense, it can be combined with other bundles (Section A and B) to generate full exam papers for mock papers/internal examinations. Included with this file: ready-to-print PDF versions of exam questions and feedback/reflection grid and editable versions of both of these along with the template for indicative content. ** Please note these exam questions are not provided with indicative content since they are designed to be adaptable to all set text choices however a complimentary Indicative Content template and a teacher feedback/student self-evaluation sheet is included to enable you to individualise and differentiate the marking process according to the needs of learners.**
AQA English Language and Literature Paris Anthology Revision Workbook (A Level)
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AQA English Language and Literature Paris Anthology Revision Workbook (A Level)

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This is a revision workbook designed to support the 2017 spec. AQA A-Level English Language and Literature Paris Anthology exam question. It is a twenty-five page booklet, designed to help students engage with and write towards the Assessment Objectives. There are also activities to revise knowledge of the anthology and wider context of Paris. It also contains a practise question generator and information to support students using the mark scheme to evaluate their responses.
Word Classes Bingo
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Word Classes Bingo

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This resource is designed to be used with KS3 and 4 students (though the nature of the activity means it can easily be adapted for younger and older students) to practise their knowledge of word classes. The file contains thirty bingo grids containing 9 clues (e.g a noun beginning with b) that students must allocate words by filling in the gaps as the teacher shouts them out. The design of this resource means that it can be used over and over again with the same classes without getting repetitive as new combinations of words can be used each time. This resource includes thirty different bingo grids (which can be reallocated and re-used) and a list of words (sorted into the four classes). Included in this file: editable Publisher versions of both grids and word list, and a ready-to-print PDF version. TOP TIP: the blank grids can be enlarged, printed onto card and laminated in order to create ‘whiteboard’ versions which can be used over and over again with dry-wipe marker pens.
AQA (A-Level) English Literature B Practice Question Bundle (Section B - Atonement)
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AQA (A-Level) English Literature B Practice Question Bundle (Section B - Atonement)

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This bundle of twenty questions are designed for use with students on the AQA A-Level English Literature B course, in particular Paper 2A (Elements of Crime Writing) - SECTION B: Atonement. The questions are formatted in the style of an AQA question (see image) and are written in ‘AQA language’, focusing on a wide variety of topics based on study of specimen papers/revision guides. This resource can be used in conjunction with the EXAM PAPER TEMPLATE (sold separately) which is included and questions can be copy and pasted into the relevant sections to generate exam papers. In this sense, it can be combined with other bundles (Section A and C) to generate full exam papers for mock papers/internal examinations. Included with this file: ready-to-print PDF versions of exam questions and feedback/reflection grid and editable versions of both of these along with the template for indicative content. ** Please note these exam questions are not provided with indicative content however a complimentary Indicative Content template (with content for the first 2 questions provided) and a teacher feedback/student self-evaluation sheet is included to enable you to individualise and differentiate the marking process according to the needs of learners.**
AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 - Exam Paper Bundle
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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 - Exam Paper Bundle

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This bundle includes 9 complete Paper 1 exam papers (both question paper and insert booklet) that are fully formatted to ‘AQA-style’ (see cover image). Each contains both the reading and writing sections and provides space for students to write their answers onto the resource. They can be used in-class as exam practice or as summative in-school assessments to track progress. The papers incldue a wide variety of literature from the 20th century (both novels and short stories) and as such, are also ideal for use with KS3 and 4 students to introduce them to relevant wider reading sources (see full list of sources below). Also included are templates for both the exam paper and insert booklet for you to create your own resources, a feedback/reflection grid to aid with marking and a template for creating indicative content sheets. Included with this file: Microsoft Word versions of exam papers and a Publisher and PDF version of feedback/reflection grid Authors included: Katherine Mansfield, Colin Dexter, D.H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Joseph Conrad, Winnifred Watson, Richard Bausch and Geoffrey Dutton. ** Please note these exam questions are not provided with indicative content however a complimentary teacher feedback/student self-evaluation sheet is included to enable you to individualise and differentiate the marking process according to the needs of learners.**
Nonsense Poetry - Mini SOL
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Nonsense Poetry - Mini SOL

