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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 worksheets and activities 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 worksheets and activities for students and teachers.
IGCSE Poetry TEACH + REVISE + EXAM PREP Bundle for Exams 2020 - 2022, Vol. 1, Part 3 + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry TEACH + REVISE + EXAM PREP Bundle for Exams 2020 - 2022, Vol. 1, Part 3 + ANSWERS

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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, 2021 and 2022. 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 and Study Guide section, designed as a kind of teacher’s guide to the poem, and includes the following (this may vary a little from resource to resource): MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions. Poem Summary / Context of composition Suggested student activities to assist close reading and to provide ideas for classroom activities as you teach the poem. Detailed commentary and analysis of the poem, including figurative language and devices. Sample Essay Responses and MODEL ESSAYS for the essay questions. Study Guide (designed for students to help them revise the poem). I’ve now added MOCK EXAMS (just print-and-use) that emulate the IGCSE Literature Poetry Paper 1 exam for ALL THE POEMS included in this bundle. The file also includes SAMPLE RESPONSES / MODEL ESSAY ANSWERS) to all the mock exam questions, for convenient use when correcting students’ responses. Also PERFECT as a study aid / self-assessment for students revising for the exam! Enjoy, and please give feedback!
1984 - George Orwell - COMPLETE IGCSE TEACH + EXAM PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS
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1984 - George Orwell - COMPLETE IGCSE TEACH + EXAM PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS

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This advanced bundle contains all my various worksheets / handouts / printables and activities to teach oGeorge Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel 1984, with a specific focus on aiding your study of the novel for IGCSE English Literature (1984 is a set text for the IGCSE English Literature Exams in 2020 and 2021). The level is certainly also high enough to be used if you have made 1984 one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Language & Literature course. The bundle includes: Resources for Book 1: Pre-Reading Activities for 1984 Book 1, Ch. 1: Establishing Themes & Motifs. Book 1, Ch. 2: Establishing Setting Book 1, Ch. 3: Doublethink Book 1, Ch. 4: The Ministry of Truth Book 1, Ch. 5: Newspeak Book 1, Ch. 6-7: The Proles Book 1, Ch. 6: Exam Skills + Practice: PEEAL Paragraphs & Passage-Based Questions Book 1, Ch. 8: Analysing Symbolism Resources for Book 2: Book 2, Ch. 1-3: The Girl (Julia) & Characterisation. Book 2 , Ch. 4: Analysing Setting, Symbolism, Themes & Motifs Book 2, Ch. 5-7: The Brotherhood (Analysing Orwell’s Style & Diction) Book 2, Ch. 8: O’Brien (IGCSE Exam Practice & Close Reading) Book 2, Ch. 9: The Purpose of War (1984 in Context: Nuclear War & M.A.D.) Book 2, Ch. 9: Emmanuel’s Goldstein “The Book” - Oligarchical Collectivism Resources for Book 3: Book 3, Ch. 1: Ministry of Love & Creative Response Activities Book 3, Ch. 2-3: Guided Exam Practice Book 3, Ch. 4-5: Room 101: Speaking & Relating Literature to Life Activities Book 3, Ch. 6: 1984 in Context Activities: Fascism & 1984 as Satire + Exam Practice Each unit of work includes a range of the following (depending on suitability etc.): Comprehension Questions for each chapter of the novel. Reading & Analysing Language Activities 1984 in Context: Information Texts providing insight into various contexts of the novel, including socio-political and historical backdrop / context of composition etc. These are accompanied by discussion and / or essay questions to let students dig deeper. 1984 Then and Now: These activities establish and develop parallels between various concepts / aspects of Orwell’s novel and present-day society / media / technology and culture. The activities are accompanied by discussion and / or essay questions to let students dig deeper. Guided Exam Practice: Sample Extract + Passage-Based / Essay Question (These activities emulate real exam extracts / questions to facilitate exam practice and optimal preparation for your students. Creative Writing Activities Discussion & Relating 1984 to Life Activities TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWER KEY: A detailed teacher’s guide with summary & analysis of the chapter as well as an MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions & any further activities. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Songs of Ourselves Vol. 1, Part 3 - Mock Exam Questions + Assessments + ANSWERS - ALL POEMS
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Songs of Ourselves Vol. 1, Part 3 - Mock Exam Questions + Assessments + ANSWERS - ALL POEMS

