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Currently a private tutor, the resources you see available have been adapted from my current practice and when I was teaching as a secondary school English teacher. I hope the resources are useful and make a difference in your classroom. If you need to contact me to discuss any of the resources you have downloaded, please email me at sarah@the-browns.gb.net.

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Currently a private tutor, the resources you see available have been adapted from my current practice and when I was teaching as a secondary school English teacher. I hope the resources are useful and make a difference in your classroom. If you need to contact me to discuss any of the resources you have downloaded, please email me at sarah@the-browns.gb.net.
Arguments and counter-arguments
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Arguments and counter-arguments

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Originally delivered to a weak KS4 class as an introduction to non-fiction and writing to argue, this lesson is a helpful opener into developing these writing skills. The lesson can be adapted to KS3 but teachers may find this too simplistic for more-able KS4 students. This lesson could be used as a way in for debating/persuasive writing work. The lesson explores what is a counter-argument to then apply this to statements which should generate some interesting class discussion! There is a text to analyse, identifying what the writer’s arguments are for the students to create their own counter-arguments. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. File in this resource: Arguments and Counter-arguments - PowerPoint of lesson. Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.
'Reservist' - Boey Kim Cheng
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'Reservist' - Boey Kim Cheng

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Two lesson PowerPoint exploring the poem ‘Reservist’ by Boey Kim Cheng. Lesson activities allow for class and individual analysis, and group work/mini-presentations. The lesson finishes with the opportunity for students to write an extended response on the poem, testing their understanding. The assessment areas stated towards the end of the PowerPoint are taken from IGCSE English Literature. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Reservist PowerPoint - two lessons fully planned Reservist Word document - copy of the poem Reservist Word document - annotated copy of the poem Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.
'Of Mice and Men' section  5 close analysis
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'Of Mice and Men' section 5 close analysis

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Close analysis of extracts from section 5 in 'Of Mice and Men'. Lesson designed for group work, leading to class feedback. The outcome of the lesson is that students should have a detailed set of notes on all sections that have been analysed in the lesson, being able to answer a foreshadowing question at the end. This lesson encourages close analysis of passages and collaborative learning. The extract booklet is set up for A3 size to allow for notes and group work. It should help prepare students to answer extract-based exam questions. Files in this resource: Section 5 close analysis - PowerPoint of lesson Chapter 5 extracts - Word document of extracts
'Blood Brothers' school report
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'Blood Brothers' school report

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A lesson that allows students to write a ‘school report’ for either Edward or Mickey, this is based on having read the section of ‘Blood Brothers’ that focuses on their school days. Lesson begins with a class reading opportunity (page numbers as a rough guide), before moving on to a class discussion of the differences between Edward and Mickey’s education. There is an external link to a private Prezi display (also written by myself) that provides context on 1950s education, with some YouTube clips as well. The preliminary task prior to writing the school report encourages students to find quotes/stage directions that support their ideas on what to include in their work. The lesson finishes with Parents’ Evening where students role-play the teacher/parent and discuss Edward or Mickey’s progress and the report they have received. Files in this resource: Blood Brothers School report - PowerPoint of lesson. Blood Brothers Edward Lyons school report - Word document of school report template for several subjects Blood Brothers Mickey Johnstone school report - Word document of school report template for several subjects
Presentational devices
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Presentational devices

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Originally delivered to a weak KS4 group, this lesson could be adapted for KS3. Introducing the term 'presentational devices', the lesson explores how this can be applied to media texts, with an analysis of an Oxfam leaflet. With several questions guiding the students to pick out key features, the lesson leads students to write their own analysis of the text. The plenary encourages personal assessment, comparing their own response to a model answer. Files in this resource: Commenting on presentational devices - PowerPoint of lesson Presentational devices - Word document of leaflet for student annotation
'Kid' - Simon Armitage
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'Kid' - Simon Armitage

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A two-part lesson that makes an ideal “one-off” when teachers have completed schemes of work. Possibly ideal for the festive season where students and teachers can have a bit of fun, study something different and not be overloaded by Christmas-themed work! Aimed at KS3, this resource looks at ‘Kid’ by Simon Armitage. Through the use of Youtube clips (links included), the lesson opens by asking students to explore what they already know about Batman and Robin. The lesson develops to explore the poem through pair work, with the title not being revealed towards the end of the first lesson. The final task allows students to show what they know with a reading analysis question. The second lesson allows for creative writing and independent work. With a selection of tasks available, students choose three they wish to complete, finishing in the lesson and for homework. Files in this resource: ‘Kid’ - Simon Armitage - PowerPoint of lesson ’Kid’ - Simon Armitage - Word document of poem
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 1 Scene 1
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 1 Scene 1