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This mini scheme of learning is designed to enable students to begin analysing poetry, and also to practise basic literacy skills. It was originally designed for mid-ability year 7 students, however could be easily adapted to suit older/younger classes. The SOL uses famous nonsense poetry to explore language features, rhyme/rhyme schemes, word classes, sentence types, with opportunities for students to practise their comprehension and writing skills. The scheme will last about 5-6 lessons and is ideal for the first few English lessons of the year, or for groups during their allocated literacy/reading lessons. Texts covered: How Doth the Little Crocodile/Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat/The Jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland The Cat in the Hat Nursery Rhymes
AQA English Literature B - Exam Paper template (Paper 2) + Section A Practice Questions
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AQA English Literature B - Exam Paper template (Paper 2) + Section A Practice Questions

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This resource contains a blank exam paper template for the AQA English Literature B A-Level Paper 2 (Elements of Crime Writing), formatted in the style of AQA A-Level papers and written in ‘AQA language’, and five practice questions for Section A (Unseen Extract) using a range of extracts from crime writing (that can then be used as AO4 examples in the exam). These resources are ideal for mock or internal examinations and also for use as practice papers for revision. This resource is designed to be used in conjunction with the Question Bundles for Section B and C (sold separately) and questions can be copied and pasted into the relevant sections to generate exam papers. Unseen Extracts covered: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris The Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Included with this file: ready-to-print PDF versions of 5 section A questions and feedback/reflection grid, and editable versions of both of these along with the template for indicative content and exam paper template (both Word documents). ** Please note these exam questions are not provided with indicative content however a complimentary Indicative Content template (with content for the first 2 questions provided) and a teacher feedback/student self-evaluation sheet is included to enable you to individualise and differentiate the marking process according to the needs of learners.**
Producing Different Text Types
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Producing Different Text Types

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This set of three stand-alone learning sequences focus on enabling pupils to identifying key features of common text types (letter/newspaper article/instructional writing) and then producing their texts according to these features. Each text type begins by first exploring the common structure/language used and then guide learners through the process of producing their own texts. It is useful for encouraging pupils to produce their own pieces of extended writing according to a particular brief.
Death of A Salesman Key Quotations Flashcards (AQA A-Level Literature)
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Death of A Salesman Key Quotations Flashcards (AQA A-Level Literature)

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This resource is designed to enable students to analyse key quotations and memorise them for the closed book exam (AQA Lit Paper 1). This booklet contains 21 key quotations from Death of a Salesman and covers the main characters in the play (Willy, Charlie, Ben, Linda). Each card is double sided: the front side contains the quotations, some sign-posted key themes/analysis ideas and ample space for students annotate and the back side encourages students to consider the significance of this particular quotation to the text as a whole (a key requirement of this paper). This resource also contains 2 slideshow for teachers to use to revise knowledge of the key quotations. The first has every quotation as it appears in the flashcards and the second is a revision quiz with words missing from the quotations to allow students to practise their retention of key vocabulary for the closed book exam. Included in this file: ready-to-print PDF version of the flashcards booklet and editable Publisher version, and Powerpoint slideshows for the teacher-version and revision quiz.
AQA A-Level Key Quotations Flash Cards Bundle (Keats AND Death of a Salesman)
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AQA A-Level Key Quotations Flash Cards Bundle (Keats AND Death of a Salesman)

