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I'm Catherine, founder of White Space Words and lover of words (of course), my family, and good coffee. I've taught English for thirty years, twenty-five of those as Head of English. So, you'd understand I care about words. A lot. I care especially about the power of words. In a world where words are misused, over-used, and used to create division, my mission is to promote the use of words for education and inspiration.

I'm Catherine, founder of White Space Words and lover of words (of course), my family, and good coffee. I've taught English for thirty years, twenty-five of those as Head of English. So, you'd understand I care about words. A lot. I care especially about the power of words. In a world where words are misused, over-used, and used to create division, my mission is to promote the use of words for education and inspiration.
Teacher Pack - My Octopus Teacher
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Teacher Pack - My Octopus Teacher

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This comprehensive teaching unit, including assessment, has been designed for teachers to use with My Octopus Teacher, the beautiful and profound story of the year filmmaker, Craig Foster, spends with a wild common octopus in the Great African Sea Forest and its life-changing effects. (Netflix documentary film - directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed) Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): Teacher Guide (18 page .pdf) • Unit overview • Inquiry Questions • Suggested Lesson Outline • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet • Assessment Option 1 – English – Narrative • Assessment Option 2 – Media – Short Narrative Film • Extension activities (Science/Values) • Additional resources/links Student Booklet (16 page - .pdf/.doc formats) • Pre-viewing activities • During viewing activities • Post-viewing activities • Assessment Option 1 – English – Narrative (including Narrative Devices table and templates for Narrative Plan, Narrative Structure and Writing Checklist) • Assessment Option 2 – Media – Short Narrative Film (including Storyboarding template with codes and conventions) • Extension activities (Science/Values) • Additional resources/links Teaching PowerPoint (20 slide .pptx) • What is a documentary? • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) • Assessment Preparation – Storytelling/Narrative Writing – cognitive verb ‘create’, narrative structure, features and the writing process • Take Further Action Unit duration: 12+ lessons (including Narrative assessment) Official film rating: G (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across upper primary and secondary subject areas, including: English and Media Studies (also contains links to Science and Values Education). Features: • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) • Professionally designed by an experienced educator • Highly visual and engaging • Suited to all learners • Crisp, clean layouts • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself is not included in the resource pack.
Teacher Pack - The Social Dilemma
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Teacher Pack - The Social Dilemma

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This comprehensive teaching unit has been designed for teachers to use with The Social Dilemma (Netflix documentary-drama film - dir. Jeff Orlowski). Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): Teacher Guide - (14 page .pdf) An overview Suggested Lesson Outline Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet Inquiry learning - focus questions Assignment/Extension activities Further resources/reading links Student Booklet (10 page - in .pdf/.doc formats): Pre-viewing activities During viewing activities Post-viewing activities Further action The Social Dilemma Teaching PowerPoint (21 slide .pptx): What is a documentary? Pre-viewing, During-viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) Going beyond the documentary activities (including links) Unit duration: 6-8+ lessons Official film rating: PG13+ (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across secondary subject areas, including primarily: English, Media Studies (with links to aspects of Humanities/Social Studies, Psychology, Social Development, and Health curriculum). Features: Digital/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) Professionally designed by an experienced educator Highly visual and engaging Suited to all learners Crisp, clean layouts A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com. This is not included in the resource pack. Licence information: $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class) $179 for a whole school licence (life-time - unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing school) - please message me if you are seeking a whole school licence
Teacher Pack - Hamlet
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Teacher Pack - Hamlet

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Inspire your students with one of the bard’s greatest works, Hamlet, using this quality pack of innovative resources. Specifically tailored for high-engagement examination preparation. The best part (in addition to the hours of preparation time you’ll save!) is that these resources are ready for immediate download and use. The pack includes: (1) Teacher/Student Resources (32 .jpg/.pdf/.doc files): • pre-reading journal activity • act-by-act summary templates (including Act 1 cloze activity) • literary device matching activity (including teacher answer guide) • theme and character-based worksheets • posters/desktop wallpapers • essential quotations by theme discussion starters • quote analysis organisers • essay plan template (and bonus complete essay plan to support Teaching PowerPoint 2) •** Bonus: ** complete sample essay response (to support Teaching PowerPoint 1) (2) Teaching PowerPoint 1 (13 slide .ppt file) – Hamlet: Analysing a soliloquy – ‘To be or not to be…’ • 8-step approach to analysis of Shakespeare’s work • detailed analysis activities focusing on this soliloquy (matching devices, concept identification, evidence identification, sample essay question, practice body paragraph activity, and whole essay extension activity) (2) Teaching PowerPoint 2 (15 slide .ppt file) – Hamlet: Approaching the essay question - Analyse how Shakespeare invites readers to accept that guilt can consume an individual. • question types • key words/phrases • thesis writing • key essay points – including sample points • suggested approach to body paragraph writing – including complete sample body paragraph • essay planning template (completed to support approach to essay question) Features: • Electronic/printable pdf/jpg/doc/ppt files • Professionally designed • Highly visual and engaging • Suited to all learners • Crisp, clean layouts • For whole class, group work and individual learning
Teacher Pack - A Life on Our Planet
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Teacher Pack - A Life on Our Planet

