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Thank you for visiting my shop. My aim is to provide high quality teaching resources that reduce the need for hours of planning and help learners to achieve their potential in English and English Literature. Please feel free to email me at sdenglish18@gmail.com with any queries, requests or comments.

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Thank you for visiting my shop. My aim is to provide high quality teaching resources that reduce the need for hours of planning and help learners to achieve their potential in English and English Literature. Please feel free to email me at sdenglish18@gmail.com with any queries, requests or comments.
My Last Duchess
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My Last Duchess

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A PPT that teaches ‘My Last Duchess’ from the Power and Conflict Anthology. It covers: The contextual background What is a dramatic monologue? The poem, broken down into manageable chunks and annotated. A series of questions for group work. Suitable for upper-middle ability learners. An alternative lesson for the same poem is available here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/my-last-duchess-11933556
A Christmas Carol: Context Sheet
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A Christmas Carol: Context Sheet

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A double-sided, detailed context sheet for ‘A Christmas Carol’. As this doesn’t seem to show on the preview, the reverse side of the sheet contains a section on working conditions in the Victorian age and the ideas of Thomas Malthus. There is an accompanying worksheet on which students can write their notes. If preferred, these resources can be purchased as part of a larger unit of work on Stave One: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-christmas-carol-stave-one-11996048
My Last Duchess for Lower Ability
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My Last Duchess for Lower Ability

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A lesson on Browning's 'My Last Duchess' aimed at lower ability learners. It includes: Do Now Task: Learners read four context-related questions and say to what extent they agree and why. Feedback slide A conxtext sheet with accompanying true or false activity (answers included) A summary of the poem + storyboarding activity Link to YouTube video of the poem being performed The poem broken down into eleven slides with suggested translation and annotations Comparison with Ozymandias table to complete Learning Review
Narrative and Descriptive Writing for GCSE
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Narrative and Descriptive Writing for GCSE

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A 46-slide PowerPoint that provides a short course in narrative and descriptive writing for GCSE. It is aimed at middle-ability KS4 and is oriented towards AQA English Language 8700, Paper 1, Question 5. The PowerPoint covers: The writing AO’s, unpacked and turned into 7 ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions The structures of 8700 Papers 1 & 2 The difference between narrative and descriptive writing Descriptive techniques organised into the acronym MRS VAN SOAPS Descriptive writing success criteria Sample descriptive writing tasks (students choose 1 of 2) A teacher-written response (presented as an extract from a full response) Peer assessment Short story structure (Freytag’s Pyramid) Exploring Freytag’s Pyramid in relation to ‘A Christmas Carol’ Sample narrative writing tasks with planning activity Narrative writing success criteria Showing and telling in fiction 4 showing tasks with sample responses DIRT tasks Narrative choice: 1st or 3rd person with picture prompt activity Self-assessment Final writing tasks (descriptive or narrative) Peer assessment Reflection opportunity. This resource incorporates others that have previously been on sale in my shop, either in their current form or slightly tweaked. If you already have these but wish to purchase this unit of work, please contact me at and we’ll try to work something out. Resources also sold separately: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/descriptive-writing-techniques-match-up-activity-11749389 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/descriptive-writing-techniques-summary-mat-11747011 https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/short-story-planning-flow-chart-11747165 These files were last saved in Office 2016.
Leaflet Writing for GCSE: Public Transport Safety
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Leaflet Writing for GCSE: Public Transport Safety

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This lesson looks at the requirements of AQA Paper 2, Question 5 with a particular focus on leaflet-writing and the use of language to instruct and advise. It draws from my original PPT: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/leaflet-writing-for-gcse-11757705 and could be used as a follow on from the free Section A questions provided here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-8700-paper-2-railway-accidents-11992280 However, this can act as a stand-alone lesson. It covers: Key points about AQA English Language, Paper 2, Question 5 The structure of a leaflet The different purposes of a leaflet (with task) A note on planning and identifying the purpose, audience and format (with quick task). The features of writing to instruct and advise (with handout) A WAGOLL for the given task After learners have written their own, they then use success criteria to peer assess and then rate their learning. The PPT is aimed at middle-upper ability learners and is likely to take about 2 hours, including independent writing time (45mins).
London (Poem) for Lower Ability
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London (Poem) for Lower Ability

