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A range of resources for teaching English Language and Literature to Key Stages 3 and 4. Whole lessons, resources and worksheets cover a full range of ages and abilities, including High Attaining & Talented, nurture groups, reluctant readers and English as an Additional Language students.

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A range of resources for teaching English Language and Literature to Key Stages 3 and 4. Whole lessons, resources and worksheets cover a full range of ages and abilities, including High Attaining & Talented, nurture groups, reluctant readers and English as an Additional Language students.
Narrative Planning Sheet (Narrative Mountain)
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Narrative Planning Sheet (Narrative Mountain)

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A narrative planning sheet encouraging students to plot their narratives in terms of opening, complication, climax, resolution and end. A visual aid to help students structure their creative writing. Especially useful to help Key Stage 3 students make the transition from 'beginning, middle, end' stories. Includes writing prompts to guide students.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 10) - Analysing Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 10) - Analysing Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson introduces the poem Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker, which is included in a number of GCSE poetry anthologies. The lesson talks the students through annotating the poem line by line, while also introducing them to the context of access to clean water in developing countries. A word document copy of the poem is included in this download. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Banned Books!
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Banned Books!

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An exciting, engaging lesson which teaches students the thrilling history of some of their favourite books. Mad, bad and dangerous to read - some of these books have been banned from classrooms and libraries across the world and one was even banned throughout China! This lesson culminates in a main task which asks students to write a persuasive speech which argues either for or against students reading Lord of the Flies. This task asks them to consider the wider impact of studying literature, and should stir up some excitement about reading! This lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Scrooge (Stave 1 - Stave 5)
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Scrooge (Stave 1 - Stave 5)

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A worksheet to help students track the changes in Scrooge from Stave 1 to Stave 5 of A Christmas Carol. Students can plot the key events along a timeline and are asked to come up with five adjectives to describe Scrooge at the beginning of the novella and five to describe him at the end. This is an ideal resource for introducing students to the essay question on 'A Christmas Carol' for GCSE English Literature, in which they may be asked to track and explain the changes in a character throughout the novella. Suitable as an introductory resource for Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4, or as a revision worksheet to help students consolidate their understanding at the end of a Scheme of Work.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (12 Lessons)
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (12 Lessons)

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FANTASTIC VALUE: 12 LESSONS FOR THE PRICE OF 2.5 -£20 SAVING! A KS3 mini scheme of work to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. The lessons cover a wide variety of poems and cultures, including two from the AQA GCSE anthology (Island Man by Grace Nichols and Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker). Even if your students will not go on to study these poems at KS4, this scheme of work will give them a secure understanding of how to analyse poetry of that standard. This mini scheme of work is ideal for engaging students with poetry and includes analysis of pop songs (We'll Live and Die in These Towns by The Enemy) and rap, hip hop and grim lyrics. The lessons will give students a clear understanding of how to annotate, analyse and answer essay questions on poetry, as well as provoking a variety of personal and creative responses. Each lesson includes at least a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 1 ) - Writing Poems
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 1 ) - Writing Poems

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson encourages students to consider their own cultural identity and to write a poem about a place which was important to them growing up. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, class debate, differentiated starter, resource on the changes to the English curriculum, main task and plenary.
Valentine - Carol Ann Duffy
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Valentine - Carol Ann Duffy

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A full lesson on Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy from the Edexcel and WJEC/Eduqas anthologies. Includes differentiated outcomes from the WJEC/Eduqas mark scheme, three differentiated starters, a line-by-line analysis of the poem, an exemplar question and a plenary. Suitable for all year groups, with lots of scaffolding for students who struggle with independent analysis.
A Wife in London
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A Wife in London

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An introductory lesson on Thomas Hardy's 'A Wife in London' for 14-16 year olds. Suitable for any GCSE syllabus, this lesson introduces the themes and mood of the poem, as well as some key linguistic features. The starter covers the concept of pathetic fallacy, and specifically the use of fog in the poem. The main tasks are a stanza-by-stanza annotation, as well as four analytical questions to provoke deeper thought. There is also a slide on the historical context of the Boer War.
An Inspector Calls Acts 1 and 2
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An Inspector Calls Acts 1 and 2

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A summary lesson to help students reflect on and consolidate their knowledge of Acts 1 and 2 of An Inspector Calls. Activities include a Cloze Reading task, comprehension questions, a review of a key theme (capitalism and socialism) and a creative writing task. The lesson culminates in a Peer Assessment task which encourages students to review their partner's work and offer them suggestions for improvement. This is a special Stretch & Challenge lesson which encourages students to achieve merits or VIVO points through stretching themselves continually.
My Fair Lady (4 Lessons)
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My Fair Lady (4 Lessons)

