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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.
Broadsheet Article Writing for GCSE
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Broadsheet Article Writing for GCSE

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A lesson aimed at middle-upper ability GCSE groups preparing for English Language. Learners examine the differences between broadsheet and tabloid newspapers and the concept of the broadsheet article as opposed to the news report. This is followed by a section on the features of a broadsheet article including heading, strapline, etc. Learners read, label and analyse examples of broadsheet articles (these are differentiated) and then write their own, based on a choice of 6 possible tasks. A prompt sheet is included for learners to use as they are in the process of writing. This lesson is not tailored towards any particular board but provides learners with an understanding of what is required when writing a broadsheet article.
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 assessmemt and self-reflection. These files were last saved in Office 2016.
Short Story Planning Flow Chart 1
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Short Story Planning Flow Chart 1

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A worksheet that encourages students to plan their short stories. Suitable for KS3 and KS4 groups, NB A newer version of this worksheet should be available here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/short-story-planning-flow-chart-2-12001454
Macbeth Homework Booklets
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Macbeth Homework Booklets

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Four moderately differentiated homework booklets for the study of ‘Macbeth’. Each booklet includes: A brief guide to the AQA 8700/8702 Language and Literature exams; The 8702 assessment objectives, translated into simpler English. A sample Macbeth question 11 extracts from the play, with similar activities for each (cover image gives an indication). At the end of each booklet is a brief revision and consolidation section. Booklet 5A is largely in font size 14 with line-spacing at 1.5. In the first section, you may need to edit the information about the Literature exam if your group is not studying ‘A Christmas Carol’. These booklets were last saved using Word 2016. UPDATE: the answer booklet for the eleven extract-based questions can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/macbeth-hwk-booklets-answer-booklet-11883445
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
Sentence Types
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Sentence Types

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An introduction to simple, compound and complex sentences with activities at the end. Suitable for KS2 or lower KS3 groups.
Elements of Structure
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Elements of Structure

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A 30-slide PowerPoint that aims to teach the concept of structure in fiction and how to respond to Paper 1, Question 3 (AQA 8700). The PowerPoint covers: An entry task based on a quotation from Stephen King The meaning of structure in fiction texts The difference between language and structure Key structural devices including: dialogue, repetition, first sentence/last sentence/narrative standpoint, sequence of events, focus, foreshadowing, foregrounding, analepsis, prolepsis, motif, zoom in, zoom out, cyclical structure, cohesion, symbolism and internal/external contrast. Students cut up a grid of terms and match the terms to their explanations. Some of these are self-explanatory. This activity should be done in pairs, although students should have their own copies for revision purposes. A sample response in relation to a Question 3 focusing on an extract from ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. Success criteria included. Freytag’s Pyramid of Dramatic Structure. Students add detail to a relevant diagram. Application of Freytag’s Pyramind in relation to the story of Little Red Riding Hood Application of Freytag’s Pyramid in relation to Paper 1, Question 3 Sample questions for students to complete. Two extracts provided are from ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. Sample responses to the Jekyll/Carol questions. Student read and judge against the success critera. An opportunity for peer assessment of their own responses Self-reflection. Given the emphasis on clear explanation of structural features, students should be working at or towards level 3 on the relevantAQA mark scheme. These files were last saved in Office 2016.
AQA Paper 2, Question 5 Proofreading Task: School Uniform
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AQA Paper 2, Question 5 Proofreading Task: School Uniform

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A sample essay in response to an AQA 8700, Paper 2, Question 5-style task. There is a teacher copy and a student copy. The latter is littered with deliberate errors for learners to identify and correct. It is aimed at middle-upper ability groups and the question could be adapted to be relevant to other boards. It could be used as a homework activity or a lesson starter to draw attention to the need for checking for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Leaflet Writing for GCSE
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Leaflet Writing for GCSE

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A PowerPoint that covers leaflet writing for GCSE. It is aimed at middle-ability learners working towards an extended response to a task such as ‘Write the text of a leaflet for…’ The lesson covers the purpose and structure of a leaflet Persuasive language features (FOREST) Modal and imperative verbs. Leaflets with a multi purpose. There is an extended writing task at the end where learners have to work out the purpose and audience for themselves. These files were last saved in Office 2016.
Women in Literature Unit of Work
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Women in Literature Unit of Work

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A 9-10 week unit of work aimed at upper ability Year 8 learners. The activities are based on a range of extracts that focus on popular female literary characters. Links are provided to the relevant extracts which are from: ‘Great Expectations’ (sample answer included) ‘The Hunger Games’ ‘Gone With the Wind’ (sample answer included) ‘Wuthering Heights’ There are also activities that focus on Roald Dahl’s Miss Trunchbull (from ‘Matilda’) and Mrs Pratchett (From ‘Boy’). Lastly, learners read and explore ‘The Lady of Shalott’ (Tennyson). The assessment tasks focus on two different extracts from ‘The Hunger Games’. This unit of work uses AQA 8700/1-style questions but could be adapted with other exam boards in mind.
Priestley, Time and An Inspector Calls
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Priestley, Time and An Inspector Calls

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An essay on two important theories of time and their representation in Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. Could be used as a teaching tool with middle-upper GCSE groups.
Speech Writing for Lower Ability
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Speech Writing for Lower Ability

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A 98-slide PowerPoint that provides a short course in speech writing for lower ability KS4 or lower ability Year 9. The speech focus is based on Malala’s UN speech on the importance of education. For copywright reasons I cannot provide the texts but there are links to each of them. The PPT covers: What is a speech and who makes speeches The importance of context Malala’s background inc. link to video Malala quotation-inference match up task Directed reading: Malala’s speech Malala’s speech comprehension task (cut out a summary of some of the main ideas in her speech and stick them in the right order on a blank copy of the flowchart) Exploration: why is education important? FOREST persuasive techniques acronym (as opposed to AFOREST) FOREST techniques match-up Applying FOREST to extracts from Malala’s speech Applying FOREST to an extract from a speech about bullying The process of speech writing: introduction, making points, forming evidence, discussing evidence (v. briefly, given the target-ability) Concluding the speech Exploring public-speaking skills by watching three youtube videos (links provided) Review In the final stages the emphasis moves towards practising public-speaking so you may wish to book additional space for learners to ‘spread out’ and practise the delivery of their speeches. This unit of work is likely to cover about 5-6 weeks.
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.