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This comprehensive teaching unit, including assessment, has been designed for teachers to use with A Life on Our Planet – David Attenborough. (Netflix documentary film - directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes and Keith Scholey) Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): Teacher Guide - (16 page .pdf) Unit overview Inquiry questions Suggested Lesson Outline Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet Assessment Tasks/Extension Activities information (including Focus Assessment Task – Film Festival Group Project) Additional resources/links Student Booklet (14 page - in .pdf/.doc formats): Pre-viewing activities During viewing activities Post-viewing activities Focus Assessment Task – Film Festival Group Project (including planner) Other Assessment Tasks/Extension Activities (including Earthshot Prize task) Additional resources Teaching PowerPoint (20 slide .pptx): What is a documentary? Pre-viewing, During-viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) Assessment options Unit duration: 12+ lessons (including Film Festival Group Project) Official film rating: PG13+ (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across secondary subject areas, including: Project-based learning, Inquiry learning, English, Media Studies, Science (Earth and Environmental) and Geography. Features: Digital/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) Professionally designed by an experienced educator Highly visual and engaging Suited to all learners Crisp, clean layouts A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com. This is not included in the resource pack. Licence information: $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class) $179 for a whole school licence (life-time - unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing school) - please message me if you are seeking a whole school licence
Teacher Pack - Minimalism - a documentary
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Teacher Pack - Minimalism - a documentary

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This comprehensive Teacher Pack – Minimalism equips educators with all that’s needed to deliver high-quality learning experiences which unpack the key messages of this powerful documentary film. Contents (4 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): 1. Teacher Guide (22 page .pdf) • Unit overview • Inquiry Questions • Suggested Lesson Outline • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet • Persuasive Speaking Assessment information – including colour-coded sample script answer key • Additional resource/links 2. Student Booklet (19 page - .pdf/.doc formats): • Pre-viewing activities • During viewing activities • Post-viewing activities • Assessment task - Persuasive Speech: o Elements of persuasion o Persuasive language devices o Structure and features of a persuasive speech o Sample speech o Speech script template o Practising the speech • Additional resources 3. Minimalism Teaching PowerPoint (23 slide .pptx): • What is a documentary? • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) • Prepare and Present a Persuasive Speech • Take further action (including links) Unit duration: 14+ lessons (including Persuasive Speaking assessment task) Suitable for use with students across secondary subject areas, including primarily English, Media Studies, Geography and Humanities/Social Studies. The film runs for 78 mins and has an official rating as PG13+. Please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students. Features: • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx) • Professionally designed by an experienced educator • Highly visual and engaging • Suited to all learners • Crisp, clean layouts • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources Please note: Access to view the film itself requires a Netflix account – www.netflix.com. This is not included in the resource pack. Licence information: $39 for an individual licence (with use strictly limited to the individual purchaser – ie. one teacher/one class) $179 for a whole school licence (life-time - unlimited use allowed for all teachers/all classes at purchasing school) - please message me if you are seeking a whole school licence
Teacher Pack - Macbeth
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Teacher Pack - Macbeth

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Take a 21st approach to making meaning in the teaching of Shakespeare with this **Macbeth **set of resources. Whether you’re preparing students for high-stakes examinations or needing to refresh your Shakespeare resources, something wicked(-ly good) comes your way. The best part is these resources are ready for immediate download and use. The pack includes: (1) Teacher/Student Resources (19 .jpg/.pdf/.doc files ready for immediate download and use): • theme and character-based worksheets • posters • essential quotations by theme discussion starters • quote analysis organisers • Bonus: complete sample essay response (to support Teaching PowerPoint 1) (2) Teaching PowerPoint 1 (14 slide .ppt file) – Macbeth: Approaching the Essay Question – ‘To what extent is Macbeth’s downfall due to forces beyond his control?’ • question types • key words/phrases • thesis writing • key essay points – including sample points • suggested approach to body paragraph writing – include complete sample body paragraph (3) Teaching PowerPoint 2 (12 slide .ppt file) – Macbeth: Analysing a Soliloquy - ‘To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow’ • 8-step approach to analysis of Shakespeare’s work • detailed analysis activities focusing on this soliloquy (matching devices, concept identification, evidence identification, sample essay question, practice body paragraph activity, and whole essay extension activity) Features: • Electronic/printable pdf/jpg/doc/ppt files • Professionally designed • Highly visual and engaging • Suited to all learners • Crisp, clean layouts • For whole class, group work and individual learning
Teacher Pack - Romeo and Juliet
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Teacher Pack - Romeo and Juliet

