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I have a BA in English from Royal Holloway, University of London, and have decided to use my love of Literature to help young people. I currently Tutor English Lit & Lang 1-1. My shop provides resources for teaching GCSE students English Language and Literature, in line with the new Grade 9-1 grading system. Many GCSE resources are primarily AQA, but can be easily adapted for other examining boards too. Some resources available for younger students too! Add passion to your teaching!

I have a BA in English from Royal Holloway, University of London, and have decided to use my love of Literature to help young people. I currently Tutor English Lit & Lang 1-1. My shop provides resources for teaching GCSE students English Language and Literature, in line with the new Grade 9-1 grading system. Many GCSE resources are primarily AQA, but can be easily adapted for other examining boards too. Some resources available for younger students too! Add passion to your teaching!
Descriptive Piece (AQA Language Paper 1)

Descriptive Piece (AQA Language Paper 1)

This is a SAM AQA Language Paper 1 question for the Writing section of the paper, supported with an example descriptive piece I wrote myself for my students. The descriptive piece is designed to explore the 5 Phase planning structure, as laid out in the ‘AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language and Literature Revision and Exam Practice’, Scholastic, 2017. The lesson idea would be to look at the 5 Phase Planning Sheet (based on the AQA GCSE 9-1…’), discuss the purpose of these phases, read the SAM question, and then read the example descriptive piece to annotate. The student can then see how the writer can move seamlessly through these 5 phases, and also note the importance of figurative language (including metaphors, similes, personification, juxtaposition etc), which is needed to score the higher marks. The 5 Phase planning grid and the concept of these phases have been taken from the ‘AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language and Literature Revision and Exam Practice’, Scholastic, 2017’. However, the descriptive piece answer is entirely my own work. This can be easily adapted for other exam boards too. All feedback welcome, and I hope this is of some use for teachers, tutors and students alike!
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Structural Devices Revision Mind Map

Structural Devices Revision Mind Map

This is a visual revision resource aimed at GCSE students for Language Paper 1 (AQA), Question 3 on structure. Designed with AQA in mind, this can be easily adapted and used for students sitting any exam board, including Edexcel and OCR. Created for revision purposes with students in mind who have already covered the definitions of these devices and how they function within a text. Colourful and with some illustrations to engage the “teenage” mind and stand out visually! Any feedback very welcome!
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Word Types and Blake's 'A Poison Tree'

Word Types and Blake's 'A Poison Tree'

This is a great resource for younger students and GCSE students alike. Having explored the different word types already with a student, this activity asks the student to consider what certain word type category underlined or highlighted words fit into, given the sentence they are used in. This activity is based on Blake’s poem, ‘A Poison Tree’, which is included in the Edexcel GCSE ‘Conflict’ poetry cluster. This activity gets the student to not only become more familiar and confident with their word types, but also engages the student in looking at some poetry too. It also teaches the student that certain words are not always considered to be the same word type, but change in accordance with how/in what context the word is used. The lesson could then progress into an analysis of the poem, or simply be used to cement learning word types. All feedback welcome!
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Word Types & 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney

Word Types & 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney

This is a great resource for younger students and GCSE students alike. Having explored the different word types already with a student, this activity asks the student to consider what certain word type category underlined or highlighted words fit into, given the sentence they are used in. This activity is based on Seamus Heaney’s poem, ‘Storm on the Island’, which is from the AQA GCSE ‘Power & Conflict’ poetry cluster. This activity gets the student to not only become more familiar and confident with their word types, but also engages the student in looking at some poetry too. It also teaches the student that certain words are not always considered to be the same word type, but change in accordance with how/in what context the word is used. The lesson could then progress into an analysis of the poem, or simply be used to cement learning word types. All feedback welcome!
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AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 2

AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 2

This is a SAM GCSE AQA Language Paper 2. Mark scheme not included, but any experienced teacher/tutor working to the new AQA 9-1 GCSE specification can easily guide their student/s through this practice assessment. All feedback welcome! Please leave a positive review if you have enjoyed this resource!
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AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 1

AQA GCSE SAM Language Paper 1

This is a SAM GCSE AQA Language Paper 1. Mark scheme not included but easily taught by tutors/teachers working with the AQA GCSE 9-1 specification. All feedback welcome!
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Descriptive Piece (AQA Language Paper 1)

Descriptive Piece (AQA Language Paper 1)

