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Coming from a creative and technical background I had been able to create a number of resources (mostly Secondary English based) that make the best use of technology and provide sustainable resources that you will use again and again.

Coming from a creative and technical background I had been able to create a number of resources (mostly Secondary English based) that make the best use of technology and provide sustainable resources that you will use again and again.
English Differentiation Cards

English Differentiation Cards

Developed from my need to provide a helpdesk for my students, Differentiation Cards allow your hti / ebi to direct a particular student to a specific part of their analytical writing where they have an issue or weakness. Rather than you needing to dedicate time to one particular student, you can direct them to the differentiation card they need to reflect on to improve their work (automatic differentiation)... as you work your students towards self-actualisation. Now, my students have a clearer sense of what they should be achieving and I am no longer fire-fighting a forest of hands, but able to attend to the more needy. Further, Card 13 allows students to self mark or peer mark against a clear rubric. Cards 1a Structure SPaG 1b 2a Understand the question Decode the question 2b 3a Respond to the question Thinking of a personal response 3b 4a Critically analyse the text Critical Thinking - Description 4b 5a Critical Thinking - Analysis Critical Thinking - Evaluation 5b 6a RACERS - Restate Sentence Starters (RACERS) 6b 7a RACERS - Answer Sentence Starters (RACERS) 7b 8a RACERS - Cite Sentence Starters (RACERS) 8b 9a RACERS - Explain Sentence Starters (RACERS) 9b 10a RACERS - React Sentence Starters (RACERS) 10b 11a RACERS - Signify Sentence Starters (RACERS) 11b 12a RACERS - Relate Sentence Starters (RACERS) 12b 13a Reflection / Feedback 13b 14a Planning / Composing Reviewing / Improving 14b 15a Self-editing (part 1) Self-editing (part 2) 15b These are designed to printed double-sided. I have provided a title card to be stuck on a container, and then two versions of the cards themselves, to be slotted inside. I have used the "back2back colour print" version so that I can print on coloured card and ensure that none of the colours blend into each other, but are clearly distinct. I printed 10 copies of each, laminated and cut them to size so that they can be reused. Further, I have linked them to the RACERS mnemonic (see my other resources) for deep analysis development.
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RACERS - templates for an analytical framework for paragraphs

RACERS - templates for an analytical framework for paragraphs

The mnemonic Restate / Relate Answer Cite Explain React Signify Rationale Racers represents an acronym designed to assist students in analysing texts with depth. I have tried PEE, PEEA, PEEL, and most recently AIDRWL, but found either a perpetual lack of insight or utter confusion. I have therefore continued to look for a suitable mnemonic that might be memorable and assist students in the delivery of their responses. I believe I have found that in Tantillo’s Racer (adapted here for my purposes). Adapted from Tantillo, S. (2014), Literacy and the Common Core. San Fransciso, Jossey-Bass (p.154)
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Absence Intervention

Absence Intervention

DfES (2013) states “... absence ha[s] a statistically significant negative link to attainment.” (p.4). Anecdotally, Ofsted inspectors report they assess exercise books to uncover how schools ensure progress for students missing school. Here's my offering, a template (and 12 examples from the year)... an absence intervention sheet that doubles up as a concise way to plan a lesson. The idea is that you provide all the main lesson details and content, from objectives to a model, keywords, textual content and questions - you can even double-side print to ensure more info is available. It's essentially a Knowledge Organiser for one lesson. When your absent student returns, rather than have them do the starter, give them the printout, ask them to stick it in their books and read through. Expect them to have completed the tasks by next lesson or along with the next homework hand-in.
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AQA Structural Analysis Worksheets

AQA Structural Analysis Worksheets

AQA's 2016 English Language exam requires a deep understanding of structure, You might wish to use this template with any text, either fiction or not. As a point of reference, a great way to introduce students to notions of structure is to use the template on the opening to the James Bond film Spectre (Day of the Dead).
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Critical Thinking Poster / Prompt

