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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.
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’.
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.
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
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
Bayonet Charge for Lower Ability
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Bayonet Charge for Lower Ability

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A lesson on Ted Hughes’ ‘Bayonet Charge’ for lower ability learners, It includes: Starter - a short explanation of what a bayonet is and how they were used in WW1. Learners then answer ‘Why do you think the bayonet was considered to be a suitable weapon for infantry attacks?’ Feedback slide Basic contextual information about the poet. A link to a relevant YouTube video Learners then read the poem and use choose quotations to caption six images on a storyboard depicting the main events of the poem. This is followed by a worksheet in which learners are asked to make three basic comparisons with ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ (this will have to have been covered beforehand). The table is partly filled in. 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
KS3 Creative Writing: Flashback
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KS3 Creative Writing: Flashback

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This is the eleventh in the KS3 Creative Writing for lower ability learners. It follows on from this introduction to creative writing techniques: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/introduction-to-creative-writing-la-ks3-12065152 This lesson includes: Do Now Task (see cover image) Feedback slide An introduction to flashback as a device + what is a flashback? Links to YouTube videos in which flashback is used in 3 different films. Learners watch the clips and then say at what point the flashback occurs An introduction to flashback as a structural technique + the difference between language and structure Different ways of incorporating a flashback (worksheet) Feedback slides Flashback writing task with basic and challenge success criteria Peer assessment Review Estimated time 1:5 hours
'Kamikaze' with 'Remains' Comparison
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'Kamikaze' with 'Remains' Comparison

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A 12-slide powerpoint that guides an exploration of ‘Kamikaze’ by Beatrice Garland in the AQA P&C anthology. After thinking about the meaning of the word ‘Kamikaze’, learners explore the historical context of the poem using a context notes sheet and accompanying worksheet. Learners explore the poem using a range of questions for each stanza. This could be done in pairs, groups or individually. The exploration of the poem is followed by a GCSE-style question that encourages learners to think about how ‘Kamikaze’ compares with ‘Remains’ in terms of the impact of conflict. There is a comparison table for learners to fill in (teacher answers provided) and then learners undertake the question. The lesson concludes with peer assessment using a mark scheme with indicative content for each lesson. The whole session should take approximately 2 hours. The lesson is aimed at middle-upper ability learners. If you choose to purchase this resource, please also ensure that you also download my free Power and Conflict Mark Scheme that is based on the AQA original: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/power-and-conflict-mark-scheme-11931715
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.
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. An alternative to this lesson is available here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/leaflet-writing-for-gcse-public-transport-safety-12002132
KS3 Speech Writing: The Plastics Debate
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KS3 Speech Writing: The Plastics Debate

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An extended 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 lesson can stand alone but assumes some pre-teaching of AFOREST. A starter tasks invites learners to examine a range of images relating to plastic waste (see cover image). They then examine a list of keywords and attempt to match them to the correct definition. This is accompanied by a challenge task for more able learners, in which learners attempt to make connections between the keywords. The answers to the definitions tasks are provided. After this, learners discuss in pairs whether there is a need to ban plastics in the UK. A YouTube video link on the ‘plastic problem’ is also provided but optional. Learners then read the arguments for and against a plastic ban and transform these onto a summary sheet of six boxes. The aim is for each box to contain one point, one relevant image and one piece of evidence. They go on to thinking about how they could apply their knowledge of AFOREST to this debate. There is a sample GCSE question (AQA style) with a WAGOLL for annotation according to 5 success criteria. Learners then write their own speech in relation to the plastics debate. The lesson ends with learners peer assessing each other’s work. The material is aimed at middle-ability KS3 but could be used with KS4 with some tailoring.
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.
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
The Presentation of Women in 'Jekyll and Hyde'
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The Presentation of Women in 'Jekyll and Hyde'

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An Active Inspire mind map that explores the presentation of women in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. UPDATE: this Active Inspire file and the other Jekyll and Hyde mind maps are available as screenshots on PowerPoint and as PDFs. If this is a more convenient software choice for you, please download/purchase this resource/bundle and then email me using the address on my store front. Just click on ‘More about this author’.