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A PPT that enables an exploration of Blake’s ‘London’. It is aimed at lower ability learners whose primary focus is understanding with some analysis of language and contextual ideas. The starter/Do Now task is a multiple-choice, general knowledge quiz about London as a city. Learners then read a context sheet for the poem and respond to the associated tasks. They then read a translation of the poem and annotate their copies in their anthology. Suggested annotations included. After this, they compare ‘London’ with ‘Tissue’ in terms of the presentation of human power. The PPT concludes with a learning review. Estimated time required: 1.5 hours.
An Introduction to Speech Writing for KS3
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An Introduction to Speech Writing for KS3

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A straightforward introduction to speech writing for lower-middle ability KS3. It covers: Starter task (see cover image) What is a speech and who makes a speech? AFOREST features used in a WAGOLL. Learners label the features used in the WAGOLL. There are two provided, one for lower ability and another providing some reading challenge. Learners then write their own persuasive statements based on the AFOREST features. Review. This lesson is likely to take around an hour.
KS3 Speech Writing: Gender Equality
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KS3 Speech Writing: Gender Equality

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A lesson that follows on from this introduction to speech writing for KS3: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/an-introduction-to-speech-writing-for-ks3-12049010 This is a speech-writing lesson based on the issue of gender equality. It includes: Starter - learners say to what extent they agree with a series of statements relating to men and women. Feedback slide Key Facts about Gender Equality sheet Links to Emma Watson’s HeForShe speech Planning sheet task Sample GCSE question (AQA-style) Writing time Peer assessment and review This lesson is aimed at lower-middle ability learners and should take about two hours. **UPDATE: WAGOLL now included and Slide 9 question corrected. **
Formal Letter Writing for GCSE
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Formal Letter Writing for GCSE

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Aimed at middle-upper ability GCSE groups, this PowerPoint teaches the layout and language of a formal letter. It is oriented towards AQA 8700/2/Question 5 but could be adapted for other boards. In order, the PowerPoint contents are: A multiple-choice entry task AQA advice on features of format A sample AQA-style question. Students identify PAF and reflect on the importance of being mindful of PAF in relation to Question 5. Extension task included. The layout of a formal letter, which students copy. Extension questions included. Notes regarding the formal greeting and formal sign-off A re-cap on the features of formal and informal language. Students cut the features out, organise them under two headings and stick them into their books. An example response to the given question. Students read and identify different features (differentiated) An opportunity for independent writing, with success criteria provided. Peer assessment and self-reflection. These files were last saved in Office 2010.
The Prelude for Lower Ability
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The Prelude for Lower Ability

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A lesson on ‘The Prelude’ for lower ability learners. It includes: Multiple choice starter based on the Romantic Movement What is ‘The Prelude’? Context sheet + tasks Suggested annotations for lower ability learners True or false to test understanding Comparison task with ‘Storm on the Island’ Review
KS3 Creative Writing: Creating Characters
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KS3 Creative Writing: Creating Characters

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This lesson focuses on the creation of interesting and believable characters. It is aimed at lower ability KS3 and follows on from the ‘Developing Skills in Creative Writing’ series: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/developing-skills-in-creative-writing-12079150 However, it can stand alone. Lesson Structure: Do Now Task - see cover image Feedback slide How many of the following statements in relation to fictional characters do you think are true or false? Feedback slide The importance of creative interesting and believable characters, with two examples. The major ‘Do’s’ and ‘Do Not’s’ of character creation Character planning worksheet task Tell a friend about your character Write an extract from your character’s story, with WAGOLL. The WAGOLL is about a penguin who has never learnt to swim. Peer Assessment Review
Broadsheet Article Writing for GCSE
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Broadsheet Article Writing for GCSE

