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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!
"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 Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 2 - WORKSHEET + ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 1, Scene 2 - WORKSHEET + 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 1, Scene 2 of the play, which introduces the workers / Mechanicals. The unit includes: Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scene 1 of the play. Shakespeare in Context: Information Text about workmen performing plays / professional vs. amateur theatre companies in Shakespeare’s time. Creative Task: Students are prompted to explore Shakespeare’s presentation of the Mechanicals creatively, first by looking into the different professions (and the guilds they represent) - this is a creative activity that caters to visual learners, in particular. Act it Out! - Meet the Meechanicals: This is a drama activity that guides students through an active engagement with the characters on stage, with the objective of having the play come to life as the students imagine the Mechanicals dramatically and on stage. 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!
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!
"Love in a Life" (Robert Browning) - NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS
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"Love in a Life" (Robert Browning) - NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Love in a Life” by Robert Browning. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams 2022 (Songs of Ourselves, Volume 2, Part 4), but the handout and worksheet can be used independently of the exams, too! This comprehensive teaching unit includes: Biography and introduction to the poet - Robert Browning Contextual information about the famous marriage of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the relationship at the heart of the poem itself. Before reading activity to introduce students to the poem’s central themes and ideas. A great way to start a lesson and to get students into the right mood for studying this poem. The poem text with, line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and a section of explanatory notes of 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. 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). Additional essay questions and writing tasks to facilitate exam preparation (emulate iGCSE/A-Level English Literature exam questions. Extension activity that uses the paired poem “Life in a Love” (also by Browning), if you want to use this as a stand-alone unit or to connect the two poems and dig deeper. 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. As a stand-alone, comprehensive teaching unit with ANSWERS and teaching guide, this is also perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING or homeschool settings. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
Romeo and Juliet for IGCSE - Complete TEACHING + EXAM PRACTICE BUNDLE
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Romeo and Juliet for IGCSE - Complete TEACHING + EXAM PRACTICE BUNDLE

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This bundle contains ALL my print-and-use worksheets, handouts, and teaching activities for my extensive unit on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As Romeo and Juliet is one of the set texts on the IGCSE English Literature exams for 2019, 2020, and 2021, I have taken it upon myself to put together this resource to optimally prepare my students for the exams. Most resources, in my opinion, are too patronising of the students and / or do not cater specifically to the higher level criteria and requirements of the IGCSE Literature exams. Keeping all this in mind, the bundle contains worksheets / handouts for just about EVERY SCENE of the play. Each worksheet includes a variety of the following: Comprehension & Close Reading Questions (for all scenes). Dramatic Reading / Role-play or Re-enactment Activity to help students engage with the text in a multi-sensory manner and to try to make the text on the page come to life. Shakespeare in Context: Various information texts to give students a better insight into the context of composition, Shakespeare’s England, and the critical reception of the play. 4… Analysing Character, Language, Structure, Plot, Themes and Stylistic Devices Activities (these differ and are adapted to what each scene is most suited to). There is a specific focus on IGCSE Literature assessment criteria, and the practice activities offer lots of guidance for student practice. Creative Writing and Personal Response Tasks - depending on the scene and how well it lends itself for this, a creative writing and / or personal response activity is included. Close Reading / Extract Exam Practice Questions with extensive guidance to help students prepare for the exams. Review Quizzes / Assessment Activities for each Act of the play. MODEL ANSWERS + TEACHER’S NOTES section for ALL WORKSHEETS, include detailed answers to all questions and activities and are designed to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of the play, guide their assessment of the students essays / extract analysis questions, and generally to help when teaching this iconic but albeit complex Shakespearean tragedy. This print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It focuses specifically on Act 4 and Act 5 of the play. The worksheet includes: Lastly, I am in the middle of teaching this unit myself, right now, and so it is very likely that I wll make changes and update this resource (free of charge, of course!) This is very much a work in progress, in other words. So if you have feedback / requests for this resource, please let me know by email rather than leaving a bad review. Thanks in advance!
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!
IGCSE Poetry: "A Leave-Taking" (Charles Swinburne) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry: "A Leave-Taking" (Charles Swinburne) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “A Leave-Taking” by Algernon Charles Swinburne. 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 - Algernon Charles Swinburne 2. Before Reading Activity - Figurative Language Focus: Hyperbole: This activity produces a quick, clear review of the various forms and functions hyperbole can take in poetry, including a distinction between hyperbole in literature, overstatement, and understatement (litotes). Swinburne uses hyperbole extensively in his poem, and therefore this review is crucial to fully appreciate and be able to comment on 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, Answers, and Study Guide section, includes model answers for all the comprehension, close reading, and analysis questions, as well as a model response to the practice exam paper/question. Can be used in the classroom or to help students in their independent review and study. 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!
Lord of the Flies (Golding) Complete NO PREP TEACH BUNDLE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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Lord of the Flies (Golding) Complete NO PREP TEACH BUNDLE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my Lord of the Flies resources and included a comprehensive range of activities for EACH of the 12 Chapters of the novel. Each unit focuses on different aspects worth teaching (and standards-aligned). Some examples of the activities included in each unit are: 1. Comprehension & Close Reading Questions for each chapter of Lord of the Flies. 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 a biography of William Golding, his sources of inspiration, World War 2, the allusions to religion and christian faith, and a look at the novel as allegorical fiction. 4. Analyzing Characters / Conflicts / Themes / Setting / Figurative Devices / Symbols / 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. Discuss & Debate Activitites - these guided discussion/debate activities provide prompts, guidance, and further input to teach various speech acts that are ideally connected with this story and to engage critically with important debatable issues of the novel; whether holding persuasive speeches and learning about rhetorical devices, engaging in critical discussions, Socratic seminars, or formal debates, these activities offer students plenty of opportunities to voice their opinions and to find their own voice. 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. 9. Pre-reading, Post-Reading & Assessment - I’ve also included all my pre-reading and post-reading activities and assessments for Lord of the Flies in this bundle, too! I hope you find everything your heart desires in this Lord of the Flies bundle, and 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!
The Merchant of Venice ADVANCED TEACHING + EXAM PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS
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The Merchant of Venice ADVANCED TEACHING + EXAM PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS

