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I am an English teacher with 7 years experience. I believe my resources are robust, creative, engaging and challenging. I aim to share resources which are ready to print and PowerPoint lessons which are ready to teach. All of my resources are of a high quality and in line with the current Scottish curriculum, or else can be easily adjusted to suit other curricula. I hope you enjoy any resource you purchase and they make your life a little less stressful! :)

I am an English teacher with 7 years experience. I believe my resources are robust, creative, engaging and challenging. I aim to share resources which are ready to print and PowerPoint lessons which are ready to teach. All of my resources are of a high quality and in line with the current Scottish curriculum, or else can be easily adjusted to suit other curricula. I hope you enjoy any resource you purchase and they make your life a little less stressful! :)
Creative Writing full unit with additional resources
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Creative Writing full unit with additional resources

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This is a colourful, engaging and detailed unit of work designed for S1/2. The unit is predominantly PP led with lots of exciting and inspiring tasks throughout. There are also numerous additional worksheets and examples short stories attached; the PowerPoint informs you if and when you should use them. This really is an excellent resource and includes all you need to teach the main conventions of Creative Writing: Characterisation, Setting, Plot Structure etc. Enjoy! :)
"A Hanging" by George Orwell: Pupil Table + Essay Writing Guidance
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"A Hanging" by George Orwell: Pupil Table + Essay Writing Guidance

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This is a BUNDLE of resources which includes: a copy of George Orwell’s “A Hanging”, a table for pupils to complete once they have read and learned the essay. The table is partially filled and challenges pupils to both find evidence and provide explanations and analysis (includes guidance) for the most significant aspects of the text. This has been an invaluable resource for me when teaching this text. The PowerPoint takes pupils through the Critical Essay writing process with guidance on planning a response, to structuring paragraphs ( introduction and main body paragraphs) and using time connectives to allow their essay to flow. It also includes an exemplar paragraph for guidance.
Matilda Media Study PowerPoint Unit
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Matilda Media Study PowerPoint Unit

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Designed to be used in conjunction with the film, “Matilda,” this presentation is roughly 70 slides long and will take the pupils through a number of important aspects of cinematography such as: Genre, Representation, Symbolism, Sterotypes, Camera Shots & Angles and Mise-en-Scene, with a number of tasks and activities built in along the way! Although there is no printable unit, there is much scope throughout the unit for pupils to produce written pieces of work to demonstrate their understanding. Personally, I have found this a fun and engaging introduction to film study for my junior classes who are learning about film for the first time.
National Poetry Day 2018 Placemat Activity
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National Poetry Day 2018 Placemat Activity

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Designed to be used in conjunction with the following poems(all of which can be found and downloaded/ printed centrally from the NPD website): Help, The Seedling and Snow Fox. This is a single lesson but works well as a way of stimulating pupils’ ideas for their own “Change” poetry.
National 5 Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation PowerPoint
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National 5 Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation PowerPoint

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This is an excellent resource which took me a long time to produce. It looks at all the question types needed to teach RUAE to National 5 pupils including examples, a step by step approach to each question type , questions for the pupils to try approach to answering and much more. Over 80 slides in total. Please see my other National 5 RUAE resources.
Black Mirror SOW for National 6. Talk, Listening and RUAE.
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Black Mirror SOW for National 6. Talk, Listening and RUAE.

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This short unit of work is based upon the Charlie Brooker series, ‘Black Mirror,’ with a focus on the episode ‘Nosdive’. Pupils watch the episode, take notes and then engage in discussion ( which I evidenced for their N6 Spoken Language assessment). I have also made questions to accompany an article which was written in response to the episode, along with a very thorough marking scheme. Created in 2018 so up-to-date and incredibly engaging for the pupils.
Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit, Critical Essay Plan and Guidance: National 5/6
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Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit, Critical Essay Plan and Guidance: National 5/6

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This is a very useful and self explanatory resource which takes pupils through how to structure a Critical Essay including: Introductions ( with an example introduction), Topic Sentence Success Criteria, Main Body paragraph structure using an approach called “TIE” your evidence which I have created that encourages pupils to fully analyse and evaluate their quotations ( explained in PowerPoint). I have also included a detailed paragraph plan based on a “character changes” style question. This is suitable for both National 5 and 6 pupils.
Christmas Poetry Mini Unit/ Competition
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Christmas Poetry Mini Unit/ Competition

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This is a short but fun and well presented unit to use at Christmas time with an S1/2 class. It includes a brainstorming activity, a 5 senses task, an example stanza to demonstrate rhyme scheme, and 3 beautiful printable 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificates (printable PowerPoint slide).
Creative Writing Challenge: Medieval Theme
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Creative Writing Challenge: Medieval Theme

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A lesson of work designed to generate a short piece of Medieval writing. Pupils should choose a character, setting and situation. There is an example provided. If you haven’t yeat taught Medieval or considered this theme then you could always show a YouTube video on the theme of medieval prior to trying the writing exercise. This is also useful as a timed piece of writing.
Discursive Writing Unit for BGE with support PowerPoint - ready to print and use!
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Discursive Writing Unit for BGE with support PowerPoint - ready to print and use!

