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Experienced English teacher currently working at a 6th form college. My most popular resources provide enough lessons for 1/2 a term or more, in the form of a long PPT divided into lessons/several lesson numbered PPTs, with accompanying worksheets/displays/homeworks. I am currently working on a new series of resources - a text in 25 quotations. These involve close literary and linguistic analysis of key quotations that address all of the themes, motifs and characters in the text.

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Experienced English teacher currently working at a 6th form college. My most popular resources provide enough lessons for 1/2 a term or more, in the form of a long PPT divided into lessons/several lesson numbered PPTs, with accompanying worksheets/displays/homeworks. I am currently working on a new series of resources - a text in 25 quotations. These involve close literary and linguistic analysis of key quotations that address all of the themes, motifs and characters in the text.
The Great Gatsby - full unit of work for A level
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The Great Gatsby - full unit of work for A level

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A full unit of 12 (2 hour long - 24 hours total) lessons aimed at A level students studying the text for AQA English language and literature, but could be adapted and used for any A level course. Resources are particularly useful if you are working towards an exam question that requires transformational/recreative writing and commentary writing. All referenced resources included, plus a list of practice exam questions and a top grade exemplar exam response (written by me, not from board). Will save a lot of planning time and give you lots of ideas for varied activities as well as close textual analysis tasks.
Updated - AQA PARIS ANTHOLOGY A LEVEL LANGLIT - FULL (whole year) UNIT OF WORK
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Updated - AQA PARIS ANTHOLOGY A LEVEL LANGLIT - FULL (whole year) UNIT OF WORK

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A full, year long unit (for A level shared teaching) on the AQA PARIS ANTHOLOGY. Includes 29 lesson powerpoints (58 hours of teaching time) covering every text in the anthology. Guaranteed to save you lots of time and effort! Lessons 1-14 cover language methods (working through key skills/terminology for the 6 specified language levels for AQA A level) in the first half of each lesson, then the texts that are primarily in the written mode for the second half of each lesson Lessons 15-20 cover the spoken/mixed mode texts and terminology associated with this mode Lessons 21-26 cover re-creative writing and commentary writing skills, using remaining unexplored anthology texts as a basis for re-writing Lessons 27-29 are revision lessons All the lessons include a variety of activities, including evidence races, groupwork and a focus on exploring AO3 contextual concerns. UPDATED with an A3 wallchart for revision tasks (for all of the AS langlit qualification) and a list of challenging terminology, divided by language level, to help with revision.
Revision Quiz - The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood)
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Revision Quiz - The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood)

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A 6 round fun-but-informative revision quiz designed to help students remember key characters, themes/motifs, quotations and ideas in the novel. Round include a ‘terminology’ definition round, a ‘name the neologism’ round and a picture round. Countdown timers on each round - if these are used, quiz should take around 30-45 minutes including time going through the answers.
INDEPENDENT REVISION WORKBOOK (9-1 GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - WRITING)
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INDEPENDENT REVISION WORKBOOK (9-1 GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - WRITING)

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**Do your students claim they ‘don’t know how to revise’ for the writing sections of their English exams? Do you have some students who have missed several lessons (for whatever reason) and need to be given some materials to work through independently to help prepare them for the GCSE English exam? Are you stuck on what work to assign over the holidays/study leave to help your classes revise? ** This is your answer - an extensive revision workbook designed to help GCSE English students independently prepare for the writing portion of their exams. 45 pages of activities designed to recap key skills and improve their standard of writing. Simply print it off, hand it out and let them work through it at their own pace. The booklet begins with a self-assessment where students are asked to rate their confidence in the skills covered, which might help them to select which sections of the workbook to prioritise. The reminder of the book is split into: 18 pages of exercises focusing on AO6 (writing with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar, varying vocabulary and sentence structures) such as recognising and correcting homophones, avoiding comma splicing, using complex sentences and varying sentence moods. 25 pages of exercises focusing on AO5 (communicating clearly, effectively and imaginatively/ adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences/ organising information and ideas) such as developing characters, building a plotline, showing not telling and adding formality to your writing. This resource is suitable for ALL major exam boards and is also ideal for post-16 resitters (originally created for an FE environment). It is aimed at those working to achieve a grade 4/5 but includes some optional challenges/extension activities throughout to suit students aiming higher.
Updated - THE HANDMAID'S TALE - FULL UNIT OF WORK (28 LESSONS)
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Updated - THE HANDMAID'S TALE - FULL UNIT OF WORK (28 LESSONS)

