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I am an English teacher, keen on Media Studies. I produce well-presented, ready-to-use and practical resources.

I am an English teacher, keen on Media Studies. I produce well-presented, ready-to-use and practical resources.
Iain Crichton Smith BUNDLE - N5 / Higher Scottish Text
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Iain Crichton Smith BUNDLE - N5 / Higher Scottish Text

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Includes stand-alone units on The Telegram, The Red Door, Mother and Son, and Home. Contains everything you need to teach the included stories for the Critical Reading Paper, and/or Critical Essays. Each unit includes: A standalone workbook that can be completed by students either alongside teaching, or as revision. A detailed presentation which has been used to successful teach the texts in detail. All students need is a copy of the texts for annotation.
Psycho BUNDLE - Media Resources
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Psycho BUNDLE - Media Resources

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A wide array of teaching resources for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic PSYCHO. Includes slides and worksheets for key scenes. Pre-annotated, but also useful for working through in class alongside the film.
Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli - Film & Media Unit Workbook
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Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli - Film & Media Unit Workbook

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Workbook: 26 pages - over 13 lessons-worth of material. Ready to go. Presentation 1: A Brief Introduction to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli to get things started. Presentation 2: A guide to beginning a review / critical essay on Spirited Away. This is a media unit, aimed at late primary, middle school, or early high school. It covers the entire film, and is designed to be used while watching the film to take notes, develop understanding, and gain insight into themes and symbols. The last page is an essay plan. Print and use straight away, or print pages individually. “…an enchanted and enchanting feature from the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki which left me feeling lighter than air. It is a beautifully drawn and wonderfully composed work of art - really, no other description will do - which takes us on a rocket-fuelled flight of fancy, with tenderly and shrewdly conceived characters on board.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Iain Crichton Smith - The Red Door (Teaching Unit)
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Iain Crichton Smith - The Red Door (Teaching Unit)

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A selection of resources designed to teach or revise Iain Crichton Smith’s short story ‘The Red Door’. Aimed at those studying for either National 5, or Higher level, these resources apply to both the Critical Reading (Scottish Text) and Critical Essay sections of the exam papers. Includes comprehensive teaching slides, attractively designed to cover all aspects of the text. A work booklet provides students with tasks that can be undertaken independently or as a whole class process. Includes an annotated versions of the text in the slides - clear these off if you wish to use the slides yourself!
Iain Crichton Smith - The Telegram (Teaching Unit)
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Iain Crichton Smith - The Telegram (Teaching Unit)

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A selection of resources designed to teach or revise Iain Crichton Smith’s short story ‘The Telegram’. Aimed at those studying for either National 5, or Higher level, these resources apply to both the Critical Reading and Critical Essay sections of the exam papers. Includes comprehensive teaching slides, attractively designed to cover all aspects of the text. A separate work booklet provides students with tasks that can be undertaken independently or as a whole class process. Includes an annotated versions of the text in the slides - clear these off if you wish to use the slides yourself!
Norman MacCaig Practice Poetry Assessments - Scottish Text - National 5 & Higher Revision
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Norman MacCaig Practice Poetry Assessments - Scottish Text - National 5 & Higher Revision

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An assessment for each of the MacCaig poems in the Paper 2 - Critical Reading - Scottish Text. Includes a list of which poems feature in SQA past-papers, and P&N Prelims, to help plan your revision. Suitable for National 5 and Higher. Updated with Brooklyn Cop and Hotel Room 12th Floor for the 2019 session. Each of these assessments is stand-alone. They do not include 8 mark questions. I have used these after we have studied each of the 6 poems in order to test understanding, and develop analysis skills. Excellent to show progression and keep a focus, especially for those students that need regular feedback to keep motivated!
Psycho - Lesson: The Credits, Opening and Marion's Escape Deconstruction
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Psycho - Lesson: The Credits, Opening and Marion's Escape Deconstruction

