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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.
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!
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!
Selected Poetry (Emily Dickinson) ADVANCED NO PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS
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Selected Poetry (Emily Dickinson) ADVANCED NO PREP BUNDLE + ANSWERS

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This is a collection of worksheets and handouts that I have created for my Emily Dickinson poetry unit, in which we analyze the following poems: “Success is counted sweetest”** “I’m ‘Wife’ - I’ve finished that” “I taste a liquor never brewed” “The Soul selects her own Society” “Hope is the thing with feathers” “Because I could not stop for Death” "I heard a fly buzz - when I died - " “After great Pain a formal feeling comes” “I heard a Funeral in my Brain”** Each unit includes the following: 1. Introduction to Context, Concepts, and Key Terminology 3. Poem Texts & Explanatory Notes - the poem texts are annotated with explanatory notes and verse numbers for easy reference and to facilitate close reading/analysis. 4. Comprehension, Close Reading, & Analysis Questions - A range of questions that facilitate a close reading and in-depth engagement for each poem. 5. Exam Practice - Essay Questions - This activity provides various essay questions and prompts to enable a comparative analysis of the two poems as well as other Dickinson poems. 6. Creative Writing Prompts - A range of creative writing tasks and prompts. 7. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - Model answers for all the activities and comprehension questions are provided for all activities. Perfect for independent study or distance learning. Hoping you find everything you were looking for, please leave feedback! PS: This is a growing bundle and will be updated with additional resources for other poems soon! Enjoy!
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 1 - The Fairies - WORKSHEETS + ANSWERS
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 2, Scene 1 - The Fairies - WORKSHEETS + 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 2, Scene 1 of the play, which introduces the fairy world, including Oberon, Titania and Puck. The worksheets include: Comprehension Questions for Act 2, Scene 1 of the play. Shakespeare in Context: Information Text about the fairy world and beliefs and superstitions at the time. Another information text is included about Puck / Robin Goodfellow and the surrounding mythology. Act it Out! - These are various drama activities designed to engage in the unfolding conflicts and the drama of the scene, both between Titania and Oberon / Puck, and Demetrius and Helena in the latter half 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!
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!
Merchant of Venice - Act 5, Scene 1: A Final Test - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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Merchant of Venice - Act 5, Scene 1: A Final Test - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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These print-and-use lesson worksheets are part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. They focus specifically on Act 5, Scene 1 of the play, the final scene of the play. This comprehensive unit of work includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Close Reading Questions for Act 5, Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice. 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. Exam Practice: Close Reading: This is a guided close reading activity that can be used as an exam practice activity, and it takes a closer look at Portia’s famous “The quality of mercy is not strained” speech. It can be used for either iGCSE or IB exam practice. 5. Exam Practice: Essay Questions: This is a range of essay questions that you can use as exam practice. The questions let students use Act 5 as a starting point or a launchpad for their essays. 6. Teacher’s Guide & Model Answers for all the comprehension and close reading questions as well as further in-depth analysis and commentary for Act 4, Scene 1. I have also included a detailed commentary of KEY LINES & PASSAGES of this scene, as well as sample essay responses. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
"I Hear an Army" (James Joyce) - IGCSE NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS
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"I Hear an Army" (James Joyce) - IGCSE NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “I Hear an Army” by James Joyce. 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 - James Joyce 2. Before Reading Activity - Sound Devices & Figurative Language Review: This activity produces a quick, clear review of the various sound devices used in poetry, including alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, euphony, sibilance, consonance, and cacophony. Students should be able to recognize most of these devices before they start reading the poem, as Joyce employs a wide range of these to considerable effect in “I Hear an Army”. 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!
IGCSE Poetry: "Rooms" by Charlotte Mew - NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry: "Rooms" by Charlotte Mew - NO PREP TEACH + REVISE + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Rooms” by Charlotte Mew. 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 - Charlotte Mew, including insights into Mew as a proto-modernist poet. 2. Before Reading Activity - Rooms as Metaphors: This activity is designed to get students to think critically about ‘rooms’, as spaces that can shape our lives, that can be used as metaphors. The activity uses other famous examples of rooms as metaphors in art and in music to get the students engaged and to help them recognize the timeless quality of Mew’s poetry. Crucially, the activity also offers a review of the concepts of metaphors, extended metaphors, and conceits - concepts crucial to achieving an in-depth, appreciative understanding of 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!
IGCSE Poetry: "Nearing Forty" (Derek Walcott) - NO PREP TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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IGCSE Poetry: "Nearing Forty" (Derek Walcott) - NO PREP TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Nearing Forty” by Derek Walcott. 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 - Derek Walcott 2. Before Reading Activity - Focus on Extended Metaphor: This activity produces a quick, clear review of the extended metaphor. Students must be able to understand and appreciate the extended metaphor before they start reading the poem, as Walcott’s entire poem employs this figurative device extensively throughout “Nearing Forty”. 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!
Holes (Louis Sachar) - 5 Things You Need to Know - Pre-Reading ACTIVITIES
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Holes (Louis Sachar) - 5 Things You Need to Know - Pre-Reading ACTIVITIES

