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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 :)

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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 :)
Tier 2 vocabulary display
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Tier 2 vocabulary display

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A list of 50 tier 2 words including word class, definition and a visual representation (emoji) that corresponds with each word. These words are designed to stretch students’ vocabulary at secondary school level. They can be displayed around the classroom but would also be suitable as lesson starters or homeworks.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Poetry analysis scaffold
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Poetry analysis scaffold

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A handy scaffold to use when teaching poetry analysis to students who need more support (or students who need a starting point). This can be used at the start of a scheme to ensure students hit all of the criteria when analysing in more depth independently.
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.
Report writing - The Wife of Bath
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Report writing - The Wife of Bath

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This lesson is loosely based around The Wife of Bath but can be adapted easily. Students will get to grips with what report writing looks like, have a go themselves and take part in a detailed peer assessment to explore their strengths and weaknesses.
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.
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.
An introduction to poetry
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An introduction to poetry

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Students will explore many facts about poetry, including where it comes from, types of poems and why we write/read poetry. They will be given the opportunity to create their own poem in a lesson that is focused on creativity and having no limits.
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.
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!
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!