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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.
Chaucer Merchant's Tale - Marriage and January & May's Relationship Activities
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Chaucer Merchant's Tale - Marriage and January & May's Relationship Activities

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A bundle of three handy resources on the Marriage Tales and the presentation of January & May's relationship. 'Mapping the Marriage Tales' allows students to summarise each of the marriage tales and plot them on a 'graph' based on the view of marriage presented and who is in charge (videos of the four tales are on YouTube!). The 'Sympathy Graph' is useful for assessing how sympathetic May & January are at different points in the tale. 'The Wedding Night Experience' requires students to explore May and January's different experiences of the consummation of the marriage.
To Kill A Mockingbird Context Revision Sheet
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To Kill A Mockingbird Context Revision Sheet

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A context-on-a-page resource for To Kill A Mockingbird which is ideal for revision or introducing context when first teaching the novel. Designed for GCSE students studying for the Edexcel IGCSE but could be used with any classes studying the novel. The resource is broken down into the following sections: - Harper Lee (biographical facts) - Racism - The Great Depression
To Kill A Mockingbird Introductory Lesson - Fact-Finding Mission
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To Kill A Mockingbird Introductory Lesson - Fact-Finding Mission

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A carousel-based, independent learning lesson designed to introduce students to key facts and context for To Kill A Mockingbird. There are six stations on the carousel which focus on: the main character, Scout's Family, The Great Depression, Tom Robinson, Setting (including The Great Depression), Racism and Harper Lee. The slides provide the material for the carousel and should be printed. Students move around the carousels working in groups to answer the questions in the 3-page accompanying handout. This activity requires students to engage independently with key information about the novel and makes an effective introduction. Groups can be differentiated to support less-skilled students. You many choose to use a timer at each station.
Romeo and Juliet Bundle
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Romeo and Juliet Bundle

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Four Romeo & Juliet resources, suitable for revision or other activities. Bundle includes: - Detailed character profiles booklet (32 pages). Focuses on character role, function, development, links to themes, and key quotations. Designed to give students the rigorous knowledge they need for the new GCSE specification. - Key Motifs quotation resource - a 2-page resource with 27 quotation organised by key motifs including light & darkness, stars and religion. Perfect for focused revision. - A3 double-sided themes & characters quotation revision resource. Contains over a considerable range of quotations, demonstrating the crucial links between theme and characters and also leaving space for students to add their own additional quotations. - Treatment of women workbook, giving key contextual knowledge on women’s roles and space for students to complete tables about key female characters plus Lord Capulet and his attitude to women.
Bloody Chamber Bluebeard & Postmodernism Intro Lesson
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Bloody Chamber Bluebeard & Postmodernism Intro Lesson

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Set 'Bluebeard' as homework reading then do this lesson, which tests student's knowledge of the text and asks them to rewrite it in the style of Angela Carter. Post-modernism is then introduced (clear explanation provided) and students read and assess each others' rewritten stories for post-modernist traits. Finally, students consider quotations from critics and Carter herself examining the nature of revisionist fairy tales. There is a homework question on how far Carter is postmodern writer in the tales studied so far. *Note - This lesson presupposes that students have read 'Bluebeard' but have not yet read 'The Bloody Chamber'. They should be familiar with Carter's style and should have read at least one of her other stories (I always start with 'The Werewolf').
Questions on 'The Bloody Chamber' with musical links
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Questions on 'The Bloody Chamber' with musical links

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Thirteen challenging questions for A Level students on 'The Bloody Chamber', the title story of Carter's collection by the same name. Designed to be answered after reading and discussing the story. Students are asked to consider perspective, source, mythology, links to Carter's 'The Sadeian Woman' and the musical references in the tale. Links are included to Bach, Debussy, Wagner and Verdi YouTube videos as students are asked to consider their different musical styles and how these relate to the tale.
Bloody Chamber 'Puss-in-Boots' Questions
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Bloody Chamber 'Puss-in-Boots' Questions

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Thirteen questions on Angela Carter's 'Puss-in-Boots' tale from The Bloody Chamber collection. The questions are designed to be completed after reading the story and encourage further research and critical thinking. Created for the OCR A Level Literature comparative textual study which heavily weights context and requires knowledge of critics, so these questions test and develop both of these skills.
Art in 'The Bloody Chamber' Lesson
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Art in 'The Bloody Chamber' Lesson

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Explores the artistic influences and references in 'The Bloody Chamber' (the title story of the collection) and how Carter challenges a patriarchal artistic tradition in which women are 'killed into art' (Gilbert & Gubar). Lesson slides break down key information and references to artistic movements and artists. Most slides provide a question for students to consider individually, in pairs or as a group, allowing them to build knowledge and understanding. A detailed booklet is provided as reading material for homework.
Angela Carter Biography - For The Bloody Chamber
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Angela Carter Biography - For The Bloody Chamber