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This is a full set of exam-style questions, designed as mock exams for the IGCSE English Literature Paper 1: Poetry and Prose exams in 2019. The assessment includes exam-ready versions of the poems, each followed by an exam-style question, for Songs of Ourselves, Volume 1, Part 3 poems, examined in 2019, 2020, and 2021! This includes the following poems: 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’ The assessments are print-and-use ready. You can either use each poem + exam question separately or combine two poems to better approximate the exam requirements of writing two essays in 1h 30 minutes. I’ve also included MODEL ANSWERS / ESSAY RESPONSES for all the poems and the questions that appear in the assessment parts. This can be used as a kind of ‘examiner’s notes’, to either help teachers correct student responses, or as a study aid and revision aid by students who wish to review their own sample responses etc. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Short Stories (for English Literature Examinations in 2019, 2020, 2021) + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Short Stories (for English Literature Examinations in 2019, 2020, 2021) + ANSWERS

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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): Plot Summary Analysis of Characters / Themes Critical Commentary / Sample Essay Responses / additional relevant information to help teachers. Can also be used by students for revision purposes. MODEL ANSWERS for most of the comprehension & close reading questions & exercises. 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. Feedback is always appreciated - thanks in advance!
Of Mice and Men - Chapter 1 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Of Mice and Men - Chapter 1 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This print-and-use, ready to teach unit contains all my activities, worksheets, printables, handouts, answers and teacher’s guide resources for Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of my favourite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Of Mice and Men resources and included a range of activities for each of the six parts of the novel. This unit, for Chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men, contains the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for Chapter 1 of the novel. The Novel in Context - A Short Biography of John Steinbeck - a short, informative biography of the author, can be used at any point in your study of the novel. Analyzing Characters - George & Lennie - this guided character analysis activity facilitates comparison and contrast of the protagonists of the novel - George & Lennie. The Novel in Context - Migrant Workers Then & Now - this comprehensive activity uses an excellent documentary about the context of Of Mice and Men (available on YouTube, links etc. included) - as a basis for a listening/video comprehension. Starting with a focus of migrant workers in Salinas, California in the 1920s and 1930s, this activity interweaves history, biographical information about Steinbeck with eye-witness accounts, interviews, and extracts from the novel to paint a comprehensive picture of the context of composition and the timeless qualities of this literary masterpiece. Teacher’s Guide - Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis - This is a comprehensive teacher’s guide for Part One of the novel, and it includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of Part One, designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
Things Fall Apart (Achebe) Complete Advanced Teaching BUNDLE + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Things Fall Apart (Achebe) Complete Advanced Teaching BUNDLE + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Things Fall Apart resources and included a comprehensive range of activities for the entire novel. Each unit included in this comprehensive bundle focuses on different aspects of this African classic worth teaching (and standards-aligned) Examples of the activities included in each unit are: 1. Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for each chapter of Things Fall Apart 2. Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for each chapter (a great way to quickly review comprehension and reading with students, these quote hunt quizzes can be used as a springboard for close reading and other activities. 3. The Novel In Context - These activities focus on various aspects of the novel’s context of composition and interpretation, including the history of Nigeria, colonization, the role of women, Igbo culture, traditions, etc. 4. Analyzing Language / Characters / Themes / Setting / Symbolism / Allusions / Conflicts etc. - these are a range of guided close reading activities; each focuses on different literary aspects of the novel, selected as most appropriate for each chapter. A great way to facilitate a closer look at key aspects of this literary masterpiece and to practice key close reading and inference skills. 5. Creative Writing Tasks - a range of creative writing prompts and tasks for each chapter, allows your students to engage with the story, characters, main ideas, etc. of the story in a more personal, creative, and empathetic manner. 7. Making Connections - these activities introduce/focus on the various allusions/connections made to other literary works and texts in Things Fall Apart, including Greek tragedy, the concept of the tragic hero, and W. B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (which inspired Achebe’s title of the novel - Things Fall Apart). These are crucial activities and materials to teach a more in’de 8. Teacher’s Guide (Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis) - Each unit of work (for each chapter) includes a comprehensive teacher’s guide, which itself includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of the respective chapter, designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. I’ve also included all my pre-reading and post-reading activities and assessments in this bundle! IMPORTANT! Rate this product & get one product for free: If you provide a rating & feedback for this product, contact me by email to receive one product (except a bundle) sent to you free of charge! Feedback is always appreciated!
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 3, Scene 1 + ANSWERS
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 3, Scene 1 + ANSWERS

