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The Power of Persuasion: Using the PERSUADER Acronym to Write a Compelling Speech
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The Power of Persuasion: Using the PERSUADER Acronym to Write a Compelling Speech

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This work book consists of 25 pages which introduce students to the acronym “PERSUADER”- an excellent tool for both identifying and remembering persuasive techniques. It explains each persuasive technique individually and provides examples from famous speeches from history. The workbook is scaffolded with tasks first introducing the technique and then asking students to** identify and highlight** its use before requiring them to** practise the technique** themselves. Finally they annotate an extract from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech using what has been learnt. The work book ends with the summative exercise of writing a speech of your own whilst utilizing the “PERSUADER” techniques. “PERSUADER” is a useful acronym for students’ tool belts as it can be used for any kind of directed writing including letters, articles and discursive or argumentative essays, as well as speeches. INCLUDES a printable A4 poster for classroom display.
Macbeth Act 1 Sc 5- Lady Macbeth's "The Raven..." Speech
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Macbeth Act 1 Sc 5- Lady Macbeth's "The Raven..." Speech

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This single page handout is a scaffolded annotation guide to Lady Macbeth’s chilling “Raven” soliloquy from Macbeth Act 1 Scene 5. It invites you to study the speech in detail and answer a series of questions to check students’ understanding regarding symbolism, vocabulary and literary devices. This worksheet can be used in** conjunction with a reading of the play**, an introduction to the writing of Shakespeare or as a stand alone exercise, as the questions refer specifically to this speech rather than the play as a whole. The worksheet includes a follow-on exercise where students can pair up and experiment with saying the speech aloud. What’s included: A single printable worksheet for students. A teacher’s copy with answers. Teaching Macbeth this year? This worksheet is part of the Mega Macbeth Workbook - 150 pages of engaging print-and-go pages to use as read-along comprehension or revision exercies. Supplement this resource with this FREE Graph Plotting Activity on Macbeth’s Changing Character. Follow me on Instagram: @teaching_underthedesk
An Introduction to Shakespeare
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An Introduction to Shakespeare

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This 11 page workbook introduces your students to the life and times of Shakespeare. It is designed to be interactive and requires students to research much of the information themselves. It includes a template to create Shakespeare’s biography in the form of a resume, fun facts on life in Elizabethan England, some background on the Globe, Shakespearean insults to be hurled at one another, a flag creating activity, well- known phrases we use today which were coined by Shakespeare and a research project on life at that time. The resource includes a teacher’s copy which provides more background information and comprehensive suggested answers to questions so you don’t have to dig around for answers! It is suitable for secondary students who are studying their first Shakespeare.
Romeo & Juliet Film Study WORKBOOK for Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film (Leonardo DiCaprio). LIT REVISION
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Romeo & Juliet Film Study WORKBOOK for Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film (Leonardo DiCaprio). LIT REVISION

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INCLUDES TEACHER’S COPY This workbook consists of 20 pages of work for students to do when and after watching the Baz Luhrmann version of *Romeo and Juliet. * The film study is designed to be used as an activity following a first reading of the original play and to get students thinking about Shakespeare’s techniques and asserting an informed opinion on techniques used by both Shakespeare and Luhrmann in his 1996 adaptation. It includes characterisation and focus questions on some of the main scenes. It also lists some of Luhrmann’s “Easter eggs” hidden in the film for students to hunt for whilst watching.
22 Creative Writing Picture Prompts
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22 Creative Writing Picture Prompts

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A set of 22 vivid photographs to be used as inspiration for descriptive, narrative or discursive writing. The pictures are open to interpretation and can be used in multiple ways. The resource includes a brainstorming template for students to use to organise their initial ideas. The download includes both a PPT and PDF version of the images and student template.
The Changing Macbeth: Graph Plotting
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The Changing Macbeth: Graph Plotting

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This is a great revision exercise to get students to re- visit the text and consider Macbeth and how his moods and personality changes as the play progresses. This graph maps Macbeth’s confidence levels on the y- axis and the play’s acts on the x-axis. Students think back to each major shift in Macbeth’s characterand plot his confidence or fear at the time on the graph in order to create a one page visual representation of his tyrannical descent. Appropriate for any levels studying the play.
Literary Device Bingo
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Literary Device Bingo

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Introduce or revise 25 Literary Terms with your students through an interactive game of Bingo! Includes 3 mix ‘n’ match sets (28 pages) to thoroughly explore and understand figurative language: Terms Definitions 2 sets of Examples mostly from real texts- Level 1 for introducing the terms and Level 2 for a in-depth exploration of figurative language through more challenging examples. The bingo sets include **both colour and black and white ** tiles to be cut out and laminated, and 5 variations of the same Bingo Cards so that not every student has the exact same order of boxes on their card. Full instructions and Master Copy included for a classic Bingo Game as well as suggestions of other interactive ways to use these cards. Follow me on Instagram: teaching_underthedesk
Analyzing poetry using STILTS acronym and its application to unseen poetry essay writing practice.
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Analyzing poetry using STILTS acronym and its application to unseen poetry essay writing practice.

