'The Help' by Stockett at A Level

'The Help' by Stockett at A Level

A range of resources for teaching 'The Help' at A Level, designed with the AQA English Literature Specification in mind. Some comparison with 'A Streetcar Named Desire', which could be easily adapted for whatever play you are using for comparison in the exam. Hours of lessons here and a combination of PowerPoint led discussion, independent tasks and group activities. Possible exam questions and a thematic approach included too.
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Writing a Biography

Writing a Biography

This presentation should provide you with at least a couple of lessons-worth of material. In light of the new GCSE specifications, this resource is ideal for a KS3 introduction to non-fiction. It includes a link to an actual read online biography and uses this to guide students to research, plan and write their own biographies.
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Macbeth Act 5 Scene 10

Macbeth Act 5 Scene 10

An in depth exploration of the play's penultimate scene, which explores the downfall of Macbeth and his character as a tragic hero. Includes pair work, group work and individual writing tasks, as well as key terminology.
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Anagrams

Anagrams

A collection of 22 anagrams of challenging vocabulary to use as lesson starters. Each slide includes the definition of the word, an example and some synonyms. Could be used in English or even in form/tutor time as a wider literacy initiative.
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Macbeth: Act 4 Scene 3

Macbeth: Act 4 Scene 3

A worksheet taking students through this scene. Includes summary, analysis, contextual links and activities for students to complete independently.
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Truth and Deception in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Color Purple'

Truth and Deception in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Color Purple'

A series of discussion based questions, which prompt student to compare the presentation of 'truth and deception' in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Color Purple'. The presentation ends in an exam-style question for AQA English Literature (A-level ENGLISH LITERATURE A (7712/2B) Paper 2B: Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day) I'm using this as a lesson to prepare the students to write the essay.
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Rebecca at A Level

Rebecca at A Level

Everything I've got on 'Rebecca' in one place! Comparing Rebecca with Jane Eyre Comparing Rebecca with the AQA Poetry Anthology Display materials The ending Analysing Chapters 1-6 Key Quotes and themes Analysing chapters 16 and 17 Pre-reading activity Setting activity Comparison with Othello Plot outline Critical debate activity Character study Narrative perspectives Key moments
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The Ruby in the Smoke - Reading Guide

The Ruby in the Smoke - Reading Guide

A chapter by chapter summary, clear and concise. Includes comprehension style questions for every chapter. Ideal for the busy teacher as a recap of the novel and the questions could be your starters/plenaries.
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The Ruby in the Smoke - Unit of Work

The Ruby in the Smoke - Unit of Work

A unit of work overview for Philip Pullman's 'The Ruby in the Smoke', aimed at year 9 with links to GCSE English Language and Literature (AQA new specs). Includes teacher notes for themes and wider reading links, an activity sheet for evaluation the ending (GCSE Paper 1 style) and an exam style question 2 (Eng Lan). The other resources can be found in my shop, or alternatively, you could buy the bundle, which includes these resources and more.
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Victorian Context

Victorian Context

A task introducing students to the idea of the Great Exhibition, which outlines a research activity and a 'Great Exhibition' of their own. I have used as an introduction to 'The Ruby in the Smoke' by Philip Pullman, but could be used for any 19th century text. There is also some focus on the similarities and differences between society then and now, which is a gentle way in to the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 based on Narrative Viewpoints and Perspectives. This activity took my students three lessons to introduce, to research and to present back.
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Descriptive Writing in The Ruby in the Smoke

Descriptive Writing in The Ruby in the Smoke

Exploration of descriptive writing in Pullman's 'The Ruby in the Smoke', leading to students writing descriptively based on images (preparation for new GCSE English Language Specification AQA). A good hour, if not more, of lesson activities here.
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The Ruby In The Smoke - Pre Reading Activity

The Ruby In The Smoke - Pre Reading Activity

Using the events from the opening of Pullman's novel, the activity gets students to consider newspaper articles taken from 1872 in terms of language and style. It leads to a creative piece, where students create their own newspaper. An hour long lesson.
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Exam paper based on 'The Ruby in the Smoke'

Exam paper based on 'The Ruby in the Smoke'

An exam paper based on an extract from 'The Ruby in the Smoke' (Section A, Paper 1 GCSE English Language AQA new spec) Could be used with Key Stage 3 in preparation for GCSE or at KS4 as an accessible Language paper.
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The Ruby in the Smoke

The Ruby in the Smoke

A selection of resources for teaching Philip Pullman's 'The Ruby in the Smoke'. I've used for year 9 as preparation for the new AQA GCSE Specification for both English Language and English Literature. Some of the resources referred to in the scheme of work overview are from other authors on TES but are available to download for free, I have only included the resources I have made myself in the bundle package.
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Modern Novel Display

Modern Novel Display

A selection of quotes from a range of modern novels, presented for display. I've used PowerPoint as it is the most user friendly to print without interfering with format/font etc. (just print whole page slides) The resource has 11 slides, so 11 pieces of A4 in colour for display. Many quotes link well to love and loss, so might make a good stimulus for A Level English Literature. Novels include: Stay With Me, The Go Between, The Miniaturist, The Way I Left Her, The Invention of Wings, The Secret Life of Bees, The Glorious Heresies.
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Rebecca Key Quotes and Themes

Rebecca Key Quotes and Themes

A 12 page selection of many of the key/interesting quotes from the novel. The pack includes two Word documents, one with the quotes in chronological order, the other with quotes grouped in themes. You could give this to students as a hand out, or as a cut and stick activity where they decide which themes the quotes belong to (many of them really belong to more than one category, but I've not duplicated them within categories to make the file more user-friendly). You could also just give students the quotes for a specific theme to aid them in essay writing, either as a starter or as the basis for an essay plan. If you like this resource, you might also like the display resource in my shop, which includes 16 of the quotes presented visually for display purposes.
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Rebecca (du Maurier) display

Rebecca (du Maurier) display

A selection of 16 quotes from the novel, presented visually for display. I've used PowerPoint as printing the slides to A4 whole pages keeps formatting as desired. There is also the option of printing to A3 for individual posters, or print the whole lot for a colourful display.
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Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1

Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1

A PowerPoint to use when teaching 4.1, includes link to Polanki's witches. Could be used as a whole class activity for each apparition, or could separate into groups and then offer whole class feedback.
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Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

A couple of resources focused on the ending of the novel and on 'The Split'. Opportunity to make links with the trial in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Also looks ahead to 'Knife Edge' and serialisation.
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Clothing in Jane Eyre

Clothing in Jane Eyre

A selection of extracts from the novel, which describe clothing in some way. Could be used as a starting point for exploring the presentation of class in the novel, or of symbolism. The resources are extracts only, use them as you like! I used for the old AQA A Level spec for teaching the Victorians, but could equally be used further down the school.
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