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One of the opening lessons exploring 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', this KS3 resource allows students to read the text and explore the opposites in Lysander's speech, with the opportunity for peer-assessment at the end of the lesson. Homework task is also included to write a personal advert for Helena to find her ideal man. Covered Reading assessment areas are also detailed in the opening slide, for teacher reference only.
Introduction to Shakespeare scheme of work
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Introduction to Shakespeare scheme of work

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19 lessons, fully planned with learning objectives, homework and resources, this scheme of work was originally delivered to Year 7 but could be adapted to KS2. Providing students with a “taster” for Shakespeare, this unit allows students to look at extracts from different Shakespeare plays including ‘Macbeth’, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Activities in this scheme include a Shakespeare research project, creative writing and writing in the style of an agony aunt for lovesick Romeo! Where video clips are referenced, Youtube links are included as far as possible. Whilst this scheme details APP assessment areas for Reading and Writing, this can be easily adapted to suit the assessment in your department. **Please note that Lesson 14 looks at the witches in ‘Macbeth’ and uses clips from Polanski and Wells. Please check content to determine suitability for your class.** Files in this resource: An Introduction to Shakespeare - PowerPoint full scheme of work, 19 lessons Lesson 1 A Visit to the Theatre - Word document for Lesson 1 Lesson 1 Comprehension questions - Word document for Lesson 1 Lesson 1 True or False - Word document for Lesson 1 Lesson 2 The Globe diagram - Word document for Lesson 2 Lesson 4 Information Leaflet Example 1 - PDF for Lesson 4 Lesson 4 Information Leaflet Example 2 - PDF for Lesson 4 Lesson 9 I Said It - Word document for Lesson 9 Lesson 12 The Taming of the Shrew - Word document for Lesson 12 Lesson 13 Romeo and Juliet Act 1 - Word document for Lesson 13 Lesson 15 Romeo and Juliet Summary - Word document for Lesson 15 Lesson 15 Romeo and Juliet Timeline - Word document for Lesson 15 Lesson 16 Quotation Quest Answer - Word document for Lesson 16 Lesson 16 Quotation Quest - Word document for Lesson 16 Lesson 16 Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 5 - Word document for Lesson 16
'Blessing' - Imtiaz Dharker
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'Blessing' - Imtiaz Dharker

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A re-working of the old AQA GCSE favourite, this lesson is suitable for high-level Year 6 and upwards. Beginning with considering empathy in relation to a series of images, the analysis of the poem is broken down into small, manageable tasks. Students are encouraged to explore language, structure and theme in these mini-tasks, which allow for class feedback and teacher modelling in between each one. The lesson culminates in a PEE analysis activity that could be adapted depending on the nature of the class - verbal discussion, a simplified response or an extended homework task. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Blessing - PowerPoint of lesson Blessing - Word document of poem Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.
Holes opening chapter
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Holes opening chapter

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Opening lesson on the text 'Holes', exploring how the writer hooks the reader's interest. Reading and Writing assessment areas that are listed are based on APP, but can be easily adapted to suit the assessment in your department.
Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice
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Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

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This lesson is a mock paper to help prepare students for Edexcel GCSE English Language Paper 2 (Non-fiction and Transactional writing). The sources for this paper are contrasting autobiographies (Peter Kay and Barack Obama) and the writing section has a choice of two questions. Lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A suggested mark scheme has been included for Section A; a generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference for Section B. Alternatively, this PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 2 - PowerPoint of exam questions Text 1 Peter Kay extract - Word document of Text 1 Text 2 Obama extract - Word document of Text 2 English Language Paper 2 generic mark scheme - PDF of mark scheme for writing section Section A Reading suggested mark scheme - Word document
'Touching the Void' - Analysing tension
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'Touching the Void' - Analysing tension

