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On a mission to reduce teacher workload and prevent burnout through affordable 'print-and-teach' materials for secondary English. Our job can be difficult at times, but I believe students all want to be challenged, inspired, and engaged. Having fun is an important feature, because it allows us to reach teens and encourage them to learn. Wherever possible, I introduce choice for students in my teaching materials. I hope these resources keep the love of learning alive.

On a mission to reduce teacher workload and prevent burnout through affordable 'print-and-teach' materials for secondary English. Our job can be difficult at times, but I believe students all want to be challenged, inspired, and engaged. Having fun is an important feature, because it allows us to reach teens and encourage them to learn. Wherever possible, I introduce choice for students in my teaching materials. I hope these resources keep the love of learning alive.
Zombie Apocalypse: Let Me In - Speaking Task
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Zombie Apocalypse: Let Me In - Speaking Task

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This lesson would be perfect for a substitute teacher as all student instructions are included. Focus on public writing and speaking skills with this zombie-themed task. These materials set up a scenario where students' survival depends on how well they can present their arguments. If you are using my other 'zombie' materials, this activity fits well with the reading and writing tasks. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge, from those who are below to those who are above grade level. (Please check suitability of the topic for younger students, although I do my best to avoid gory images.) Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * full teaching notes * task instructions * task preparation materials * rubric (editable version included) * link to speech sample video (downloadable) * links to additional useful resources Interested in other zombie-themed resources? Click on my store for more zombie bargains. Follow me to get notifications of new products and promotions. Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note via roamingteacher@gmail.com. I'm always happy to help.
Mrs Midas Analysis Task Cards
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Mrs Midas Analysis Task Cards

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Mrs Midas by the UK's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is one of my all-time favourite poems. Taking the Greek myth of King Midas, Duffy's poem is from the perspective of the never-before-heard-from Mrs Midas. I am very happy to finally have this engaging pack ready to share. This poem is recommended for highly-capable upper middle schoolers and high schoolers. Read it here. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes including EAL and LS students. Download this resource to receive 24 thought-provoking prompts to encourage comprehension and analysis of this brilliant text. Also included are lots of ways to use the cards to ensure you have plenty to choose from in finding the right fit for your classes. Within the materials, you will also find alignment to CCSS, GCSE and A-Level. It was first used with IBDP students, and is easily adapted for IBMYP too. Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use year on year. Looking for more highly engaging resources? Check out these packs for more figurative language and analysis ideas: * Exploring Texts Using Hyperlinks with Thinglink * Zombie Apocalypse Figurative Language in Songs Or how about a money-saving bundle to save you time AND $$$: * Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' * Greek Mythology * Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game * Zombie-Themed Pack * Agent Activation Pack Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note via roamingteacher@gmail.com. I'm always happy to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for at least the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards PREVIEW
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Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards PREVIEW

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Get your students begging for their next prompt with this super-engaging task cards! They can be used in various ways, not only for writing but also to promote discussion skills. With 48 unique cards in 3 different categories (beginning, middle and end of the apocalypse), this resource will keep your students writing enthusiastically for as long as you want. Included in the pack are ways you can use these cards to produce shorter and longer pieces of writing. I've used this with secondary students over the years, and it leads to the students asking for MORE writing time! I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge. My 9-year-old son also saw me making these and asked if he could use them for his writing. With careful selection on my part, he too was thrilled to be able to find new ideas for his zombie-writing fascination. This file is a PREVIEW of the resource for sale in my shop. Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * ideas on how to use the task cards * 48 different prompts to promote writing, critical thinking and discussion (if chosen) Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note via roamingteacher@gmail.com. I'm always happy to help!
The Spy Files: Equipment Assignment Logic Puzzle
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The Spy Files: Equipment Assignment Logic Puzzle

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Looking for a way in to a unit on the spy genre? Look no further than this short fun activity that asks students to use their critical thinking skills to work out a logic puzzle. Which agent should be assigned each of the items available? Only by using skills of inference and deduction will your agents succeed! This is a useful starting activity that will see your students have lots of fun. Use it as an individual or team-building discussion task. I offer this for free, so please remember to leave feedback once you've had time to evaluate the activity. If there are any issues, let me know and I'll be happy to address them. Questions or comments? Get in touch: roamingteacher@gmail.com
Icarus & Daedalus
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Icarus & Daedalus

