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MyersAle PhD‘s English Literature Shop

English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused and advanced handouts for students and teachers.

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English teacher for upper schools with a passion for literature. My resources eschew flashy, clip-art-infested layouts for clean, focused and advanced handouts for students and teachers.
IGCSE Short Stories (for English Literature Examinations in 2019, 2020, 2021)
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IGCSE Short Stories (for English Literature Examinations in 2019, 2020, 2021)

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This bundle includes ready-to-teach handouts and worksheets for all of the 10 short stories that need to be taught and included in the preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Specifically: no. 2 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ no. 7 Stephen Crane, ‘The Open Boat’ no. 8 Edith Wharton, ‘The Moving Finger’ no. 18 Ray Bradbury, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ no. 23 Alex La Guma, ‘The Lemon Orchard’ no. 32 Bernard MacLaverty, ‘Secrets’ no. 33 John McGahern, ‘The Stoat’ no. 36 Patricia Grace, ‘Journey’ no. 37 Janet Frame, ‘The Bath’ no. 48 Tim Winton, ‘On Her Knees’ Each handout includes the following: Short biography of the author Historical context and / or introduction to key literary or cultural concepts / movements / phenomena (where relevant). Full text of the short story, accompanied by a glossary of difficult or relevant vocabulary in the story to facilitate close-reading and understanding. A range of comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions tailored towards studying the stories in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. Additional essay questions / creative writing tasks and food for thought questions designed to facilitate and/or imitate IGCSE Literature exam style questions. This has been a lot of work for me, but seeing as there is nothing like this on the market at present, and knowing how important it is to prepare my students for this tough exam, I have put these worksheets together for everyone. I’ve also included a PDF version of all the short stories, with a title page and a table of contents for use as a work book. You can buy each worksheet separately on my store, of course, but as a bundle, you’ll enjoy a 39% discount overall! Feedback is always appreciated - thanks in advance!
IGCSE Poetry: "Plenty" by Isobel Dixon
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IGCSE Poetry: "Plenty" by Isobel Dixon

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Plenty” by Isobel Dixon. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021… The handout includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Isobel Dixon The poem text with line numbers to facilitate close reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Essay of critical commentary about Isobel Dixon’s writing and poetry Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. Additional longer writing tasks (including essay questions and a creative response question). Enjoy, and please give feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "Rising Five" by Norman Nicholson
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IGCSE Poetry: "Rising Five" by Norman Nicholson

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Rising Five” by Norman Nicholson. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021… The handout includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Norman Nicholson- Cross-Curricular links to the poem (perception of time and how it changes in humans as we age). The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. Additional essay questions to facilitate exam preparation.
Hamlet (Shakespeare) - Act 5, Scene 1 - Yorick & the Gravediggers
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Hamlet (Shakespeare) - Act 5, Scene 1 - Yorick & the Gravediggers

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This detailed, advanced handout and worksheet is designed to help students in their study of William Shakespeare’s brilliant tragedy ‘Hamlet’, in particular, Act 5, Scene 1 of the play. The handout includes: Comprehension questions to check understanding of Act 5, Scene 1. Close-reading & analysis, with guiding questions for extracts from Act 5, Scene 1. Enjoy! Check out my complete Hamlet Teaching & Activity Pack (which also includes this handout!):
IGCSE Poetry: 'Praise Song for My Mother' by Grace Nichols
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IGCSE Poetry: 'Praise Song for My Mother' by Grace Nichols

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This is a handout that guides through the analysis and close-reading of IGCSE poetry tested on the IGCSE English Literature exams for May 2018 and May 2019. This handout covers the following poem: ‘A Praise Song for My Mother’ by Grace Nichols The handout includes: - an introduction with biographical and contextual information about the author - the poem text with a glossary of key vocabulary - detailed comprehension and close-reading questions, with a focus on analysing the poem’s structure, language and use of poetic devices, and main ideas or themes. - a sample exam-style question which makes connections to other IGCSE poems with similar themes (parents and their children, including ‘For Heidi with Blue Hair’ by Fleur Adcock and ‘My Parents’ by Stephen Spender). Enjoy!
"The Lemon Orchard" by Alex La Guma (IGCSE Short Stories)
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"The Lemon Orchard" by Alex La Guma (IGCSE Short Stories)

