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I have shared with you all of my best lessons I have developed over the last 11 years. I'm a Teacher of English with excellent achievement rates making me among the top 2% of the GCSE English team and a consistent strong grade 2 in observations. I have taught a wide range of English qualifications within FE including Functional Skills (English and Maths) and GCSE. I hope you find these resources as useful to your students as I have.

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I have shared with you all of my best lessons I have developed over the last 11 years. I'm a Teacher of English with excellent achievement rates making me among the top 2% of the GCSE English team and a consistent strong grade 2 in observations. I have taught a wide range of English qualifications within FE including Functional Skills (English and Maths) and GCSE. I hope you find these resources as useful to your students as I have.
In class displays for English - Books which were turned into movies.
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In class displays for English - Books which were turned into movies.

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Managers and Ofsted like to see bright and interesting displays. In my GCSE class I have a board which is designed to encourage students to read more by showing well named movies which were first books. I have a range to inclue equality and diversity. It shows the movie poster and the book cover. I get these laminated and stick them on a board in interesting ways. I also got some cheap red fabric and draped it around the board to look like old school cinema curtains. Books / movies include: The colour purple Divergent The time travelers wife The hobbit The help Brighton Rock War Horse Life of Pi Eat Prey Love etc Hope it helps.
FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH - hair and beauty embedded E3 / L1 workpack
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FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH - hair and beauty embedded E3 / L1 workpack

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Having taught Functional Skills English within an FE setting, I understand how difficult it can be to reach students within a curriculum area and to encourage engagement with English. Often not being specialists in those areas ourselves as English Teachers, embedding can be a challenge. My largest challenge was often with students of hair and beauty and so I devised this work pack which worked fantastically well. This pack embeds E3 and L1 English elements into areas of hair and beauty such as face shapes, hair disasters and nail art, incorporating celebrity culture. This pack builds as you move through it, looking at areas such as reading for information, proofreading, identifying correct homophones and descriptive / persuasive writing. I found with my groups that this did not need to be a taught session but rather they ran with it themselves and engaged independently with it, leaving me to act in a supportive role rather than a lead delivery role. This is down to the group and paired activities within the pack, discussion topics and the options for students to make choices and to design their own nail art. This pack encourages a positive attitude towards English and helps students to see how it can help in their chosen industry. IHope it helps.
Non fiction example texts - GCSE English Language - all exam boards
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Non fiction example texts - GCSE English Language - all exam boards

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I have complied a wide range of texts, modern and 19th century, for you and your students to use at a drop of a hat. I have complied 27 pages full of non fiction texts in one handy booklet. This was a big hit with my classes and with my students, particularly as we the approached revision and mock exams period. I gave one to every student at the beginning of the year but also found these very useful to have out on the students desks and around the classroom through out the year. This booklet covers a wide range of diverse topics which are likely to crop up in the live exam. Topics such as war, health, education, and includes letters, diary extracts, online articles and autobiographies. Each topic has a modern text alongside a text on a similar topic but from another era in order to help students compare texts and writers viewpoints. Texts includes diary entries by Karl Pilkington and Anne Frank, autobiographies from Jessica Ennis and Billy Connolly, BBC articles looking at Stephen Hawkings view of the NHS next to a letter sent to The Times by Florence Nightingale and much more. This booklet can be used with any exam board and I have found it a useful companion to have in class to give to students for revision sessions, extension texts and sources to help you create mock (or mini mock) exams from. Please be aware that TES preview can at times distort the look of the resource and his is not a true reflection. For this reason I have included some sample screen shots of the booklet to give you a feel of what it contains. Hope it helps
L1 - L2 Functional Skills English - Banksy
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L1 - L2 Functional Skills English - Banksy

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This collection of resources was put together to encourage art students, who also had to sit Functional English, to engage and participate with English, something they are very reluctant to do. I soon recognized that due to Banksy’s fame, his themes of power, corruption, environmentalism and animal rights etc, this session worked with a wide range of students from all curriculum areas and quickly developed into a popular lesson which could be altered to suit a variety of levels. The session looks at Banksy’s work, promotes discussion, opinions and team work. The session uses videos, word banks and looks closer at an article written about him with the final task being for the students to plan and write their own piece about him. The larger aim of the session is to broaden vocabulary and to plan writing but is open for you to develop and arrange in whichever suits you and your students best, as one size does not fit all. Please keep in mind that the TES preview sometimes distorts the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
Small tasks / starters - promote well being via CBT based tasks.
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Small tasks / starters - promote well being via CBT based tasks.