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These print-and-use bundle includes all the worksheets, handouts, activities, teacher’s guides and exam preparation/assessment activities I’ve created to teach William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Each unit of work focuses on one scene ( ALL SCENES are included), and offers a range of the following activities: This comprehensive unit of work includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Close Reading Questions for each scene of the play. 2. Act it Out! - A range of pair work or group work drama & improv activities that facilitate a critical while fun engagement with the scene and its staging. Feel free to use whichever activities you would like to or have time for (as there is a wide range available throughout my Merchant of Venice unit). 3. Analyzing Language, Character, and Themes - Engaging, close reading and analysis activities that take a closer look at key aspects of the scenes, including language and both direct and indirect characterization. 4. Creative Writing Tasks - A range of different creative writing tasks that allow students to explore characters, themes, and conflicts central to the play in different, creative ways. 5. Exam Practice: Close Reading: This is a selection of guided close reading activities that can be used as an exam practice activity. There is one of these for each act of the play. 6. Exam Practice: Essay Questions: This is a range of essay questions that you can use as exam practice. The questions let students use each Act as a starting point or a launchpad for their essays. There is one of these for each act of the play. 7. Teacher’s Guide & Model Answers for all the comprehension and close reading questions as well as further in-depth analysis and commentary for each scene. I have also included a detailed commentary of KEY LINES & PASSAGES of this scene, as well as sample essay responses. Feedback is always appreciated!
IGCSE Poetry: "The Character of a Happy Life" (Henry Wotton) TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry: "The Character of a Happy Life" (Henry Wotton) TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “The Character of a Happy Life” by Sir Henry Wotton. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams 2022-2024 (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 - Henry Wotton, including context-related insights into Monck’s life and poetic output. 2. Before Reading Activity - The Secrets of a Happy Life: This is a guided discussion and critical thinking activity designed to pique students’ interest and to let them critically engage with the philosophical questions and issues raised in 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, including archaic verb forms and literary words not often seen otherwise. 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 and Practice Exam Questions - 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. Model answers for all the comprehension questions as well as the IGCSE Exam Paper are also provided. 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.
IGCSE Poetry: "An Essay on Criticism" (Alexander Pope) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry: "An Essay on Criticism" (Alexander Pope) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem From “An Essay on Criticism” (Part 2) by Alexander Pope. 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 unit includes: 1. Biography and introduction to the poet - Alexander Pope 2. The Poem in Context: This is a pre-reading activity that sheds crucial light on the context of composition of Pope’s famous 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 model answers and 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!
Songs of Ourselves Vol. 2 Part 4 - IGCSE Exam Questions + Assessments + ANSWERS
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Songs of Ourselves Vol. 2 Part 4 - IGCSE Exam Questions + Assessments + ANSWERS

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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 2022-2024. The assessment includes exam-ready versions of the poems, each followed by an exam-style question, for Songs of Ourselves, Volume 2, Part 4 poems, examined in 2022-2024. This includes the following poems: 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’* 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/essays 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. Feedback is always appreciated!
IGCSE Poetry: "Sonnet 29 - Edna St. Vincent Millay - Teach + Revise
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IGCSE Poetry: "Sonnet 29 - Edna St. Vincent Millay - Teach + Revise

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This FREE comprehensive unit of work is designed to enable in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Sonnet 29" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020-2022. The poem can be taught independently of the IGCSE Literature exams and curriculum, too! The unit of work includes: 1. Short biography and introduction to the poet - Edna St. Vincent Millay 2. The poem text with line numbers to facilitate a close-reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary. 3. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions. 4. Food for thought, i.e. essay style questions designed as exam practice or to elicit an essay-style response. Perfect for independent study & distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
FREE Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck) - Post-Reading Debate Activity
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FREE Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck) - Post-Reading Debate Activity

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FREE Discuss & Debate Activity - Did George have to kill Lennie? / Is Lennie guilty/responsible for Curley’s wife’s death? - this guided discussion/debate activity provides prompts, guidance and further input to either stage a formal debate about some of the key debatable issues of the novel, or in a less formal manner to have shorter discussions/debates/presentations about said issues.
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!