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This 5 page worksheet is a break- down of the STILTS acronym which is a useful and easy tool to arm students with when analyzing a poem for the first time. This worksheet gives an overview of how STILTS works and then asks students to apply it to Maya Angelou’s “Africa”. It rounds off the exercise with a sample unseen Cambridge style essay question (Syllabus 0486 Paper 42) where the student is asked to plan the essay using the analysis techniques described and practised in the worksheet. Updated to include a teacher’s copy with basic answers to guide the lesson!
Agree or Disagree? Macbeth Pre- Reading Statements
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Agree or Disagree? Macbeth Pre- Reading Statements

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A set of 12 statements regarding power, ambition and the supernatural which ask students to state how strongly they agree or disagree with each. The statements are tenuously linked to the main themes of “Macbeth” but do not outright reference the play. Use this activity as a starter to get students thinking about the main ideas and potentially empathizing with the characters or understanding their motives.
Praise Song for My Mother (Grace Nichols) PPT Presentation and First Reading
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Praise Song for My Mother (Grace Nichols) PPT Presentation and First Reading

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This 10 slide PowerPoint is great to accompany a first reading of Nichols’ “Praise Song for My Mother”. It offers biographical information and then contains a stanza by stanza break down with points of interest which can be discussed either altogether in class or as a small group activity. It ends with a GCSE/ IGCSE style essay question and a series of bullet point questions to serve as scaffolding and guidance in writing the essay.
Macbeth Fortune Cookie Prophecy Pre- Reading  Activity
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Macbeth Fortune Cookie Prophecy Pre- Reading Activity

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A fun activity to introduce students to the concept of prophecy and to later question whether Macbeth was driven by greed and manipulated into creating his own destiny, or whether the witches’ prophecies really did come true! Cut out the 30 “prophecies” provided and have students pick one from a hat. Give students a week to see if any of their prophecies come true (they are all pretty vague, some of them are bound to!) There is a summative handout for students to complete after and from here a general class discussion and sharing of stories will give students something to think about and later link to the question of Macbeth’s fate.
Mega Macbeth Workbook
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Mega Macbeth Workbook

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These print-and-go worksheets make up a 150 page workbook which is designed to be used to supplement the text. It can be used as a revision unit after finishing the play or can be used to test understanding after reading each scene. It consists mainly of cloze text summaries of each scene which create scaffolded critical analyses for students to complete but also includes exercises on annotation of key speeches,** introduces the main literary devices, AQA/ CIE style essay questions and also includes character and theme logs. The download also includes teacher’s copy which provides all of the answers and includes “Key scene” Timeline cards to use as a revision game. (Please note- This download includes two 150 page workbooks: the Teacher’s Copy and the Student’s Copy. The other files have been included in here to act as previews and to enable you to see some of the content of the workbooks)
Celebrate Kindness! Paper Chain Gratitude and Kindness Mindfulness Activity
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Celebrate Kindness! Paper Chain Gratitude and Kindness Mindfulness Activity

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Class decoration and mindfulness activity! Use this resource as a collaborative mindfulness project to help your students to become aware of and foster a sense of gratitude for small, good things which happen each day. Great for Valentine’s Day! This download consists of 19 different paper chain templates in both colour and printer friendly black and white (print on bright paper or have students decorate their links). Hand out to students and ask them to think about one positive experience or kind gesture that they have experienced recently, or one thing that they are grateful for today. Then glue together these links and create a chain which can be strung around the classroom or hallway as a tangible reminder of life’s little blessings :) Gratitude is a learned behaviour; this and focusing on positive experiences increases happiness and reduces stress. Use as a daily class meditation and let the kindness chain grow each day. Suitable for all ages. Click here to follow me on instagram Follow me on tes so that my latest products appear on your screen when you login!
Challenging Comfort Zones and Finding Flow
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Challenging Comfort Zones and Finding Flow

