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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!
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!
"I Find No Peace" (Sir Thomas Wyatt) IGCSE TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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"I Find No Peace" (Sir Thomas Wyatt) IGCSE TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is an advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “I Find No Peace” by Sir Thomas Wyatt. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams 2022-24 (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 - Sir Thomas Wyatt 2. Before Reading Activity - Focus on Juxtaposition and Oxymoron: This activity produces a quick, clear review of the devices of contrast used in poetry and literature: juxtaposition, oxymoron, inversion, and irony. Students should be able to recognize most of these devices before they start reading the poem, as Wyatt employs a wide range of these to considerable effect in “I Find No Peace”. 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!
"Now Let No Charitable Hope" (Elinor Morton Wylie) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS
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"Now Let No Charitable Hope" (Elinor Morton Wylie) - TEACH + EXAM PREP + ANSWERS

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This is a FREE, advanced, detailed ready-to-teach unit for the poem “Now Let No Charitable Hope” by Elinor Morton Wylie. 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 - Elinor Morton Wylie 2. 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. 3. 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). 4. 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. 5. 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. 6. 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 welcome!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) Complete NO PREP TEACHING BUNDLE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) Complete NO PREP TEACHING BUNDLE ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my resources for The Giver by Lois Lowry, and included a comprehensive range of activities in order to enable a hassle-free, varied, and standards-aligned teaching of this great novel: Each unit focuses on different aspects worth teaching (and standards-aligned). Here’s a list of the units included and the aspects that each unit focuses on: Chapter 1: Utopias - Are They Possible? Chapters 2-3: The Importance of Color Chapters 4-5: Story Structure: Expositions Chapters 6-7: Symbolism Chapters 8-9: Dystopian Fiction Chapters 10-11: Imagery & Descriptive Writing Chapters 12-13: Memories & Creative Writing Chapters 14-16: Themes & Conflicts Chapters 17-19: The Euthanasia Debate Chapters 20-23: Foreshadowing & Creative Writing After Reading: Whole Book Review & Assessment In addition to the various activities designed specifically for reading the chapters listed above, each unit also includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions: 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. 2. The Art of Storytelling: These activities introduce and/or review key elements of good storytelling and literature, including symbolism, themes, conflicts, setting, characterization, and foreshadowing. These activities focus on reading and close reading skills, engaging students critically and in-depth with the language and style of Lois Lowry’s novel. 3. The Giver in Context: These activities focus on key socio-historical, cultural, or other issues that are central to the novel, including the importance of shared memories, history, the euthanasia debate, social structures (dystopian and utopian societies), etc. These activities focus on speaking and listening skills, engaging the students to think and express themselves critically in various speaking and listening activities in class. 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. 5. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. BONUS FILE: The Giver (Lois Lowry) Read & Response Journal + TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWERS Included is an alternative to the reading comprehension questions: a Read & Response Journal for the entire novel. A chapter-by-chapter approach offers students a range of comprehension, close reading & discussion questions. The journal can be used as a while-reading activity to facilitate students engaging with the important issues raised throughout. The questions can be part of reading homework assignments, can be discussed in pairs or groups in class, or used otherwise as writing prompts. The unit of work includes a detailed TEACHER’S GUIDE that offers: Summary of Key Chapters & Plot Points Character Analysis Commentary about Central Themes & Issues Critical Commentary of Language & Style, including Narration & Point of View, Allegory, Symbolism, Setting, Context of Composition & Interpretation, Literary Qualities & Controversial Issues Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) Final Whole Book TEST (STORY + ESSAY) + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) Final Whole Book TEST (STORY + ESSAY) + ANSWERS

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This two-part assessment consists of the following components and is designed as a whole-book assessment for The Giver by Lois Lowry. 1. Quiz with Matching, Ordering, Multiple Choice Questions - A range of multiple choice, matching, ordering, and short answer questions tests knowledge of the plot, characters, setting, themes, symbolism, conflicts, etc. 2. Whole-Book Essay Test Questions & Assessment Rubric - A range of essay questions that students can choose from to respond to in the form of a longer essay. A detailed rubric with assessment criteria is included. 3. Answer Key + Sample Essay Responses - A detailed, straight-forward answer key for Part 1 of the quiz as well as sample essay responses are included. Each part of the assessment can either be used separately or assigned as a comprehensive final summative assessment. Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Ch. 20-23 - Foreshadowing - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Ch. 20-23 - Foreshadowing - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 20-23 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 20-23 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. 