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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.
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
GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - MEDIA TEXTS - THE BLACK CROW CONSPIRACY
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GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - MEDIA TEXTS - THE BLACK CROW CONSPIRACY

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CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Unit 1 - Paper 1 Section B - Book Cover. This is a sample question created for the new gcse specification. I usually introduce the things they should look out for in book covers: GENRE, AUDIENCE, PURPOSE (G.A.P.) sell the book cover/ persuade the reader to purchase create enigma or intrigue hints at the narrative structure / plot endears the reader to the main protagonist setting narrative P.O.V. (Is it first person to create a confiding tone?) and tense (present for a sense of immediacy?) sentence structuring and punctuation for various effects language devices tone Then I use the assessment matrix to mark it. I’ll take a good essay, scan it in, share it with the class and give them a matrix, letting the students ‘be the examiner’ and annotate the sample essay explaining why it is good and what they could do to improve. Hope this helps.
Reading to Access Media Texts: COD Poster Analysis
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Reading to Access Media Texts: COD Poster Analysis

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A poster task for low ability year 11/12 for the new CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAM: Paper 1: Section B: Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts. Focus on Task 5 but with more prompt questions to help tease out detailed analysis.
Comparison of literary texts
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Comparison of literary texts

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CCEA GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Paper 2, Section B (Unit 4): Comparison of Literary Texts. The first resource is an extract from Eragon and an extract from Sabriel which are both fantasy books aimed at a similar aged readership. Students should work through both extracts, annotating them in class (possibly in small groups) and then should complete the compare/contrast grid included. This should be discussed in class so that students can add to their lists before completing the sample question. The second resource is an extract from The New Recruit and an extract from The Long Way Home which are war/thriller excerpts. This is to be used as either a class test or a homework to check student understanding of what they have learnt so far about comparing literary texts. The third resource is an extract from The Hobbit and an extract from Eragon which both contain encounters with dragons. It would be good to use this as a class discussion or mock piece as both dragons are very different. Despite the potential danger of Sapphira she is still young and clumsy, but Smaug is evil and sticks to the traditional dragon lore. The fourth resource is a sample analysis of The Hobbit and Eragon. I would usually give students something like this and ask them to use Triple Impact Marking e.g. Colour in all quotations yellow; write TS beside the topic sentences; Look for words and phrases which show awareness of authorial intention e.g. ‘Tolkien presents’; Write QT in the margin every time the question terms are used; Highlight all techniques in pink e.g. tone, narrative P.O.V., simile, metaphor, verb choices, dialogue, punctuation, structure etc.; Highlight all explanations in green; double underline any references to intended impact on the audience. Anything that isn’t there but should be, the students have to add in as they annotate the piece as if they are the examiners. 5th resource is a fake PPQ on Hunger Games and Great Gatsby, comparing district 12 to how the Valley of ashes is presented. 6th: sense of a run down place 7th: Building tension and threat
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.
CCEA GCSE PAPER 2 SECTION B CHEAT SHEET
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CCEA GCSE PAPER 2 SECTION B CHEAT SHEET

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A ‘cheat sheet’ of things that GCSE candidates should hunt for / aim to do in paper 2: section B. Students should be made aware that this is purely to help students hunt for certain things to speed up their analysis time. It does not mean that these things will come up!
Non Fiction
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Non Fiction

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Can be used to teach y10 or Y11 Non-Fiction Analysis. Download the free Clarkson Article from my other resources to accompany this.
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!
Robert Frost Video Analysis of Going For Water
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Robert Frost Video Analysis of Going For Water

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The following resource is a video I have made that analyses Robert Frost's 'Going for Water' 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!