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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.
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
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
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.
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. **
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.
Macbeth: Act 2 for Lower Ability
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Macbeth: Act 2 for Lower Ability

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This is a newly differentiated version of this resource: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-annotated-act-two-11875453 This lower ability version contains: The full text of Act 2, translated (same as original) Scene summaries for Scenes 1-4 Scene 2 (the immediate aftermath) full text with corresponding questions 5 Worksheets to be carried out alongside the reading of Act 2. This unit contains fewer resources than the corresponding unit for Act 1, but this reflected in the price. It was created with the issue of time pressure in mind.
Exposure for Lower Ability
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Exposure for Lower Ability

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This PPT enables an exploration of ‘Exposure’ by Wilfred Owen, part of the AQA Power and Conflict Anthology. It is aimed at lower ability learners whose primary objective is understanding and basic comparisons. It includes: Starter: Infer the meaning of the word exposure by examining the three images (sun exposure, exposure to the elements, exposure to harmful gases in the air) Learners then look at an image of WW1 soldiers in the trenches and link it to their understanding of the word exposure. There is a context sheet which explains some of the background to the poem e.g. the Western Front and conditions for soldiers in the trenches. Learners then work through relevant tasks e.g. label the Western Front on a blank map of Europe. Poem synopsis with 4 comprehension questions. The poem translated into reasonably simply English + reduction task. Suggested annotations for lower ability learners. A comparison table for completion (presentation of effects of war with ‘Remains’. Review.
Storm on the Island for Lower Ability
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Storm on the Island for Lower Ability

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A lesson ‘Storm on the Island’ for lower ability learners. It includes: Do Now task: learners examine an image of storm in a coastal area, identifying how it represents power and conflict. Context sheet with corresponding tasks Quotation hunt Comparison with Exposure in terms of 1) power and 2) conflict Review
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
'An Inspector Calls': Act Three Unit of Work
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'An Inspector Calls': Act Three Unit of Work

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A 110-slide PowerPoint that explores Act Three of ‘An Inspector Calls’. The PPT covers: Revision of Act Two Put quotations in order + identify quotes in relation to three different themes: a) Parents and children b) Responsibility c) Capitalism versus socialism. A range of differentiated sample paragraphs in response to the above tasks. Students identify the missing words. Worksheets for the characters of Arthur, Sheila, Gerald and Sybil in terms of their attitude towards responsibility. Quotations: ‘Who Said What?’ task + sample answers Exploration task on how Act Two ends (differentiated). Act Three: Focus on Eric: Quotation Hunt followed by comparison task in relation to Eric and Eva’s relationship and Gerald and Daisy’s relationship. Illegal Versus Immoral Behaviour task. A 15-point quiz (essentially how capitalist/socialist are you?) Group-work task on the contextual background of the Inspector’s speech: capitalism v socalism, communism, the rise of the USSR, communism in the USSR, the reasons for Priestley’s socialist views, British capitalists’ antipathy towards socalism, rising public interest in socialism, Conservative anti-socialist propaganda task (diff’d) + the Labour win of 1945 + its effects. Analysis of the Inspector’s final speech task. Drama activity. Sample extended analysis of the Inspector’s final speech. Exploring the aftermath of the Inspector’s departure + extended response task on theme of responsibility. The significance of the end of the play in terms of the generational divide + time theories in ‘An Inspector Calls’, extended response Act 3: 20 questions A whole-play revision section. This resource is suited to middle-upper-ability learners.
Remains for Lower Ability
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Remains for Lower Ability

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A ready-to-go lesson on ‘Remains’ in the P&C Anthology. It is aimed at low ability learners whose primary goal is understanding the poem. The lesson includes: A starter that encourages learners to think about PTSD and how they might advise someone who is showing symptoms of PTSD Feedback slide What is trauma? What events could be considered traumatic? Discuss in pairs. Feedback slide with link to YouTube video A storyboarding activity in which learners read the poem and then label the nine scenes with quotations from the poem. This comes with two additional challenge tasks. A straightforward comparison table with ‘Poppies’, by Jane Weir, on the subject of internal conflict. Review. A free lesson on ‘Poppies’ can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/poppies-for-lower-ability-12073600 You may wish to undertake this lesson before moving onto ‘Remains’.
Exposure
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Exposure

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A PPT that teaches Owen’s ‘Exposure’. Aimed at middle-upper ability GCSE. There is a dictionary activity to begin with, followed by some contextual background and then an annotated copy of the poem. The PPT concludes with tasks for group work.
Checking Out Me History: Lower Ability
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Checking Out Me History: Lower Ability

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A lesson on John Agard’s ‘Checking Out Me History’ aimed at lower ability learners. It includes: Do Now task (shown on cover slide) Contextual information regarding the historical figures and events referenced in the poem, with corresponding worksheet. Link to relevant video + the meaning of ‘Eurocentric’ Quotation Hunt + Challenge Task Imagery in the poem worksheet Comparison table to complete with ‘My Last Duchess’ in terms of the presentation of the abuse of power. Review learning with challenge question.
Macbeth for Lower Ability
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Macbeth for Lower Ability

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These resources were created for lower ability KS4 groups looking to study ‘Macbeth’ over the course of around five weeks. For each act, there is a PPT with the full text translated into modern English. There is also a range of worksheets to develop understanding. Act One also contains simplified contextual notes with a corresponding worksheet.
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
'An Inspector Calls' Act Two Unit of Work
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'An Inspector Calls' Act Two Unit of Work

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A 63-slide PowerPoint that explores Act Two of ‘An Inspector Calls’. It covers: Revision of some of the key ideas from Act One Two separate keywords activities for Act Two (worksheets included) A sequencing of Gerald’s affair task Three differentiated questions to encourage analysis of Gerald’s affair: a) in terms of his relationship with Sheila; b) In terms of the patriarchal society of the Edwardian Era; c) In term of Marxist theory (worksheet + sample answers for B and C included) Daisy’s Diary creative writing task Notes on the contextual background of the Brumley Women’s Charity Organisation e.g. noblesse oblige and the deserving and undeserving poor A quotation hunt based on some of the key ideas in early Act Two The Literature Assessment Objectives and an example analysis paragraph based on a Sybil quotation Inference-making activity based on a range of things Sybil says in Act Two True or False statements relating to Eva Smith’s application for charity A ‘why do you think’ series of statements relating to Eva Smith’s application for charity (suggested answers included) A final extended-response question: How does Priestley present Sybil Birling in Act Two? (high level sample answer included) A 20-question quiz on Act Two. Review This unit of work follows on from: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-an-inspector-calls-act-one-unit-of-work-11839609 It can exist independently but it assumes some pre-teaching of contextual ideas including Marxist Theory and capitalism v socialism.
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.
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
AQA 8700 Paper 1, Section A: Jaws
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AQA 8700 Paper 1, Section A: Jaws

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This is a Language Paper 1, Section A-style series of questions based on an extract from the Peter Benchley novel ‘Jaws’. I obtained the extract here: http://www.geoffbarton.co.uk/files/teacher-resources/Teaching Tension/Jaws text.doc