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A full unit of work on Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, designed for AQA English Language and Literature A level, but can be used with minimal adaptation for any A level class. 28 full lesson PPTs (for lessons between 1-2hrs in length) guide students through the entire novel, with an initial focus in the first 8 lessons on ‘bridging the gap’ between GCSE and A level, through enforcing core skills such as analytical paragraph writing, close language analysis, word classes etc. A range of activities are included in each lesson including debates, evidence hunts and groupwork, alongside numerous opportunities for focused close reading of extracts as a class/pair/individual. Stretch and challenge activities marked with a golden star on PPTS. UPDATES - an A3 revision wallchart (for all of AS level langlit) to guide students through revision tasks + a very comprehensive (5+ pages) list of challenging terminology divided by language level to use to make revision flashcards etc. Want help getting to grips with the novel youself or a revision resource for your students? please take a look at my in depth close reading of 25 key quotations here:. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/close-analysis-handmaid-s-tale-in-25-quotations-12052189
The Bloody Chamber in 25 quotations
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The Bloody Chamber in 25 quotations

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In-depth close literary and linguistic analysis of key quotations from Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber . Suitable for all A level students (A level literature or A level langlit) on any specification - or for teachers unfamiliar with the collection as pre-teaching prep. 25 quotations separated into key themes with page references and cross-referencing between stories in the analysis. At least one quote from every story in the collection. Sample below: The Lady in the House of Love P93 – “ she draws her long, sharp fingernail across the bars of the cage in which her pet lark sings, striking a plangent twang like that of the plucked heartstrings of a woman of metal. Her hair falls down like tears” The cage imagery here literalises the protagonist’s sense of entrapment – her pet is her familiar, her double, as she is also confined within the boundaries of her home. Several homes become traps and prisons in the collection, intimating that women become enclosed in their domestic space. Cacophonous sounds of despise and heartbreak are implied in the plosive noun phrase “plangent twang” and the grating image of a fingernail scraping metal bars. Images of sharpness (her nails) and coldness abound – she is somewhat dehumanised into a robotic. “woman of metal” but this does not necessarily limit our sympathy as it is juxtaposed with her hair “like tears”, an image of vulnerability. We could consider the semantic ambiguity of “tears”- does it refer to tears from her eyes, a parallel to the tears that fall at the end of The Tiger’s Bride, or the homograph tears, synonymous with rips, suggesting fragmentation and destruction? Like this? please take a look at my shop for more close analysis guides to other A level set
Journey's End full unit of plans/PPT
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Journey's End full unit of plans/PPT

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A short unit including around 12 lessons on a long PPT, plus accompanying resources. Some bonus material on war poetry. Made to introduce students to the text to prepare for A2 coursework.
Close Analysis - Handmaid's Tale in 25 quotations
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Close Analysis - Handmaid's Tale in 25 quotations

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This guide provides a close reading of 25 key quotations from Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The quotations are divided by theme (e.g. ‘Selfhood, Bodies and Doubles’ ‘Power’, ‘Language and Speech’) to cover the most important recurring ideas in the text. Each quotation is then extensively analysed to cross-reference characters and motifs throughout the novel and to provide a linguistic close reading of the text. As a whole, this provides an effective summary of the novel. An essential revision resource for students - but also very useful for educators teaching The Handmaid’s Tale for the first time. Strongly recommended for A level literature or A level language and literature courses on any specification. See below for a sample of the close analysis provided: *THEME: THE PAST P13 – “dances would have been held there, the music lingered, a palimpsest of unheard sound” From the start of the novel, the past pulses through the present. This line from the first chapter powerfully demonstrates the residual echoes of the time before (as we are told in the very first line “we slept in what had once been the gymnasium” – a room defined by its past) that coexist alongside the room’s new incarnation as the Red Centre dormitory. A semantic field of desire runs through the opening, seen here in Offred’s reference to teenage courtship at school dances. This emphasises the stark contrast between life then and her situation now, stripped of all genuine love and connection. The soft, sibilant sounds in ‘lingered’ and ‘palimpsest’ also convey this sense of yearning to return to an unreachable past. ‘Palimpsest’ is an obscure noun, meaning a text overwritten upon an earlier text. This introduces themes of communication and language, as well as what is hidden and the gulf between appearance and reality. *
Brave New World full lesson scheme
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Brave New World full lesson scheme

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A full set of lessons (around 10) for teaching Brave New World as an AS literature coursework text, including help on writing a commentary . Also includes a reading log for students to complete and materials for a display.
English literature Hamlet full unit
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English literature Hamlet full unit