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All you need to take a BGE class through Discursive Writing. This is both a teacher and pupil friendly unit of work that is “write on” and ready to print. The support PowerPoint introduces the topic of Discursive Writing and also takes pupils through how to structure their introductions and main body paragraphs. The main unit is a Word file; below is a copy of the Contents Page of the printable unit. I’d like to add that the preview is such a way that it makes the front page look incredibly dull when it’s actually very visual - strange. Page 1: Front Cover Page 2: Contents Page Page 3&4: Example “Animal Testing” Essay Page 5 & 6: Discursive Writing “Main Ingredients” Task Page 7: “Be Heard” Page 8: Researching My Topic Page 9: Rate your Arguments Page 10: Useful Phrases Page 11 & 12: Discursive Essay Plan
Romeo and Juliet FILM STUDY, Baz Luhrmann - PowerPoint Unit
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Romeo and Juliet FILM STUDY, Baz Luhrmann - PowerPoint Unit

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This extensive PowerPoint will take you through a film study of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. It contains information about key aspects of Cinematography ( camera shots and angles, Mise-en-Scene & sound), and includes embedded activities and various stills from the movie. Over 80 slides in total.
Frankenstein, a dramatic adaptation, by  Phillip Pullman.  Unit of Work.
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Frankenstein, a dramatic adaptation, by Phillip Pullman. Unit of Work.

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This is a concise unit of work based on the dramatic adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, by Phillip Pullman. It is designed for use with S1/2. The unit has a focus on RUAE, rather than dramatic conventions, although there is some consideration of stage directions within the questions. The unit is comprised of the following: a pre-reading PowerPoint which introduces the Gothic genre and the historical context of the text, a printable unitof work which includes a quiz, questions on each of the acts, amongst some other activities. There is also an end of unit discursive writing task at the end of the unit. This would probably last 2-3 weeks.
Superhero Origin Story Creative Writing Unit S1/2
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Superhero Origin Story Creative Writing Unit S1/2

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This is a full unit of work based around the theme of superhero origin stories. There are a number of Reading, Writing, Talk and Listening tasks, as well as a scaffolded essay plan at the end to assist pupils writing their own origin story. The pupils love this unit of work and, like my other resources, it is ready to print. As the ‘listening and note-making’ sheets are in landscape these should be printed separately and merged into the unit just after the 'Questions for The Hulk" page, before photocopying class sets of the unit. I have also included 3 word documents which have coloured images of the settings used in the booklet These may be printed in colour to assist the “Super Setting” activity, or simply projected. Enjoy :)
The Letterbox, by Ann Marie Di Mambro
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The Letterbox, by Ann Marie Di Mambro

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A concise printable unit of work designed to support the study of the short drama,“The Letterbox,” by Ann Marie Di Mambro. The unit includes a copy of the text, comprehension questions, PEE grid, characterisation activities, revision notes and more.
Skellig, by David Almond. Full unit of work (S1/2)
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Skellig, by David Almond. Full unit of work (S1/2)

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This is a genuine full unit of work, ready to print and use. The unit includes a variety of tasks including: RUAE, diary writing (with success criteria and self-assessment grid), writer’s language, cross-curricular projects and extension tasks, some related to the poetry of William Blake, amongst other engaging tasks. There are also some differentiated worksheets and a scaffolded essay plan. This unit will take you through the entire novel study without having to make additional resources ( unless you choose to, of course!) Please leave reviews if you choose to purchase this resource. Created in 2018.
Starter Activity: I see, I think, I wonder
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Starter Activity: I see, I think, I wonder

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Purpose: Project an interesting image onto the PowerPoint as pupils enter the classroom and ask them to silently write a response on their slip of paper under the following headings: I see, I think, I wonder. This is a simple but excellent starter activity which gets pupils thinking quite deeply as soon as they come into the classroom. I often use it as a springboard into a new topic, projecting an image which is thematically linked to the SOW in order to generate interest, ideas and opinions from the word go!
Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. Full scheme of work. National 4/ BGE
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Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. Full scheme of work. National 4/ BGE

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Unit of work designed to support the teaching of “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. This is a write on unit suitable for National 4 pupils, or for S1/2, with a focus on RUAE. There are also numerous extension tasks within the unit, with a supplementary and optional creative writing task called “Staying Alive”. This is comprised of a short PowerPoint and a detailed paragraph plan to assist pupils writing their own survival story as inspired by Hatchet. This is ready to print and use. Enjoy!