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Assembly on Reading (Importance, Benefits, Enjoyment)

Assembly on Reading (Importance, Benefits, Enjoyment)

This Assembly has been used to promote reading among pupils. The PowerPoint uses engaging images as prompts to guide pupils through the benefits and importance of reading, the lessons to be learned from famous novels, while also offering pupils the opportunity to discuss their favourite books. The script for the assembly is easy to follow, with corresponding slides for the PowerPoint labelled for ease. Alternatively, a version of the powerpoint that combines the presentation and script is also included. It is also interactive, allowing for audience participation. This has been used as part of a wider initiative to promote reading throughout the school.
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Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney A Level Poetry Analysis (CCEA)

Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney A Level Poetry Analysis (CCEA)

This detailed 52 page document is developed to assist both pupils and teachers in their understanding of the CCEA A Level Frost and Heaney poetry anthology, while guiding them towards a detailed analysis. For each of the 24 poems in the anthology, there are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza and line-by-line analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of each poem. Also included in the document- -specific contextual information for each poem (AO3) -specific themes for each poem to assist in connections between poems (AO4) -further prompt questions to analyse specific poetic devices (AO2). My A Level students have found this document immensely beneficial in group work analysis and individual research and analysis. Poems: Frost-Into My Own, Mowing, Going For Water, Mending Wall, After Apple-Picking, The Road Not Taken, Birches, “Out, Out-”, For Once Then Something, Gathering Leaves, Acquainted With The Night, Desert Places. Heaney- Personal Helicon, The Forge, The Peninsula, The Wife’s Tale, Bogland, The Harvest Bow, The Railway Children, The Summer of Lost Rachel, Postscript, ‘Had I not been awake’, The Conway Stewart, The Baler.
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Bogland by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

Bogland by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 24 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “Bogland” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on “Bogland” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of The Past
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The Baler by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

The Baler by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 22 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “The Baler” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on “The Baler” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Rural Life and Grief and Loss
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The Harvest Bow by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

The Harvest Bow by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 20 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney's "The Harvest Bow" to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on The Harvest Bow (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of Family and Tradition
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The Summer of Lost Rachel by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

The Summer of Lost Rachel by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 30 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney's "The Summer of Lost Rachel" to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on The Summer of Lost Rachel (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of Grief and Loss
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Seamus Heaney CCEA A Level Poetry Analysis

Seamus Heaney CCEA A Level Poetry Analysis

This bundle contains PowerPoints on every Seamus Heaney poem in the current CCEA AS Specification. These PowerPoints have been designed to promote student success in their exam response to Seamus Heaney’s poetry, and each one contains the following: Detailed, line-by-line analysis of poetic devices and language for each poem (AO2) Contextual information on Heaney and specific context on each poem (AO3) Questions on the relevant themes of each poem to assist with the thematic connections with Frost’s poetry (AO4) Detailed stanza-by-stanza/line-by-line questions to prompt critical analysis from pupils (AO2) Pre-reading tasks and post-analysis questions to consolidate understanding of the poem Poems include- Personal Helicon, The Forge, The Peninsula, The Wife’s Tale, Bogland, The Harvest Bow, The Railway Children, The Summer of Lost Rachel, Postscript, ‘Had I not been awake’, The Conway Stewart, The Baler.
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Fantasy Fiction Lessons

Fantasy Fiction Lessons

These resources have been designed to assist teachers in delivering engaging lessons and activities that will foster an understanding and enjoyment of Fantasy Fiction in KS3 pupils. Each resource includes opportunities to test prior pupil knowledge of Fantasy Fiction, explore different Fantasy Fiction texts and compare them to their on-screen counterparts. These resources, are also used to help pupils generate ideas for their own piece of Fantasy Fiction in the form of a creative writing piece. As a fun way to finish the lessons, there is also a Fantasy Fiction Quiz. Included in this pack: - Introduction to Fantasy Fiction - Non-humans in Fantasy Fiction - Non-human template - Fairies in Fantasy Fiction - Good vs Evil in Fantasy Fiction - Codes and Riddles in Fantasy Fiction - Codes and Riddles Worksheet - Setting Worksheet - Fantasy Fiction Quiz and Answers
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The Peninsula by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

The Peninsula by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 18 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “The Peninsula” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on “The Peninsula” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Nature, The Creative Process and Journeys
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Conflict Poetry Anthology Workbook: Questions for Analysis / Context (CCEA GCSE English Literature)

Conflict Poetry Anthology Workbook: Questions for Analysis / Context (CCEA GCSE English Literature)

This detailed 34 page document is developed to assist both pupils and teachers in their understanding of the CCEA GCSE Conflict Poetry anthology, while guiding them towards a detailed analysis. For each of the 15 poems in the anthology, there are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza and line-by-line analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of each poem. Also included in the document- -specific contextual information for each poem (AO4) -specific themes for each poem to assist in connections between poems (AO3) -further prompt questions to analyse specific poetic devices (AO2). Poems: The Charge of the Light Brigade (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) Vitai Lampada (Henry Newbolt) The Man He Killed (Thomas Hardy) Who’s for the Game? (Jessie Pope) Easter Monday (In Memoriam E.T.)(1917) (Eleanor Farjeon) Anthem for Doomed Youth (Wilfred Owen) An Irish Airman Foresees his Death (W B Yeats) What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII) (Edna St. Vincent Millay) Vergissmeinnicht (Keith Douglas) Bayonet Charge (Ted Hughes) Requiem for the Croppies (Seamus Heaney) Mametz Wood (Owen Sheers) Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy) Poppies (Jane Weir) Out of the Blue (Simon Armitage)
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Imagery in Dulce et Decorum est

