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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!
Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

This power-point covers all content for teaching "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding for the AQA GCSE specification. 25-30 lessons (all power-points and activities are included) explore A01-3 in depth; themes, language and context. A few lessons are dedicated to the examination of critical theory (Plato's Republic and Social Contract Theory), and additionally essay writing projects, creative writing, formative assessments and a summative quiz are included. Enjoy!
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Year 9/10: Ready Player One (lesson designed like a video game!)

Year 9/10: Ready Player One (lesson designed like a video game!)

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!
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Year 7/8: Form, Structure, Language

Year 7/8: Form, Structure, Language

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.
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Year 7: Vocabulary Lesson

Year 7: Vocabulary Lesson

A single lesson that can be taught as part of any unit. Vocabulary building skills, particularly helpful for lower ability students.
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Year 8-9: Structuring a creative response

Year 8-9: Structuring a creative response

A one off lesson that you can teach either as a part of creative writing or just a filler lesson. Looks at how to structure a creative response based on different stimulus; plenty of model examples included.
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Year 10/11: Language Paper 1 Revision Booklet

Year 10/11: Language Paper 1 Revision Booklet

Using an extract from “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy, this booklet allows students to work in pairs or individually to complete a mini-project that covers all the skills for the Language Paper 1, AQA GSCE specimen. This took my class about 2-3 lessons to complete. Self-directed learning is great for this time of year!
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Year 11: Unseen Poetry Projects

Year 11: Unseen Poetry Projects

Using two unseen poems (one by Louise Gluck) this booklet allows students to work in pairs or individually to complete a mini-project that covers all the skills for the unseen poetry section of Language Paper 1, AQA GSCE specimen. This took my class about 2-3 lessons to complete. Self-directed learning is great for this time of year!
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GCSE QUIZ

GCSE QUIZ

Revision quiz questions for all four papers for topics: Macbeth Inspector Calls Jekyll and Hyde Language paper 1 and 2 Will take you several lessons- language analysis, quotes, themes and context are all covered- enjoy!
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Year 7/8: Short Stories 3 Lessons

Year 7/8: Short Stories 3 Lessons

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 :)
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Year 7: Villain's Speeches

Year 7: Villain's Speeches

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!
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The Awakening , Kate Chopin - AQA A Level

The Awakening , Kate Chopin - AQA A Level

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!
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GCSE Jekyll & Hyde Unit of Work

GCSE Jekyll & Hyde Unit of Work

Find enclosed all resources required for teaching an entire scheme of work for "The Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" (AQA GCSE). - All lessons and activities covering themes, plot, characters, language, context and critical theory - Formative "Hot Task" assessment - Worksheets - Termly homework grid - How to write an essay- two part lessons for surmising the unit. 25-30 lessons of content in total. I am teaching this currently- enjoy!
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Year 7: Writing a book review

Year 7: Writing a book review

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!
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Year 7 Non Fiction: Black Panther Film Review

Year 7 Non Fiction: Black Panther Film Review

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.
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Year 9: Non-Fiction (Film Reviews)

Year 9: Non-Fiction (Film Reviews)

3/4 lessons for if you're starting to teach the GCSE Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives, or as a general introduction to non-fiction. Find included: - Introduction to non-fiction and persuasive language devices - Structure of a film review (I've chosen "All Quiet on the Western Front" as it coincides with my class's adjacent war unit, but you can supplement this for any film) - Analysis of a film review - Comprehension, analysis and summary exam skills. Enjoy
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Year 10/11: Checking Out Me History

Year 10/11: Checking Out Me History

Part of the Power & Conflict cluster for GCSE poetry, these 2-3 lessons firstly cover contextual factors (Agard's subjective experience and the broader issues/aftermath of colonialism), in depth annotations of the poem, themes and ideas. An guided annotation sheet can be done in class or as homework.
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Year 10/11: Comparing Conflict Poetry

Year 10/11: Comparing Conflict Poetry

A lesson that's ideal at completion of the GCSE "Power and Conflict" poetry cluster. Activities for retaining quotes, comparing themes and critical writing (through a differentiation focused "draw of the hat" exercise) are included.
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Year 7: Introduction to Poetry

Year 7: Introduction to Poetry

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!
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