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This print-and-use unit of work includes worksheets & activities that are part of my teaching unit for William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Specifically, the worksheets focus on Act 3, Scene 1 of the play, in which the Mechanicals rehearse their play and Bottom is transformed. The unit includes: 1. Comprehension Questions for Act 3, Scene 1 of the play. 2. Shakespeare in Context: Information Text about Shakespearean acting traditions, including the tiring house and the ‘play within the play’ being rehearsed by the Mechanicals. 3. Shakespeare’s Language: Puns and Malapropisms in Act 3 - This language analysis activity introduces puns and malapropisms and facilitates close reading and a creative engagement with the text by the students. 4. Teacher’s Guide & ANSWER KEY with detailed MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions. TEACHER’S GUIDE with annotations & detailed commentary of the most important lines of the scene. This is designed to help teachers (especially those new to the play), but will also be useful to the more experienced Shakespeare enthusiasts. Perfect for independent study or in a distance learning setting. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
"Rhyme of the Dead Self" (A. R. D. Fairburn) - IGCSE NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS
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"Rhyme of the Dead Self" (A. R. D. Fairburn) - IGCSE NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Rhyme of the Dead Self” by A. R. D. Fairburn. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams 2022 (Songs of Ourselves, Volume 2, Part 4: Love, Age, and Wisdom), but the unit can be used independently of the exams, too! This comprehensive teaching unit includes: 1. Biography and introduction to the poet - A. R. D. Fairburn 2. Before Reading Activity - Review of Allusions in Literature: This activity produces a quick, clear review of allusions and their purposes and uses in popular culture and literature. It is crucial that students understand what allusions are before they read the poem. 3. The poem text with, line numbers and explanatory notes to facilitate a close-reading, and to explain unusual or difficult vocabulary and concepts. Illustrations and images further help clarify the use of terminology and phrases in the specific context of the poem. 4. Comprehension, close reading and analysis questions, with a particular focus on close reading and analysis of poetic devices, language, structure, and its effects (useful for iGCSE/A-Level exam prep or to teach the poem at a higher level and in more depth than you’ll find with other materials). 5. Practice IGCSE Exam Paper - This is an IGCSE Paper 1: Poetry & Prose Practice Exam Paper that I created which emulates the real IGCSE Paper 1 exam as closely as possible. Can be used with classes as exam practice, or independently, to emulate a mock exam. . 6. Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide section, including analysis and a critical commentary of the poem, can be used as a teacher’s guide or to help students in their revision for the exam. 7. Perfect for Distance Learning & Independent Study: As a stand-alone, comprehensive teaching unit with ANSWERS and teaching guide, this is also perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING or homeschool settings. Feedback is always appreciated!
A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry) - iGCSE Exam Practice Papers (Drama) + ANSWERS
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A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry) - iGCSE Exam Practice Papers (Drama) + ANSWERS

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This is a range of 10 EXTRACTS, designed as print-and-use Paper 2 Exam Practice Assessment, which includes carefully selected extracts from Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun - one of the Drama texts for IGCSE English Literature exam Paper 2 2019 - 2021. Each extract is accompanied by relevant exam questions which are either original past paper questions or a very close approximation of what the IGCSE exams will ask. I’ve also included MODEL COMMENTARIES / ESSAY RESPONSES to most of the questions (there are 10 Extracts in TOTAL!) as a REVISION AID or to help teachers with their assessment of student responses. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Romeo + Juliet (IGCSE): Act 3, Scene 2 - Romeo is banished! - Worksheet + ANSWERS
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Romeo + Juliet (IGCSE): Act 3, Scene 2 - Romeo is banished! - Worksheet + ANSWERS