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Two fully developed lessons, exploring how tension is created and how one event can be reported from two different perspectives. Lesson 1 focuses on analysing how tension is created in a 'Touching the Void' extract, using the Edexcel AOs to help scaffold student response. The lesson works towards writing a plan for the exam question, writing a response, and finishing with peer assessment. Lesson 2 continues this theme by discussing a model answer for Lesson 1's exam question, before looking at different perspectives from 'Touching the Void', again building towards writing an exam response. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: TTV Analysing tension - PowerPoint of lesson TTV Analysing tension - Word document of extract for tension question TTV Comparative extract -Word document for comparative question TTV High level answer - Word document of example high level answer **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
The Trees Are Down - Charlotte Mew
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The Trees Are Down - Charlotte Mew

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A fully planned one-hour lesson, this is linked to the 2017 IGCSE English Literature specification, but could be adapted for other exam boards. Allowing students to initially independently analyse the poem before teacher input, this is an ideal group-work lesson. The lesson closes with preparing for an exam-style question, which could be completed as a homework task or in a following lesson. Files in this resource: The Trees Are Down - PowerPoint of lesson The Trees Are Down - Word document of poem
Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice
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Edexcel English Language Paper 2 practice

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This lesson is a mock paper to help prepare students for Edexcel GCSE English Language Paper 2 (Non-fiction and Transactional writing). The sources for this paper explore arranged marriages and the writing section has a choice of two questions. Lesson is designed for feedback as answers are written during class time, to help identify revision areas promptly. A generic mark scheme has been included for teachers reference. Alternatively, this PowerPoint could be converted to a Word document and presented as an actual mock exam. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 2 - PowerPoint of exam questions Text 1 Guardian article - Word document of Text 1 Text 2 - Word document of Text 2 English Language Paper 2 generic mark scheme - PDF of mark scheme for writing section
AQA English Language Paper 1 practice - War of the Worlds
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AQA English Language Paper 1 practice - War of the Worlds

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A mock exam following AQA's GCSE English Language Paper 1 question style, this resource allows teachers to work through each question with their class, evaluating the skills required and how to score highly. The extract is from 'War of the Worlds' and this is also used for Section B, writing. This resource can also be easily adapted to a Homework task for students to prepare for the exam independently. The opening slides detail an overview of the exam and what skills are being assessed in this paper. A detailed mark scheme has been included for Section A, Reading, with suggested answers. This is a starting point and can be used as a guide. It includes the level descriptors for each question, taken from the AQA mark scheme. A generic mark scheme has been included for Section B, Writing, taken from one of AQA's Paper 1 example papers. Files in this resource: English Language Paper 1 practice - PowerPoint of exam questions War of the Worlds extract - Word document of extract Section A Reading suggested mark scheme - Word document of suggested answers for Section A English Language Paper 1 generic mark scheme - PDF of generic mark scheme for Section B
'Touching the Void' scheme of work
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'Touching the Void' scheme of work

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14 lessons, fully planned with learning objectives and homework tasks across the unit, this scheme was originally delivered to a middle/low ability Year 9 class. This unit is not based on GCSE specifications but instead looks at both text and film. The first part of the scheme focuses on creating evidence of reading analysis skills for the teacher, by exploring extracts and writing up responses. The second part of this scheme is media-based, watching the film and concluding with writing a film review. There are also additional activities at the closing of the unit, allowing for more creative writing and a speaking and listening task. Each lesson has a covering slide for teacher reference, detailing resources and a lesson brief. Whilst the scheme refers to APP Reading and Writing assessment areas, these can easily be adapted to suit the assessment in your department. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this scheme. Files in this resource: Scheme of work - PowerPoint of all 14 lessons Lesson 3 Book reviews - Word document for Lesson 3 Lesson 6 Extract - Word document for Lesson 6 Lesson 6 Extract annotated - Word document for Lesson 6 (for teacher reference) Lesson 7 Media analysis prompt - Word document for Lesson 7 (for teacher reference) Lesson 8 Introduction to Touching the Void worksheet - Word document for Lesson 8 Lesson 10 Homework - Word document for Lesson 10 (optional document) Lesson 10 Analysing a review - Word document for Lesson 10 **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
Coraline openings
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Coraline openings

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KS3 lesson exploring effective openings of texts. Students then analyse the opening of 'Coraline', finishing with a peer-assessment plenary.