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These no-prep resources provide engaging and informative pre-reading activities for Louis Sachar’s iconic children’s novel Holes. The unit includes: 1. Five Things You Need To Know: Brief, informative and illustrated texts introduce students to several key aspects of the novel that they should either know or start thinking about critically, including: West Texas and the Permian Basin (i.e. why there is no lake at Camp Green Lake). Deserts & Desert Wildlife Famous Celebrity Shoes (i.e. Clyde Livingston’s smelly feet, fashion as status symbols, charity auctions, celebrities and their civic responsibilities to society) Juvenile Detention Centers (i.e. students are invited to think critically about juvenile detention centers, boot camps for kids, and how to ‘punish’ minors for committing crimes). Louis Sachar and Successful Writing (i.e. who is Louis Sachar, and what makes a successful writer for children & young adults?) 2. Discussion Questions: A range of discussions accompanies each short text, designed to test students’ understanding of the text, and provide food for thought and prompts for further discussions. Feedback is always appreciated!
IGCSE Poetry: "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith TEACH + REVISE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS + GUIDE
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IGCSE Poetry: "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith TEACH + REVISE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS + GUIDE

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This unit of work is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020-2022. The unit of work includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Stevie Smith 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. Critical commentary about the poet. Comprehension, Close reading and analysis questions. Essay questions and exam practice questions to facilitate optimal preparation for the IGCSE English literature exams. Teacher’s Notes section with MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions. Study Guide section to be used either by teachers or students for revision purposes, includes numerous summaries and analyses of the poem as well as sample student responses and commentaries. Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 4, Scenes 1-2 - WORKSHEETS + ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) - Act 4, Scenes 1-2 - 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 4, Scenes 1-2, in which the lovers’ confusion is resolved, and Oberon releases Titania from the amorous shackles of the love juice. The unit of work includes: Comprehension Questions for Act 4, Scenes 1 + 2 of the play. Shakespeare in Context: Short information text about Shakespeare’s use of clowns, especially in relation to Bottom as a clown in the play and how Shakespeare wrote most ‘clown’-like roles before 1599 for Will Kemp, one of the most famous comic actors in England at the time. Analysing Language: Extensive guiding questions to analyse the various ways in which Shakespeare uses language and other key elements of drama to great effect in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This activity facilitates a close reading of the scenes and provides a good opportunity for extensive writing practice (critical commentary). Comprehensive TEACHER’S GUIDE section with an ANSWER KEY and detailed MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions, a commentary of key lines for Act 4, Scenes 1-2, as well as a detailed critical commentary for both scenes of the play. 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 Poetry: "Coming" by Philip Larkin (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)
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IGCSE Poetry: "Coming" by Philip Larkin (Complete Teaching Unit + EXAM PREP)