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This print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It focuses specifically on Act 3, Scenes 2 of the play. The lesson provides several close reading, language analysis and essay-writing tasks based on this pivotal scene of the play. The handout includes: 1. Comprehension & close reading questions for Act 3, Scene 2. 2. Analysing Language: Juliet’s state of mind (a close reading and analysis activity based on Juliet’s opening soliloquy to the scene, 3.2.1-35) 3. Essay writing / exam practice: A guided essay-writing and critical commentary task based on Juliet’s interactions with the nurse in this scene, in particular 3.2.73-127). 4. Teacher’s Guide & Model Answers for the comprehension and close reading questions + extensive CRITICAL COMMENTARY + ANALYSIS to help mark the analysis language and exam practice activities. Feedback is always appreciated!
The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapter 5 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES, ANSWERS + GUIDE
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The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien) - Chapter 5 - NO PREP ACTIVITIES, ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This is a set of print-and-use worksheets, activities, handouts and presentation-mode PDFs for J. R. R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy children’s novel The Hobbit, and more specifically for Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark. This comprehensive teaching unit includes the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark. Read & Respond Journal Questions for Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark. Analyzing Quotes / Important Passages from Chapters Chapter 5 - Riddles in the Dark. Alternative Comprehension Check Activity: This is a cloze text summary of the chapter, designed as an alternative comprehension check, or as a way to differentiate (the cloze activity is easier than the comprehension questions or close reading activities). Class Riddle Competition: This is a fun activity in which students get a chance to develop and create their own riddles. You can then use them to stage a riddle competition within the class. TEACHER’S GUIDE + PRESENTATION (a set of slides for use in class or in a video conference) is included. Perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING, this includes MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension & close reading questions as well as slides for teaching the lesson. NO PREP NEEDED! I’ve also included a DETAILED SUMMARY & ANALYSIS of Chapter 5 as further guidance for teachers, especially useful for those teaching* The Hobbit *for the first time, or in a homeschooling, DISTANCE LEARNING setting. NB: I’ve included a range of different (and differentiated) activities so that you can choose what best suits your class of students, and depending on how much in-depth analysis you would like to go into for each chapter. I usually read The Hobbit with Grade 7 students, but this unit of work can naturally be used with Grade 6 or Grade 8 students as well! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry 2022-2024: Vol. 2 Part 4 TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS Bundle
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IGCSE Poetry 2022-2024: Vol. 2 Part 4 TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS Bundle

