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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.

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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 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. Teacher’s Notes section, designed as a kind of teacher’s guide to the poem, and includes the following: Poem Summary Themes Form & Poetic Devices Sample Essay Responses (NB: The teacher’s notes section may differ from handout to handout) Enjoy, and please give feedback! You can also purchase each worksheet separately on my store, but I recommend that you buy the bundle if you want a 58% discount, overall! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
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. Teacher’s Notes section, designed to help teachers gain a better understanding of each story, and includes a variation of the following (more or less detailed, depending on each story): i.) Plot Summary ii.) Analysis of Characters / Themes iii.) Critical Commentary / Sample Essay Responses / additional relevant information to help teachers. Can also be used by students for revision purposes. 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. You can buy each worksheet separately on my store, of course, but as a bundle, you’ll enjoy a 50% discount overall! Feedback is always appreciated - thanks in advance!
IGCSE Short Stories: "Secrets" by Bernard MacLaverty
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IGCSE Short Stories: "Secrets" by Bernard MacLaverty

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This detailed, advanced handout and worksheet is designed to help students in their study of the short story “Secrets” by Bernard MacLaverty. The short story also appears on the English Literature Syllabus for IGCSE Examinations in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The handout includes: Short biography of the author, including historical context (Bernard MacLaverty) 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. Writings tasks, essay questions etc. to prepare students for the IGCSE Literature exam. An essay and critical response to MacLaverty’s collection of short stories Secrets and Other Stories. (Should help gain a deeper understanding of both “Secrets” and MacLaverty’s other short stories / oeuvre. Enjoy, and please leave 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.
IGCSE Poetry: "Muliebrity" by Sujata Bhatt
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IGCSE Poetry: "Muliebrity" by Sujata Bhatt

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem "Muliebrity by Sujata Bhatt. 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 - Sujata Bhatt The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. Historical Context (informative, edited BBC article about India’s ‘untouchables’ to provide the necessary context for the poem. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. Additional longer writing tasks (including essay questions and a creative response question). Enjoy, and please give feedback!
"The Bath" by Janet Frame (IGCSE Short Stories)
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"The Bath" by Janet Frame (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 Bath” by Janet Frame. The short story also appears on the English Literature Syllabus for IGCSE Examinations in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The handout includes: Short biography of the author (Janet Frame) 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. Writings tasks, essay questions etc. to prepare students for the IGCSE Literature exam. Teacher’s Notes and Analysis section, with a particular focus on elucidating the themes of the story. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney
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IGCSE Poetry: "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney. 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 - Seamus Heaney 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 longer writing tasks and essay questions to facilitate exam preparation. Enjoy, and please give feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: 'Attack' by Siegfried Sassoon
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IGCSE Poetry: 'Attack' by Siegfried Sassoon

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This is a detailed worksheet and handout about Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘Attack’, which is on the IGCSE English Literature exam list for 2018. The worksheet includes: You can buy this handout as part of the IGCSE Poetry May 2018 / May 2019 bundle, here: IGCSE Poetry May 2018 / 2019 Bundle Poet biography Text of the poem annotated with a glossary of difficult or important vocabulary. Before Reading activities and close reading & analysis questions. Additional food for thought activities, including a comparative essay question, comparing Sasson’s ‘Attack’ and Wilfred Owen’s ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’. Enjoy!
IGCSE Short Stories: "Journey" by Patricia Grace (for Examination 2019/2020/2021)
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IGCSE Short Stories: "Journey" by Patricia Grace (for Examination 2019/2020/2021)

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This detailed, advanced handout and worksheet is designed to help students in their study of the short story “Journey” by Patricia Grace. The short story also appears on the English Literature Syllabus for IGCSE Examinations in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The handout includes: Short biography of the author (Patricia Grace) Historical Context - Introduction to the New Zealand Maori, their history, culture and confrontations with colonisers. Original short story text with glossary of difficult or challenging terms, including those terms in the story that are in New Zealand’s native language, line numbers for easy annotation and analysis. Comprehension Questions, close-reading & analysis questions for the entire short story. Writings tasks, essay questions etc. to prepare students for the IGCSE Literature exam. Teacher’s Notes section with some overall analysis and a critical response to the story to help your own teaching and analysis. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: 'The Darkling Thrush' by Thomas Hardy
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IGCSE Poetry: 'The Darkling Thrush' by Thomas Hardy

