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I am an English specialist and Head of English, Drama and Media. I am passionate about supporting all students to access the English curriculum, to achieve at the highest possible levels in their exams and to love the subject. I currently teach AQA and have created lots of full schemes of work which develop exam skills and independence. All my resources have been tried and refined in the classroom; I hope that you will find them useful and welcome all constructive feedback and dialogue.

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I am an English specialist and Head of English, Drama and Media. I am passionate about supporting all students to access the English curriculum, to achieve at the highest possible levels in their exams and to love the subject. I currently teach AQA and have created lots of full schemes of work which develop exam skills and independence. All my resources have been tried and refined in the classroom; I hope that you will find them useful and welcome all constructive feedback and dialogue.
The Bloody Chamber Context & Critics Revision Sheets
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The Bloody Chamber Context & Critics Revision Sheets

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A detailed but compact A3 reversible revision resource for A Level students studying Angela Carter and The Bloody Chamber. One side of the sheet focuses on context and the other side on critics and theoretical approaches, both key Assessment Objectives on the OCR new linear A Level. The theoretical approaches covered are feminism, post-modernism and pyschoanalysis and a list of key critical quotations is provided. The context side includes a summary of source texts, a reminder of the text's artistic influences, a number of quotations from Carter herself, taken from her letters and essays, and information on other key Carter texts The Sadeian Woman, Fireworks and The Passion of New Eve. My Sixth Form students found this resource extremely useful for revision as the contextual and critical knowledge required for the exam can seem overwhelming - this brings it together in one place.
Key Stage 3 English Language Exams
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Key Stage 3 English Language Exams

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Two English Language exams suitable for Year 7 and Year 8/9 respectively. Each exam has a reading section (Section A) and a writing section (Section B). There are two versions of the Year 8/9 exam, one of which has extra scaffolding to help students structure their essay response. The reading sections are both based on responding to the articles named below, which I cannot include here due to copyright issues but can easily be found on Google. Year 7 exam: Section A Reading - 8 comprehension and analysis questions based on the article ‘Remember When: Memories of Childhood Holidays in Mombasa’ by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. There is a glossary of challenging vocabulary in the article. The first four questions are based on comprehension and information retrieval and the last four focus on language analysis. Questions 6, 7 and 8 require longer responses and offer students the opportunity to demonstrate extended analytical responses without requiring a full essay response which students at this stage might not yet be ready for. (Google the title of the article to find it on The Independent website). Section B Writing - Students have a choice of three writing questions. They should respond to one of these. The options are a descriptive piece based on a choice of two images, a creative piece and writing to inform the reader about a personal experience. Year 8/9 exam: Section A Reading - An extended essay question based on the extract from ‘Taking on the World’ by Ellen MacArthur. (Google the title of the extract to find it in the Edexcel IGCSE 2012 Anthology). There are two versions of this question, one of which has extra scaffolding to help students to structure their essay response. This is useful for students who are not yet confident in formulating independent essays. Section B Writing - Students have a choice of three personal reflective writing questions. They should respond to one of these. The options are a descriptive piece based on a choice of two images, a creative piece and writing to inform or explain. Any questions, please ask!
Intro to The Bloody Chamber Booklet - A Level
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Intro to The Bloody Chamber Booklet - A Level

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A thorough introduction to Angela Carter designed for A Level students beginning study of The Bloody Chamber. The booklet covers key biographical information on Carter, including the experiences in Japan which shaped her as a writer. There are accessible introductions to essentialism, feminism, including the virgin-whore dichotomy, and post-modernism. Charles Perrault's version of 'Bluebeard' is also included to kick off study of the title story of the collection, as well as an exploration of artistic influences on Carter's version of this tale, including Impressionism and Symbolism. There is an analysis of each of the Marquis' wives and a collaborative research task. The booklet includes a number of questions and wider reading tasks. Designed for the OCR spec as part of the 'Gothic' module which heavily weights context and requires knowledge of the author's biography and wider works as well as critical traditions and alternative readings. Includes occasional reference to Dracula, as this was the partner text, however could be used with any other Gothic partner text or on its own. I studied Carter for my undergraduate dissertation and Master's degree and draw on that knowledge here, in a format that aims to be compact and accessible for students.
Macbeth Act 1 Sc. 1 Descriptive Writing Lesson - Fully Differentiated
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Macbeth Act 1 Sc. 1 Descriptive Writing Lesson - Fully Differentiated