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Help students to see the importance of stepping out of comfort zones with this easy to understand introduction to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of "Flow ". With the use of examples and follow-along activities help students to see the importance of stretching our own boundaries and challenging ourselves in order to be happy and successful. Includes: Notes for the teacher with guidelines Interactive worksheets where students self-assess their own fears and challenges A set of 9 printable flags with motivational quotes to be decorated and displayed in class Goal challenge bingo This resource is easily adaptable but most suitable for older Elementary and younger High School students. Follow me on Instagram: teaching_underthedesk
WOULD YOU RATHER…?Conversational Ice Breakers for New Class/  Discursive Writing Topics
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WOULD YOU RATHER…?Conversational Ice Breakers for New Class/ Discursive Writing Topics

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A series of 45 conversation cards, ranging from the pure ridiculous through to real mind- bogglers! Print, cut and laminate and keep as a deck of cards to use year after year to break the ice with a new class, to fill awkward spaces of time or as discursive and argumentative writing or debate topics. Encourage students to elaborate on their answers and talk about themselves. These are suitable for a wide range of ages from Elementary/ Primary all the way to Secondary/ High School students. There is also a Black & White set included for more economical printing, and a blank template so you can add in more of your own, or reverse the activity and ask students to make up some for themselves!
Anthem for Doomed Youth Activity Pack  and IGCSE/ GCSE Style Essay Question.
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Anthem for Doomed Youth Activity Pack and IGCSE/ GCSE Style Essay Question.

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This 8 page resource introduces the main devices found in the poem including the main features of an Italian and Shakespearean sonnet, iambic pentameter, imagery, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia and a Cambridge- style essay question at the end in which the understanding gathered from the various activities can be applied to write the essay. This would be a great resource for a first reading and teaching of Owen's poem with the focus on revising the literary devices found in the poem and building up an informed response to the writing which can then be used for the cumulative task of writing a Cambridge style essay.
How Did it Go? Reflective Learning Self- Assessment  Handout for Students.
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How Did it Go? Reflective Learning Self- Assessment Handout for Students.

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This reflective learning handout is designed as a self- assessment tool for students prior to handing in an assignment for marking. The 1-10 scale is a simple way for students to express how they feel they performed on a piece of work, and the follow- on questions allow them to jot down notes for their own future use. It allows students to pin- point their perceived strengths and weaknesses while the topic is still fresh in their minds and before the teacher provides external feedback. The completed handout can be attached to assignments and used by students to refer back to before exams; it also allows teachers to gauge whether students are on track and if they have clear and realistic expectations of their own learning. There are two slightly different versions of the assessment form here: one asks students to draw an emoji which corresponds with the 1-10 scale of their work; the other asks for students to simply indicate a score from 1 to 10 on the scale.
MEET ‘N’ GREET MINGLE BINGO: Ice Breaker for the New Year/ Genetics Unit
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MEET ‘N’ GREET MINGLE BINGO: Ice Breaker for the New Year/ Genetics Unit

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This ‘Mingle Bingo’ is a great ice- breaker for the start of the year. There are 25 spots on the card, each describing a physical attribute (such as green eyes), a capability (such as being able to lick your elbow!) or something specific about family and home (such as having a dog, or having two sisters). Students embark on a scavenger hunt to find someone in the class who fits that description . There are two slightly different Bingo cards (although they do have some of the same points on them) which could be used together with everyone randomly handed one or the other, or choose which you prefer according to what you know about characteristics within your class. The idea is that everyone mingles and asks each other specific questions. When students find someone who “ticks” one of the boxes on their sheet, that person writes their name down in the space provided. Each person can only be used once, so students have to use a little bit of tactical thinking about whose name to place where! For smaller classes adjust the game by giving students a certain number of boxes to fill in, or ask them to complete a row or two. The activity would also be great for use in a module on Geneticsas many of the Bingo boxes ask about characteristics which are dominant and recessive genes. The cards could also be used in an English as Second Language class in an activity about describing people.
26 Pre- Exam Revision Tips  Posters
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26 Pre- Exam Revision Tips Posters

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*UPDATED TO INCLUDE AN EXTRA SET IN PRINTER- FRIENDLY BLACK & WHITE! (PRINT ON COLOURED CARD FOR THE SAME EFFECT) This vivid set of 26 posters offers tips to help your students to have a successful and less stressful exam period. Suitable for Secondary/ High School age groups. They can be printed and laminated and used year after year in your class, displayed altogether to create a striking, alluring and informative wall or brought out individually and used as interchangeable classroom decor. There is no set order they need to be displayed in. Also INCLUDES a mind map poster and additional exam day tips. (The full set of 52 posters are available for download in a Zip file; additional copies are included so that you can view a sample before purchase)