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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: 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 7/8: 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: 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: Reading and writing feature articles
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Year 7: Reading and writing feature articles

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A fun 2-3 lessons that introduce students to the structure and form of feature articles. Builds to a task where they write their own feature article as Lois Lane, on the topic of Does the world really need superman? Included in this pack is an original model text of a feature article, written by yours truly :) My class had a lot of fun with this. Enjoy!
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!
The Awakening , Kate Chopin - AQA A Level
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The Awakening , Kate Chopin - AQA A Level

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This unit of work is designed for AQA's A Level "Love through the Ages", looking at Kate Chopin's "The Awakening." All content is what I taught over the course of two terms. Find enclosed - Whole lessons covering plot, context of creole culture etc - Worksheets - Critical theory (particularly philosophy of Descartes, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre and de Beauvoir) 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.
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.
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 :)
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!
Macbeth & Context: Jacobean England
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Macbeth & Context: Jacobean England

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Regardless of how many times I’ve taught Macbeth at GCSE, students still seem to struggle to make meaningful connections between text and context, and thus hit their A03 target. Here are four lessons I designed to tackle this problem, going in depth to explore: Lesson 1: Who was King James? How did his paranoia, marriage to Anne of Denmark, taking of the English throne, and self-appointment as witch-hunter influence the shaping of Macbeth? Lesson 2: Protestantism & Catholicism. What are the key differences between the two? How did Luther’s teachings divert from Catholic tradition and lay the groundwork for Henry VIII? Lesson 3: The Chain of Being. How did this reinforce the feudal system? Lesson 4: The Supernatural. How does the setting of Scotland lend itself to supernatural elements? How does the supernatural in Macbeth reinforce the colonial narrative? My set 1 year 10s really engaged with these four lessons. Have also included “required readings” with key terms and questions for discussion that you might choose to set as homework before the lessons (flipped-model style).
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
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 :)
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.