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A descriptive writing lesson drawing on the opening scene in Macbeth, the meeting of the witches on the heath. The lesson focuses on on sensory description and using a range of writing techniques including descriptive words, similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification. The activities check and reinforce understanding of these techniques before they put them into practice. The resources are fully differentiated with modelling and scaffolding included. Students identify one or more target skills to focus on and there is a further challenge activity for those who complete the main writing task. The progress slide allows you to demonstrate progress within the lesson easily and students enjoy working through the levels. Engaging full colour resources are provided. This could be used with a KS3 or lower set KS4 group and is great for using alongside the study of Macbeth to develop essential writing skills and create interleaved English studies.
48 Lesson Animal Farm AQA GCSE Scheme of Work - Fully Resourced
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48 Lesson Animal Farm AQA GCSE Scheme of Work - Fully Resourced

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• Fully-resourced 12 Week Animal Farm Scheme. • 48 lessons including fully-planned and resourced assessments. Includes 8 peer/self-assessments, 4 teacher assessments and 4 structured D.I.R.T lessons. • The content is deliberately designed to be challenging, in terms of concepts, vocabulary and context. An illustration of activities includes: Mini Lectures, frequent assessment and opportunities for extended writing, research lessons, contextual source material drawn from GCSE History, high level modelling materials and frequent use and repetition of sophisticated vocabulary. • There is a focus on mastery of key technical writing skills. Writing skills lessons & activities are interleaved to prepare students for the SPaG element of the AQA GCSE qualifications. There are a number of fluency activities. • A ‘language through literature’ approach is taken, with the inclusion of reading and writing tasks clearly linked to AQA English GCSE Language Papers 1 & 2. • Homework is inbuilt and is called Independent Study; it is designed to be challenging. It is an essential element of the scheme and linked class activities are based upon independent study tasks. The aim is to improve students’ independent study skills, reform their view of ‘homework’ so that they understand its central role in their learning and significantly improve the rate and quality of completion. The level of challenge increases over the course of the scheme. • D.I.R.T lessons are planned into the scheme for the lesson after the teacher assessment; however, this is a ‘floating’ lesson and there is flexibility in when it is delivered to accommodate marking. It should ideally be delivered within 4 lessons of the assessment. The D.I.R.T lessons will include both structured and independent tasks. • All resources are included with the exception of the following, which I cannot include for copyright reasons: 1. The OCR GCSE Russian History Source Pack which is required for some Independent Study and 2. The article required in Week 5, Lesson 1, ‘The Ghosts of Yalta Still Haunt The World’ by Richard Ebbing. Both resources can be found on Google. • Detailed teaching instructions & differentiation suggestions are contained within the notessection of each PowerPoint slide. • For referencing and page number purposes, the Penguin Classics 2000 edition of the text has been used.
Chaucer Merchant's Tale Context Revision Resource
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Chaucer Merchant's Tale Context Revision Resource

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An A3 double-sided revision resource for Chaucer and The Merchant's Tale context. Includes information on Chaucer's life, The Canterbury Tales, the marriage tales, use of irony, conventions of medieval poetry, the medieval Church, contemporary beliefs about poverty and death, Chaucer's earlier great poem Troilus & Criseyde and specific symbolism, imagery and references in The Merchant's Tale. My students found this a really useful go-to for context revision as the information can seem overwhelming, but here it's brought together in one place.
The Bloody Chamber Bundle
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The Bloody Chamber Bundle

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All my Bloody Chamber resources in one bundle. Includes: -Detailed introductory booklet giving key biographical, contextual, critical and theoretical information. -Extracts from Edmund Gordon's recent biography 'The Invention of Angela Carter' -Essentialism lesson, including model thesis for comparative essay writing -Art in The Bloody Chamber lesson -Bluebeard & Postmodernism intro lesson -Questions on 'The Bloody Chamber' -Questions on 'The Erl King' -Questions on 'Puss-in-Boots' -Commedia Dell'arte context lesson for 'Puss-in-Boots' -Lady of the House of Love Carousel Analysis Lesson -Revision resource for context and critics
Chaucer Merchant's Tale Bundle
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Chaucer Merchant's Tale Bundle

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A bundle of Chaucer/Merchant’s Tale resources designed for A Level Study. Includes: Introductory activities on the Canterbury Tales; a SOLO taxonomy context research activity; a selection of activities on marriage; a handout on the Pluto & Proserpina interlude; a context revision resource, drawing together lots of information; and a primary quotations revision resource.
A Passage to Africa Detailed Notes - For Teachers or Students
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A Passage to Africa Detailed Notes - For Teachers or Students

