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Seamus Heaney – ‘Punishment’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Seamus Heaney – ‘Punishment’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Seamus Heaney’s ‘Punishment’. ‘Punishment’ is concerned with the discovery of a 14 year old girl’s body that was exhumed from a bog in Germany (1952 - Windeby). The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Seamus Heaney’s ‘Punishment’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Punishment’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
John Agard – ‘Checking Out Me History’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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John Agard – ‘Checking Out Me History’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for John Agard’s ‘Checking Out Me History’. ‘Checking Out Me History’ is about how we are educated and how it can be biased. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on John Agard’s ‘Checking Out Me History’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource can also be found, in video format, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Romeo and Juliet Key Quotes - English Classroom Posters (GCSE)
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Romeo and Juliet Key Quotes - English Classroom Posters (GCSE)

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These Romeo and Juliet posters include a range of important quotations from William Shakespeare’s play, focusing on the thirteen main characters. The Romeo and Juliet posters can assist students when learning and analysing significant quotes. They have been created in high resolution – A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) – so that they can be used as a large classroom display. However, they will print perfectly well in other paper sizes, such as A4. For more learning resources, please visit Poetry Essay’s website.
20 Exam-Style Questions – GCSE English Language Section A – Paper 1 (AQA)
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20 Exam-Style Questions – GCSE English Language Section A – Paper 1 (AQA)

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20 Section A exam-style reading questions, created in a similar format to AQA’s English Language Paper 1. The extracts have been carefully selected from 20 popular and accessible novels (see below). Included is a pdf document with Section A (Paper 1) exam-style reading tasks, in conjunction with an accompanying PowerPoint which can be adapted. The PowerPoint includes a brief synopsis of each text, questions and a link to a film trailer. You can print the pdf document as a booklet, or individual pages when necessary. These exam-style questions, for Section A (Paper 1) can be used for mock examinations / pre-public examinations (PPEs) or revision. Extracts come from the following novels: The BFG; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Skellig; Charlotte’s Web; Goodnight Mister Tom; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; The Jungle Book; Jurassic Park; Of Mice and Men; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Hunger Games; The Hobbit; The Fellowship of the Ring; Lord of the Flies; Me Before You; The Railway Children; Watership Down; The Secret Garden; and Treasure Island. For more learning resources, please visit Poetry Essay’s website.
Jane Weir – ‘Poppies' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Jane Weir – ‘Poppies' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Jane Weir’s ‘Poppies’. ‘Poppies’ is about a mother’s experience of pain / loss as her son leaves home for war. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Jane Weir’s ‘Poppies’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource can also be found, in video format, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Ted Hughes – 'Bayonet Charge' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Ted Hughes – 'Bayonet Charge' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Ted Hughes’ ‘Bayonet Charge’. ‘Bayonet Charge’ is a poem that presents the thoughts and feelings of a soldier as he charges at the enemy and begins to question his role in the battle. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Ted Hughes’ ‘Bayonet Charge’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of Ted Hughes’ ‘Bayonet Charge’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
William Wordsworth – 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions
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William Wordsworth – 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions

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Annotation prompts for William Wordsworth’s ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’. ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’ is about someone observing events from the famous London landmark. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on William Wordsworth’s ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of William Wordsworth’s ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/poetryessaycouk For more learning resources - including poetry essay writing templates, exemplar essays and poetry readings - please visit: www.poetryessay.co.uk
Seamus Heaney – ‘The Early Purges’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Seamus Heaney – ‘The Early Purges’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Seamus Heaney’s ‘The Early Purges’. ‘The Early Purges’ concerns a child’s initial brush with the phenomena that is death, albeit in a seemingly cruel manner. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Seamus Heaney’s ‘The Early Purges’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of Seamus Heaney’s ‘The Early Purges’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Seamus Heaney – ‘Storm on the Island’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Seamus Heaney – ‘Storm on the Island’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Seamus Heaney’s ‘Storm on the Island’. ‘Storm on the Island’ is about a storm striking an unspecified island. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Seamus Heaney’s ‘Storm on the Island’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Storm on the Island’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Juliet Poster – Key Quotes (Romeo and Juliet)
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Juliet Poster – Key Quotes (Romeo and Juliet)