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Part of a series of resources available on Hitchcock’s Psycho. Focuses on the Credits, Opening, and Marion’s escape This ‘Deconstruction’ worksheet can be used by students to make notes on a key scene of Psycho. Includes stills from the film. The ‘Teaching Sides’ include stills from the film to be used for educational purposes when discussing these key scenes, as well as annotations (can be deleted) on the key shots. This is ideal for students to use while watching the film, and helps them identify key techniques such as camera distance, angle, lighting, colour etc.
Shutter Island - Lesson: The Opening Sequence Deconstruction
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Shutter Island - Lesson: The Opening Sequence Deconstruction

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Part of a series of resources available on Scorsese’s Shutter Island . Focuses on the iconic opening to this psychological horror. This printable ‘Deconstruction’ worksheet can be used by students to follow along and make notes on a key scene from the film. Includes stills. The ‘Teaching Sides’ include stills from the film to be used for educational purposes when discussing these key scenes, as well as annotations (can be deleted) on the key shots. This is ideal for students to use while watching the film, and helps them identify key techniques such as camera distance, angle, lighting, colour etc.
Spirited Away BUNDLE - Film & Media Resources
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Spirited Away BUNDLE - Film & Media Resources

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This is a media unit, aimed at late primary, middle school, or early high school. It covers the entire film, and is designed to be used while watching the film to take notes, develop understanding, and gain insight into themes and symbols. Includes a thorough workbook containing tasks, as well as extension activities, worksheets, homework and presentations to support delivery. “…an enchanted and enchanting feature from the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki which left me feeling lighter than air. It is a beautifully drawn and wonderfully composed work of art - really, no other description will do - which takes us on a rocket-fuelled flight of fancy, with tenderly and shrewdly conceived characters on board.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Iain Crichton Smith - Mother and Son (Teaching Unit)
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Iain Crichton Smith - Mother and Son (Teaching Unit)

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A selection of resources designed to teach or revise Iain Crichton Smith’s short story ‘Mother and Son’. Aimed at those studying for either National 5, or Higher level, these resources apply to both the Critical Reading (Scottish Text) and Critical Essay sections of the exam papers. Includes comprehensive teaching slides, attractively designed to cover all aspects of the text. A work booklet provides students with tasks that can be undertaken independently or as a whole class process. Includes an annotated versions of the text in the slides - clear these off if you wish to use the slides yourself!
Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli - Media Activity: Create Your Own Spirit!
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Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli - Media Activity: Create Your Own Spirit!

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A lesson on writing - students have to create their own character within the Spirited Away world, describe them and illustrate them, and then write a review of Yubaba’s Bathhouse from their perspective. A lot of fun as an in-class activity, or for homework. Includes: Presentation: outlines the process with examples of characters and process. Worksheet: a printable worksheet to guide learners. Ready to go! “…an enchanted and enchanting feature from the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki which left me feeling lighter than air. It is a beautifully drawn and wonderfully composed work of art - really, no other description will do - which takes us on a rocket-fuelled flight of fancy, with tenderly and shrewdly conceived characters on board.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
The Godfather BUNDLE - Media - Higher / A-Level
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The Godfather BUNDLE - Media - Higher / A-Level

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HALF-PRICE compared to buying them individually. This bundle contains ready-to-go resources which are engaging and straightforward for students. It covers key scenes, and is aimed to be used as you watch the film, or with the included slideshows to guide students through key shots and techniques. It has been refined over many years to produce great essays, focusing on the techniques that make The Godfather such a masterpiece.
MACBETH - Act 1 Scene 1 - Full Lesson
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MACBETH - Act 1 Scene 1 - Full Lesson

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This is part of a set of resources covering the whole of MACBETH. Aimed at mid-highschool (S3 / Year 9 level), but could be used with younger or older. Especially targeting general GCSE and National 5 (Scotland) qualifications, or broad and general skills (BGE). With a focus on context and textual analysis. Attractively presented, with tasks included on the presentation, as well as printable worksheets for higher ability students to analyse. These resources have been developed with input from other sources over many years. I hope you enjoy teaching this classic text of murder and tragedy! And if you find them useful, please remember to review resources!
UAE Guide & Howto - Close Reading for Understanding, Analysis & Evaluation - National 5 & Higher
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UAE Guide & Howto - Close Reading for Understanding, Analysis & Evaluation - National 5 & Higher