Critical Thinking Poster / Prompt

Get your students thinking more critically as they decode the background behind a text with this display / prompt sheet. Print and laminate.
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Language Devices - Poetic and Persuasive & TAP for AQA

Language Devices - Poetic and Persuasive & TAP for AQA

Forget AFOREST PIE, it's random, ill-thought out, difficult to memorise and doesn't cater for all that it's meant to: don't put the onus on your students to remember Rhetorical Questions and Repetition or Anecdotes and Alliteration. So, try FAIRER APOSTLE instead for persuasive techniques. Along with a poetic devices knowledge organiser, a TAP (text-type, audience and purpose) knowledge organiser, and both a FAIRER APOSTLE and a SOAPMAPS worksheet (Similes, Onomatopoeia, Adjectives, Personification, Metaphors, Adverbs, Pathetic Fallacy, Senses). Use as knowledge organisers or poster displays
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English - Break the ICE

English - Break the ICE

I don't argue or negotiate with my students over the importance of English as a subject. I direct them to my "Break the ICE" posters which set out the reasons for them: Inference Communication Empathy All three skills are necessary for us to be fully functioning members of society. Further, they are intrinsic to a student's development in English.
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Safeguarding Poster

Safeguarding Poster

A simple, straightforward guide to safeguarding through: Listen Feedback Respond Refer
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Poetic Techniques Worksheets

Poetic Techniques Worksheets

A handy set of worksheets for use with poetry analysis. Breaking down aspects into constituent parts for defining examples and inferring meaning.
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Slow Writing - Random Sentence Generator

Slow Writing - Random Sentence Generator

Reign your students in with this random slow writing sentence type generator. There are now 60 randomly generateable sentences, and you can add your own if you wish. On the RndSel worksheet, double-click the cell A1 but just press [Enter] to re-randomise. Copy and paste out what you need Updated: 18/04/18.
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English Subject Terminology Booklet

English Subject Terminology Booklet

Help your students get to grips with their English subject terminology with this SOLO taxonomy inspired booklet. In order to achieve higher grades, students must demonstrate their clear understanding of word classes, rhetorical devices and figurative language. By printing a copy of this booklet off for each student, you can help them take ownership for what they have and have not yet mastered the use of. Make use of it for revision, part of your assessment process or simply as a check to find out or verify what knowledge your students currently have, or where their weaknesses lie.
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Infographic

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Infographic

Created for my finals, this two-page infographic is a great way to summarise the order,features, themes and story types of each of the Canterbury Tales. A clear revision guide helping to expand student awareness - can be used as a display or knowledge organiser
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English Language AQA - Papers 1 and 2 Auto-grading and Mailmerge Feedback

English Language AQA - Papers 1 and 2 Auto-grading and Mailmerge Feedback

Speed up your Language Paper feedback. I use this for all year groups (from 7 to 11) - yes, you heard that right: we're expected to test even year 7 at GCSE level. This makes me more efficient and more effective in determining marks. Take all the stress out of marking mock papers with your classes, with this comprehensive excel spreadsheet and MailMerge word documents. Works for Paper 1 and 2. This is based upon the mark scheme and provides a breakdown of a student's current strengths and weaknesses Spreadsheet for inputting student marks question by question. Two separate Mailmerge Documents to provide targeted feedback. 1) Student Worksheet: a) input Student names, b) input P1Q1 and P2Q1, c) set threshold value for expected age range target 2) P1Q2, Q3, Q4 & P2Q2, Q3 and Q4 and P1Q5 & P2Q5 (Technical Accuracy): a) input the levels (1-4) for each skills descriptor, b) where you feel this provides an incorrect mark, provide your own in column B 3) P1Q5 & P2Q5 (Content And Organisation): a) input the levels (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b) for each skills descriptor, b) where you feel this provides an incorrect mark, provide your own in column B 4) Save and close 5) Load either of the Mailmerge documents, begin Word Mailmerge and select the appropriate worksheet from the spreadsheet for either Paper 1 or Paper 2 6) Print double-sided targeted feedback for each student
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SOAPMAPS (instead of MOPSA)