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This comprehensive bundle includes ready-to-teach NO PREP worksheets, teaching activities, revision guides, and sample exam papers for all of the 15 poems that need to be taught and included in the preparation for the** IGCSE English Literature exams in 2022-202**4. Specifically: From Songs of Ourselves Volume 2, Part 4: Love, Age, and Wisdom, the following 15 poems: Elizabeth Thomas (‘Corinna’), ‘The Forsaken Wife’ Philip Bourke Marston, ‘After’ Algernon Charles Swinburne, ‘A Leave-Taking’ Sir Thomas Wyatt, ‘I Find No Peace’ James Joyce, ‘I Hear an Army’ Charlotte Mew, ‘Rooms’ Robert Browning, ‘Love in a Life’ Lauris Edmond, ‘Waterfall’ Mary Monck (‘Marinda’), ‘Verses Written on Her Death-bed at Bath to Her Husband in London’ A. R. D. Fairburn, ‘Rhyme of the Dead Self’ Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples’ Derek Walcott, ‘Nearing Forty’ Elinor Morton Wylie, ‘Now Let No Charitable Hope’ Alexander Pope, ‘From An Essay on Criticism’ Henry Wotton, ‘The Character of a Happy Life’ Each worksheet includes the following: 1. Biography and introduction to the poet. with detailed context of composition, including contextual information, or explanation of additional, relevant terminology, literary concepts, movements, philosophies, etc., where necessary or appropriate. 2. Pre-reading activity to introduce the poem and unit, and/or to review key poetic devices and figurative language relevant to the poem. 3. The poem text with, line numbers and explanatory notes to facilitate a close-reading, and to explain unusual or difficult vocabulary and concepts. Illustrations and images further help clarify the use of terminology and phrases in the specific context of the poem. 4. Close-reading & analysis questions that allow your students to analyze poetic devices and dig deeper. 5. Additional essay questions (often from past IGCSE papers) and writing tasks to facilitate exam preparation. 6. Practice IGCSE Mock Exam Paper - For each poem, an IGCSE Paper 1: Poetry & Prose Practice Exam Paper that I created emulates the real IGCSE Paper 1 exam as closely as possible. Can be used with classes as exam practice, or independently, to emulate a mock exam. Is also suitable for A-LEVEL Exams! 7. Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide section, including answers for all activities and questions, as well as an analysis and a critical commentary of the poem, which can be used as a teacher’s guide or to help students in their revision for the exam. Perfect for Distance Learning & Independent Study: As a stand-alone, comprehensive teaching unit with answers and a teaching guide, this is also perfect for distance learning or homeschool settings. NB: This is a work in progress, and will be updated with additional materials at no extra charge! Feedback is always appreciated!
IGCSE Poetry: "Waterfall" (Lauris Edmond) - NO PREP TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry: "Waterfall" (Lauris Edmond) - NO PREP TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Waterfall” by Lauris Dorothy Edmond. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams 2022 (Songs of Ourselves, Volume 2, Part 4: Love, Age, and Wisdom), but the handout and worksheet can be used independently of the exams, too! This comprehensive teaching unit includes: 1. Biography and introduction to the poet - Lauris Dorothy Edmond 2. Before reading activity to review figurative language and poetic devices before studying the poem. 3. The poem text with, line numbers and explanatory notes to facilitate a close-reading, and to explain unusual or difficult vocabulary and concepts. Illustrations and images further help clarify the use of terminology and phrases in the specific context of the poem. 4. Comprehension, close reading and analysis questions, with a particular focus on close reading and analysis of poetic devices, language, structure, and its effects (useful for iGCSE/A-Level exam prep or to teach the poem at a higher level and in more depth than you’ll find with other materials). 5. Practice IGCSE Exam Paper - This is an IGCSE Paper 1: Poetry & Prose Practice Exam Paper that I created which emulates the real IGCSE Paper 1 exam as closely as possible. Can be used with classes as exam practice, or independently, to emulate a mock exam. 6. Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide section, including analysis and a critical commentary of the poem, can be used as a teacher’s guide or to help students in their revision for the exam. 7. Perfect for Distance Learning & Independent Study: As a stand-alone, comprehensive teaching unit with ANSWERS and teaching guide, this is also perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING or homeschool settings. Feedback is always appreciated!
Of Mice and Men - Chapter 5 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Of Mice and Men - Chapter 5 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This print-and-use, ready to teach unit contains all my activities, worksheets, printables, handouts, answers and teacher’s guide resources for Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Of Mice and Men resources and included a range of activities for each of the six parts of the novel. This unit, for Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men, contains the following: 1. Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men 2. Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for Chapter 5 of the novel. 3. Analyzing Themes - Loneliness and Dreams - this guided analysis and close reading activity allows students to dig deeper and to look back at two crucial themes of the novel: loneliness and dreams - to see how these are developed through the various characters. 4. From Page to Stage - Write a Script & Act it Out! - as Chapter 5 contains the climax of the novel, it is very well suited to a drama activity, in which students can combine their creative writing skills (in a guided script-writing exercise) coupled with the opportunity to act out their version of the chapter for the stage. A great way to change things up in your study of the novel, and to get students to think about the theatricality of the story as a whole. 5. Discuss & Debate - The Death of Curley’s Wife - this activity provides guided prompts and ideas to lead class or group discussions and even a debate about important central themes and issues, such as culpability, crime, and punishment, etc.; this activity also encourages a closer look at Curley’s wife - was she the agent of her own downfall or a victim of society’s sexist constraints? 6. Teacher’s Guide (Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis) - This is a comprehensive teacher’s guide for Chapter 5 of the novel, and it includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of Chapter 5 designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
Of Mice and Men - Chapter 2 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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Of Mice and Men - Chapter 2 - Complete ACTIVITIES + WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This print-and-use, ready to teach unit contains all my activities, worksheets, printables, handouts, answers and teacher’s guide resources for Chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Of Mice and Men resources and included a range of activities for each of the six parts of the novel. This unit, for Chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men, contains the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for Chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men Let’s Get Quizzical! - Quote Hunt Quiz for Chapter 2 of the novel. Analyzing Characters - Curley’s Wife & Slim - this guided, scaffolded character analysis activity facilitates a close reading & analysis of the initial descriptions of Curley’s wife and Slim, using key passages and accompanying questions etc. Let’s Get Creative! - Draw Your Own Caricatures - this creative activity, designed to cater to visual learners and to present a different, more personal approach to characterization, introduces students to caricatures and guides them through drawing and creating a caricature of one of the characters presented in Chapter 2. A great alternative way to assess understanding of direct and indirect characterization. Creative Writing Task - A Diary Entry - George’s Point of View - this creative writing task allows students to step into the shoes of George, our primary protagonist, and to reflect upon everything that has happened in this Chapter and in Chapter 1 through a personal diary entry. This activity provides a guided writing prompt and incorporates Steinbeck’s eye dialect as well, to make the diary entry more authentic. Teacher’s Guide (Model Answers + Commentary + Analysis) - This is a comprehensive teacher’s guide for Chapter 2 of the novel, and it includes model answers for all the activities as well as a detailed plot summary and analysis of Chapter 2 designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights, as well as for students working independently in a home-schooling setting or in a distance learning environment. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback!
IGCSE Poetry: "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney (TEACH + REVISE Worksheets + ANSWERS + STUDY GUIDE)
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IGCSE Poetry: "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney (TEACH + REVISE Worksheets + ANSWERS + STUDY GUIDE)