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( Please note that the TES preview does distort the look of the resources and this is not always the full picture or a true reflection of the resource, therefore I have added some screenshots to help give you a clearer picture ) Mental health and well being are few of the pressures which are being identified and targeted as issues young people face today. To help support mental well being I started using positive thinking tasks and CBT techniques as small starter activities with my classes a year ago, and they have been incredibly successful in helping to get young people in a positive frame of mind, not just for class but for other aspects of life such as exam season and planning for the future. Incorporating these small 5 - 10 min tasks has been a big hit in my department and with principalship, therefore I have decided to share some of my most successful activities with you. These are selection of short, fun tasks to use with your class. These can be starters or incorporated into your main session. These activities cover a range of topics such as changing perspectives, managing positivity and gratefulness, tackling anxiety (a big issue among young people today) These are a mixture of team and individual tasks, giving students practice and positive tips they can use in their everyday life. This resource comes with a full powerpoint of 25 slides covering 6 over arching topics and 8 pages of supportive material / worksheets. Feel free to alter in any way which suits your sessions. Hope it helps.
Implicit and Explicit meaning - any exam board
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Implicit and Explicit meaning - any exam board

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This is a short and sweet resource which can be used as a recap/workshop session or as a introduction session to implicit and explicit meaning. This session is fast paced, team based and leads into a creative writing final main task, although it is easy to adapt for your own needs. This session is based around a short video where the viewer must piece together the overall story from the imagery depicted. Students look for implicit and explicit meaning from this video and then create a piece of descriptive writing based from what they have concluded. This session comes with a quick starter from the outset, quick group activities, team and class discussions and a final individual task with a support starter structure to support the lower ability students. Please keep in mind that TES previews can distort the look of the preview and this is not always a true reflection. Hope it helps.
Level 2 Functional Skills English - Reading - The Environment
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Level 2 Functional Skills English - Reading - The Environment

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This 7 page booklet id designed to help students with the reading component of their Functional Skills exam. The booklet can be used as in class resources, revision or as self study. Based on a article by Friends of the Earth, the booklet focuses on simple and easy ways we can help become more green in our every day routines and underpins purpose of text and audience questions from the exam. The questions in the booklet are a combination of low level, opinion based and exam based questions. They range from multiple choice to more structured answers asking for reasons or quotes to support . The booklet ends with an extension activity which focuses on language and writing elements of the exam and a self assessment plenary. Please keep in mind that the TES preview can at times distort the look of the resource and this is not always a true reflection. Hope it helps.
Writing to persuade - GCSE English
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Writing to persuade - GCSE English

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This is a generic GCSE English persuasive lesson which can be used with any exam board. It is designed with students mainly on the lower levels in GCSE in mind and is a lesson which is broken down bite sized fun activities to help the students achieve. This lesson focuses on introducing counter arguments into persuasive writing but underpins other skills such as research skills, proofreading, language features and reading to obtain information. All skills which are useful to have in the GCSE English exam. Feel free to adapt where necessary to suit your own learners needs. Please keep in mind that the TES preview does distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection, hope it helps.
Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - The Colour Purple
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Mock paper 1 - AQA GCSE English - The Colour Purple

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This is a complete mock exam for paper 1 of the AQA GCSE 8700 spec. The extract is taken from The Colour Purple. The lesson comes with a few small groups task starters and a selection of 2 videos - you can choose which one best suits your needs, keep in mind that Thug Notes does contain mild use of language and adult themes. As I teach in FE this is resource is fine to use however you can use the trailer or an alternative if you choose to. The session is created for you to use in any way you wish. You may want to sit a formal practice in which you can print off this powerpoint and be used as a paper document. This book contains theme of racism and sexism and so you can adapt this to underpin theme of equality and diversity. Be advised that Tes previews distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
Star Wars inspired DAFOREST resource
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Star Wars inspired DAFOREST resource