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A long PPT for 26 lessons on Hamlet, divided into lessons by objectives slides for easy adding/removing of tasks and transferral of activities between lessons. Also includes a bonus PPT for 10 revision lessons (N.B. my students had also read Middleton’s Revenger’s Tragedy by that point). Full lessons are clear on PPT, and all accompanying resources supplied. Also some critical quotations and artwork for a display. Perfect for old OR new spec English Literature - used with great success for both WJEC and EDEXCEL specifications.
Poems of the Decade - Forward anthology for A level literature EDEXCEL new spec - term unit of work
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Poems of the Decade - Forward anthology for A level literature EDEXCEL new spec - term unit of work

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Material to teach a term’s worth of lessons (6 weeks) to introduce the anthology and begin to cover the named poems (more coming later if you like this!). A ‘mega PPT’ separated into lessons + glossary + all worksheets/materials mentioned that are not in copyright - the rest are easy to find online. Poems covered here: Eat Me/ The Map Woman/ A Leisure Centre is also a Temple of Learning/ To My Nine Year Old Self/ An Easy Passage/ You, Shiva and my Mum/ Material/ Inheritance/Effects/Chainsaw vs the Pampas Grass/From the Journal of a Disappointed Man/A Minor Role/The Furthest Distance I’ve Travelled/The War Correspondent. If you like this resource, the second term companion unit with all other poems can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/poems-of-the-decade-forward-anthology-for-a-level-literature-edexcel-new-spec-second-term-unit-11161120
Poems of the Decade - Forward anthology for A level literature EDEXCEL new spec - SECOND TERM UNIT
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Poems of the Decade - Forward anthology for A level literature EDEXCEL new spec - SECOND TERM UNIT

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A full unit designed for a second (half) term teaching the Forward anthology. A companion to the following popular resource: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/poems-of-the-decade-forward-anthology-for-a-level-literature-edexcel-new-spec-term-unit-of-work-11074576 By popular request - these are the 11+ lessons (many can be split) covering the final 14 named poems - close analysis of language and comparison skills are a focus in this term’s unit. All accompanying worksheets and resources included. If you like my resources, please check out my store for many more on various Shakespeare texts, Streetcar, Wise Children, Skirrid Hill and some popular KS3/4 texts. Poems covered: Look we having coming to Dover, Effects, On her Blindness, The Fox, Song, History, Please Hold, Ode to a Grayson Perry Urn, The Lammas Hireling, Out of the bag, The Deliverer, The Gun, Giuseppe, Fantasia. Updated to include a poetry glossary and a set of mixed-up definitions to help students fill it (either a few a lesson or all at once as a revision activity)
Complete pack for teaching AS level English Language and Literature (AQA)
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Complete pack for teaching AS level English Language and Literature (AQA)

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Resources include: Paris anthology - full unit of work with a lesson for every text and revision materials Dracula - full unit of work, lesson by lesson PPTs Handmaid’s Tale - full unit of work, lesson by lesson PPTs John Donne (poetry anthology) - full unit of work, lesson by lesson PPTs Everything you need if you are starting out teaching AS langlit! Big savings on buying each unit individually.
REVISION - GCSE English Language EDEXCEL 9-1 top tips for each question
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REVISION - GCSE English Language EDEXCEL 9-1 top tips for each question

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A final revision PPT useful for a last lesson before exams or after a mock paper, giving some top tips for every question in both exams papers (the reading and writing elements of both). Helps guide your students in their final revision and could be added to a Moodle/VLE page to help with independent revision. Individual slides could also be given out after each question has been completed in timed conditions so students can self-assess their responses.
GCSE English Language sample papers&answers (Eduqas, Component 1, reading)
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GCSE English Language sample papers&answers (Eduqas, Component 1, reading)

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Three sample papers for Eduqas GCSE English Language Component 1 (reading). The 20th century texts covered are: The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan) Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) My Cousin Rachel (Daphne Du Maurier) All completely original - written by me - including detailed indicative content for each question and a markscheme.
Streetcar Named Desire - full unit for scenes 6-11
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Streetcar Named Desire - full unit for scenes 6-11

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As with scene 1-6 resources (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-streetcar-named-desire-full-unit-of-work-for-scenes-1-6-14-full-lessons-with-ppt-and-resources-11072667) this is created for new spec AS literature from 2015. Lots of work to save you time! Lesson PPTs for 14 lessons, plus accompanying resources. Updated to include a revision quiz.
Owen Sheers' Skirrid Hill - full unit of work
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Owen Sheers' Skirrid Hill - full unit of work

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Includes 4 long PPTs for about half a year’s worth of co-taught A level teaching, split into sections for individual lessons. Lots of interactive activities and close language analysis for each poem in the collection.