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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 essay questions and exam practice questions. Extensive Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide section, including: a) Context of composition b) MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions. c) Summary and Analysis of the poem d) Sample Commentaries and essay responses Enjoy, and please give feedback!
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 3, Scene 2 - WORKSHEETS + ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 3, Scene 2 - WORKSHEETS + ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This print-and-use unit of work includes worksheets & activities that are part of my teaching unit for William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Specifically, the worksheets focus on Act 3, Scene 2 of the play, which is both the longest and the most dramatic scene of the play, as it shows how Puck’s initial mistakes play out. The unit includes: Comprehension Questions for Act 3, Scene 2 of the play. Act it Out! - These are various drama activities designed to engage the students in the increasingly confused love-interests and the escalating humorous dramatic ironies of the scene. ANSWER KEY with detailed MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions TEACHER’S GUIDE with annotations & detailed commentary of the most important lines of the scene. This is designed to help teachers (especially those new to the play), but will also be useful to the more experienced Shakespeare enthusiasts. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 2 - WORKSHEET + ANSWERS
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FREE A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 2 - WORKSHEET + ANSWERS

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This FREE print-and-use unit of work includes worksheets & activities that are part of my teaching unit for William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Specifically, the worksheets focus on Act 2, Scene 2 of the play, in which Puck applies the love juice to the wrong Athenian’s eyes (Lysander)) Comprehension Questions for Act 2, Scene 2 of the play. Analysing Shakespeare’s Language: Rhyme Activity: This activity includes an information text about Shakespeare’s use of rhyme in the play, followed by discussion questions connected to Act 2, Scene 2. ANSWER KEY with detailed MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions TEACHER’S GUIDE with annotations & detailed commentary of the most important lines of the scene. This is designed to help teachers (especially those new to the play), but will also be useful to the more experienced Shakespeare enthusiasts. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
1984 (George Orwell) - Pre-Reading Activities (Critical Thinking & Discussion)
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1984 (George Orwell) - Pre-Reading Activities (Critical Thinking & Discussion)

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This FREE advanced ready-to-teach worksheet & handout is designed as a pre-reading activity for George Orwell’s monumental dystopian classic, 1984. It includes: Thought-provoking information text that asks the question What is Literature and Why Should we Read Literature? Although the text begins in general terms, the concepts and issues raised should facilitate a critical discussion about the purpose of reading any literary text as well as 1984. Follow-up discussion and critical thinking questions that can be applied to all literary texts (but which may find more food for thought & application in 1984 especially). Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
FREE Macbeth (IGCSE Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 1 - The Witches (Lesson Worksheet + ANSWERS)
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FREE Macbeth (IGCSE Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 1 - The Witches (Lesson Worksheet + ANSWERS)

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This FREE print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It focuses specifically on Act 1, Scene 1 of the play. The worksheet includes: Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scene 1 of Macbeth Shakespeare in Context: Informative text about witches & James I and the context of composition. This is crucial to fully appreciate the dramatic effect & significance of Shakespeare’s choice of using witches in the play. The information text is accompanied by relevant questions to link it to the play. Drama Activity: This is an activity that encourages engaging with the text on stage; it outlines various ways for students to act out and the scene, and to think critically about how the scene may have been performed on stage. Act 3 Close Reading Activity (focuses on 3.5.1-36, with all the imagery of light and darkness - a crucial dichotomy and thematic trope and motif that runs through the play) MODEL ANSWERS for all the questions + activities as well as a teacher’s guide and further in-depth analysis and commentary of the relevant aspects of Act 1, Scene 1 of Macbeth PS: This worksheet, as indeed all of my Macbeth handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course! Enjoy, and please leave feedback!