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This lesson is aimed at middle-upper ability learners and focuses on broadsheet article writing for AQA English Language 8700/2. The questions is: “Those who are obese have nobody to blame but themselves.” Write an article for a broadsheet newspaper in which you explain your point of view on this statement. The lesson includes: Do Now Task: learners use their general knowledge to match seven health-related terms to their definitions. Teacher answers provided. Extension task included. Feedback slide For the following slides, learners use a designated note-taking sheet to record information on: Key points about AQA Question 5, Paper 2 What an AQA Paper 2, Question 5 will look like The basic differences between broadsheets, tabloids and the middle-market dailies The difference between an article and a news report Broadsheet readers Layout features of an article (heading, strapline, lead photo, by-line and date + main body) Basic language requirements of a broadsheet article From this point on: Learners look at the question again and come up with arguments for and against the statement. Feedback slide They then consider what makes a good heading, with several made-up examples What is the strapline? (Example provided) The internal structure of an article e.g. introduction, main body with PEC (point, evidence and comment) paragraphs, counterargument and conclusion. Learners take notes on a designated sheet A WAGOLL The writing task is set for homework (basic planning sheet included) Review Initially, I wrote one WAGOLL and it turned out to be too long, so I shortened it! Both are included. The shortened version has been broken up into sections on PPT slides, which you can print out and use as a carousel and group work activity, if you wish.
The Emigree for Lower Ability
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The Emigree for Lower Ability

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This lesson on ‘The Emigree’ is aimed at lower ability learners and includes: Do Now Task: Learners reflect on a range of scenarios which encourage them to think about how they would react if they were living under a totalitarian regime. Feedback slide Context sheet that focuses on Rumens’ interest in the poetry of Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam Quotation Hunt Focus on Imagery worksheet Feedback slides Learners then reflect on the presentation of power and conflict in the poem, with worksheet Comparison with Blake’s ‘London’ Venn diagram activity in terms of the presentation of place Feedback slide Review Learning
Macbeth: Act 1 for Lower Ability
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Macbeth: Act 1 for Lower Ability

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This is a newly-differentiated version of the following resource: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-annotated-act-one-11875448 This lower-ability version contains: The full text of Act 1, translated (same as original) Several key extracts for study Scene summaries for Scenes 2-7 A range of activities to develop understanding. Simplified contextual notes with a corresponding worksheet Key information with corresponding worksheet. This resource is aimed at lower-middle ability learners.
Tissue (Poem) for Lower Ability
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Tissue (Poem) for Lower Ability

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A lesson on Imtiaz Dharker’s ‘Tissue’ for lower ability learners. It includes: Do Now Task (see cover image) Keywords Task: architect, transparent, monolith and sepia. Learners look at a six images and suggest which keyword they represent. This worksheet is best printed in colour or at least projected at the time of use. Contextual information with ‘How far do you agree with these statements?’ worksheet Storyboarding the poem worksheet (learners insert quotes) Analysing three quotations task Comparison with ‘Ozymandias’ table Learning Review
Kamikaze for Lower Ability
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Kamikaze for Lower Ability

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This lesson enables learners to explore ‘Kamikaze’ by Beatrice Garland. It includes: Lesson Starter (see cover image) An image of the sinking US Arizona with the question, ‘When do you think this photograph was taken’? Learners discuss and then feedback. A context sheet contained a simplified explanation of the Pearl Harbour attack and the rise of Kamikaze pilots. There is a corresponding worksheet for this. A link to a BBC interview with a surviving Kamikaze pilot with three questions to answer. A sheet of questions to prompt annotation of the poem. The lesson is aimed at lower ability learners whose primary goal is understanding.
Poppies for Lower Ability
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Poppies for Lower Ability

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A lesson on Jane Weir’s ‘Poppies’ in the AQA Power and Conflict Anthology. It is aimed at a lower ability set and includes: A true or false starter about the important of the poppy (answers provided) A double-sided activity worksheet to enable comprehension Role on the wall activity Letter-writing extension task Review Learning Expected time: 1.5 - 2 hours
War Photographer for Lower Ability
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War Photographer for Lower Ability

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A PPT that enables an exploration of ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy. It includes: Lesson starter that encourages learners to think about the role of the war photographer Feedback slide Basic contextual information Suggested annotations aimed at lower ability learners A summary sheet and worksheet Comparison task with ‘Remains’ Review
War Photographer
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War Photographer

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A powerpoint that teaches Duffy's 'War Photographer'. Suitable for GCSE English Literature.