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This is for use with or without my World Mythology materials. All the activities in this unit have the aim of introducing students to the world of mythology, starting with Greek myths and moving on to explore myths from around the world. The story has been reproduced here in printable format with the kind permission of E2BN with whom all rights reserve. Image credit: John Melven from The Noun Project Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help!
A Martian Sends a Postcard Home: Imaginative, Creative, Original Writing
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A Martian Sends a Postcard Home: Imaginative, Creative, Original Writing

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Are you tired of reading student prose that fails to capture the imagination? Have you had enough of the same worn-out similes and metaphors that do nothing to enliven the mind? This lesson focuses on encouraging students to write fresh and original descriptions that will stoke readers’ curiosity and capture their imagination. Make sure you share this goal with your learners! From a reading of this popular poem by Craig Raine, students use his striking and unusual descriptions to create their own well-crafted paragraphs. This lesson was originally created to prepare students for the imaginative / creative writing section of the IGCSE exam, but it can be used to inspire writing that jumps off the page at any level. I have personally used this in KS3 and KS4 with great results every time. As students submit their writing after this lesson, I actually look forward to seeing how shifting their perspective allows them to create truly different, engaging writing. The resource includes: -full teaching notes -a copy of the poem (for classroom use only) -an accompanying set of slides (in PDF form) -game instructions and materials to get students thinking out of the box (a mental 'warm up' for writing) -5 examples of original, imaginative writing inspired by this lesson (from my students) -my ongoing support! Please remember to leave feedback as I work continuously to improve my resources. Follow me to receive updates as I post new products at Reach High. Keywords: poetry, poem, martian, postcard, lesson, printable, ppt, presentation, teaching notes, instructions, guidelines, creative, imaginative, writing, igcse, ks3, ks4, ks5, raine, mixed ability, SEN, ESL, EAL, photocopiable, printable Image credit: Laura Faraci of The Noun Project
Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game BUNDLE
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Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game BUNDLE

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After much testing and refining, it's finally here! Gorgon Quest sees your students set out on an adventure as a team, to defeat the Medusa. They can test their knowledge of Greek Mythology (or any other content you choose). My students love this game and the more they play it, the deeper their learning goes. They will need all their wits about them if they are to succeed. Please note this is a cooperative (not competitive) game where the students all work together to succeed. The concept of cooperative gaming really appeals to me and you can find out why on my blog here: http://bit.ly/togetherbetter Included in this pack: * Greek Mythology Quiz Cards BUNDLED * Teacher guidance notes * Gameplay instructions for students * Item tokens * HP scoresheet * A3 printable game board REDUCED PRICE FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY!. GET THIS RESOURCE NOW FOR 50% OF THE USUAL PRICE! All game components can be printed in colour or black and white as you prefer. If you are short on time, there is no need to cut anything out - alternative instructions are included, so this can be a print-and-go activity too. Interested in other mythology-themed resources? Click on the 'Mythology' category in my store for more mythology teaching materials. Icarus & Daedalus: The Story The Minotaur: The Story The Olympian Gods Greek Mythology Quiz Cards Greek Mythology: Would You Rather...? Cards Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!*** Keywords: greek, mythology, boardgame, board, game, fun, printable, activity, quiz, cards
Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards
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Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards

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Get your students begging for their next prompt with these super-engaging task cards! Journal prompts, bellringers, station work - they can be used in various ways, not only for writing but also to promote discussion skills. With 48 unique cards in 3 different categories (beginning, middle and end of the apocalypse), this resource will keep your students writing enthusiastically for as long as you want. I've used this with secondary (middle and high school) students over the years, and it leads to the students asking for MORE writing time! I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge. My 9-year-old son also saw me making these and asked if he could use them for his writing. With careful selection on my part, he too was thrilled to be able to find new ideas for his zombie-writing fascination. Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * ideas on how to use the task cards * 48 different prompts to promote writing, critical thinking and discussion (if chosen) Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help! Keywords: zombie, task cards, writing, prompt, creative, apocalypse
Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' BUNDLE (Still Growing!)
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Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' BUNDLE (Still Growing!)