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Detailed 2-page resource of analytical notes on 'A Passage to Africa' by George Alagiah - for use with Section B of the Edexcel IGCSE in English Language. I prepared these notes for first-teaching of the extract but also ultimately gave them to students who found them very useful for revision purposes. The notes begin by focusing on purpose, audience and form and then focus in close detail on key linguistic and structural choices made by the writer. This helped my students to gain the in-depth and high level knowledge and skills required to score well on this section.
IGCSE English Language A Paper 1 Mock Exam
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IGCSE English Language A Paper 1 Mock Exam

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A full Paper 1 Non-Fiction Texts and Transactional Writing mock exam for the new Edexcel IGCSE English Language A 2016 specification, to be first examined in Summer 2018. I designed this to mimic the sample material provided by Edexcel so it includes all the question types you would expect to find in Sections A and B of the exam. The booklet is 19 pages in total, providing space for students to write their answers. The two extracts that Section A is based on are from the 2012 specification - ‘Taking on the World’ (Ellen MacArthur) and ‘Explorers, or Boys Messing Around?’ (Stephen Morris - also in the updated 2016 anthology). For copyright reasons, I can’t include these extracts, however they are easily found on the Edexcel IGCSE website in the 2012 anthology (green cover). Any questions, please ask!
Macbeth Detailed Character Revision Booklet
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Macbeth Detailed Character Revision Booklet

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A 24-page detailed and interactive character revision resource for Macbeth covering key characters in depth and twenty-two characters in total. This booklet is designed to give students the thorough and complex knowledge required by the new GCSE. The character profiles for major characters contain: Key Facts, covering their role and relationships in the play Character Function & Development, focusing in detail on how each character functions at a symbolic level, linking to relevant context, and how they develop over the course of the play Characteristics Key Quotations section, including space for students to do their own analysis of each quotation Summary of themes linked with the character Key summaries are also provided for minor characters, e.g. Lennox, Angus and Ross . Although the focus is on character, the resource also provides much detail on key events, themes and context. At the end of each section there is a space for students to make their own revision notes. At the end of the resource, there is a character development activity focused on how key characters evolve over the course of the play - the first of these is completed as an example and students should complete the others themselves when they have completed their character revision from the booklet. I have used this resource to: Provide staggered revision homework and followed up with tests on each character As a support resource for essay-writing As a way to introduce characters or explore them in more depth as a class. As a research resource for jigsaw learning activities, dividing the class into groups and assigning a major character to each group. To help students understand how to think about character function and development. Differentiation can be done in a number of ways - through the character assigned to a student, the sections they are asked to work on, and the number and length of quotations they are expected to revise. This is a particularly useful resource for a high-ability group with high target grades. It gives them the level of detail and breadth of knowledge that will allow their essays to stand out, and is designed to get them thinking at a functional and symbolic level considering the whole of the play. Any questions, please ask.
Chaucer Merchant's Tale - Pluto & Proserpina Interlude
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Chaucer Merchant's Tale - Pluto & Proserpina Interlude

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A detailed handout explaining the Pluto and Proserpina Interlude in The Merchant's Tale. Their unique presentation and nuanced relationship is explored in relation to the wider tale. Designed for the OCR specification, which weights context heavily.
Merchant's Tale Key Quotations for Revision
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Merchant's Tale Key Quotations for Revision

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An A Level revision resource with fifteen key quotations from The Merchant's Tale which cover a range of themes and events. The meaning of each quotation is explained in modern English and there is a ticklist for the student to use when they have learnt the quotation. I found this particularly helpful for students who struggled to learn many quotations in Middle English as it provides a good range of quotes which could be used in lots of different essays.
Jekyll & Hyde GCSE Revision Guide & Workbook
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Jekyll & Hyde GCSE Revision Guide & Workbook

