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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.
'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
'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
AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice
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AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

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Unseen poetry practice for AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2. PowerPoint outlines what to expect in Paper 2 and assessment areas. Using Chinua Achebe's 'A Mother in a Refugee Camp' and 'Praise Song for my Mother' by Grace Nichols, the lesson encourages group work, with students working independently to annotate the unseen material, before feeding back to the rest of the class. Lesson works towards preparing for both the extended and comparative exam questions, which can be used in the following lesson or homework tasks. Annotated versions of both poems are included in this resource, either to be used as useful time-saver aid for the teacher, or at the closing of the lesson, to highlight other areas the students could have discussed. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Unseen Poetry A Mother in a Refugee Camp and Praise Song - PowerPoint of lesson A Mother in a Refugee Camp - Word document of poem Praise Song for my Mother - Word document of poem A Mother in a Refugee Camp annotated - Word document of poem Praise Song for my Mother annotated - 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.**
Modern Fairy tales scheme of work
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Modern Fairy tales scheme of work

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18 lessons for a Modern Fairy tales unit, where students work to write their own modern fairy tale. Each lesson is fully planned and there is a covering slide for teacher reference at the beginning, detailing reading and writing skills covered in the lesson and whether any resources are required. Each lesson has a learning objective and there are several homework tasks included within the unit. Lessons include exploring the structure of fairy tales, characterisation, persuasive speaking and listening to defend the Wolf from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, and advising fairy tale characters. Originally delivered to Year 7. Whilst the unit details Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening APP areas, these can easily be adapted to suit the assessment in your department. Files in this resources: Scheme of Work - PowerPoint of all 18 lessons Lesson 6 The Three Little Pigs Story - Word document for Lesson 6 Lesson 6 The Ugly Duckling Story - Word document for Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Persuasive Speech EAL writing frame - PDF for Lesson 7 (can also be used for lower ability students) Lesson 9 Baba Yaga - PDF for Lesson 9 Lesson 12 Planning Sheet - PDF for Lesson 12 Lesson 16 and 17 Little Red Riding Hood poem - Word document for Lesson 16 and 17 Lesson 18 Shrek Critical Appreciation - Word document for Lesson 18
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.
'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.
'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
'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.**
'Of Mice and Men' - The Opening
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'Of Mice and Men' - The Opening

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Introductory lesson on ‘Of Mice and Men’, originally delivered to a weak KS4 group. Lesson closely explores the opening setting description, encouraging students to pull quotes from this scene to show what is being described. This knowledge is then pulled together with a PEE analysis, finishing with character profiling. Files in this resource: The opening - PowerPoint of lesson Opening extract - Word document of opening of ‘Of Mice and Men’
iGCSE English Literature Paper 4 Unseen Poetry
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iGCSE English Literature Paper 4 Unseen Poetry

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Lesson to help prepare students for their iGCSE English Literature Paper 4 - Unseen. This lesson focuses on tackling unseen poetry, using the poem 'Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night' by Dylan Thomas. Lesson begins by outlining the paper and assessment areas, before allowing students to move into groups and independently analyse the poem. Group/teacher feedback moves the class to writing a plan for their response before finishing the lesson by writing the introduction to their essay. Lesson can be followed with completing the response in exam conditions if preferred. Files in this resource: Unseen Poetry - Do Not Go Gentle - PowerPoint of entire lesson Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night poem - Word document of poem
IGCSE English Literature Paper 4 - Unseen poetry and prose
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IGCSE English Literature Paper 4 - Unseen poetry and prose

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A Word document of the entire Unseen Paper 4, this resource is ideal for allowing students to practice analysing unknown texts. The opening of the document outlines the paper and AOs, following with the mark scheme. This will enable teachers to discuss how to obtain marks in the paper and the band boundaries. In addition, students could use this mark scheme as a self-assessment before attempting the paper, to set targets and correct their work as responding to the questions. It could also be used for peer-assessment. The Unseen poem used is 'Poppies' by Jane Weir which is used in the AQA spec, so should be accessible for all students. The prose is an extract from 'Birdsong' by Sebastian Faulks. File in this resource: Unseem exam practice - poetry and prose - Word document of the practice exam
'Little Women' scheme of work
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'Little Women' scheme of work

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26 fully planned lessons, this scheme of work should hopefully have you dusting off an old classic that is often left behind in the department cupboards! With a range of activities that intend to bring the text alive, each lesson in this scheme has a covering slide detailing the lesson outline, skills focused on, and whether any resources are required or homework set. All accompanying resources and internet links are included within this resource. Lesson focuses include hot-seating key characters, a dramatic interpretation of Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’, personal writing on hopes and ambitions, and persuasive writing. There are plenty of opportunities to grade students on their reading and writing skills, with emphasis on the skills required for tasks. This scheme would suit any Key Stage 3 class as every lesson is planned to allow total teacher flexibility. With hidden chapter summary slides, the teacher is able to choose how much reading is completed each lesson and even how many of the 26 lessons are taught for this scheme. As such, if lessons or chapters are missed out, there is always a chapter summary to fill in the gaps. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this scheme. Files included in this resource: ‘Little Women’ scheme of work - PowerPoint of fully planned lessons Lesson 2 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 6 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 9 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 11 character hot-seating cards - Word document Lesson 16 Extract analysis - Word document Lesson 22 Twitter template - Word document Lesson 23 Reading assessment extract - Word document **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.**
AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice
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AQA English Literature Paper 2 Unseen poetry practice

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Unseen poetry practice for AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2. PowerPoint outlines what to expect in Paper 2 and assessment areas. Using Boey Kim Cheng's 'Reservist' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen, the lesson encourages group work, with students working independently to annotate the unseen material, before feeding back to the rest of the class. Lesson works towards preparing for both the extended and comparative exam questions, which can be used in the following lesson or homework tasks. Fully annotated copies of both poems are included. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Unseen Poetry Reservist and Anthem for Doomed Youth - PowerPoint of lesson Reservist poem annotated - Word document of poem Anthem for Doomed Youth annotated - Word document of poem Reservist poem - Word document of poem Anthem for Doomed Youth - 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.**
OCR English Language Paper 1 practice
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OCR English Language Paper 1 practice

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This lesson is a mock paper to help prepare students for OCR GCSE English Language Paper 1 (Communicating Information and Ideas). 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
'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' - Duality of human nature
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'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' - Duality of human nature

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Using the AQA English Literature Paper 1 as a guide, this lesson focuses on practice for how to answer an extract question. After outlining Paper 1 with a reminder of what is being assessed, students work in groups to analyse the extract from ‘Dr Jekyll’ and prepare a plan in response to an exam question. Following class feedback and a whole-group plan, students finish with writing their own response with peer assessment to help identify areas for improvement. Files in this resource: Extract analysis - PowerPoint of lesson Extract analysis - Word document of extract
The Island Project creative writing mini-scheme
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The Island Project creative writing mini-scheme

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A 6-lesson mini scheme of work, ‘The Island Project’ is a creative writing scheme that imagines the students have been stranded on a deserted island. Written in the form of journal entries, this scheme allows students to develop their creative writing skills, understand how to build descriptions and write to persuade and inform. Lessons are fully planned with a starter and learning objective. There is opportunity for peer assessment at the end of each lesson to encourage further development. File in this resource: The Island Project - PowerPoint of all lessons.
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
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.
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.
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.