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Tess of the d'Urban Quills

I'm a passionate secondary English and History teacher and am the main planner of resources for my department; as such, I thought I would start sharing them here with the wider community of teachers and professionals. I am Australian trained, but currently teaching GCSE and A- Level (AQA specifications). All lessons are very visually engaging, with images, clips and a variety of activities. You won't find any boring/blank resources here!

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I'm a passionate secondary English and History teacher and am the main planner of resources for my department; as such, I thought I would start sharing them here with the wider community of teachers and professionals. I am Australian trained, but currently teaching GCSE and A- Level (AQA specifications). All lessons are very visually engaging, with images, clips and a variety of activities. You won't find any boring/blank resources here!
Year 7: Writing a book review
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Year 7: Writing a book review

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I set this for my low-ability year 7 class just before the half-term break (holiday homework!), but you can use this lesson at any point throughout the term. A lesson that introduces book reviews and provides students with a checklist for writing their own. The worksheet helps students understand how to structure their review. Enjoy!
Year 7: Vocabulary Lesson
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Year 7: Vocabulary Lesson

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A single lesson that can be taught as part of any unit. Vocabulary building skills, particularly helpful for lower ability students.
Year 7 Non Fiction: Black Panther Film Review
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Year 7 Non Fiction: Black Panther Film Review

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My year 7s are continuing their non-fiction unit this term and after seeing (and loving!) Black Panther these holidays, I saw an opportunity for some enlightenment. 1-2 lessons examine a film review of Black Panther, with a series of questions and activities analysing its language features and meaning. Can be taught as a one off. A particularly important lesson for young students who, like mine, come from primary white backgrounds.
Year 7: Villain's Speeches
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Year 7: Villain's Speeches

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My year 7s are studying non-fiction at the moment, which I personally find very boring! To spice things up, we’ve been looking at non-fiction textual forms through the theme of comic books (see my other lessons for examples). This lesson/2 lessons examines the features of speeches, with examples being the grand speeches comic villains perform. Included: Two clips of Ego and Bane- why are their speeches convincing? Analysis activities for the Joker’s speech from The Dark Knight Model critical paragraph Creative: students write their own villain speech Extension: Students create a comic page featuring their villain and given speech. My class loved it. Enjoy!
Year 7/8: Julius Caesar
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Year 7/8: Julius Caesar

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A one off lesson, as part of an "Introduction to Shakespeare" unit for KS3. A focus on language, plot and some characterisation. Posted as a freebie to give you an insight into my lessons- if you like this then please feel free to check out my shop :)
Year 7/8: Form, Structure, Language
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Year 7/8: Form, Structure, Language

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A great lesson for introducing these English terms or revising them. The lesson looks at the poem “I Carry Your Heart” by EE Cummings; an excellent poem for examining language, structure and form. Lots of structured activities included: paragraph writing, revision of language techniques, peer marking, and an extension creative writing task.
Year 7: Introduction to Poetry
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Year 7: Introduction to Poetry

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My year 7s are about to undertake a poetry unit, and so I thought I'd share my first two lessons. Lesson one covers form, structure and language with related activities. Lesson two looks at meaning in the poem "The Word Party" which is a great introduction poem for little newbies. Happy new year everyone!
Years 7/8: The Tempest
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Years 7/8: The Tempest

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Single lesson looking at an introduction to "The Tempest". Characters, plot and some language analysis covered.
Year 9/10: Ready Player One (lesson designed like a video game!)
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Year 9/10: Ready Player One (lesson designed like a video game!)

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An awesome lesson for boys in year 9 or 10, language analysis skills are made fun through a lesson designed like a video game. Each activity is a "mission", and students have to complete all three in either single, two player or combat mode (individually, in pairs, or in competition). Included: - All activities - Video resources (right click the image on slide 4 for hyperlink to video) - Extract from Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One". - Formative progress check (using playstation symbols- how cool is that?) - Creative writing activity Very proud and excited for this lesson, so please enjoy!
KS3- Years 7/8: Myths & Legends
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KS3- Years 7/8: Myths & Legends

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A scheme of work with 15 lessons, all power-points, resources and activities included. I created this for my year high ability year 7 class- is suitable for KS3 or low ability KS4. Myths and legends covered include: Prometheus, Pandora’s Box, Hercules, Perseus, Beowulf, Medusa and the Canterbury Tales. Skills are focused around identifying language techniques and writing both critically and creatively, while understanding the role of myth storytelling in human literary history. I’ve also included a termly homework project.
Year 7/8: Short Stories 3 Lessons
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Year 7/8: Short Stories 3 Lessons

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Suitable for higher ability classes, these 3-4 lessons cover: - An introduction to the short story form - Recap of form, language and structure - An analysis of the short story "The Flowers" by Alice Walker - Creative writing - Self and peer marking activities Enjoy :)
Years 9/10: Dystopian Fiction Lesson
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Years 9/10: Dystopian Fiction Lesson

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Text: Ready Player One Skills: Extended critical writing, language analysis, self-marking Designed for GSCE Language Q4, but can be taught as it is for any Dystopian unit.
Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q4
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Year 10/11: Language Paper 2 (Perspectives & Viewpoints) Q4

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For GCSE Language Paper 2 (non-fiction), this lesson facilitates students' development of comparison and critical writing skills, for question 4 of the exam. Clips introduce comparison skills, which are consolidated in examining non-fiction extracts surrounding the Titanic (original news report and survivor's journal).