SOAPMAPS (instead of MOPSA)

English teachers are the worst for mnemonics and acronyms. Particularly, since the likes of AFOREST PIE and MOPSA never actually cater for the needs of the students. Is that P for Personification or Pathetic Fallacy? That S, is it for Similes or Senses? Do you even know if they can remember both? Try SOAPMAPS instead. It's a far simpler approach to understanding what techniques make work more creative: Similes Onomatopoeia Adjectives Personification Metaphors Adverbs Pathetic Fallacy Senses Now the students can use the language devices to "clean-up their narrative direction".
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Reading Prompts and Logs

Reading Prompts and Logs

Students, particularly those with low literacy or suffering from dyslexia, require strategies for reading. These prompts, logs, and question sheets are designed to draw out greater depth of comprehension.
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RACERS - templates for an analytical framework for paragraphs

RACERS - templates for an analytical framework for paragraphs

The mnemonic Restate / Relate Answer Cite Explain React Signify Rationale Racers represents an acronym designed to assist students in analysing texts with depth. I have tried PEE, PEEA, PEEL, and most recently AIDRWL, but found either a perpetual lack of insight or utter confusion. I have therefore continued to look for a suitable mnemonic that might be memorable and assist students in the delivery of their responses. I believe I have found that in Tantillo’s Racer (adapted here for my purposes). Adapted from Tantillo, S. (2014), Literacy and the Common Core. San Fransciso, Jossey-Bass (p.154)
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Compilation of Starter and Plenary Exercises for English

Compilation of Starter and Plenary Exercises for English

These quick and easy ideas are a great and simple way of getting your students onto the task and off of their chatter. Included in several activities are extension and differentiation activities and alternatives, to best support the way you wish to use them: Includes: Crosswords Definitions Explorations Interpretation Pronunciation Register Response Syllabify Taboo Unscramble Wordsearch
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Syllabified Spelling Bundle

Syllabified Spelling Bundle

I have been achieving great results with syllabified spelling tasks. My low literacy students are making greater strides in their confidence and are better able to retain the information. These worksheets introduce students to base words, suffixes and prefixes and then syllabifies them for ease of breaking spellings down. Also included are the KS2 National Curriculum word lists for 3-4 and 5-6 all syllabified.
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Absence Intervention

Absence Intervention

DfES (2013) states “... absence ha[s] a statistically significant negative link to attainment.” (p.4). Anecdotally, Ofsted inspectors report they assess exercise books to uncover how schools ensure progress for students missing school. Here's my offering, a template (and 12 examples from the year)... an absence intervention sheet that doubles up as a concise way to plan a lesson. The idea is that you provide all the main lesson details and content, from objectives to a model, keywords, textual content and questions - you can even double-side print to ensure more info is available. It's essentially a Knowledge Organiser for one lesson. When your absent student returns, rather than have them do the starter, give them the printout, ask them to stick it in their books and read through. Expect them to have completed the tasks by next lesson or along with the next homework hand-in.
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Interactive Grammar App

Interactive Grammar App

The Interactive Grammar App is a classroom and lecture resource designed to aid the learning of grammar from secondary to degree level, by providing the ability to reveal or hide the breakdown of sentence construction on a number of levels. It uses a simple Excel front end and mouse clicks to hide or reveal the functions and forms of each word class or phrase. 167 different sentences to use. To check out the userguide for free, download here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/interactive-grammar-app-userguide-only-11334727.
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Punctuation Guide

Punctuation Guide

A straight forward compilation of punctuation use for new teachers and students alike. Use as an in-lesson activity, or as a print out for student focus.
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