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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.
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
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.
Essay Writing - The Northern Lights - Challenging
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Essay Writing - The Northern Lights - Challenging

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KS3 - Developing essay writing. Challenging task for extra work/summer/extended project. Using Philip Pullman’s ‘The Northern Lights’. Planning their own essay topic - choosing their own essay title. Success criteria. Structure of an essay. PQEL explanation - with a more detailed scaffold. Self assessment. Questions for book review.
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.
Woman in Black - Full Scheme of Work
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Woman in Black - Full Scheme of Work

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Full SOW - Bridging unit for Year 9 students - GCSE. Complete SOW with Power Points, YouTube clips and worksheets. OFSTED rated 'Outstanding' lessons. Covers creative writing, speaking and listening and analysis. Previously up on TES and had 33 reviews at 4.9 stars and was recommended for teachers by the TES Resource Team, featuring in their English newsletter.
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.
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.
Fantasy Writing
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Fantasy Writing

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KS3 lesson analysing fantasy writing and the fantasy genre Clips to help understanding conventions of fantasy genre Extracts from different fantasy novels - Aladdin and Eragon, LOTR (for higher ability) to annotate and explore.
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
Essay Writing  - Of Mice and Men
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Essay Writing - Of Mice and Men

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Focus on how to develop analysis and structure a solid essay. Common errors with essay writing. Pair work to explore George and Lennie's relationship. Close analysis of language - authorial intention. Teacher model of introduction, main body and development. Mark scheme.
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.
Curley's Wife - Of Mice and Men
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Curley's Wife - Of Mice and Men

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Discussion of how she's presented. Authorial intentions of her presentation. Finding quotes to analyse. Example of teacher model - analysing quote. Exam question. PQEL framework. Mark scheme.
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.
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.
15min assembly on British Values - focus on tolerance, respect and understanding.
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15min assembly on British Values - focus on tolerance, respect and understanding.

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An assembly on British Values with a focus on tolerance, respect and understanding with a link to immigration. Looking at the roots of Britain and the linguistic origins. How the media can make being British seem bad - but in fact we should be proud to be British. Immigration and identifying as British. Examples of why immigration and being British go hand in hand. The need for tolerance and respect of other people.
Poetry - Analysis and writing of Ballads
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Poetry - Analysis and writing of Ballads

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Great fun for KS3. What is a ballad? Analysing two ballads and discussing differences between two teacher models. Sheet to annotate and question to answer with prompt questions. How to plan a ballad Scaffolding on how to write a ballad. Rhyming bank. Peer and self assessment.
Heroes and Villains SOW KS3 - Drama, Reading and Writing
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Heroes and Villains SOW KS3 - Drama, Reading and Writing

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SOW for KS3 A SOW looking at contemporary heroes and villains - focus on drama but with reading and writing also. Teacher models Persuasive writing Monologue writing Speaking and listening Creative writing Analysis Research tasks Clips Previously on TES with 12 reviews at 5 star rating - TES recommended. A well-planned, drama-based scheme of that is also effectively mapped in terms of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Engaging content and a great range of activities and resources. Thank very much for sharing this collection of resources; it'll be featured in the next secondary English newsletter - w/c 1st October 2012 Quotes from teachers Everything here is of a really high standard and very detailed - many thanks for this :) Brilliant- modern and useful! Just what I need for my year 7 class. Thank you for sharing A very detailed and comprehensive resource. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Mini SOW Creative Writing
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Mini SOW Creative Writing

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Can be used together as a mini SOW developing creative writing techniques. KS3. All resources fit into the fantasy genre. Show, don't tell Building believable characters Setting Tension Starting to structure ideas Extracts to annotate and analyse