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I am in my sixth year of teaching English at a secondary school and I also have responsibilities for reading across the school. I also have a form group so most of my lessons are mainly based around key English topics with some PSHE and Citizenship added in there too! I'd love to know what you think so please feel free to leave me some feedback :)

I am in my sixth year of teaching English at a secondary school and I also have responsibilities for reading across the school. I also have a form group so most of my lessons are mainly based around key English topics with some PSHE and Citizenship added in there too! I'd love to know what you think so please feel free to leave me some feedback :)
Pygmalion / My Fair Lady scheme of work
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Pygmalion / My Fair Lady scheme of work

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This scheme of work explores George Bernard Shaw, the Greek myth of Pygmalion, life in Victorian Britain, a summary of GB Shaw's Pygmalion, context based upon My Fair Lady, a comparison of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady and first impressions of the text (including extracts). Perfect for study on the texts or simply exploring Victorian life.
Macbeth: Act 5 Scene 5 analysis
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Macbeth: Act 5 Scene 5 analysis

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This full lesson pulls apart key quotations from Act 5 Scene 5 and explores the deterioration of Macbeth's character. It explores Shakespeare's use of structure and language in a simple way that is easy for students to understand. There is also a sheet with key questions directed at key sections of the scene which is very useful for KS3 or lower ability students. It allows them to explore the scene totally unaided - my students felt confident in their understanding of the scene after completing this activity and were a lot more confident in developing their analysis afterwards. A great place to start for students who are reluctant to study Shakespeare or don't have the confidence to do so!
PSHE - freedom of speech
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PSHE - freedom of speech

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Students will explore freedom of speech, looking at the pros and cons. They will understand what freedom of speech is and look at the legalities surrounding this issue. In groups, they will then look at key issues from different perspectives and explore how different people will react.
Lord Capulet's outburst - Romeo and Juliet
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Lord Capulet's outburst - Romeo and Juliet

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This lesson is focused around Lord Caplet's outburst at Juliet when she refuses to marry Paris. A copy of the extract is attached and two example responses - one of which is annotated. Key sections are also highlighted to offer students some guidance and a place to start.
Romeo and Juliet: Tybalt's death
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Romeo and Juliet: Tybalt's death

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A few activities that could be expanded into a number of lessons relating to Tybalt's death. These activities focus on how Shakespeare may have wanted this scene to be performed and encourages students to use drama to explore it in more depth. Five performed versions are attached to allow students to visualise Tybalt's death in more depth.
Insulting Tybalt - Romeo and Juliet
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Insulting Tybalt - Romeo and Juliet

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This lesson explores Tybalt's outrage at the end of Act One. Students are given an extract and asked to explore key sections from it. A scaffold is provided to assist students in piecing their analysis together.
Review writing
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Review writing

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Two lessons and a homework appropriate for teaching review writing. Students will explore what makes a review and look at examples. They will then write their own. There is also a handy template attached if you need to differentiate for lower ability students.
How to analyse an extract from Romeo and Juliet
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How to analyse an extract from Romeo and Juliet

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A really useful lesson (that can quite easily be expanded into a few lessons) to help lower ability students explore an extract from Romeo and Juliet independently. This will be specifically useful when meeting the demands of the new curriculum! There is a handy scaffold to use as well as four examples of it being used to analyse an extract. There are also five extracts from the play attached.
Romeo and Juliet: tension in the play
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Romeo and Juliet: tension in the play

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After a quick recap, students are given a number of key moments in the play (there are 24 in total) and asked to arrange them in order as a class with minimal supervision. Students are then encouraged to draw a tension graph and justify their placings.
The Wife of Bath - Chaucer
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The Wife of Bath - Chaucer

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Students will explore the plot of The Wife of Bath. There are a number of ideas as to how you can do this in the presentations attached but they are all visual or kinaesthetic which will improve students' chances of remembering key facts.
Reading non-fiction scheme of work
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Reading non-fiction scheme of work

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Lessons explore how to select key evidence, inference and deduction, explicit and implicit meanings, analysing structure and analysing language. Lessons are based around the new OCR English Language specification but can be used for any of the new GCSE English Language specifications.
PSHE - Global Issues
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PSHE - Global Issues

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This lesson allows students to independently explore global issues such as water, animal rights, food, education and natural disasters. Students are encouraged to work autonomously, discovering information and exploring world maps to discuss which places they think are the 'best' and 'worst' to live in. Lots of group discussion is encouraged!
Romeo and Juliet meet: Act One Scene Five
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Romeo and Juliet meet: Act One Scene Five

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A lesson exploring the moment that Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. This lesson has a specific writing focus - mainly looking at using different clause types - however the extract provided and analysis of key words could easily be expanded.
Writing to describe and narrate - mini scheme
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Writing to describe and narrate - mini scheme

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Seven lessons on writing to describe and narrate! This scheme is aimed at lower ability students who might struggle to remember key techniques to begin with. There are lessons on what imagery is, how to locate it in a text and how to use it in their own writing. Students will also learn how to plan a narrate piece, explore pieces of narration and write their own.