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Develop reading skills, get your students discussing passionately and improve their capacity for learning - what's not to love? A perfect resource to develop your students' thinking skills any time. BONUS MATERIAL ADDED August 2016: An 'I Have Who Has?' activity to review key vocabulary in the article. This can be used in subsequent lessons to help students remember definitions. This bundle will grow over time, so grab it now before the price increases with each addition! OVERVIEW This lesson starts with an anticipation guide, and students reflect on their own beliefs about intelligence and learning. Following this, students read an original 2-page article on how the brain develops. It includes: * Information on intelligence as something to be developed, rather than fixed * The role of mindset in learning * The power of ‘yet’ They have a double-sided sheet to complete as they explore the text which practices: citing evidence; finding the main idea; recognising cause & effect; identifying the importance of a section as part of a whole; and synthesis. Discussion task cards have been provided as a follow up to the reading, so students can develop their ideas. Finally, students are asked to reflect on how this learning might impact their attitude and actions, setting specific goals to improve their learning. (A FREE optional resource comparing the brains of zombies and humans (Zombie Brains versus Human Brains) can be downloaded from my store, for those using this resource with my other zombie-themed lessons.) In the same way you might use a magazine or newspaper article for any grade level, this text is flexible in terms of who can access it. The online Lexile Analyzer gives an estimated reading score of 940L (based on the first 2 paragraphs only) and readable.io gives an average grade level of 9.1. In reality, I have used this with able and engaged 7th years; my 6th form students really enjoyed the article - and ensuing Socratic Seminar - that we held. Enjoyed this? Follow me to get notifications of other metacognitive English lessons. Keywords: learning, brain, metacognition, yet, mindset, Dweck, intelligence, resilience, reading, speaking, listening, CCSS, discussion, start of year ***All new products are launched with discounts for at least the first 48 hours! Interested? Just follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Mrs Midas Audio Commentary & Learning Activities
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Mrs Midas Audio Commentary & Learning Activities

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With this 11-minute commentary on Carol Ann Duffy's brilliant poem 'Mrs Midas', you can save your voice while still ensuring your students develop their skills with a solid analysis of the poem. With no less than 5 different ways to use this resource, you can bring in elements of rigour and creativity to best suit your particular students, while scaffolding their understanding and minimising their fear of poetry. Mrs Midas by the UK's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is one of my all-time favourite poems. Taking the Greek myth of King Midas, Duffy's poem is from the perspective of the never-before-heard-from Mrs Midas. This poem is recommended for highly-capable upper middle schoolers and high schoolers. Read it here. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes including EAL and LS students. Within this resource, you will find: * download link to the MP3 audio file with illustrated instructions * printable transcript (2 pages) * teaching notes and ideas for activities to accompany the audio * link to downloadable, print-friendly PDF of the poem Looking for more highly engaging resources? Check out these packs for more figurative language and analysis ideas: * Exploring Texts Using Hyperlinks with Thinglink * Zombie Apocalypse Figurative Language in Songs Or how about a money-saving bundle to save you time AND $$$: * Mindset, Intelligence & The Power of 'Yet' * Greek Mythology * Gorgon Quest: Cooperative Greek Mythology Board Game * Zombie-Themed Pack * Agent Activation Pack Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note via roamingteacher@gmail.com. I'm always happy to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for at least the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Zombie Apocalypse Reading Task Cards (Citing Evidence & Supporting Ideas)
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Zombie Apocalypse Reading Task Cards (Citing Evidence & Supporting Ideas)

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Looking for a way to develop your students' reading, while having fun - look no further! These cards have 12 short texts for students to really drill down into the skills they need to become excellent readers. Students love zombies and this, along with my other themed resources, keeps them smiling through the whole unit. I've used this with secondary (middle school) students who tell me they really enjoy these short activities to focus on particular skills. I am used to teaching mixed-ability classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge, from those who are below to those who are above grade level. (Please check suitability of the topic for younger students, although I avoid gory images and explicit mention of weapons such as guns.) Produced on printer-friendly paper, these task cards are sure to be a resource you use time and time again. Included: * ideas on how to use the task cards * 12 different tasks at different levels, focusing on individual skills * answer sheet for students to record their responses (optional double-sided printable) * suggested answers Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help!
Observation Aptitude Test - The Spy Files
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Observation Aptitude Test - The Spy Files