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Many students have already heard of some, if not all of the DAFOREST set of language features which is why I always use this resource at the start of the year. The new AQA English Language exam will expect students to be able to build and expand on this basic knowledge, however in my experience reinforcing DAFOREST with students helps to fill gaps in their knowledge and gives them the confidence to build upon their knowledge of language features. This handy poster / handout is a fun Star Wars based set of examples which is great for students to keep in their books or files for reference. Feel free to look around my shop for other resources which you may find useful in your sessions. Hope it helps
Sophie Lancaster -PAPER 2 QUESTION 5 AQA English Language -8700
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Sophie Lancaster -PAPER 2 QUESTION 5 AQA English Language -8700

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This is a fantastic lesson which I have used for 10 years in my classes. This lesson focuses on the true story of Sophie Lancaster who was killed in 2007 simply for the way she dressed and for the purpose of GCSE English, has been adapted to support students with paper 2 question 5 from the AQA paper. What you will get in this resource is a full lesson powerpoint with team activities and group discussion, reading material and supporting worksheets - 10 in all, 2 videos and a link to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The lesson breaks down the language used in an article by the Daily Mail and ends with a task where the students are to write a motivational speech about tolerance but also embeds “British Values” by looking at tolerance, discussing prejudices, equality and identity. I teach in a college of 16 - 19 year olds and a lesson like this is perfect for them as they can identify with this topic but also relate it to other aspects of life, therefore they get deeply involved in this session as there is much for them to talk about. The range of activities ranges in levels to suit your learners which also makes it easy for you to adapt this lesson depending on the level, age or sensitivity of your students. There is enough material with this resource to fill 3 hours of session time and a range of different activities to adapt to level of engagement. Within my college, I find youth workers are particularly interested in supporting this session and will join the class when I’m teaching it, others have adapted it to use in tutorials and managers have used it as an example of good practice and shared practice to Ofsted. Please note that TES preview can distort the way the resource looks and this is not a true reflection of what it looks like. Hope it helps.
AQA GCSE English Paper 2 Question 4 - Immigration and refugees
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AQA GCSE English Paper 2 Question 4 - Immigration and refugees

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This resource is an entire lesson with enough material to fill up a 3 hour session or 2 smaller sessions. The session aim to help students practice their skills for paper 2 question 4, the comparison between a modern and older text on the same theme / topic. The topic of this session is immigration and looks at the immigration of Irish people to America and modern day Syrian refugees and underpins the idea of equality and compassion. Comparison materials are a letter written in 1884 and a poem written in 2017. I have found that in a world of fake news, memes and multicultural classrooms that students are very interested in these topics as they are often unsure of today's world and it's politics. This is a lesson which is designed to let the students do most of the thinking and analysing and is a perfect session to deliver as exam dates become nearer and they need to become more independent in delivering answers and insight. There are plenty of short timed paired and team activities which build up students knowledge and insight and ends with a chance to deliver a exam style answer and a short self assessment. Worksheets come with support material to help those who struggle and open questions to push those who are more capable. Please keep in mind that at times the TES preview somehow distorts slides and worksheets and that is not reflective of how the resource will look when downloaded. Hope it helps.
Discussion - language and social media
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Discussion - language and social media

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This resource is 5 pages worth of discussion points on the topic of social media. Social media is in everyone's lives yet the rules on how we interact with other, including businesses via these medias is fuzzy and unclear to those generations growing up within the digital age. This lesson is a speaking and listening activity designed to let small groups work interdependently to discuss the use of language and formal / informal constructs on social media in different contexts to help them think about their own personal use of language in different contexts. This can be used to build up towards or be used as a speaking and listening assessment. It can be adapted to suit your own preferred method of delivery or to help facilitate a larger group discussion rather than smaller, independent ones. Please be aware that at times, the preview on TES distorts the resource making things appear out of line etc, please note this is not how the finished product looks. Hope it helps
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARISON - Trump vs Obama - can be used with any GCSE English exam board
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INTRODUCTION TO COMPARISON - Trump vs Obama - can be used with any GCSE English exam board

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I always find that the topic of Donald Trump is a big hit in my classroom but the idea of having to compare two takes on 1 topic isn’t. Many students find this task a daunting one and so I created this lesson to introduce the notion of writing a comparison to my students. The lesson looks at two speeches made by both Obama and Trump, the resource is 10 pages of individual, group activities including watch and retrieve information, targeted and differentiated questioning, group discussion and a final written task. It has been designed for you to deliver in which ever way suits you best. I teach GCSE sessions in 3 hour blocks and so there is enough material in this resource to fill one 3 hour session. This is a resource which can be used with GCSE but also L2 functional skills. It focuses on students being able to explain , provide insight and discuss inference rather than language features but also allows lower ability students to talk about the facts and their opinions. Please keep in mind that the TES preview distorts the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps
The Martian - AQA English Language spec 8700  Paper 1 question 3
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The Martian - AQA English Language spec 8700 Paper 1 question 3

