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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.
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
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!
Analysis of Paul Maddern's Efface
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Analysis of Paul Maddern's Efface

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Teaching Notes / an annotated copy of Paul Maddern's Efface. For use with the CCEA GCSE English Literature Specification - September 2017. From the Identity Anthology. I hope you find this useful!
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
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
The Grinch Christmas Poetry Lesson
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The Grinch Christmas Poetry Lesson

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Log on to YouTube and let the students watch the clip of the song. Then use the worksheet to encourage them to create their own Christmas similes and metaphors to describe the Grinch! Works well with KS2/KS3 Students
Non-Fiction: Travel Writing Practise: Reading and Writing
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Non-Fiction: Travel Writing Practise: Reading and Writing

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A travel writing reading comprehension and writing exercise. I used this with a Year 9 class who had been studying travel writing to help them practise for their ‘Bill Bryson: A walk in the woods’ comprehension and their ‘creative’ responses where they write their own piece of non-fiction travel writing in the form of a travelogue.
CCEA GCSE Multimodal- DVD Covers: Hulk and Iron Man
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CCEA GCSE Multimodal- DVD Covers: Hulk and Iron Man

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CCEA GCSE English Language: Paper 1 Section B: Multimodal Texts I usually print out both DVD covers in A3 and get the students to analyse either the presentational devices or language devices in small groups, then feed back for compare/contrast analysis as a whole class. I used this essay help sheet with a middle band GCSE class to help guide them.
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.
Robert Frost Acquainted With The Night
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Robert Frost Acquainted With The Night

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The following resource is a PowerPoint my A Level students have made that analyses Robert Frost's 'Acquainted with the Night' I use it for the CCEA specification: The Study of Poetry 1900-Present and it contains notes on: language and imagery, rhyme, rhythm, structure, tone, speaker, analysis of title, context etc. Hopefully you find this useful. Thanks *NOTE: When I upload more analytical videos/presentations I will be compiling them into a Bundle so it is cheaper for you to purchase!