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I’ve been teaching for 11 years and love creating engaging, student led lessons that allow students of all abilities to enjoy English and achieve to the best of their ability.

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I’ve been teaching for 11 years and love creating engaging, student led lessons that allow students of all abilities to enjoy English and achieve to the best of their ability.
15min assembly - Human Curiosity / Life Long Learners
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15min assembly - Human Curiosity / Life Long Learners

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A 15min assembly on Human Curiosity / Life Long Learners. Could be done as a form group or one person. Looking at things that make us curious - aliens, ghosts, Jack the Ripper, Mary Celeste, the Kraken, Bermuda Triangle. Exploring why these things fascinate us. This then links to why curiosity is a good thing - the positive impact it can have. Isaac Newton and his curiosity about why the apple fell. The creator of Wikipedia and his thirst for knowledge. Being a life long learner and how we should feed our curiosity. Link to short clip in the PPT. Slides with writing on are not visible when PPT is in full screen mode.
Macbeth - Theme - Speaking and Listening
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Macbeth - Theme - Speaking and Listening

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Exploring the theme of responsibility in Macbeth. Can be used for speaking and listening or as an engaging way to consolidate plot. Students need to work in groups to stage a trial of either the witches, Lord or Lady Macbeth. Rules of group work included. Roles for each person. Questions to consider. Essay question to consolidate at end of task.
Of Mice and Men - Responsibility
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Of Mice and Men - Responsibility

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Who is responsible for the death of Lennie Small? Creative way to get students to engage with debating the end of the novella. Helps consolidate plot and develop sophisticated arguments about responsibility. Clear instructions for group work. Mark scheme. Roles of different characters.
Characterisation
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Characterisation

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KS3 lesson on establishing character Extracts to analyse Conventional and unconventional heroic characters List of things to include to create an engaging and believable character Peer assessment with questions to answer
Developing Language Analysis
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Developing Language Analysis

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Lesson looking at connotation and denotation to help students look for meaning behind language. Extract to discuss and analyse. Model of how to analyse language. Model analysis to go though as a class. Differentiated tasks. Peer assessment.
Slim - Of Mice and Men
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Slim - Of Mice and Men

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Analysis of Slim and the language choices of Steinbeck. Connotations of word choices. Metaphors and foreshadowing. God-like / Darwinian in nature. A-Grade interpretations. C-grade model. Exam essay with mark scheme.
Creative Writing - Macbeth - OUTSTANDING Lesson
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Creative Writing - Macbeth - OUTSTANDING Lesson

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Ofsted rated OUTSTANDING Lesson. Takes two lessons / one lesson and a HW. Creative writing in response to Macbeth's witches. Looking at rhyming couplets, sophisticated vocabulary, Shakespearian language, structure. Differentiated tasks. Resource to aid weaker students. Peer assessment.
George and Lennie - Of Mice and Men
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George and Lennie - Of Mice and Men

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Lesson exploring the relationship between George and Lennie in OMAM The different types of relationship How they relationships are presented Analysis of quotes - teacher model Development of more sophisticated ideas Asks students to do an in-depth analysis of a quote with authorial intentions linking to theme
Assembly - Homelessness in the UK
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Assembly - Homelessness in the UK

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Looking at views of homelessness and the facts about homelessness in the UK. Exploring why people are homeless. Clip on homelessness in the UK. How can we help - Big Issue clip. Avoiding being judgemental and being grateful for what we've got.
Writing to Inform
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Writing to Inform

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Lesson on how to make engaging writing to inform. Question to write. List of techniques. Tips on how to plan and write. Looking at TAPS. Teacher models to analyse.
Descriptive Writing lesson - Show, don't tell.
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Descriptive Writing lesson - Show, don't tell.

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A descriptive writing lesson building on a class' understanding of 'show, don't tell'. Looking at building simple sentences into showing sentences where descriptive techniques have been used to create impact. List of techniques needed, teacher model, sentences to convert to description, self assessment.
Creative Writing - Magical Creature Encounter! KS3
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Creative Writing - Magical Creature Encounter! KS3

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KS3 lesson on creative writing Creating a mythical creature! Scenario - lost in the woods and come across a new creature. Develop setting through brainstorm & answering questions. Draw and describe creature met there - make sure they fit setting. Targets for different levels. Self assess.
Analysis development - how to analyse at word level.
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Analysis development - how to analyse at word level.

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Focusing on developing detailed and thoughtful analysis of language. Using an extract from The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Re-cap of PQEL structure. Individual analysis of extract - feed back as class. Connotation and denotation re-cap Teacher model Essay style question using skills developed in the lesson.
Exploring Genres
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Exploring Genres

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KS3 lesson exploring conventions of genre. Pair work detailing different conventions of genre. Trailer for films to help understanding of conventions of genre. Creative writing task writing the opening paragraph to a story from this genre. Describe the location and introduce one character. Differentiated tasks. Peer assessment
Four lessons exploring Sci-Fi - Reading, Writing and Group Tasks.
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Four lessons exploring Sci-Fi - Reading, Writing and Group Tasks.

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Four lessons on Sci-Fi Basic overview of what makes Sci-Fi - film clips, discussion etc. Creative tasks - imagining what the future might be like. Creative writing tasks with differentiated success criteria. Inference and deduction - group work analysing a text and working out if someone really spotted an alien! A Martain Sends a Postcard Home - reading and discussing and then creating a description of their own alien.
Birdsong Revision Booklet
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Birdsong Revision Booklet

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A comprehensive 32 page revision booklet on ‘Birdsong’ for A-Level. Written around on ‘Aspects of Narrative’ - easily adaptable. Multiple interpretations and possible ideas with promt questions to help engage and develop ideas. Strongest quotes taken from throughout the book to aid analysis. ALAAL (A Lot About A Little) analysis ideas and examples.
Travel Writing - Full Scheme of Work
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Travel Writing - Full Scheme of Work

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A creative SOW focussing on Travel Writing. All full lessons with different writing styles. Creating their own country and persuading people to visit. Writing to describe. Analysing persuasive adverts. Both non-fiction and creative writing. PowerPoints, worksheets, links to YouTube clips. Previously on TES - reviewed 66 times and given a 4.9 star rating.
Fact and Opinion Langauge Lesson
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Fact and Opinion Langauge Lesson

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A lesson looking at identifying and exploring the effects of facts and opinions. Worksheet and 2 lessons. Lesson 1- what are the differences and analysing a piece of writing. Lesson 2 - doing their own piece of analysis.
Writing to Explain
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Writing to Explain

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A 33 slide PPT. Explores exam style writing questions. Writing to explain, looking at broadsheet newspapers, analysing examples, developing their own opinions and then writing an exam style answer.
Creating Tension KS3
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Creating Tension KS3

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KS3 lesson exploring tension What is tension? Extract to annotate for creation of tension Pair work to explore text Creative writing to continue extract with devices to create tension Success criteria Self assessment