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This unit of work is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Coming" by Philip Larkin. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021. The worksheets can be used independent of the IGCSE English Literature exams and curriculum, too, naturally. The unit of work includes: Short biography and introduction to the poet - Philip Larkin 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. Essay questions to facilitate exam preparation. Perfect for teaching the poem & for exam practice.
Holes (Louis Sachar) Ch. 23-28 - Kissin' Kate Barlow - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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Holes (Louis Sachar) Ch. 23-28 - Kissin' Kate Barlow - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Part 1, Chapters 23-28 of Louis Sachar’s iconic novel Holes, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 23-28 of the novel. These questions are designed to test comprehension, on the one hand, and to provide prompts for journal-style read-and-respond questions and critical discussions in class. I felt that comprehension questions are too boring/basic for students, and so I wanted to combine the two, to make this more engaging and interesting for all. 2. Identify the Quote Quiz - this activity provides an alternative, quicker, and really fun way to check reading and comprehension of Chapters 23-28 of the novel - with quotes that students have to recognize and contextualize. This works best if teachers try to get students to recognize and contextualize the quotes without using the novel. 3. The Novel in Context: Racism & Social Relations in Holes: This activity uses the tragic story of Katherine Barlow & Sam intertwined into the plotline of Stanley at Camp Green Lake between Ch. 23 and Ch. 28 as a springboard for a more in-depth exploration of the historical context of 1880s Texas, racial segregation, etc., and touches on crucial socio-historical phenomena that are still very much relevant today. 4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
IGCSE Poetry: "Muliebrity" by Sujata Bhatt (Context, Poem Worksheets + Exam Prep + ANSWERS)
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IGCSE Poetry: "Muliebrity" by Sujata Bhatt (Context, Poem Worksheets + Exam Prep + ANSWERS)

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This unit of work 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 2020-2022. 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). NEW: I’ve now included MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions! Enjoy, and please give feedback!
The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) - COMPLETE NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS + DL-BUNDLE
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The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton) - COMPLETE NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS + DL-BUNDLE

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This comprehensive bundle includes all my print-and-use worksheets, activities, handouts and assessments for S. E. Hinton’s iconic young adult fiction novel The Outsiders. This comprehensive teaching unit has been OPTIMISED FOR DISTANCE LEARNING and includes the following, variously for EACH CHAPTER of the novel: Comprehension Questions for each chapter of The Outsiders. Passage-Based Close Reading & Analysis Activities: These activities use carefully selected passages and quotes from the novel to facilitate a guided close reading and analysis of various crucial literary concepts, including characterization, conflicts, themes, symbolism, motifs, setting, tragic heroes in literature, the coming-of-age novel, etc. Texts in Context / Making Connections Activities: These activities allow students to understand the novel in its socio-historical context of composition, and include additional informative, engaging activities about the author (S. E. Hinton), gang culture, an accompanying unit about Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” etc. Let’s Get Creative! - Creative Writing Prompts & Activities: These are designed to elicit a more personal, creative response to the novel, and include additional text type prompts (e.g. newspaper article, body biographies, poetry etc.) Whole Book Essay-Questions & Assessment Rubric: Clear instructions & 5 essay questions that address key issues and central concerns of the novel. This also includes: An essay assessment rubric & list of criteria that can be used to easily assess the essay responses (should they be used as an assessment). TEACHER’S GUIDE with MODEL ANSWERS for all the comprehension questions and for all the writing activities and tasks. I’ve also included a further in-depth analysis and commentary for each chapter of the novel, help teachers who are new to teaching the novel, or for students in a **DISTANCE LEARNING **setting who need to complete the activities independently. Enjoy, and 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!
FREE Songs of Ourselves Vol. 2 Part 2 - Exam Practice (Mock Exam Questions / Assessment, ALL POEMS)
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FREE Songs of Ourselves Vol. 2 Part 2 - Exam Practice (Mock Exam Questions / Assessment, ALL POEMS)

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This is a FREE 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 2, Part 2 poems, examined in 2020 and 2021. This includes the following poems: From Songs of Ourselves Volume 2, Part 2: Kofi Awoonor, ‘The Sea Eats the Land at Home’ Robert Bridges, ‘London Snow’ Billy Collins, ‘Afternoon with Irish Cows’ David Constantine, ‘Watching for Dolphins’ William Cowper, ‘The Poplar-Field’ Allen Curnow, ‘You will Know When You Get There’ Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘The Caged Skylark’ Elizabeth Jennings, ‘In Praise of Creation’ John Keats, ‘Ode on Melancholy’ Philip Larkin, ‘Coming’ Ruth Pitter, ‘Stormcock in Elder’ Peter Reading, ‘Cetacean’ Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘The Buck in the Snow’ Charlotte Smith, ‘Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening’ Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘The Kraken’ The assessment is 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. 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!
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!