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A twenty-two page revision guide on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Contains a combination of information and activities for students to work through, taking them back to the text and asking them to think deeply and independently about characters, language, themes and context. Once completed, the activities then act as a further revision resource for students. This was written with the new AQA GCSE specification in mind and has information on the AQA assessment objectives, but beyond that would be useful for revising the text for any exam board. The booklet includes sections on: The AQA paper and assessment objectives Author Biography Plot Themes & Context Character function, traits and quotations Form and Narrative Structure Language and Structure Nineteenth Century Art and the unconscious mind Setting Practice extract question I have found this very useful as a homework pack for a half term/term, which can be reflected on and further discussed and developed in lessons. Differentiation is inbuilt - for example, a range of quotations is provided for the character activities. Students can analyse and learn a selection of these, or all of them, depending on skill level. A straightforward author biography is provided which will contain sufficient context for some students, but context is returned to in much greater depth in the 'themes and context' section of the booklet to provide stretch and challenge. The section on 19th century art could be used as an optional extension for targeted students or be used to challenge a whole class to develop their contextual knowledge even further. Any questions, please just ask. Thanks.
To Kill A Mockingbird Practice Exam Questions
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To Kill A Mockingbird Practice Exam Questions

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Sixteen practice exam questions for To Kill A Mockingbird GCSE, organised by character and theme. This has been done in preparation for new the Edexcel IGCSE Literature exam which is first examined in 2018 - the two sample questions provided by the board are in purple and the other questions that I generated for my students are in pink. This makes a useful schedule for practice essays, in class or for students to complete independently.
Canterbury Tales General Prologue Introduction
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Canterbury Tales General Prologue Introduction

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An introductory lesson to The Canterbury Tales focused on an extract from the General Prologue - good for use with an A Level class that is going to go on to study one of the tales. Includes a listening starter activity to introduce the language aurally, then a deduction activity where students try to work out the meaning of individual words from the extract, followed by an interlinear translation activity of this section of the prologue and follow-up analytical questions.
AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Detailed Revision Guide
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AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Detailed Revision Guide

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A detailed, 15-page revision resource for the AQA Power and Conflict Poetry cluster - one page per poem. For each poem, I have included: A commentary on key themes and ideas linked to power and conflict, including some analysis of language and poetic devices Key quotations Ideas on form, structure and perspective Contextual information Suggestions of other poems to make links to, with details and prompts on how to do so. I have designed this to boost my students’ knowledge of the details and context of each poem, to help them focus on the themes of power and conflict and to aid them in making links between the poems more easily.
Romeo & Juliet Treatment of Women Workbook
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Romeo & Juliet Treatment of Women Workbook

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An 8-page workbook on the treatment of women in Romeo and Juliet. The first page contains a summary of key points about the role of women in the play, contextual information and societal expectations of noblewomen. The booklet then focuses on Juliet, Lady Capulet, The Nurse, Romeo, Friar Laurence and Lord Capulet. For each character, students are asked to find and analyse evidence for relevant events and relationships. For example, the Lady Capulet section asks students to look at: Her relationship with Juliet, including her limited involvement in her day-to-day upbringing; her relationship with the Nurse and her relationship with Lord Capulet. This could be used as a first-teaching resource or as a revision resource. It can be differentiated through different roles in group work - asking less-skilled students to find evidence and more-skilled students to analyse it.
Secret Spy Cards - Behaviour for Learning Resource
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Secret Spy Cards - Behaviour for Learning Resource

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My version of the 'Secret Spy Card' idea (*not* my idea but I thought I would share the resource I've made!). How it works: 1. Tell students that they will be 'spying' on another student that lesson in order to assess their behaviour for learning. 2. Give them a Secret Spy Card with another student's name on at the start of the lesson. (Students can write their own names on the cards at an earlier time and you can collect them in and redistribute them appropriately). 3. The students should know who they are 'spying' on but should not know who is' spying' on them. 4. They observe the behaviour of this student throughout the lesson and write them feedback at the end. 5. Each student can then give their card directly back to their 'target' or you can collect them in and redistribute them if you want the secret to remain secret! I have found this particularly useful with students who may struggle with behaviour for learning, as they enjoy the opportunity to observe another student and give them feedback. It also encourages them to behave well themselves as they know they're being observed. You can choose how to distribute the cards strategically, giving students the opportunity to observe a student whose behaviour they would benefit from replicating. Enjoy!
Aristotle Concepts of Tragedy Cloze Exercise
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Aristotle Concepts of Tragedy Cloze Exercise

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An A4 cloze exercise on Aristotle's Concepts of Tragedy which could be used with Shakespearean or modern tragedies. I designed it for use with A View from the Bridge and used it as a revision exercise, but it would also be a useful in-class test of students' understanding after you've introduced the concepts. Differentiation = the missing words are on the back for students who need support but they can attempt to complete as many gaps as possible before referring to this.