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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.
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. *
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 Handmaid's Tale (Atwood) guided reading log
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The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood) guided reading log

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This reading log ensures that students are thinking analytically and contemplating character/themes as they read the novel independently. It is divided into sections based on chapters with thinking questions for students to respond to as they read. The final page also includes some key themes, asking students to note down quotations linked to the themes as they progress through the novel. Very useful for KS5/A level students who will need to read the novel outside of class time
Close analysis - a Streetcar Named Desire in 20 quotations
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Close analysis - a Streetcar Named Desire in 20 quotations

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7 pages of close analysis, covering 20 of the most important quotations in Williams’ a Streetcar Named Desire. Quotations are chosen if they are pivotal to character or plot development, or if they introduce key themes or motifs. Close analysis for meaning and including A level linguistic and literary terminology. Ideal as a revision aide for your students, or for teachers about to begin teaching the play for the first time. Sample analysis below: #1 “The houses are mostly white frame, weathered grey, with rickety outside stairs and galleries and quaintly ornamented gables” p1 These opening stage directions introduce the New Orleans setting and demonstrate how the environment in which they live acts as a parallel for the characters’ lives. Immediately we can recognise the clash between past and present – pre-civil war grandeur in the “ornamented gables” is now fading, tarnished somewhat. The stairs are old enough to be “rickety” and the purity associated with the past in the play (“white frame”) now seems contaminated (“weathered grey”) by what happened since. Like Blanche, the former beauty of the houses seems to have decayed. We can also appreciate the clear geography of the setting in – evident from this architectural style characteristic of New Orleans. The town was a cultural melting pot that, for Williams, represented modernity and the future – at odds with Blanche’s antebellum world of plantation houses and strict social and racial segregation. We can also appreciate another theme in the way that the outside stairs and galleries create a sense of exposure – as if moments that should be private and domestic are made public for all to see, playing the audience as uncomfortable voyeurs to the action.
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 - 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.
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.
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
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.
AQA English Langlit - revision - list of 23 practice questions
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AQA English Langlit - revision - list of 23 practice questions

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A list of 23 practice questions created for students on the new specification AQA English language and literature where there are not many past papers! Questions on Dracula/John Donne/Paris Anthology/The Great Gatsby/A Streetcar Named Desire for students to attempt at home or in timed conditions with teacher.
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)
REVISION PACK - STREETCAR AND POEMS OF THE DECADE
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REVISION PACK - STREETCAR AND POEMS OF THE DECADE

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This set of resources will be a useful companion to the other units of work in my shop. It consists of PPTs for 2x3 hour revision conference sessions (one on poetry, one on drama) with all accompanying resources, including revision summaries and materials for students to read as they revise, then a further PPT for around 9 lessons of revision prior to the AS exam. N.B. This material is specifically geared towards the EDEXCEL specification. It builds on my previous resources and is designed for students taking the AS exam.