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Tess of the d'Urban Quills

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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!

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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: 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: 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!
The Tyger- William Blake
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The Tyger- William Blake

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An in depth series of lessons (2-4 depending on ability) for KS3 looking at William Blake’s “The Tyger”. In-depth, structured activities focusing on themes, language, form and structure. Am quite proud of this lesson! Enjoy
Teaching Iambic Pentameter
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Teaching Iambic Pentameter

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A really straightforward and clear introduction to poetic meter. This lesson can be taught as a one off, or extended based on ability of your class. The lesson clearly demonstrates what meter is, and how to identify iambs through sound and rhythm. Students learn how to mark for iambs on lines of poetry/Shakespeare, building to the main activity of marking iambic pentameter in Orsino’s “Food of Love” monologue from Twelfth Night. A stretch and challenge activity at the end prompts thinking about other metrical forms (useful for if you’re teaching Macbeth, and looking at the witches’ patterns of speech). Enjoy!
Cat in the Rain- Short Story lesson
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Cat in the Rain- Short Story lesson

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A lesson for a mixed ability KS3 class, analysing the short story form and Hemingway’s application of the “Icerbeg Theory”. Activities include: Key words Information about Hemingway and summaries Introduction to iceberg theory Applying iceberg theory to creative writing Reading, comprehending and analysing the short story “Cat in the Rain” There is individual, paired, and whole-class activities included. Enjoy!
GCSE: 'Remains' poem, Simon Armitage
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GCSE: 'Remains' poem, Simon Armitage

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2-3 lessons on the poem “Remains” for the Power and Conflict anthology. Covers all GCSE outcomes AO1-3, in depth annotation of the poem, and builds students’ deeper conceptualisation of the themes of dehumanisation, PTSD, moral injury, and psychological trauma.
Year 7/8: Taming of the Shrew
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Year 7/8: Taming of the Shrew

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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.
Year 7 Poetry: All One Race
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Year 7 Poetry: All One Race

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These three lessons introduce students to the poem “All One Race” by Ooderoo Noonuccal. Sequence of activities is as follows: Brief authorial context Word sort Guided annotation of the poem Scaffold for how to write a TEEL paragraph How to create a meaningful topic sentence Peer feedback activity Included also is: How to analyse techniques effectively placemat Model paragraph
Literary Devices Quiz
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Literary Devices Quiz

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A good formative or summative revision tool. This quiz is included in my "Literary Devices" pack (22 lessons covering all different language techniques geared at KS3-4) but am posting it for free as it can be used separately. Enjoy :)
Year 8 Exam Papers
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Year 8 Exam Papers

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At our school, year 7, 8 and 9 all do formative and summative assessments that mimic the GCSE style Language Paper 1. Students are given a literary extract and then complete the following: One comprehension question One language analysis quesiton One creative writing question in response to a prompt. These are some exam papers that I created for my class to practise, and can be used either at the beginning of term as a broad diagnostic of skills, part way through the term to assess progress, or as a end of year paper. The three extracts for these papers are from The Hobbit, The Eye of the World, and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.
International Women's Day
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International Women's Day

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Student Council and myself ran an event for IWD this week and this is the resource that I made for all form tutors to deliver during form time. Feel free to use; a great resource for a great day.
Year 7: Non-Fiction
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Year 7: Non-Fiction

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This is the first lesson I've taught for our new non-fiction unit with year 7. This lesson recaps language techniques, introduces non-fiction types, and then looks at a short review of "Alice in Wonderland." The final activity requires students to write their own review of "The Jabberwocky". Enjoy
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 7/8: Romeo & Juliet
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Year 7/8: Romeo & Juliet

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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.
KS3 Media Unit
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KS3 Media Unit

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An introduction scheme of work (all powerpoints and worksheets for lessons included) to print and visual media for KS3. Activities/topics covered include: Newspaper articles, camera angles, lighting, advertisements and sexism in the media.