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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. This handout covers the following poem: 'The Darkling Thrush' - by Thomas Hardy The handout includes: - an introduction with biographical and contextual information about the author - the poem text with a glossary of key vocabulary - 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. - additional information about the poem's reception, modernist overtones etc. - additional food for thought and essay-writing activities, e.g. comparing 'The Darkling Thrush' to Emily Dickinson's 'Hope is the Thing with Feathers' and / or John Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale'. Enjoy!
IGCSE Poetry: "Little Boy Crying" by Mervyn Morris
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IGCSE Poetry: "Little Boy Crying" by Mervyn Morris

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Little Boy Crying” by Mervyn Morris. 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 - Mervyn Morris 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 longer writing tasks and essay questions to facilitate exam preparation. Enjoy, and please give feedback!
Hamlet (Shakespeare) Complete Advanced Activity Pack
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Hamlet (Shakespeare) Complete Advanced Activity Pack

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This is a collection of handouts, worksheets etc. for William Shakepeare’s iconic play ‘Hamlet’. Having taught it quite often, by now, I have put together a great selection of advanced worksheets, activities, with a particular focus on catering to high schools teaching the play. The worksheets and handouts are of an advanced enough level to be taught at university, too. The bundle includes: Introduction to the play. Act 1, Scene 1 - The Ghost (Foreshadowing & Setting the Scene) Act 1, Scene 2 - Claudius Act 1, Scene 5 - The Ghost Act 2, Scene 1 - Polonius, the Fool Act 2, Scene 2 - The Method in the Prince’s Madness Act 3, Scene 1 - To be, or not to be, that is the question. Act 3, Scene 4 - Jung’s Archetypes, Hamlet, and Mythological Criticism Act 4 , Scene 3 - Psychoanalysis and Freud Act 4, Scene 4 - Hamlet and Revenge Act 4, Scene 7 - Ophelia’s Madness Act 5, Scene 1 - Yorick & the Gravediggers Act 5, Scene 2 - The Final Act Save 55% with this bundle, compared to buying the worksheets individually!
Hemingway Short Stories: "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and Modernist Minimalism
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Hemingway Short Stories: "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and Modernist Minimalism

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This advanced handout is designed to accompany a study of Ernest Hemingway’s iconic short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, with a particular focus on the story’s modernist, minimalistic style and use of symbolism. Close reading and comprehension questions for the short story. Questions and exercises that introduce the modernist minimalism in art and literature. Questions and exercises that invite the students to dig deeper into the story, using their understanding of modernism and minimalism to analyse Hemingway’s deliberate style in the short story. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Chinua Achebe: "Things Fall Apart" - Analysing the Role of Women in the Novel
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Chinua Achebe: "Things Fall Apart" - Analysing the Role of Women in the Novel

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This handout focuses on the role of women in the novel “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. It includes an informative, short essay that outlines and exemplifies the representation of women in the novel, and it functions as a stepping stone for a more in-depth look at key female characters in the novel (Ezinma) as well as a feminist reading of the novel itself. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "London Snow" by Robert Bridges - Poem, Worksheets + ANSWER KEY
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IGCSE Poetry: "London Snow" by Robert Bridges - Poem, Worksheets + ANSWER KEY

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “London Snow” by Robert Bridges. 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 Bridges 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. Teacher’s Notes, including Answer Key / Model answers for the comprehension and close reading questions. In-depth sample responses to the essay questions. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
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 Poetry: "The Three Fates" by Rosemary Dobson
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IGCSE Poetry: "The Three Fates" by Rosemary Dobson

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This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “The Three Fates” by Rosemary Dobson. 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 - Rosemary Dobson Pre-reading activity linked to important ideas and concepts raised in the poem, perfect to start the lesson and to get students thinking about those issues. 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. Enjoy, and please give feedback!
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!