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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bloody Chamber - Lady of the House of Love Carousel Analysis
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Bloody Chamber - Lady of the House of Love Carousel Analysis

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A carousel lesson on Angela Carter's 'The Lady of the House of Love' for A Level Literature. Gets students focused on close analysis of language and symbolism and encourages them to make links to themes and context. Resources included are: Instruction slides; twelve A3 sheets containing key quotations from the story, with space for students to write their ideas in response to these quotations; a completed version of these sheets containing many points which are useful for understanding and revising the tale. The completed version is very useful for students to compare with their own version and is particularly helpful for revision.
The Bloody Chamber - The Erl-King Questions
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The Bloody Chamber - The Erl-King Questions

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Twelve challenging questions on 'The Erl-King' by Angela Carter (part of The Bloody Chamber collection) designed to be completed after reading the story. Created for the OCR A Level spec which heavily weights context and requires knowledge of critics, so these questions develop both of those skills.
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.
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!
Symbols & Symbolism in To Kill A Mockingbird
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Symbols & Symbolism in To Kill A Mockingbird

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A 2-page resource which explains the keys symbols in To Kill A Mockingbird, and their meaning. The symbols covered are: - The Mockingbird - The Snowman - Flowers - Miss Maudie’s Burning House - The Mad Dog - Gothic symbolism, the Southern Gothic and The Radley Place. Images are used for each symbol to make the resource visually appealing. This resource is ideal for revision or for first-teaching when introducing symbolism.
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
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' Commedia Dell'arte Research Lesson
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Bloody Chamber - 'Puss-in-Boots' Commedia Dell'arte Research Lesson

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A research-based lesson to introduce the Commedia Dell'Arte stock characters which Carter draws on in 'Puss-in-Boots'. This could be completed before or after reading the story (although bear in mind that one of the questions asks students to make links with the story). Students will need access to the internet (this can be done on phones if necessary). The resources included are - slides with instructions, a research pack with questions on each stock character for students to complete, and a poster of each stock character for your classroom walls.
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.
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.
'The Nightingale and the Rose' Questions - 19th Century Short Stories
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'The Nightingale and the Rose' Questions - 19th Century Short Stories

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Nine comprehension and analysis questions on the short story 'The Nightingale and the Rose' by Oscar Wilde requiring in-depth, critical responses. The questions are designed to be done after a first reading of the story to check and develop students' understanding of the plot, characters and themes. This is a useful classwork or homework resource. Designed for teaching of the New Windmill 19th Century Short Stories on the Edexcel IGCSE.