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This handy resource is designed as a start-of-lesson activity to get your students (back) into 'spy mode.' Students watch a short (6-minute) spy animation that is freely available online: link provided. The accompanying task sheet can be used as a short quiz activity or as inspiration for creative writing, as explained in the teacher notes. So whether you have 10 minutes or a lesson to fill, this resource will keep your students engaged in a topic they really enjoy. My students have a lot of fun with this one and it can inspire some great short stories! Questions or comments? Want more ideas on how to use this activity? Drop me a note (withreachhigh@gmail.com) and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm always happy to help! Follow me in Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/withreachhigh Follow my blog: www.learningtoempower.com
Greek Mythology Bundle (Still Growing!)
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Greek Mythology Bundle (Still Growing!)

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This bundle contains most of the Greek Mythology products from my store. I intend to keep adding products as they become available, so buying the bundle now means you never again pay for any items added (as the price rises). This money-saving bundle contains: ***NEW! (Added March 2017) Myth Quests 1*** ***NEW! (Added March 2017) Greek Mythology: Would You Rather...? Cards*** * The Olympic Games * Demeter & Persephone: The Story * Icarus & Daedalus: The Story * The Minotaur: The Story * The Olympian Gods Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts off for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Let's Talk: Cosmetic Surgery (Board Game)
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Let's Talk: Cosmetic Surgery (Board Game)

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This resource contains 1 page, which is is a board game to get your students talking for as short or long as you'd like to use the activity. Over the years, I have used this with Secondary (Middle / High School) and college students in EAL, ESL, Language Arts and English settings, so I can personally attest it is suitable for all and promotes lots of discussion. While these board games are deceptively simple in the idea, they can lead to all heated debates and realisations about your students you couldn't have guessed! Promote meaningful and useful discussion skills such as: * Stating opinions with supporting details * Polite disagreement with supporting details * Agreement with supporting details * Questioning further to get a more detailed response If you would like a FREE discussion mat to accompany this activity (after purchase), drop me a line at roamingteacher@gmail.com. The mat contains prompts organised by category (such as agreeing, disagreeing politely etc.) Questions or comments - please leave them below. I'd love to hear from you! Keywords: speaking, listening, discussion, group, team, groupwork, teamwork, teens, adults, esl, eal, language arts, english, game, board, boardgame, fun
Greek Mythology Quiz Cards
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Greek Mythology Quiz Cards

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Use these cards to check your students' knowledge of the Greek myths. It can be used before a unit to see what they already know (as answers are on each card), or after a unit to see what they've retained. WAIT! Did you already pay for my Greek Mythology Bundle? If so, this item is included so just go to your 'My Purchases' page and re-download the bundle to get this for free! This item is also available in Gorgon Quest Greek Mythology Cooperative Board Game BUNDLE In this pack, you'll find: * 24 Q&A format cards* * 24 multiple choice format cards* * 24 ‘Battle’ cards (more challenging) * teaching suggestions for how to use the cards *Note that these question sets are the same; only the format differs. In total, there are 48 unique question cards. Interested in other mythology-themed resources? Click on the 'Mythology' category in my store for more mythology teaching materials. The Minotaur: The Story The Olympian Gods Greek Mythology Quiz Cards Greek Mythology: Would You Rather...? Cards Gorgon Quest Greek Mythology Cooperative Board Game BUNDLE Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!*** Keywords: mythology, quiz, cards, Greek, fun, activity, task cards, questions
Peter Pan Movie Summary
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Peter Pan Movie Summary

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A simple ZERO PREP 2-page task. Students start by checking their comprehension of some key language and then choose the correct answer from 2 options and then view the animation to check their responses. I've used this with mixed ability classes, including SEN and EAL. Why? It focuses their attention while they're watching and allows me to check their comprehension of the story. Use this: - at the end of a Peter Pan unit - for a cover lesson - after / before students tackle the original text Keywords: Peter Pan, movie, film, worksheet, prediction, comprehension, fun Image credit: Natsuko Suzuki ***All new products are launched with discounts for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Zombie-Themed Mega Bundle (Still Growing!)
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Zombie-Themed Mega Bundle (Still Growing!)