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A comprehensive guide to all the skills students need to succeed in Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation. Covers all question types, giving suggested formula for tackling questions, with examples from past-papers and elsewhere. Can be used by teachers for lessons, whether teaching or revising, for introducing the idea of close reading, or by students for revision. Handout includes a printable ‘map’ of language techniques, for printing in black and white and in colour.
Psycho - Lesson: The Shower Scene Deconstruction
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Psycho - Lesson: The Shower Scene Deconstruction

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Part of a series of resources available on Hitchcock’s Psycho. This ‘Deconstruction’ worksheet can be used by students to make notes on a key scene of the Godfather. Includes stills from the film. The ‘Teaching Sides’ include stills from the film to be used for educational purposes when discussing these key scenes, as well as annotations (can be deleted) on the key shots. This is ideal for students to use while watching the film, and helps them identify key techniques such as camera distance, angle, lighting, colour etc.
The Godfather - Lesson: The Baptism Scene Deconstruction
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The Godfather - Lesson: The Baptism Scene Deconstruction

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Part of a series of resources available on The Godfather. This ‘Deconstruction’ worksheet can be used by students to make notes on a key scene of the Godfather. Includes stills from the film. The ‘Teaching Sides’ include stills from the film to be used for educational purposes when discussing these key scenes, as well as annotations (can be deleted) on the key shots. This is ideal for students to use while watching the film, and helps them identify key techniques such as camera distance, angle, lighting, colour etc.
Iain Crichton Smith - Home (Teaching Unit)
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Iain Crichton Smith - Home (Teaching Unit)

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A selection of resources designed to teach or revise Iain Crichton Smith’s short story ‘Home’. Aimed at those studying for either National 5, or Higher level, these resources apply to both the Critical Reading (Scottish Text) and Critical Essay sections of the exam papers. Includes comprehensive teaching slides, attractively designed to cover all aspects of the text. A work booklet provides students with tasks that can be undertaken independently or as a whole class process. Includes an annotated versions of the text in the slides - clear these off if you wish to use the slides yourself!
The Godfather - Lesson: The Hospital Scene Deconstruction
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The Godfather - Lesson: The Hospital Scene Deconstruction

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Part of a series of resources available on The Godfather. This ‘Deconstruction’ worksheet can be used by students to make notes on a key scene of the Godfather. Includes stills from the film. The ‘Teaching Sides’ include stills from the film to be used when discussing these key scenes, as well as annotations (can be deleted) on the key shots. This is ideal for students to use while watching the film, and helps them identify key techniques such as camera distance, angle, lighting, colour etc.
The Godfather - Lesson: The Opening Scene Deconstruction
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The Godfather - Lesson: The Opening Scene Deconstruction

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‘I Believe in America’ - takes students through the opening credits, Bonasera’s speech, and the introduction of Don Vito. Part of a series of resources available on The Godfather. This ‘Deconstruction’ worksheet can be used by students to make notes on a key scene of the Godfather. Includes stills from the film. The ‘Teaching Sides’ include stills from the film to be used when discussing these key scenes, as well as annotations (can be deleted) on the key shots. This is ideal for students to use while watching the film, and helps them identify key techniques such as camera distance, angle, lighting, colour etc.
The Godfather - Lesson: The Restaurant Scene Deconstruction
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The Godfather - Lesson: The Restaurant Scene Deconstruction

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Part of a series of resources available on The Godfather. This ‘Deconstruction’ worksheet can be used by students to make notes on a key scene of the Godfather. Includes stills from the film. The ‘Teaching Sides’ include stills from the film to be used when discussing these key scenes, as well as annotations (can be deleted) on the key shots. This is ideal for students to use while watching the film, and helps them identify key techniques such as camera distance, angle, lighting, colour etc.