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Four lessons introducing students to the plot, characters, themes and text of ‘My Fair Lady’ by Lerner and Loewe. This was taught to Year 7 as part of a wider scheme of work on ‘Twentieth Century Theatre’ but would be suitable for introducing the play to any Key Stage 3 group. The lessons are diverse and link the text to wider ideas such as social class and gender. Tasks include empathetic writing, quotation explosions, PEE/PETAL paragraphs and creating design briefs for a theatre production. Many tasks are differentiated, use Bloom’s Taxonomy command words and include extension tasks to encourage Stretch & Challenge. All lessons are printing-free and require no resources or worksheets.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 11) - Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker Mini Essay
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 11) - Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker Mini Essay

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson is designed for students who already have a secure understanding and analysis of Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker. The lesson asks students to write a mini essay analysing the poem, using the PETAL Paragraph technique. A word document copy of the poem is included in this download. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 2) - Understanding Cultural Identity
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 2) - Understanding Cultural Identity

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson encourages students to consider the cultural identity of one local area (in this case, Liverpool). The lesson examines a poem about the Hillsborough Disaster. It also introduces the WJEC Assessment Objectives and the PETAL Paragraph technique of analysing poetry. A word document copy of the poem to analyse is included. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 8) - Analysing Island Man
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 8) - Analysing Island Man

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson introduces the poem Island Man by Grace Nichols, which is included in a number of GCSE poetry anthologies. The lesson talks the students through annotating the poem line by line, while also introducing them to the context of access to clean water in developing countries. A word document copy of the poem is included in this download. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Romeo and Juliet Act 1
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Romeo and Juliet Act 1

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A lesson to help students consolidate and develop their understanding of Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet. This lesson requires the class to have read the entirety of Act 1, but does not require any further understanding. The lesson includes activities such as a differentiated starter with video clip, a Cloze Reading task asking students to explain the plot of Act 1 and a number of quote explosion tasks encouraging students to closely analyse language from the Act 2 prologue. I used this lesson with my low ability Year 9 class and a mixed ability group, but it would be suitable for any students being introduced to the text for the first time.
A Christmas Carol Quiz
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A Christmas Carol Quiz

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A fun, interactive quiz to test students' knowledge of the plot, characters and key quotations of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Would be suitable for any group which has studied the text - from an introduction with Key Stage 3 to a relaxed revision resource for Year 11. The quiz includes over 40 questions across 4 rounds: Who Am I? Who Said It? Quotation Completion and Say What You See. The cover image shows an example question from the Say What You See round: 'Chain-Eye-Forged-In-Life'. The fun mix of question types and learning styles will help students better familiarise themselves with the text.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 3) - Slang & Dialect
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 3) - Slang & Dialect

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson encourages students to consider the influence slang and dialect has on the way we express our cultural identity. It culminates in a task that asks students to write their own poem about their cultural identity, using slang from their local and cultural group. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 12) - Comparing Island Man and Blessing
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 12) - Comparing Island Man and Blessing

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson is designed for students who already have a secure understanding and analysis of Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker and Island Man by Grace Nichols. The lesson asks students to write a mini essay comparing the two poems, using the PETAL Paragraph technique. A word document copy of each of the poems is included in this download. This lesson is designed to help students develop the tasks needed for the comparative essay task in the English Literature GCSE. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Introducing Lord of the Flies
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Introducing Lord of the Flies

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An introductory lesson to Lord of the Flies to begin familiarising a KS3 or KS4 group with the novel's author, themes and characters. Includes a 'do now', differentiated starter, first task, main task, peer assessment opportunity and exit ticket.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 5) - Understanding Poetic Devices
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 5) - Understanding Poetic Devices

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This is a thorough PowerPoint which covers every key poetic device, with straightforward definitions for students to learn. Students can then be provided with an unseen poem so that they can begin identifying poetic devices. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.
Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 6) - Poetry from Standing Rock Native American Reservation
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Poetry & Cultural Identity (Lesson 6) - Poetry from Standing Rock Native American Reservation

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A KS3 lesson to introduce students to the concept of poetry and cultural identity. Will act as a good introduction to the AQA Poems from Other Cultures anthology. This lesson introduces students to the protests taking place at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation. The students are given an insight into the context of the reservation and then given a poem written about the struggle, with they must analyse using the PETAL Paragraph method. This download includes a word document copy of the poem Oceti Sakowin. The lesson includes a Do Now, differentiated outcomes, differentiated starter, main task and plenary.