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This detailed, advanced handout and worksheet is designed to help students in their study of the short story "The Lemon Orchard by Alex La Guma. The short story also appears on the English Literature Syllabus for IGCSE Examinations in 2018 and 2019. The handout includes: Short biography of the author, including historical context (Alex La Guma) Original short story text with glossary of difficult or challenging terms, line numbers for easy annotation and analysis. Comprehension Questions for the entire short story. Close-reading questions to facilitate analysis of figurative language and style. Essay-questions to help students prepare for the IGCSE Literature exam. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury (IGCSE Short Stories)
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"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury (IGCSE Short Stories)

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This detailed, advanced handout and worksheet is designed to help students in their study of the short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury. The short story also appears on the English Literature Syllabus for IGCSE Examinations in 2018 and 2019. The handout includes: Detailed biography of the author (Ray Bradbury) Original short story text wit ha glossary of difficult or challenging terms, line numbers for easy annotation, referencing and analysis. Comprehension questions for the short story. Close reading and analysis questions for the short story. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways" by William Wordsworth
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IGCSE Poetry: "She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways" by William Wordsworth

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways” by William Wordsworth. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021… The handout includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - William Wordsworth The poem text with information about the context of composition, line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Comprehension, Close reading and analysis questions. Additional essay questions and writing tasks to facilitate exam preparation.
Morton Rhue - The Wave - Context & Background (Ron Jones Newspaper Article)
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Morton Rhue - The Wave - Context & Background (Ron Jones Newspaper Article)

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This handout focuses on the ‘real-life’ ‘The Wave’ teacher Ron Jones, whose classroom experiment inspired Morton Rhue’s novel ‘The Wave’. The handout includes an article and interview with Jones, who looks back at the experiment and the aftermath of it all, including Morton Rhue’s novel fictionalisation. The worksheet includes: An edited version of the original article by the San Francisco Chronicle Comprehension questions and activities that accompany the article and allow for pair-work or group-work approach to teaching the real-life, historical context of the novel.
IGCSE Poetry: 'Elegy for My Father's Father' by James K. Baxter
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IGCSE Poetry: 'Elegy for My Father's Father' by James K. Baxter

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This is a detailed handout and worksheet to accompany study and analysis of James K. Baxter's poem "Elegy for My Father's Father". The handout includes: - biography and information about the poet - annotated version of the poem (with useful glossary and images to explain crucial words and phrases) - Close reading & analysis questions that allow your students to analyse and dig deeper. - additional questions and food for thought to promote the search for connections and to look at the poem as a whole in the elegiac tradition. Enjoy!
Macbeth: Witches and the Elizabethan Era
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Macbeth: Witches and the Elizabethan Era

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This handout is designed as a short but informative worksheet about witches, the Elizabethan Era and the reception of the three witches in Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Macbeth’. The activity is designed to be taught once students have read Act 1, Scenes 1-3, at least. A brief informative passage is accompanied by some in-depth questions that require having read the first Act of the play.
IGCSE Literature Poetry Pack 2020 /2021 (Songs of Ourselves, Volume 1, Part 3)
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IGCSE Literature Poetry Pack 2020 /2021 (Songs of Ourselves, Volume 1, Part 3)

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This bundle includes ready-to-teach handouts and worksheets for all of the 15 poems that need to be taught and included in the preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams in 2020 and 2021 Specifically: From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 3, the following 15 poems: Maya Angelou, ‘Caged Bird’ Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ‘Sonnet 43’ James K Baxter, ‘Farmhand’ Sujata Bhatt, ‘Muliebrity’ Isobel Dixon, ‘Plenty’ Rosemary Dobson, ‘The Three Fates’ Robert Hayden, ‘Those Winter Sundays’ Seamus Heaney, ‘Mid-Term Break’ Mervyn Morris, ‘Little Boy Crying’ Norman Nicholson, ‘Rising Five’ Adrienne Rich, ‘Amends’ Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘Sonnet 29’ Dennis Scott, ‘Marrysong’ Stevie Smith, ‘Not Waving But Drowning’ William Wordsworth, ‘She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways’ Each worksheet includes the following: Short biography and information about the poet. Contextual information, or explanation of additional, relevant terminology, literary concepts, movements, philosophies etc., where necessary or appropriate. An annotated version of the poem (with a useful, illustrated glossary to explain crucial words and phrases). Close-reading & analysis questions that allow your students to analyze and dig deeper. Additional essay questions and writing tasks to facilitate exam preparation. You can also purchase each worksheet separately on my store, but I recommend that you buy the bundle if you want a 50% discount, overall! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
"The Importance of Being Earnest" (Oscar Wilde) - Advanced Teaching Bundle
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"The Importance of Being Earnest" (Oscar Wilde) - Advanced Teaching Bundle