2. The Art of Storytelling — Foreshadowing: This activity is designed both as a way to review and/or introduce the concept of foreshadowing in literature and as a way to holistically test students’ overall knowledge of the novel after reading it. The first part of the activity briefly introduces and explains the function of foreshadowing in good storytelling. The second part of the activity uses selected passages from Chapters 1-2 of The Giver to provide examples of foreshadowing. Students can work in pairs to reread these key passages and then identify which events or situations in the novel are foreshadowed in each. 3. Creative Writing — Writing an Additional Chapter: This activity can be completed either as an additional, summative form of assessment or as an additional creative writing opportunity for stronger students who may be left with lots of unanswered questions and ambiguities about the ending of the novel. A detailed rubric of assessment criteria is also provided for assessment purposes. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. 5. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Ch. 17-19 - The Euthanasia Debate - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Ch. 17-19 - The Euthanasia Debate - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 17-19 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 17-19 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. 2. The Novel in Context — Euthanasia: - This activity is designed to let students grapple with the same ethical and moral dilemma that Jonas is confronted with as he watches the “release” at the end of Chapter 19: euthanasia. An informative text first outlines the various forms of euthanasia that are practiced and tries to provide a neutral, unbiased, factual overview of definitions, etc. 3. Euthanasia — A Debatable Issue: This informative article provides an overview of the many reasons why euthanasia is such a hotly debated, controversial issue. It provides a neutral overview of the pros and the cons of euthanasia and differentiates between euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The article can be used as the basis for a small class debate. Teachers can also let students argue the points of view of the individuals involved - be it the husband, the parents, or doctors, in a role-play-style activity that works well as an alternative to a reading activity per se. Additional comprehension questions (multiple choice) and personal response questions are provided. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. **5. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. ** Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 14-16 - Pain & Conflict - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 14-16 - Pain & Conflict - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 14-16 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 14-16 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. 2. The Art of Storytelling — Exploring Conflict - This activity is designed to introduce/review and explore different types of conflict in good storytelling, using The Giver and the story so far as a basis for close reading and critical engagement with the concepts introduced. Selected passages from The Giver are used to test close reading, critical thinking, and application of the concept of conflict in literature. 3. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. 4. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 12-13 - Memories - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 12-13 - Memories - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 12-13 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 12-13 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. 2. Creative Writing — Describing Memories - This activity is designed to build upon the previous unit’s lesson about imagery. The informative text provides a structured overview and analysis of how exactly Lois Lowry achieves such a powerful effect of ‘transmission of memory’ and ‘precision of language’ in those chapters in which she describes the Giver’s transmission of memories. If you have not reviewed sensory imagery up to this point, be sure to look at my The Giver unit for Chapters 10-11 (available for free download!) 3. Describing a Memory — Creative Writing Prompts - I’ve included detailed writing prompts that should help students decide what they want to focus on in their ‘Transmitting a Memory’ Creative Writing Task. You can either let students choose on their own, or, if you find/fear that all students will choose the same prompt, you can also randomly distribute these prompts among your students. No single prompt is easier or less interesting to write about. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. 5. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
FREE The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 10-11 - Exploring Imagery - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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FREE The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 10-11 - Exploring Imagery - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This FREE comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 10-11 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 10-11 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. 2. The Art of Storytelling — Exploring Imagery in The Giver: This activity is designed to introduce and/or review imagery as a figurative device used in literature. The activity uses a brief text to introduce key terminology and concepts, which are then used as a basis for completing the close reading and analysis activity that follows. Chapters 10-11 are particularly well suited to reviewing imagery here, because Lowry makes extensive use of imagery throughout these and the following chapters, making for an excellent teachable moment, overall. 3. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. **4. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. ** Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 8-9 - Dystopian Fiction - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 8-9 - Dystopian Fiction - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 8-9 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 8-9 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. 2. The Giver in Context — Dystopian Fiction - This activity is designed to introduce and/or review the genre of dystopian fiction to students. The activity uses a brief text to introduce key terminology and concepts, which are in turn designed to link back to the introduction to concepts of utopia and ‘perfect places’ in Chapter 1. 