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A valuable resource to help meet the context Assessment Objective for 'The Bloody Chamber'. This is a summary of key extracts from Edmund Gordon's recent biography of Carter, 'The Invention of Angela Carter'. Includes fascinating and revealing comments from Carter's personal writings which can be directly connected to The Bloody Chamber tales. My students found this very interesting and useful.
Macbeth Character Analysis Lesson - Writing Extended Analysis
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Macbeth Character Analysis Lesson - Writing Extended Analysis

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A character analysis lesson on Macbeth & Lady Macbeth. It is designed to help students build towards writing extended analytical responses. The resources are fully differentiated with modelling & scaffolding included. The different steps can be used as differentiated starting points, or all students can start at the beginning. The progress slide allows you to demonstrate progress within the lesson easily and students enjoy working through the levels. The full colour resources are very engaging. This could be used with a KS3 or lower set KS4 group.
To Kill A Mockingbird Dramatic Foils Activity
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To Kill A Mockingbird Dramatic Foils Activity

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This worksheet explains the concept of dramatic foils and gives a model explanation of one pairs of foils in the novel - Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra. The students then fill in an explanation for each of the other pairs of foils given - Atticus and Bob Ewell; Boo Radley and Nathan Radley; Maudie Atkinson and Stephanie Crawford. The aim is to encourage students to think about characters at a symbolic and functional level. This would make a good class activity or homework.
IGCSE Anthology Teacher Notes for Touching the Void, Passage to Africa and Your Guide to Beach Safety.
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IGCSE Anthology Teacher Notes for Touching the Void, Passage to Africa and Your Guide to Beach Safety.

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Detailed teacher notes resources for the following Edexcel IGCSE English Language Anthology texts: - Touching the Void - A Passage to Africa - Your Guide to Beach Safety I created these as a teaching guide for myself but also gave them to students for revision purposes. They achieved very highly in their exam so these notes were effective. Please see individual resources for further details.
Touching the Void - Detailed Notes for Teachers & Students
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Touching the Void - Detailed Notes for Teachers & Students

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Detailed 3-page resource of analytical notes on 'Touching the Void' plus a list of past questions on the extract - 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 tone 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.
Your Guide to Beach Safety - Detailed Notes for Teachers or Students
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Your Guide to Beach Safety - Detailed Notes for Teachers or Students

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Detailed 2-page resource of analytical notes on 'Your Guide to Beach Safety' plus past questions on the extract - 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 tone 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 of the IGCSE exam.
Anne Frank Diary Analysis Model Answer - for Edexcel IGCSE or other GCSE boards.
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Anne Frank Diary Analysis Model Answer - for Edexcel IGCSE or other GCSE boards.

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This model answer responds to the June 2013 paper of the Edexcel IGCSE English Language, which contained two extracts from Anne Frank's diary. The exam paper can be accessed on the Edexcel website if you wish to use the extracts with your students. Although this was created specifically for the IGCSE, it is a useful example of analysis for use with any GCSE English class. I created this model to demonstrate sophisticated and in-depth analysis to my top set students. The response is detailed - 635 words - and provides students with high target grades with a good level of challenge. Any questions, just ask!
Sentence Stems Display - For speaking and writing - 65 Slides
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Sentence Stems Display - For speaking and writing - 65 Slides

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A display of sentence stems to help students verbalise their ideas using academic language. 65 slides in total - two 'title' slides which works well at the centre of the display and 63 different sentence stems. The sentence stems range from straightforward (e.g. 'This quotation suggests...') to complex (e.g. 'The dichotomy between [civilisation and savagery] underpins the novel'.) Lots of examples from a range of literary texts including Lord of the Flies, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet. Ellipses and square brackets show students where they can insert their own relevant text/character/theme. There are also definitions of key words on many of the slides, e.g. 'quotation', 'inference', implies' etc. I have had this display in every classroom I've taught in and use it every day in discussions and writing with students, to help them verbalise complex ideas and use more formal language. This translates really well into essay writing and my students also use the display as a reference point when writing. *The preview doesn't display properly - the slides are formatted properly but for some reason this isn't showing in the preview.*
James Bond Structure Lesson - KS3 Introduction
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James Bond Structure Lesson - KS3 Introduction

