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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.
Writing for Purpose and Audience Sample Questions
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Writing for Purpose and Audience Sample Questions

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A collection of sample questions you may want to use with your GCSE students for the CCEA GCSE English Language: Writing for Purpose and Audience Unit. Some of these are old Functional Writing questions, from the new SAM and some of my own ideas. Hopefully you find this useful.
Unseen Poetry Analysis
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Unseen Poetry Analysis

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A collaborative essay that arose out of a class discussion with my Y12. The students analysed Katy Perry's 'Roar' as a piece of Unseen Poetry.
Non Fiction Worksheet
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Non Fiction Worksheet

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Task 1: Students identify the type of non-fiction text / where it would be likely to be found, the purpose and audience Task 2: Students identify the Purpose of each text Task 3: Students come up with one more example of a type of non-fiction text that achieves the given purpose. Hopefully you find this useful in your teaching of Non Fiction texts.
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
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.
KS3 Study of Spoken Word
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KS3 Study of Spoken Word

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This resource is to be used to familiarise and prepare KS3 pupils for The Study of Spoken Language tasks they will encounter at GCSE level. The pack contains: a transcript of Obama's BP Oil Spill Speech; analytical notes; instructions; activities; A* Sample response; structured table etc.
General Context Robert Frost
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General Context Robert Frost

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The following resource is an MP4 video using the Explain Everything App - where I go over basic Robert Frost context. I use it for the CCEA AS Level Literature: The Study of Poetry 1900- Present Unit. I hope it helps. Thanks *NOTE: When I upload more analytical videos I will be compiling them into a Bundle so it is cheaper for you to purchase!
Robert Frost's "Out , Out - "
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Robert Frost's "Out , Out - "

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The following resource is a video I have made that analyses Robert Frost's 'out, out -' 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. I have uploaded it in MP4. I generally ask students to analyse the poem using question prompts in class and then send them home to watch the videos to ensure I am expedient with my time management. It also ensures students can discuss the poem to understand it fully during class time and then get the thorough analysis required at home. Hopefully you find this useful. Thanks *NOTE: When I upload more analytical videos I will be compiling them into a Bundle so it is cheaper for you to purchase!
Video analysis of Robert Frost's Desert Places
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Video analysis of Robert Frost's Desert Places

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The following resource is a video I have made that analyses Robert Frost's 'Desert Places' 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. I have uploaded it in MP4. I generally ask students to analyse the poem using question prompts in class and then send them home to watch the videos to ensure I am expedient with my time management. It also ensures students can discuss the poem to understand it fully during class time and then get the thorough analysis required at home. Hopefully you find this useful. Thanks *NOTE: When I upload more analytical videos I will be compiling them into a Bundle so it is cheaper for you to purchase!
An Inspector Calls Sample Paragraphs
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An Inspector Calls Sample Paragraphs

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Sample colour-coded paragraphs on Gerald as sometimes selfish and sometimes thoughtful. I generally tend to give them to my students and ask them to finish the essay. Hopefully they are helpful.
Robert Frost - For Once, Then Something
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Robert Frost - For Once, Then Something

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The following resource is a video I have made that analyses Robert Frost's 'For Once, Then Something' 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. I have uploaded it in MP4. I generally ask students to analyse the poem using question prompts in class and then send them home to watch the videos to ensure I am expedient with my time management. It also ensures students can discuss the poem to understand it fully during class time and then get the thorough analysis required at home. Hopefully you find this useful. Thanks *NOTE: When I upload more analytical videos I will be compiling them into a Bundle so it is cheaper for you to purchase!
Robert Frost The Road Not Taken
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Robert Frost The Road Not Taken

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The following resource is a video I have made that analyses Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' 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. I have uploaded it in MP4. I generally ask students to analyse the poem using question prompts in class and then send them home to watch the videos to ensure I am expedient with my time management. It also ensures students can discuss the poem to understand it fully during class time and then get the thorough analysis required at home. Hopefully you find it useful!
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.