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This bundle is ideal for students on the AQA A Level Literature course for Paper 1B (Aspects of Tragedy). It contains flashcard templates for key quotations from both DEATH OF A SALESMAN and the KEATS POETRY CLUSTER to aid students in memorising them before their closed-book exam. Cards are double-sided and allow ample space for students to annotate quotations and discuss significance to the text as a whole. Each card has some key ideas to sign-post important interpretations and a list of key themes in each of the texts is included also. Also included are some slideshows useful for teachers: an ‘interactive whiteboard version’ of all the flash cards (to model annotations etc.) and a revision quiz version with some key words missing from each quotation to help test learners’ retention. Included in this file: 4 x slideshows (2 whiteboard versions/2 revision quizzes) and 2 full sets of flash cards (ready-to-use- PDF version and an editable Publsiher file). Please note there is also a free resource (Keats/ DOAS model answers and writing frame) available in my TES shop to support these resources.
ULTIMATE QUIZ: Power & Conflict Poetry (AQA)
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ULTIMATE QUIZ: Power & Conflict Poetry (AQA)

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This quiz contains 60 questions, and is ideal for revising students’ knowledge ofthe AQA GCSE Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology and is appropriate for KS3, 4 and 5. It is designed to cover key aspects of the poems in a way that is fun and engaging and includes questions relating to all 15 poems in the cluster. It is packed with key quotations and the slideshow is complete with onscreen timers. The quiz contains 4 rounds: 1- Poems and Poets (matching poets to poems) 2- Missing Words (key quotations) 3- First or last line (key quotations) 4- Time Tunnel (linked to historical context) This file includes everything you need for this quiz: a fully resourced slideshow of questions with onscreen timers a student answer sheet (PDF version and editable Publisher version) I hope you find this resource useful :)
Keats Poetry Quotations Flash Cards (AQA A-Level Literature Anthology)
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Keats Poetry Quotations Flash Cards (AQA A-Level Literature Anthology)

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This resource is designed to enable students to analyse key quotations and memorise them for the closed book exam (AQA Lit Paper 1). This booklet contains 21 key quotations from the Keats Poetry cluster and covers all four poems (Lamia, Eve of St Agnes, La Belle Dame Sans Merci and Isabella). Each card is double sided: the front side contains the quotations, some sign-posted key themes/analysis ideas and ample space for students annotate and the back side encourages students to consider the significance of this particular quotation to the text as a whole (a key requirement of this paper). This resource also contains 2 slideshow for teachers to use to revise knowledge of the key quotations. The first has every quotation as it appears in the flashcards and the second is a revision quiz with words missing from the quotations to allow students to practise their retention of key vocabulary for the closed book exam. Included in this file: ready-to-print PDF version of the flashcards booklet and editable Publisher version, and Powerpoint slideshows for the teacher-version and revision quiz.
Shakespeare by numbers: Revise Historical Context
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Shakespeare by numbers: Revise Historical Context

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This worksheet is a great way to revise Shakespearean historical context (with KS3, KS4 and KS5) and embed numeracy into English lessons. The worksheet contains an equation with numbers missing. Students must use the clues about Shakespeare’s life (all with numerical answers) to correctly complete the equation. This is ideal for all GCSE and A-Level specifications including AQA, Edexcel, OCR and Eduquas. Included in this resource: worksheet and answer sheet (PDF version and editable Publisher version) Hope you find this resource useful :)
AQA A Level English Literature B Paper 2 (crime): Literary Glossary/Key Concepts (Lacan and Freud)
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AQA A Level English Literature B Paper 2 (crime): Literary Glossary/Key Concepts (Lacan and Freud)

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This resource is designed for A-Level students on the AQA English Literature B course to practise AO1 skills for the Paper 2 exam (Elements of Crime Writing). The resource includes a literary glossary for students to define key terms and keep as a handy revision guide, and a key theories tasks for students to use alongside information sheets about Sigmund Freud’s ‘Theory of the Unconscious’ and Jacques Lacan’s ‘Objet A’ (both of which are useful for band 4/5 students to apply, especially in Section A - Unseen extract). These theories are challenging and will really boost marks if understood by learners, and these information sheets break down the theories in ways that are accessible to those just beginning to look at critical theory. Hope you find it helpful :) Attached is a PDF ready-to-print version and an editable Publisher version (please note some elements of formatting may change in the editable version).