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This poster contains a range of important quotations that are associated with Juliet in William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. The Juliet key quotes poster has been created in high resolution – up to A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) – so that you can use it as a classroom display. However, it will print perfectly well in other paper sizes, such as A4. Two copies of the Juliet poster have been included, with different backgrounds: white and a black chalkboard one. For more learning resources, please visit Poetry Essay’s website.
Carol Ann Duffy – ‘War Photographer’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Carol Ann Duffy – ‘War Photographer’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘War Photographer’. ‘War Photographer’ is about someone who takes pictures of war for a living. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘War Photographer’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource can also be found, in video format, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Carol Rumens – ‘The Emigrée’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Carol Rumens – ‘The Emigrée’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Carol Rumens’ ‘The Emigrée’. ‘The Emigrée’ means an emigrant: especially someone who flees from his / her native land because of political conditions. Émigrée is the feminine form and could suggest the persona is a woman. The displaced persona reflects on his or her city of birth. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Carol Rumens’ ‘The Emigrée’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource can also be found, in video format, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Katherine Philips – 'A Dialogue of Friendship Multiplied' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions
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Katherine Philips – 'A Dialogue of Friendship Multiplied' – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions

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Annotation prompts for Katherine Philips’ 'A Dialogue of Friendship Multiplied’. 'A Dialogue of Friendship Multiplied’ is poem that explores whether friendship is exclusive to two people or if it can admit more. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Katherine Philips’ 'A Dialogue of Friendship Multiplied’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource can also be found, in video format, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
William Blake – ‘London’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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William Blake – ‘London’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for William Blake’s ‘London’ (Songs of Experience). ‘London’ is a poem that depicts England’s capital city during the Industrial Revolution (1760-1820/40). Poem was published in Songs of Experience (1794). The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on William Blake’s ‘London’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of William Blake’s ‘London’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
William Blake – ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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William Blake – ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ (Songs of Innocence). ‘The Chimney Sweeper’ is set against a backdrop of child labour (prominent in England in the late 18th and 19th century). The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of William Blake’s ‘The Chimney Sweeper’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Seamus Heaney – ‘The Forge’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Seamus Heaney – ‘The Forge’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Seamus Heaney’s ‘The Forge’. ‘The Forge’ is about a local blacksmith (Barney Devlin) who Heaney used to pass by on his way to school, at Hillhead near Bellaghy, in rural County Londonderry. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Seamus Heaney’s ‘The Forge’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of Seamus Heaney’s ‘The Forge’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
‘The Glass Menagerie’ Essay
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‘The Glass Menagerie’ Essay

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This essay is based on Tennessee Williams’s ‘The Glass Menagerie’. It would be helpful to A Level students studying ‘The Glass Menagerie’. It is approximately 1,569 words long and 3 pages in length. The essay answers the following question: How successful are the techniques Williams uses to suggest the ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is a memory play? For more learning resources, please visit Poetry Essay’s website.
Wilfred Owen – ‘Futility’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet
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Wilfred Owen – ‘Futility’ – Annotation / Planning Table / Questions / Booklet

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Annotation prompts for Wilfred Owen’s ‘Futility’. Wilfred Owen’s ‘Futility’ concentrates on the pointlessness of war and even questions life itself. The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further poetry analysis and interpretation. Resources included: an editable PowerPoint presentation on Wilfred Owen’s ‘Futility’; a poetry planning table; 20 poetry analysis questions; and a booklet containing the poetry questions, with space to respond. This poetry resource complements the video annotation of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Futility’, on Poetry Essay’s YouTube channel.
Lord and Lady Montague Poster – Key Quotes (Romeo and Juliet)
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Lord and Lady Montague Poster – Key Quotes (Romeo and Juliet)

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This poster contains a range of important quotations that are associated with Lord and Lady Montague in William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. The Lord and Lady Montague key quotes poster has been created in high resolution – up to A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) – so that you can use it as a classroom display. However, it will print perfectly well in other paper sizes, such as A4. Two copies of the Lord and Lady Montague poster have been included, with different backgrounds: white and a black chalkboard one. For more learning resources, please visit Poetry Essay’s website.