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Fresh Horizons English Resources

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15 years secondary English teaching plus private tuition. Resources designed to promote creativity and independent learning.

15 years secondary English teaching plus private tuition. Resources designed to promote creativity and independent learning.
Quotation Explosion Template
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Quotation Explosion Template

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Handy template to use for the literature texts in GCSE or any other text from KS3 upwards. Students are asked to examine their quotation making links to structure, context, character, theme, language devices etc. Very useful for planning PEE paragraphs or the essays as a whole.
GCSE Unseen Poetry 2-3 lessons
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GCSE Unseen Poetry 2-3 lessons

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A powerpoint taking students through the poem ‘You Being Born’. No other resources required. Guides students through how to tackle an unseen poem for the exam. Will cover three hour long lessons. I created this resource for a low-ability intervention group which gained good outcomes and positive feedback from the students.
Writing a description
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Writing a description

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A one-sheet guide suitable for KS3 to GCSE creative writing. Prompts and reminders to get started and work through any descriptive creative task. Colourful and eye-catching - very student-friendly.
Macbeth - Act One - Unit of work
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Macbeth - Act One - Unit of work

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Approximately six to eight lessons exploring Act One. Key speeches analysis, lots of tasks to develop understand of the act and play as a whole. Lots of opportunity for close analysis. Can be completed independently in class or at home as well as teacher-led.
Writing a story - a visual guide
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Writing a story - a visual guide

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A one-sheet guide suitable for KS3 to GCSE creative writing. Prompts and reminders to get started and work through any creative task. Colourful and eye-catching - very student-friendly.
Extending metaphors task sheet
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Extending metaphors task sheet

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A one-sided sheet giving examples of extended metaphors. Tasks are given so students can try for themselves. Suitable as a classroom teaching resource or for students to work independently.
Macbeth Independent Learning Project - whole play
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Macbeth Independent Learning Project - whole play

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Unit of work initially designed as weekly homework project. Each section of the play focuses on vocabulary understanding and exploding key quotations. A synopsis of each scene as the play progresses is included. Useful resource for pre-teaching/over-teaching with less able as well as homework or independent learning tasks.
Checking out me history - GCSE analysis
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Checking out me history - GCSE analysis

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PPT lesson exploring Agard’s ‘Checking out me history’ for the Power and Conflict cluster. You Tube links to Agard reading the poem and Mr Bruff analysis. List of questions and a quote explosion template. Enough content to cover a series of lessons if essay included. No other resources required.
6 Unseen poems with GCSE preparation tasks
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6 Unseen poems with GCSE preparation tasks

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Six poems: Medusa, The Falling Leaves, Born Yesterday, Praise Song for my Mother, You Being Born and My parents kept me from children who where rough. Each sheet can be used in class or suitable for independent home learning. All six lessons follow the same format to allow for embedding and reinforcing steps for approaching unseen poetry.