This is a SAM AQA Language Paper 1 question for the Writing section of the paper, supported with an example descriptive piece I wrote myself for my students. The descriptive piece is designed to explore the 5 Phase planning structure, as laid out in the ‘AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language and Literature Revision and Exam Practice’, Scholastic, 2017. The lesson idea would be to look at the 5 Phase Planning Sheet (based on the AQA GCSE 9-1…’), discuss the purpose of these phases, read the SAM question, and then read the example descriptive piece to annotate. The student can then see how the writer can move seamlessly through these 5 phases, and also note the importance of figurative language (including metaphors, similes, personification, juxtaposition etc), which is needed to score the higher marks. The 5 Phase planning grid and the concept of these phases have been taken from the ‘AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language and Literature Revision and Exam Practice’, Scholastic, 2017’. However, the descriptive piece answer is entirely my own work. This can be easily adapted for other exam boards too. All feedback welcome, and I hope this is of some use for teachers, tutors and students alike!
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Essay Question on 'Hard Frost' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process

Essay Question on 'Hard Frost' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process

This is a great lesson starter aimed at GCSE students to help with the Unseen Poetry section of their Literature exams. This resource offers up an essay question on the included poem, ‘Hard Frost’ by Andrew John Young, and walks the student through the PEAL paragraph process to address this question, including a planning grid. All feedback welcome!
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Appropriate Essay Vocab

Appropriate Essay Vocab

This is a handout designed for GCSE students to help with sentence starters, vocab and phrases when analysing Literature set texts and Poetry. Great for revision and for aiding essay technique! All feedback welcome!
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Planning a Comparative Essay for GCSE Poetry Anthologies

Planning a Comparative Essay for GCSE Poetry Anthologies

This includes 2 planning grids with a step-by-step guide as to how to approach a comparative essay on GCSE Poetry Anthologies. This explains the step-by-step process whether a student is being taught to write in PEAL/PEEL or PETER paragraphs. Aimed at AQA, Edexcel and OCR GCSE students for Literature papers. All feedback welcome!
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Similes & Metaphors Worksheet

Similes & Metaphors Worksheet

This is a simple worksheet to aid students with their learning of similes and metaphors, how to recognise them and label them, and how to create their own similes/metaphors. Great for GCSE students and younger students alike! All feedback welcome!
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Descriptive Writing Colour Synonyms Worksheet

Descriptive Writing Colour Synonyms Worksheet

This is a great worksheet to help aid students to reach higher marks in their descriptive writing by using higher level vocab, i.e. colour synonyms. Primarily aimed at GCSE students for the Writing section of AQA Language Paper 1, this resource is really useful for students sitting other exam boards too and even younger and lower ability students. All feedback welcome!
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Planning and Writing a Narrative (AQA Language Paper 1)

Planning and Writing a Narrative (AQA Language Paper 1)

This is aimed at GCSE students preparing to sit the AQA Language Paper 1, but can easily be used for other exam boards too. This lesson starter explores the structuring of a narrative and then includes a planning grid so that students can plan the phases of their narrative piece for the Writing section (Question 5) of AQA Language Paper 1. All feedback welcome!
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Essay Question on 'Nettles' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process

Essay Question on 'Nettles' Unseen Poetry & PEAL Paragraph Process

This is a great lesson starter aimed at GCSE students to help with the Unseen Poetry section of their Literature exams. This resource offers up an essay question on the included poem, ‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell, and walks the student through the PEAL paragraph process to address this question, including a planning grid. All feedback welcome!
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AQA English Language 2: Writing for Purpose

AQA English Language 2: Writing for Purpose

This is a great lesson plan discussing the purpose behind writing a non-fiction piece, such as which forms the Writing section of AQA Language Paper 2. A simple handout displays the key features of writing in the required form, i.e. a formal letter, magazine/newspaper article, speech, or text for a leaflet. There is then an explanatory handout discussing the differences between writing to persuade, instruct, advise or inform. This encourages the student to consider their choice of language and phrasing, depending on the purpose of their writing. The planning grid at the end encourages the student to consider the “GAP” (Genre, Purpose, Audience) before beginning the Writing task, and plan their key points and the key features needed, depending on what form they are writing in. An example Writing question is then included, which you can work through with your student to plan, before writing up in full. So many students tend to just “dive in” before planning their responses. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!” This lesson will stress the need for students to plan their writing and the purpose behind it, before beginning this task. Easily adaptable for other boards including Edexcel and OCR. All feedback welcome!
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Structural Devices Revision Mind Map

Structural Devices Revision Mind Map

This is a visual revision resource aimed at GCSE students for Language Paper 1 (AQA), Question 3 on structure. Designed with AQA in mind, this can be easily adapted and used for students sitting any exam board, including Edexcel and OCR. Created for revision purposes with students in mind who have already covered the definitions of these devices and how they function within a text. Colourful and with some illustrations to engage the “teenage” mind and stand out visually! Any feedback very welcome!
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