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This bundle includes all my handouts, worksheets and printables to teach “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The handouts are designed to be taught at a fairly high level, avoid looking flashy or patronising, and instead focus on enabling higher level cognitive, critical and thinking skills, as well as to hone close-reading skills in your students. The bundle includes the following handouts (PDFs): 1 - Oscar Wilde Biography 2 - Reading Log (to accompany the reading of the play, 20 questions per Act) 3 - Historical Context 4 - Socio-Cultural Context Handout (Victorian concepts of ‘earnestness’ etc.) 5 - PowerPoint, handout and lesson materials to analyse types of comedy and the humour of the play. 6 - Structure Handout (“Earnest” is a Well-Made Play) 7 - Analysing Wilde’s Humour as Social Criticism 8 - Wilde’s use of Telling Names 9 - Handout analysing use of food as symbols and motifs, and as linked to the central themes of the play. All worksheets are also available to buy separately on my TES-page, but the bundle will save you 51%, overall! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Character Analysis and Essay
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Character Analysis and Essay

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This handout and worksheet guides students through the process of developing a structured, detailed character analysis essay based on William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. There is a clear focus on thesis statement development, the essay structure, and the integration of citations and examples to develop a coherent essay overall. Enjoy!
Emily Dickinson 'I taste a liquor never brewed'
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Emily Dickinson 'I taste a liquor never brewed'

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Introduction to the poem, including a focus on Emily Dickinson’s ‘Poems of Defintion’. The poem text with glossary and annotations that make analysing the poem easier. Introductory analysis activity as well as questions for in-depth analysis and close-reading. Follow-on activity linked to Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘Hope is the Thing With Feathers’ and a creative writing activity (optional).
Hamlet (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 2 - Polonius as the Fool and stock character
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Hamlet (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 2 - Polonius as the Fool and stock character

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This worksheet provides an in-depth introduction to the ‘fool’ stock character of Shakespeare’s plays, with a particular focus on Polonius as a typical fool character in ‘Hamlet’. The handout provides: Introduction and definition of ‘the fool’ as a stock Shakespearean character. Close-reading and analysis activities, with select extracts and accompanying analysis from Act 2 of the play. Model answers (a kind of answer key) for the close-reading questions. Enjoy, and feedback is welcome! Check out my complete Hamlet Teaching & Activity Pack (which also includes this handout!):
IGCSE Poetry: "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
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IGCSE Poetry: "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021… The handout includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Robert Hayden Historical context of composition and inspiration (Hayden was inspired by writers of the Harlem Renaissance). Pre-reading activity with an introduction to the sonnet form (relevant to gain a better understanding of the poem)… The poem text with line numbers to facilitate close reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. Additional longer writing tasks (including essay questions and a creative response question) to activate higher order thinking skills and to facilitate exam practice. A sample commentary of the poem. Enjoy, and please give feedback!
"The Trees Are Down" by Charlotte Mew (IGCSE Poetry)
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"The Trees Are Down" by Charlotte Mew (IGCSE Poetry)

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “The Trees Are Down” by Charlotte Mew. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2018 and 2019. You can buy this handout as part of the IGCSE Poetry May 2018 / May 2019 bundle, here: IGCSE Poetry May 2018 / 2019 Bundle The handout includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Charlotte Mew. The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and annotations for difficult words and concepts. Additional information about relevant concepts and terminology. Close-reading & analysis questions. Essay questions to facilitate IGCSE exam practice.