3. Video-based Activity: TED-ED — How to Recognise a Dystopia: This follow-up activity uses the excellent TED-Ed educational animated video “How to Recognise a Dystopia” available on YouTube as a basis and input for a more detailed, critical look at dystopian fiction, its origins, and how its elements are also slowly but surely made visible in The Giver. The activity is scaffolded using multiple-choice questions and further, critical thinking-promoting discussion questions that can be completed individually and in pairs or small groups, respectively. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. **5. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. ** Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 6-7 - Symbolism - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 6-7 - Symbolism - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 6-7 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 6-7 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. 2. The Art of Storytelling - Analysing Symbolism - This activity is designed to introduce and/or review symbolism (using the Community Ceremony as the perfect occasion and teachable moment in the novel to do this). Students can complete the table either on their own or in pairs. The follow-up activity that asks students to look into the significance of Gabriel’s name (and the attendant religious allusion) is an interesting starting point for further discussions. Strong students might also be intrigued to look up Jonas’s name and the potential allusions tied to it, but you can also choose to ignore this follow-up and do an entire lesson on the significance of the names in the novel (as telling names, religious allusions, etc.). There is an additional follow-up activity that asks students to look at traditional rituals and rites of passage in our society. Designed as an extension activity if you have the time or the student interest to complete it, interesting parallels can be drawn between Jonas’s community ceremony and rituals and rites of passage in our own society today. 3. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. 4. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 4-5 - Exposition - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 4-5 - Exposition - ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapters 4-5 of the iconic dystopian novel*** The Giver*** by** Lois Lowry**, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 4-5 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. 2. The Art of Storytelling - Exploring Expositions - This activity is designed to introduce and / or review story structure (using Freytag’s pyramid) as a basis. The activity then specifically focuses on how good storytellers and authors develop the exposition of their stories. 3. Close Reading - What have I learned? What do I still want to know? - This activity includes a guided, close-reading exercise that prompts students to closely read selected passages from Chapters 1-4 of the novel, and then to ask themselves the following questions for each passage: What have I learned? What do I still want to know? Students develop a more differentiated appreciation for the art of storytelling and for the way good exposition works, in particular. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. 5. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 2-3 - Color - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapters 2-3 - Color - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on ChapterS 2-3 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapters 2-3 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. 2. Jonas’s World - The Importance of Color - This activity guides students to a more critical engagement with one of the most pivotal moments of this first part of the novel: Jonas’s experience with the apple, and his momentary perception of its color(s). This activity can either be done in class using the provided PowerPoint Presentation and/or as follow-up activities and homework assignments. 3. 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. The teacher’s guide helps to clarify the didactic methods and the running of the various activities. Perfect for independent study and distance learning. Feedback is always appreciated!
The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapter 1 - Utopias - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS
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The Giver (Lois Lowry) - Chapter 1 - Utopias - NO PREP ACTIVITIES + ANSWERS

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This comprehensive unit of work focuses on Chapter 1 of the iconic dystopian novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, and includes the following: 1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions for Chapter 1 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. 2. Jonas’s World - Utopias and Dystopias - This activity provides a first introduction to the concepts of utopia and dystopia. Crucially the follow-up Create Your Own Utopia activity provides students with a creative, visual approach to engage critically with these key concepts. You can choose to either do this activity after reading Chapter 1 or somewhat later in your study of the novel, depending on how critically you would like to have your students approach the task. There is also merit in letting students dive into the “Create Your Own Utopia” in a naive, innocent, and as-of-yet idealistic way (thus as a follow-up to Chapter 1). Critical engagement with the utopian promise per se (and how it may turn into a dystopia all too easily) can become a follow-up activity later on. 3. The Novel in Context — Are Utopias Possible?: This activity provides examples of real-world, historical utopias (in the United States) that bear certain similarities with the Community in The Giver. The activity provides short, accessible texts that give a brief overview of how each ‘utopian experiment’ was founded, how it fared, and why it ultimately failed. Discussion questions provide opportunities for further critical engagement with these real-world examples and force students to make connections between the examples given and The Giver. 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: "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!
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!
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!
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.