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Teacher based in Northern Ireland, working mostly with the CCEA specification. Offer a range of resources for KS3-KS5 English Language and Literature.

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Teacher based in Northern Ireland, working mostly with the CCEA specification. Offer a range of resources for KS3-KS5 English Language and Literature.
A Streetcar Named Desire Sample Essays
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A Streetcar Named Desire Sample Essays

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Sample Essays based on ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ answering the question To what extent is Blanche presented as a victim of a male dominated society? and Stella: did she make the right decision? I usually give students these along with the CCEA Markscheme and Assessment Matrix - then give them the task of colour coding, writing on the assessment objectives achieved and deciding which mark/band to give the piece. This is a really useful way of letting the students ‘be the examiner’ to see exactly what the exam board are looking for - giving them valuable insight into how to improve their own essays.
CCEA Personal and Creative Writing Sample Questions
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CCEA Personal and Creative Writing Sample Questions

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CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 2 SECTION A: PERSONAL OR CREATIVE WRITING A collection of CCEA based English Language GCSE questions, made in the style of the CCEA Sample Assessment Materials ‘Past Paper Question.’ There are 7 Personal Writing and 7 Creative Writing options here. Personal is a stimulus question and creative is a royalty free image from: [link] (https://www.pexels.com/) I plan on using these as mocks/trackers/summer/winter exams in the future, and simply use the CCEA Assessment matrix to mark it!
CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE: Identity Anthology: Sample Essays
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CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE: Identity Anthology: Sample Essays

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Two sample essays for the new ReVision 2017+ Specification for English Literature. Here by R.S. Thomas and Belfast Confetti by Ciaran Carson Kid by Simon Armitage and Piano by D H Lawrence Potential Task: Colour code the poem analysing and labelling how well the ‘candidate’ met the assessment objectives. One Essay Plan on Invictus and Kid on the theme of Self-Determination. Three student created essay plans on: -Sensory Memory -Disappointment -Loneliness and the impact on identity
Skellig
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Skellig

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A compilation of worksheets (some of which are taken from various sources on the internet, fellow TES users, workbooks etc.) and a guided PowerPoint with clear learning intentions. Two options for assessment at the end. I use this for middle/low ability Y9 classes
CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE: The Study of 19th Century Unseen Prose
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CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE: The Study of 19th Century Unseen Prose

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1// A fake past paper question and student response for the new GCSE English Literature paper from CCEA. Hopefully this is of use to you! I do a lot of ‘be the examiner’ exercises where the students have to decide which mark they would give it and why. 2// Response to The Red Room by H G Wells - extract found in the fabulous free pack by Shimna Integrated.
Poetic Terms Worksheet
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Poetic Terms Worksheet

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Two variations of a poetic terms worksheet to help students with poetry. (Low ability and higher ability class) Students read the description and try to match the definition to the correct poetic term.
AS Poetry: 1900-Present: Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney
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AS Poetry: 1900-Present: Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney

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CCEA GCE ENGLISH LITERATURE: AS Poetry: 1900-Present: Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney Anthology Resource 1: Sample intro for childhood theme - considering ‘The Railway Children’ by Heaney and ‘Going For Water’ by Frost. Resource 2: Several essays in which the sample intro is continued to give a comprehensive analysis of the poems. Both essays are of a different calibre but have many positive points. Possible task could be to get the students to mark them as if they are CCEA examiners and draw up pro-con lists. Resource 3: Sample Self-Discovery essay exploring Personal Helicon and Birches. Resource 4: Nature Essay
CCEA GCSE MEDIA ANALYSIS: Book Cover Mark Schemes
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CCEA GCSE MEDIA ANALYSIS: Book Cover Mark Schemes

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resource 1: Sample response for analysis of the free ‘Black Crow Conspiracy’ resource available as a sample GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 1 RESOURCE: SECTION B: READING TO ANALYSE MEDIA TEXTS: TASK 4 and a sample answer for Task 5. resource 2: Mark Scheme for The Black Crow Conspiracy Book Cover - modelled after the CCEA MS but missing the assessment matrix - found easily in their SAM materials or PPQ Mark Scheme (if it has made its way onto the website yet!) resource 3: Mark Scheme for Something Nasty in the Woodshed - also modelled after the CCEA Specification mark schemes. Resource 4: Mark Scheme for Thick as Thieves
Compilation of Notes and Videos on Streetcar - Scenes 1-11
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Compilation of Notes and Videos on Streetcar - Scenes 1-11

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Some resources to help with understanding of A Streetcar Named Desire Warning: these are not complete. Scenes 1-11 with some ‘opening SD’ commentaries missing as I make videos, notes and sometimes just do discussions where we talk about the importance of the first few pages before distributing notes.
CCEA GCSE September 2017 Specification: Reading to access Media Texts
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CCEA GCSE September 2017 Specification: Reading to access Media Texts

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Hi all, This is a lesson taken from the CCEA SAM that guides students through an analysis of the language and presentational features of the Titanic Wedding Brochure. I have then sourced materials from: Alton Towers, The Galgorm Spa and Resort, The Royal Hospital and Childline, with similar questions to ensure that students can practise answering the new style questions in preparation for the exam. Hope it helps
Multimodal Resources
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Multimodal Resources

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A collection of some CCEA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Section B: Multimodal Texts resources.
Frost and Heaney 'Self Discovery' Colour Coded Paragraphs
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Frost and Heaney 'Self Discovery' Colour Coded Paragraphs

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A sample introduction and paragraph on Form/Structure for the CCEA AS Level Study of Poetry 1900-Present unit. This looks at Heaney's 'Personal Helicon' and Frost's 'Birches' and examines the theme of self discovery. Note: this is NOT a full essay, merely a starting point. I have given this to my students then asked them to finish the essay, looking at Imagery and Language, Tone and Theme. Hope you find this useful!
Reading to Access Media Texts - Mark Schemes for sample mocks
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Reading to Access Media Texts - Mark Schemes for sample mocks

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Hi all, Here is a compilation of some mark schemes made for sample Media Text Mocks I also compiled a while back. I’ve included the mocks just in case you can’t locate them on my shop. Hopefully this makes marking easier - it also is a good basis for creating sample PEE chains with the students. I use it with the sample matrix that CCEA provided in the SAM document.