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This is a team based lesson with quick paced tasks based around an extract from Andy Weir’s “The Martian”. The aim of the lesson is to answer an exam based question on the structural features used in this extract. The lesson comes with 7 worksheets which includes the extract and tasks which range across all abilities and can be used at your discretion. This resource also comes with the trailer (which does include the S word, so feel free to use at your discretion) and the full lesson on powerpoint. This resource is designed to be used in which ever way you feel works for your classes and is adaptable to accommodate your teaching style. The lesson is created for students who are already aware of structural features but again, you can adapt this session to either introduce or reinforce structural features, depending on what you have covered so far. The session comes with a start and short self assessment plenary, there are plenty of team tasks, group and class discussions and some peer assessment. It ends with a individual task which is exam focused. Please note that the TES preview does distort the look of the resource and this is not always a true reflection. Hope it helps.
GCSE English Language EDEXCEL paper 2 Questions 7a/b - Flat Earth Theory
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GCSE English Language EDEXCEL paper 2 Questions 7a/b - Flat Earth Theory

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This is a fun lesson looking at the notion of the Earth Being flat as a means to an introduction to Paper 2 questions 7a and b from the Edexcel exam board. The session looks at two different articles on the topic and delves into how they are written and how the writer conveys a point of view. There is a break down of the exam questions and answer format to help students formulate an answer to these questions. There are team and paired activities and a short video. The session comes with a starter and plenary and 8 pages of worksheets / activities. Please be aware that the TES preview does at times distort the look of the resource and this is not a true reflection. Hope it helps.
Study / Revision skills for exams
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Study / Revision skills for exams

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This is a short lesson about study / revision skills to help students plan and prepare for up coming exams and independent study. It comes with some tips and suggestions about how to best prepare and plan your time, advice on rest breaks, avoiding procrastination and a short video. This is useful to use in tutorials, booster sessions or workshops. Feel free to adjust to suit your needs and classes. Please note that the TES preview distorts the look of the resource and this is not always a true reflection. Hope it helps.
Orwells 1984 for Paper 1 Question 4 AQA GCSE English Language SPEC 8700
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Orwells 1984 for Paper 1 Question 4 AQA GCSE English Language SPEC 8700

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A great lesson to help students get ready for Paper 1 Question 4 (critical thinking) from the AQA GCSE English Language exam, spec 8700. This lesson focuses on fast paced group activities and discussions based on an extract from 1984 where students actively investigate the use of the familiar and unfamiliar to create a unsettling atmosphere in the book. The session starts with a critical thinking question as a starter task and builds up to the main task through quick fire questions and a video to help students visualise and understand this world created by Orwell. The session builds towards a final written task which doubles as exam practice, allowing you to track how each individual handles this tricky question. This session allows for the opportunity to stretch and challenge your students but also comes with support structures and starter sentences to help those who need it and a peer marking plenary which allows the students to self assess and learn from each other. Hope it helps
Recommended Book List - GCSE English and Functional Skills
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Recommended Book List - GCSE English and Functional Skills

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I love trying to encourage a love of reading in my students. To help do this I created a book list, which takes from best sellers and books which were turned into modern classic movies . I distributed these lists freely around the classroom for students to look at or take home if they choose to. I offered it to both my GCSE and Functional Skills classes to great success and was commented upon as good practice within a recent Ofsted inspection. The book list covers a wide range of styles, brings in topics such as equality and diversity and also covers a range of reading abilities. Please take a look at my TES store for more engaging and fun resources which you may find useful for your sessions. Many thanks and hope it helps.
Independent study Paper 1 Question 5
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Independent study Paper 1 Question 5

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A quick a simple piece of independent study / homework or extension for paper 1 question 5 from the AQA new spec for GCSE English Language. This resource is styled on the type of question the exam may ask, it can be adapted for students of other cultures who may not know or celebrate Halloween, they can write about a festival in their culture. Hope it helps