Imagery in Dulce et Decorum est

This engaging activity prompts pupils to engage with the imagery used in Wilfred Owen's war poem "Dulce et Decorum est". Pupils are required to read the poem, while locating examples of imagery that correspond to provided images. Pupils must then document the quote from the poem and analyse the effect of the imagery, with the PowerPoint presentation providing the answer and prompting further analysis. They are also encouraged to discuss what they believe to be the most impactful use of imagery in the poem. This activity can be used successfully in a study of War Poetry, imagery or as a supplementary activity in a KS3 History class.
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The Wife's Tale by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

The Wife's Tale by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 19 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney's "The Wife's Tale" to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on The Wife's Tale (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Theme of Rural Life
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The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale: Questions for Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale: Questions for Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 26 page document is developed to assist both pupils and teachers in their understanding of Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale", while guiding them towards a detailed analysis. This resource, for both the Prologue and Tale, is divided into distinct sections (with line references) to assist readers in navigating the Wife's narrative incoherence. For each section there are detailed questions that prompt critical line-by-line analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2), allowing them to draw on relevant contextual material (AO3) and make connections across the text (AO4), while strengthening their understanding of the poem. Also included in the document- -poetic device guidance and questions -questions on "The Portrait of The Wife of Bath" from Chaucer's "General Prologue" -specific themes for the poem to assist in connections across the texts(AO4) -further prompt questions to analyse specific poetic devices (AO2). My A Level students have found this document immensely beneficial in group work analysis and individual research and analysis.
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Robert Frost CCEA A Level Poetry Analysis

Robert Frost CCEA A Level Poetry Analysis

This bundle contains PowerPoints on every Seamus Heaney poem in the current CCEA AS Specification. These PowerPoints have been designed to promote student success in their exam response to Seamus Heaney’s poetry, and each one contains the following: Detailed, line-by-line analysis of poetic devices and language for each poem (AO2) Contextual information on Heaney and specific context on each poem (AO3) Questions on the relevant themes of each poem to assist with the thematic connections with Frost’s poetry (AO4) Detailed stanza-by-stanza/line-by-line questions to prompt critical analysis from pupils (AO2) Pre-reading tasks and post-analysis questions to consolidate understanding of the poem Included poems- Into My Own, Mowing, Going For Water, Mending Wall, After Apple-Picking, The Road Not Taken, Birches, “Out, Out-”, For Once Then Something, Gathering Leaves, Acquainted With The Night, Desert Places.
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Personal Helicon by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

Personal Helicon by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 20 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “Personal Helicon” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on Personal Helicon (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Childhood Experiences, Self-Discovery and Poetic Inspiration.
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"Had I not been awake" by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

"Had I not been awake" by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 18 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney's "Had I not been awake" to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on "Had I not been awake" (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Grief and Loss, Self-Discovery and Poetic Inspiration.
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The Forge by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

The Forge by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 20 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “The Forge” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on “The Forge” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of The Past and The Creative Process
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Themes in A Streetcar Named Desire

Themes in A Streetcar Named Desire

This PowerPoint deals with the major themes in A Streetcar Named Desire. Each theme is explored with references to each character associated with that theme, with detailed points for exploration provided. My A Level pupils found this to be quite beneficial, assisting them in gathering quotations for critical analysis and exploring the themes in greater depth.
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Postscript by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

Postscript by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

This detailed 20 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Heaney’s “Postscript” to Literature students. There are detailed questions that prompt critical stanza-by-stanza analysis from pupils. Each set of questions enables pupils to focus on identifying and analysing poetic methods (AO2) and strengthening their understanding of the poem. There are detailed and focused analyses of each stanza, focusing on poetic methods (AO2) to supplement the initial notes taken by students. Also included in this document: -Context on Seamus Heaney (AO3) -Context on “Postscript” (AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Questions on the Themes of Nature and Journeys
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Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney Poetry Notes and Comparisons (CCEA A Level)

Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney Poetry Notes and Comparisons (CCEA A Level)

These documents are designed to assist students in exploring the thematic connections (AO4) between the Frost and Heaney poems in the CCEA A Level Anthology. In the document, pupils are prompted to use the detailed arguments and connections between pomes (AO1, AO3) to locate textual references and poetic methods (AO2) to further their analysis and understanding of the poems. These sheets would then be used as a basis for an essay on the poems and provided topic. The paired poems and themes include: The Road Not Taken and The Peninsula (Journeys), Mowing and The Forge (The Creative Process), Mending Wall and Bogland (The Past). There is also a blank template for both teachers and students to use for other poems/themes and a list of thematic connections between the poems. My A Level students have found this approach immensely beneficial in finding the connections between poems and structuring written responses.
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Key Themes in Of Mice and Men

Key Themes in Of Mice and Men

Presentation that prompts pupils to contemplate the themes in Of Mice and Men. Also examines the idea of dreams, The American Dream and the importance of Burns' poem.
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