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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.
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
'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.
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
'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
'Reservist' poem unseen exam question
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'Reservist' poem unseen exam question

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Preparing students for the unseen poetry question, this lesson uses 'Reservist' by Boey Kim Cheng. Beginning with brainstorming what students should comment on when analysing a poem, the lesson breaks students into groups to have a go at independently analysing a stanza according to the exam question focus. The lesson develops to lead students to write the opening of their response, which can then be extended to the following lesson or become a homework task. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.** Files in this resource: Reservist unseen poem exam question - PowerPoint of lesson Reservist - Word document of poem Reservist - Word document of annotated 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.
'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
'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
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde extract analysis
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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde extract analysis

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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. An annotated copy of the extract is also included, along with an optional slide that helps to scaffold the second part of the essay question. I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this resource. Files in this resource: Extract analysis - PowerPoint of lesson Extract analysis - Word document of extract Extract analysis annotated - Word document of annotated extract 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' 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.**
'The Secret River' resource bundle
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'The Secret River' resource bundle

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Ten resources on 'The Secret River' to help students prepare for their IGCSE English Literature exam (some resources are double lessons). I appreciate all constructive criticism, so I hope you are able to take time to review this scheme. **Like what you see? Please check out my other resources at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/sae5 and join my followers.** Character analysis: Using the medium of Twitter, this lesson allows students to chart Thornhill's development over 'The Secret River'. This can be done over the course of reading the novel or at the end, and can be used as a helpful revision activity. Differentiation for this task includes the extent to which quotes are used for tweets, assigning characters other than Thornhill, and scaffolding key events to signpost students towards. In addition, homework tasks can be set for students to create a Twitter page for less major characters. Files in this resource: Character analysis - PowerPoint of lesson Twitter Template - Word document of Twitter template - this activity can then be completed by hand or electronically. Social hierarchy: A two-part lesson that explores the theme social hierarchy in 'The Green River' by Kate Grenville, specifically focusing students on an extended extract to analyse. To help prepare students for IGCSE English Literature Paper 1, the lesson begins reviewing the exam outline, assessment objectives and qualities of an A-grade student. The main body of the lesson is analysing a section of the novel, leading up to the 'green slippers' incident, with students working individually, in pairs, and finally in a group to prepare a mini-presentation. The final part of the lesson moves towards creating a plan for the exam question. Whilst the extract for this question is considerably longer than what students will face in the exam, it will provide useful practice on how to closely analyse an extract for this type of question, whilst also providing detail revision notes and familiarising students with the context of this scene. In addition, the question asks students to make links with other parts of the novel, again helping to develop their overall knowledge of the text and therefore helping them prepare for the essay-based question. Files in this resource: Social hierarchy - PowerPoint Social hierarchy extract - Word document Thornhill and Sal: This lesson allows students to explore the importance of Thornhill and Sal's relationship in Kate Grenville's, 'The Secret River'. With opportunity to work individually or in groups, the lesson encourages students to find pivotal moments in the novel that reflect the importance of their relationship. The lesson allows students to build on their knowledge across the entire novel, leading to a practise exam question to answer at the end. It is anticipated that this lesson will cover more than one hour to allow for the essay writing, subsequently providing a useful assessment piece for the unit. References to AOs and the mark scheme are taken from the current IGCSE specification. Collarbone's death: Focusing on Collarbone's execution, this lesson allows students to work in groups to annotate an extract, similar in length to what would be expected in the IGCSE English Literature paper. With key questions, students prepare a mini-presentation that the rest of the class use to take notes for, in preparation for a mock exam question. Further pair work is involved with planning a response and peer assessment for the plenary. This lesson could then be continued in a second session with students completing their essay response, or this could be written for homework. The lesson also reminds students of AOs and skills to demonstrate for a top level answer. Files in this resource: Collarbone's death - PowerPoint of lesson Collarbone's death extract - Word document of extract Hope: This two-part lesson allows students to explore the theme of hope in the novel, 'The Secret River'. Building up to answering a practice exam question (lesson 2), the lesson begins evaluating the importance of hope. Students then analyse a selected quote in detail which will not only act as a useful revision aid, but also become an essay plan. In the second lesson, students feedback their mind-map ideas which could be used for a classroom display. There are reminders on AOs and how to achieve high marks, to help direct students with their response. Mr Middleton: Exploring the character of Mr Middleton and his relationship with Thornhill, this lesson looks at three short passages, encouraging students to consider how Grenville presents this relationship and the influence it has on Thornhill. The lesson moves to an analysis of how Grenville presents Mr Middleton's death and what changes this signifies for Thornhill. The essay-style question for this lesson focuses on foreshadowing and Mr Middleton's death. Setting: Exploring setting in 'The Secret River', this resource allows students to consider language techniques and how setting is important to the development of the story. Likely to cover two lessons, students work in groups to annotate six different extracts from the novel. It is recommended that the teacher creates a booklet of these settings to allow students to have a comprehensive set of notes and annotations which will be useful for revision purposes. Each extract has line numbers to help with discussions and there is a range to allow access for different abilities. Files in this resource: Setting - PowerPoint of the lesson Starter task - Word document 6x extracts for the main focus of the lesson - Word documents The Prologue: This lesson encourages students to explore the significance of the Prologue. Beginning with an analysis of the extract, students consider how the Prologue foreshadows later events in the novel. The lesson works towards pair planning an essay question which is then developed with further pair work. The question could then be completed as an assessment or Homework task. Files in this resources: Strangers - PowerPoint of lesson Strangers - Word document of Prologue Essay Round Robin: A lesson that allows group work and collaboration, with hopefully little teacher input! Ideal for classes revising 'The Secret River', this lesson allows students to tackle four different exam questions independently before having whole-class feedback. The lesson could be rolled over into a second session to allow for a detailed review of each question and could also be developed to use as an assessment piece. Files in this resource: Essay round robin - PowerPoint of the lesson Essay questions - Word document of the four essay questions to print for each essay "station" Racial differences: Completing hierarchy pyramids to start, students consider how racial differences influence society in 'The Secret River'. Two hierarchy pyramids are completed: the first has no parameters and therefore encourages students to consider what they base their pyramids on; the second is wholly based on race, therefore leading towards the planning of an essay question. Characters are provided for both tasks. The lesson develops towards paired planning of an essay question, using the AOs as a rough checklist to ensure students are demonstrating the key skills required. This is also used to shape the plenary. This lesson could be continued to a second session with the option of paired writing or a formal assessment. Files in this resource: Racial differences: PowerPoint of the lesson Hierarchy pyramid 1: Word document for Starter task Hierarchy pyramid 2: Word document for development task
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
iGCSE English Language Paper 2 practice
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iGCSE English Language Paper 2 practice

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Based on the 2015 specimen papers, this is a mock iGCSE English Language Paper 2 (intended for 2017 examination). Using extracts from 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and 'The Red Room', the questions follow the same format as to be expected in the 2-hour English Language exam. A generic mark scheme has been included to provide guidance on skills demonstrated for questions 1, 2 and 3b. Ideal resource to use in-class as a mock assessment or one that students could complete for homework. Files in this resource: iGCSE English Paper 2 questions - Word document iGCSE English Paper 2 passages - Word document English Language Paper 2 generic mark scheme Reading passages - PDF
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
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.