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Learning Objective: To introduce the concept of structure in writing, understand key structural terminology and explore how this works in a James Bond story. **The resources included are as follows: Lesson slides including the following activities:** Starter on how suspense is created in an image * Introduction to three key questions that students will be able to answer by the end of the lesson * Introduction to structure * Treasure hunt activity - students work in differentiated pairs to find the five key parts of a James Bond story - Live and Let Die - that you have cut up and placed around the room and put them in order. (Resource provided) * Key structural terminology - e.g. problem, climax, resolution - introduced and students then work in differentiated pairs to label the different elements of the Bond story. * Class discussion activity - whole class discussion of what structure is and how it’s used for effect in the James Bond story, to prepare students for the subsequent writing task. * Individual writing activity - students answer the questions from the start of the lesson. (Resource provided). This provides stretch and challenge through the final question which asks students to write in as much analytical detail as possible. **2. Simplified version of James Bond story - Live and Let Die - , to be printed and cut up for treasure hunt activity. Comprehension and analysis questions to be answered individually in the final section of the lesson.**
Essay Writing Guide for A Level and GCSE
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Essay Writing Guide for A Level and GCSE

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A 7-page, in-depth guide to writing essays suitable for A Level and GCSE students. The resource includes a combination of advice and practice activities and covers the following: 1. How to re-draft essays, with strategies to make them clearer and more sophisticated. 2. Writing a hypothesis to start your essay effectively. 3. Using the passive voice. 4. A long list of sentence stems that are suitable for use across the board in literature and language essays. I originally designed this booklet for A Level writing workshops but now use it with GCSE classes as well. I find it particularly useful at the start of the A Level course, but also at any other point when you want to improve students' essay writing skills. Some of the examples used are taken from a range of essay-writing subjects, not just English, to demonstrate the fundamental principles of good essays which are applicable to a range of subjects. The guide would therefore be useful for other essay-writing subjects with the exception that most of the Sentence Stems section is most suitable for English.
Nineteenth Century Short Stories Revision Guide
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Nineteenth Century Short Stories Revision Guide

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An in-depth, 30 page revision guide for the New Windmill Book of Nineteenth Century Short Stories on the Edexcel IGCSE English Literature Course. For each story, there is: 1. An overview, covering key points on characterisation, plot and themes. Links are made between the stories where relevant. 2. Key quotations 3. A list of key themes. My GCSE students found this a really useful resource once we had finished first-teaching of the collection, to help them gain a thorough knowledge of the collection as a whole and a more secure understanding of the connections between the stories. I used this for phased revision - students would revise the information for one story, complete an in-class test on it and then move on to the next. Equally, it could be used as a resource to support essay-writing.
24 Lesson SoW -AQA GCSE English Language: Fiction Texts
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24 Lesson SoW -AQA GCSE English Language: Fiction Texts

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• 8 Week, 24 Lesson Scheme designed for teaching or revision of GCSE-level fiction reading skills. The scheme was created specifically for AQA English Language GCSE Paper 1, but may be useful for schools doing other exam boards. It aims to develop whole-text reading skills from the outset. • The scheme predominantly focuses on responding to reading questions, but there are some linked writing lessons in which students plan/create their own fiction texts. • Week 1 and 8 are set aside for baseline and final testing using exam-board papers of your choice, hence the resources included start at Week 2 and finish at Week 7. • The texts are taken from the AQA Anthology ‘Telling Tales’ and the AQA Paper 1 Reading Support Booklet, or are included as individual extracts. I cannot include the AQA Anthology or Reading Support booklet here for copyright reasons, but the anthology is available for order free of charge here for schools doing AQA. The reading support booklet is available online as a PDF here: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/AQA-87001-RSB.PDF • The texts/extracts covered are: 1. My Polish Teacher’s Tie (Helen Dunmore); 2. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Roddy Doyle). 3. Goldfinger (Ian Fleming); 4. Bring Up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel); 5. Remarkable Creatures (Tracy Chevalier). 5. I’m the King of the Castle (Susan Hill). 6. The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan); 7. Chemistry (Graham Swift); 8. Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks). 9. Spies (Michael Frayn). 10. The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga). 11. The Awakening (Kate Chopin – Extra Challenge Reading). • Assessments: Baseline Paper 1 assessment (your choice); 2 teacher assessments with 2 D.I.R.T lessons; 2 peer/self-assessments; final Paper 1 Exam (your choice) • The D.I.R.T lesson is 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 be delivered within 4 lessons of the assessment to ensure timely feedback. The D.I.R.T lesson will include both structured and independent tasks. • There is a focus on mastery of whole-text reading skills and technical writing skills. Interleaved activities are planned to prepare students for the independent reading requirement, the creation of their own non-fiction texts, as well as the SPaG element of the AQA GCSE qualifications. There are a number of fluency activities. • Homework is inbuilt but is called Independent Study and 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. • Teaching instructions & differentiation suggestions are contained within the notes of the PowerPoint slides.**