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I'm an English Teacher based in Northern Ireland, with extensive experience of delivering the CCEA Specification for GCSE and A-Level Literature and Language.
The Wife's Tale by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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The Wife's Tale by Seamus Heaney- Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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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
"Who's for the Game?" Poetry Analysis
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"Who's for the Game?" Poetry Analysis

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This worksheet has been developed to assist pupils in a study of Jessie Pope's "Who's for the Game?". It requires pupils to focus on poetic techniques, particularly the imagery that is used. Also included is a poetic techniques list with detailed questions to prompt further analysis. This has been used successfully with KS3 pupils studying poetry and History and with lower ability GCSE pupils.
Imagery in Dulce et Decorum est
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Imagery in Dulce et Decorum est

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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.
Metaphor and Simile Worksheet
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Metaphor and Simile Worksheet

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This worksheet acts as an accompaniment for a study of metaphors and similes. Pupils must determine whether the provided examples are metaphors or similes, while providing a brief analysis of the figurative language. I have used this with both 1st Years and lower ability pupils.
WWI Propaganda: Multi-Modal Analysis
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WWI Propaganda: Multi-Modal Analysis

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This lesson focuses on giving pupils an insight into the conditions of World War 1 and how propaganda was used to persuade young men to join the army. Pupils are provided a worksheet and, in groups, they conduct a multi-modal analysis of the propaganda posters, focusing on purpose, audience, layout and language. This activity has been used successfully in both KS3 English and History classes.
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale: Questions for Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)
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The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale: Questions for Poetry Analysis (CCEA A Level)

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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.
Introductory Activity for Junior Pupils (Coat of Arms and Interview)
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Introductory Activity for Junior Pupils (Coat of Arms and Interview)

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These introductory activities are aimed at allowing pupils new to secondary level education to reflect on their own personal identity and express it through designing a Coat of Arms. Also included is an interview for pupils to use with their parents/guardians to discover what it was like when they were at school.
School Interview for Parents/Guardians
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School Interview for Parents/Guardians

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This interview worksheet prompts junior pupils to interview their parents/guardians and discover what school was like for them. They then present their findings to the class and discuss the differences in schools between then and now.
Poetry Comparison Checklist (Essay Cover Sheet)
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Poetry Comparison Checklist (Essay Cover Sheet)

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This cover sheet has been developed to ensure that pupils maintain a consistent quality of writing when comparing and contrasting two poems in an essay. Pupils are to use this checklist to tick off all of the essential elements of a successful answer, paragraph by paragraph, as they write it and present it when they submit their essay. This ensures that pupils remain focused in presenting consistently analytical paragraphs. I have used this successfully with both GCSE and A Level pupils.
Who's for the Game? by Jessie Pope- Poetry Analysis (CCEA GCSE Conflict Poetry)
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Who's for the Game? by Jessie Pope- Poetry Analysis (CCEA GCSE Conflict Poetry)

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This detailed 15 slide PowerPoint has been developed to assist teachers in delivering a detailed analysis of Pope’s “Who’s for the Game?” to Literature students. This poem features in the CCEA GCSE Conflict Poetry Anthology. 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 Jessie Pope(AO3) -Pre-reading tasks -Initial reading questions -Possible thematic connections to other poems in the Conflict Anthology
Of Mice and Men Context
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Of Mice and Men Context

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Pupils were initially asked to research the book. This presentation was used in the following class to determine their knowledge and provide crucial background information. Pupils then used their knowledge to create a diary entry of a migrant worker.
Of Mice and Men Paragraph Guidance
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Of Mice and Men Paragraph Guidance

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This resource prompts students to consider the criteria for a successful analytical paragraph on Of Mice and Men. It also provides a sample paragraph and guidance on using the PEE / PEE(D) structure. Also included is a checklist for all pupils to follow when they are writing their paragraphs.
Introduction to Macbeth (Exploration of Context, Analysis of Themes and Paragraph Guidance)
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Introduction to Macbeth (Exploration of Context, Analysis of Themes and Paragraph Guidance)

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These resources have been developed to assist teachers in introducing a study of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to both KS3 and GCSE pupils. They allow pupils to engage with the world of Shakespeare and his play in an accessible manner, and stress the relevance of both Macbeth and his wider works in contemporary times. Included in this bundle: 1. Introduction to Shakespeare (PPT)- explores the life and works of Shakespeare, evaluates the impact of Shakespeare on the modern world and tackles and pre-conceptions pupils have of Shakespeare. 2. Macbeth Plot Summary (PPT)- an accessible and concise summary of the play with visual aids. 3.Macbeth Context (PPT)- explains the social and historical factors that influenced the writing of Macbeth, including King James I and The Gunpowder Plot. 4. Gender Context (Doc)- explains the gender roles of men and women in Early Modern England and the conventional views on masculinity and femininity. 5. Macbeth and the Witches (PPT)- explores the Early Modern view of witches and compares it with pupils' contemporary view of witches. 6. Macbeth Themes (PPT)- a detailed exploration of the key themes in Macbeth: Ambition, Fate, Deception and Guilt. 7. Macbeth Motifs (PPT)- a detailed exploration of the motifs in Macbeth: Blood, Darkness/Light, Hallucination/Madness, Prophecy, Children/Family. 8. Macbeth PEED Paragraphs (PPT)- a guide to help pupils structure an analytical response to Macbeth, with an accompanying sample paragraph. 9. Macbeth: The Witches (Doc)- a literary and linguistic analysis of the witches in Act 1 Scene 1. 10. Macbeth Question Worksheet (Doc)- guided questions to assist pupils in their analysis of Act 1 Scene 1. 11. Macbeth: Key Quotes and Themes (PDF)- a series of key quotes and themes that will allow pupils to ascertain elements of the plot and meaning in Macbeth.
At a Potato Digging (Section 1) by Seamus Heaney- Questions for Analysis
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At a Potato Digging (Section 1) by Seamus Heaney- Questions for Analysis

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This document has been designed to help students gain a meaningful understanding of Heaney’s “At a Potato Digging”. This document features detailed questions that prompts critical engagement with the poem, while focusing on the effects of poetic devices. There is also a brief bit of background information on the poem to assist with understanding. I have used this worksheet for homework and classwork, and it has worked well with students using it individually, in pairs and as a group task.
A Sheep Fair by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis
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A Sheep Fair by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis

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This document has been designed to help students gain a meaningful understanding of Hardy’s “A Sheep Fair”. This document features detailed questions that prompt critical engagement with the poem, while focusing on the effects of poetic devices. There is also a brief bit of background information on the poem to assist with understanding. I have used this worksheet for homework and classwork, and it has worked well with students using it individually, in pairs and as a group task.
An August Midnight by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis
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An August Midnight by Thomas Hardy- Questions for Analysis

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This document has been designed to help students gain a meaningful understanding of Hardy’s “An August Midnight”. This document features detailed questions that prompts critical engagement with the poem, while focusing on the effects of poetic devices. There is also a brief bit of background information on the poem to assist with understanding. I have used this worksheet for homework and classwork, and it has worked well with students using it individually, in pairs and as a group task.
Literature Character Quiz (20 Questions)
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Literature Character Quiz (20 Questions)

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This fun quiz tests pupils on their knowledge of famous literary characters. One pupil sits facing the class, with their back to the screen. They then ask the remainder of the class a maximum of 20 questions in an attempt to determine the identity of the character on the screen. This can be used for events such as World Book Day, International Reading Week, Book Week or for a fun introduction or conclusion for a unit on fiction.