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Hi there! I'm both an English and Geography teacher in London. I am currently working in an Outstanding school which is my second Outstanding school of my career in London after teaching in both Ireland and the Middle East. My resources are both English & Geography resources where I like to give the student an active role in their learning. It is done by many activities such as Q&A sessions, exercises, group/pair-work and many others.

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Hi there! I'm both an English and Geography teacher in London. I am currently working in an Outstanding school which is my second Outstanding school of my career in London after teaching in both Ireland and the Middle East. My resources are both English & Geography resources where I like to give the student an active role in their learning. It is done by many activities such as Q&A sessions, exercises, group/pair-work and many others.
Lennie and Curley Fight in Of Mice and Men
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Lennie and Curley Fight in Of Mice and Men

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This lesson focuses on the fight scene between Curley and Lennie in Of Mice and Men. The emphasis is on how Steinbeck uses language to describe both men and why this is an important moment in the text. The lesson is structured in such a way whereby students start with a ‘Do Now’ and have an opportunity to give their points across through classroom discussion and think-pair-share. There are also main tasks to consolidate the learning and ending with a plenary. This is lesson 17 from a 24 lesson scheme of work that I have created and is available as a bundle. Included is a 40 page SoW that goes through each lesson.
In the Waiting Room Elizabeth Bishop
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In the Waiting Room Elizabeth Bishop

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This lesson analyses Bishop’s In the Waiting Room in a stanza by stanza manner by pointing out certain poetic techniques. This comes after students are asked for their first impression of the poem as a starter.
Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney
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Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

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A PowerPoint resource for Seamus Heaney's Blackberry-Picking. The poem is broken into small pieces and explained with key words underlined with several questions posed to students. The meaning of certain phrases in the poem is also explored for example Heaney's personification of the blackberries.
Dharavi Slum Growth
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Dharavi Slum Growth

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This PowerPoint starts with a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ task. It then has various exercises from gap-fill to an exam question with the aid of a fact sheet of Dharavi. These are all printable resources within the PowerPoint. The resource also includes 6 accounts of peoples own experience of Dharavi which can lead to open discussion or for students to write the positives and negatives of living in Dharavi.
Dharavi Article
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Dharavi Article

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An article on Dharavi’s redevelopment project with questions that follow.
Pathetic Fallacy
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Pathetic Fallacy

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This lesson starts by taking students real-life knowledge into account by starting the class by asking students to write how the weather outside makes them feel? The lesson then builds on this knowledge by giving students extra information. The main activity is to read a chapter from The Hobbit where pathetic fallacy is used.
Advertising
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Advertising

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Advertising PowerPoint for Year 7's to give them an insight into some of the techniques used within advertising. The lesson includes going trough the basics such as terminology and also embedded YouTube clips embedded showing certain TV advertisements which can be used for Q&A sessions. You can choose your own logo's for the final pair exercise depending on your class.
Gothic  Writing:  Creating tension
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Gothic Writing: Creating tension

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This lesson was an observation lesson for performance management to a group of Year 7 students who are studying Gothic Literature. This lesson can also be used within a creative writing unit. The lesson is structured in a way where students are given awareness of the impact of short and long sentences. There are also multiple hinge questions and plenaries to assess the learning before completing the final task which is then peer assessed.
Writing a Haiku
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Writing a Haiku

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This PowerPoint and remote learning instructions introduces Haikus in a simple way. It is for remote learning during the lockdown. The ‘Do Now’ exercise tests students’ prior knowledge on syllables as this is required. It then shows students an example of a Haiku, going through the structure and language. Students are then asked to watch a YouTube video for the process and then asked to create their own Haiku. The plenary is to create their own ‘Lockdown Haiku’ which can be emailed to you and the chosen winners will be on a format like Padlet.
First Death in Nova Scotia Bishop
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First Death in Nova Scotia Bishop

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Analysis of Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘First Death in Nova Scotia’ where it analyzes style, theme of life and death and also gives a background into Bishop’s other poetry in terms of content.
The Early Purges Seamus Heaney
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The Early Purges Seamus Heaney

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A PowerPoint presentation of Seamus Heaney's 'The Early Purges'. The PowerPoint starts with aims and goes on to analyse the poem throughout with questions throughout. It also has activities such as 'Think-Pair-Share' and a diary entry at the end for homework.
The American Dream in Chapter 1: Of Mice and Men
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The American Dream in Chapter 1: Of Mice and Men

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In this lesson we look at how ‘The American Dream’ impacts the characters after chapter one and how it relates to the context of the novel. The lesson is structured in such a way whereby students start with a ‘Do Now’ and have an opportunity to give their points across through classroom discussion and think-pair-share. There are also main tasks to consolidate the learning and ending with a plenary. This is lesson 6 from a 24 lesson scheme of work that I have created and is available as a bundle. Included is a 40 page SoW that goes through each lesson.
Seamus Heaney Poems: Blackberry Picking, Mid Term Break & Early Purges
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Seamus Heaney Poems: Blackberry Picking, Mid Term Break & Early Purges

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This is a bundle of three of Seamus Heaney’s most famous poems thought at Junior Certificate or can be used for KS3 too-especially Mid Term Break and Blackberry Picking. Each lesson analyses each poem and has a structure. The Mid Term Break lesson was one I created for a successful interview lesson and went down really well with the students.
Redeveloping Dharavi
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Redeveloping Dharavi

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PowerPoint on how to redevelp Dharavi by giving them the task of being the Mayor of Dharavi. Students must use critical thinking in order to come up with solutions to the problem. It comes with a information sheet on Dharavi’s redevelopment.
The Fish and The Prodigal Son Bishop
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The Fish and The Prodigal Son Bishop

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This is a revision lesson of Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘The Fish’ and ‘The Prodigal Son’. This analyzes the theme of nature, imagery and also other poetic techniques from both poems. It also gives a small background of Bishop.
Haiku Poetry
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Haiku Poetry

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PowerPoint slides with some information and class exercises on Haikus