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Save lots of $$$ with this bundle containing ALL my zombie-themed resources to date. As I add resources, the price rises so grab it now to get these - and all future additions - without having to pay a penny more! Take a look at the individual previews to see what's included: ** ADDED APRIL 2017** Zombie Apocalypse Reading Task Cards (Citing Evidence & Supporting Ideas) SET 2 * Zombie Apocalypse Reading Task Cards (Citing Evidence & Supporting Ideas) SET 1 * Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards * Zombie Apocalypse Writing Prompt Task Cards * Zombie Apocalypse - Let Me In! * Zombie Apocalypse Figurative Language in Songs Who is this for? I am used to teaching mixed-ability middle-school classes with EAL students and all my students can rise to this challenge, from those who are below to those who are above grade level. (Please check suitability of the topic for younger students, although I avoid gory images and explicit mention of weapons such as guns.) Questions or comments? Please feel free to drop me a note below. I'm always happy to help! ***All new products are launched with discounts for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just follow me and get notifications for when this happens!***
Exploring Texts Using Hyperlinks with Thinglink
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Exploring Texts Using Hyperlinks with Thinglink

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Does the idea of literary analysis leave your students nervous? Remove all fear by making use of Thinglink - an interactive multimedia tagging app available free online. Through using Thinglink (a free online site), students create an interactive version of their text to show their understanding. They can supplement their analysis with a wide variety of media from video to social network posts to audio, to name but a few possibilities. While the tool is out there for anyone to use, guiding students in using it meaningfully can be a challenge, hence this tried-and-tested resource. Students LOVE this lesson so much because it makes textual analysis so accessible for all. I've used it in mixed ability classes (including EAL) and always get outstanding results as students can use images, text, videos - basically any linkable media - to express their ideas. This resource includes: -full teacher notes -a model example -slides with directions for using the technology -a worksheet to guide students in their planning -a rubric -a customisable checklist Any questions or comments? Want to know more before you buy? Don't hesitate to get in touch so I can work though any issues with you - withreachhigh@gmail.com ***All new products are launched with discountsfor the first 48 hours! Interested? Follow me and get notifications for when this happens!*** Follow me on Pinterest - www.pinterest.com/withreachhigh
Greek Mythology: Would You Rather...? Cards
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Greek Mythology: Would You Rather...? Cards

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‘Would You Rather...?’ questions prompt students to evaluate options and make choices, so they are useful for encouraging critical thinking skills. To make this thinking visible, students can share their justifications or reasons for their choices. Some cards result in lots of laughs and some in furrowed brows, but they all generate lots of discussion! +++WAIT! Did you already pay for my Greek Mythology Bundle? If so, this item is included so just go to your 'My Purchases' page and re-download the bundle to get this for free!+++ This resource contains 36 unique ‘Would You Rather...?’ cards based on Greek Mythology. They reveal the values and events of many myths, and are a great introduction or review of the stories. Print the cards onto thick paper before dividing them into 4s. I recommend you use the ‘fit to page’ option, but if you have any difficulties, please get in touch with me - roamingteacher@gmail.com Try this! Place the cards face down in a pile in front of a team of students. They take turns to lift a card and discuss the options, before explaining what they’d choose and why. Try this! Put students in pairs. They turn over a card and write down their choices with reasons. They also try to predict what their partners would do and get extra bonus points if they can work out the reasons too. Try this! The teacher reads a card aloud and students move to one side of the room or the other, depending on their response. They then discuss why they have chosen that option with those around them. Try this! Once students understand the concept, ask them to create their own cards using the template provided at the end of the pack. ***All new products are launched with discounts for the first 48 hours! Interested? Just click on the star above to follow me and get notifications for when this happens!*** If you are looking for more mythology resources, you might be interested in: ***NEW! (Added March 2017) Greek Mythology Bundle (Still Growing!) Or you can buy items separately: * Myth Quests 1 * The Olympic Games * Demeter & Persephone: The Story * Icarus & Daedalus: The Story * The Minotaur: The Story * The Olympian Gods Any issues, comments or questions please get in touch; I'm here to help! Keywords: mythology, discussion, cards, Greek, fun, activity, task cards, questions