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Breathe new life into teaching Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet (and save countless hours of precious preparation time in the process!), with this innovative and engaging pack of resources. The best part is these resources are ready for immediate download and use. The pack includes: (1) Teacher/Student Resources (22 .jpg/.pdf/.doc files): • act-by-act summary – cloze activity (including teacher answer guide) • theme and character-based worksheets • posters • essential quotations by theme discussion starters • quote analysis organisers • practice essay checklist (use for individual or peer-editing) • Bonus: complete sample essay response (to support Teaching PowerPoint 2) (2) Teaching PowerPoint 1 (16 slide .ppt file) – Romeo and Juliet: The Prologue and the Shakespearean Sonnet • Focus on the Prologue of the play • Features of a Shakespearean Sonnet • 8-step approach to analysis of Shakespeare’s work • detailed analysis activities focusing on this soliloquy (matching devices, concept identification, evidence identification, sample essay question, practice body paragraph activity, and whole essay extension activity) (3) Teaching PowerPoint 2 (14 slide .ppt file) – Romeo and Juliet: Approaching the essay question - ‘How does Shakespeare invite readers of the play to understand that loyalty can be dangerous?’ • question types • key words/phrases • thesis writing • key essay points – including sample points • suggested approach to body paragraph writing – including complete sample body paragraph Features: • Electronic/printable pdf/jpg/doc/ppt files • Professionally designed • Highly visual and engaging • Suited to all learners • Crisp, clean layouts • For whole class, group work and individual learning
Teacher Pack - 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible (documentary film)
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Teacher Pack - 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible (documentary film)

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This teaching unit is based upon the 2021 documentary, 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible, directed by Torquil Jones. The film focuses on the incredible record-breaking feat achieved by Nepalese climber, Nirmal Purja, of summiting the 14 highest peaks in the world in under 7 months. · What does it take to overcome the impossible? · What are the qualities of a truly inspirational person? This comprehensive Teacher Pack – 14 Peaks equips educators of secondary students with a range of tools to deliver high-quality learning experiences (individual, group and whole class modes), including a range of six potential assignment/extension activities. **Contents **(5 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): 1. Teacher Guide (20 page .pdf) · Unit overview · Inquiry Questions · Suggested Lesson Outline · Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet · Assignment Tasks (including Focus Assessment Task – Project Possible Festival) 2. Student Booklet (20 page - .pdf/.doc formats – suitable for Google Classroom) · Pre-viewing activities · Viewing activities · Post-viewing activities · Focus Assessment Task – Project Possible Festival (including planner) · Other Assessment Task Options 3. Teaching PowerPoint (20 slide .pptx for Windows users/20 slide keynote presentation for MAC users) · What is a documentary? (documentary styles, critiquing a documentary and documentary film conventions) · Discussion starters – 1-5 · Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) Unit duration: 12+ lessons **Official film rating: **M (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across secondary subject areas, including: English and Media Studies N.B. The film and this teaching unit is very well-suited to a multi-disciplinary approach, in which pastoral/personal development is key. The film’s focus on the importance of self-belief, perseverance, courage and team-work is of particular value. Features: · Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (2 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx, 1 x keynote presentation) · Professionally designed by an experienced educator · Highly visual and engaging · Suited to all learners · Crisp, clean layouts · A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources **Please note: Access to view the film is not included in the resource pack. **
Teacher Pack - The Rescue (documentary film)
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Teacher Pack - The Rescue (documentary film)

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This teaching unit is based upon the 2021 documentary, The Rescue, directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. The film focuses on the gripping and inspirational rescue of a team of 12 soccer players and their coach from a flooded Thailand cave in 2018. • What’s possible in an impossible situation? • What is true courage? • What makes each of us unique? This comprehensive Teacher Pack – The Rescue equips educators of secondary students with a range of tools to deliver high-quality learning experiences (individual, group and whole class modes), including a Group Project – Celebrating the Individual and five Persuasive Speaking Assessment Task options. **Contents **(6 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use): Teacher Guide (26 page .pdf) • Unit overview • Inquiry Questions • Suggested Lesson Outline • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet • Assessment Task options (including Focus Task – Group Project – and Persuasive Speaking options) Student Booklet (26 page - .pdf/.doc formats – suitable for Google Classroom) • Pre-viewing activities • Viewing activities • Post-viewing activities • Focus Assessment Task – Group Project ‘Celebrating the Individual’ Festival (including planner) • Persuasive Speaking Assessment Task options (including models/template/checklist) Teaching PowerPoint (23 slide .pptx for Windows users/23 slide keynote presentation for MAC users) • What is a documentary? (documentary styles, critiquing a documentary and documentary film conventions) • Discussion starters – 1-4 • Pre-viewing, Viewing and Post-viewing resources (including links) • Assessment Options • Persuasive Speaking resources Bonus – poster (printable .pdf file for classroom display) **Unit duration: ** 15+ lessons Official film rating: M (Classifications can vary - please check your country’s classification for this film prior to use with students.) Suitable for use with students across upper primary and secondary subject areas, including: English and Media Studies N.B. The film and this teaching unit is very well-suited to a multi-disciplinary approach, in which pastoral/personal development is key. The film’s focus on the importance of selflessness, perseverance, the uniqueness of every individual, courage and team-work is of particular value. Features: · Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single zip file (3 x pdf, 1 x doc, 1 x pptx, 1 x keynote presentation) · Professionally designed by an experienced educator · Highly visual and engaging · Suited to all learners · Crisp, clean layouts · A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources **Please note: ** Access to view the film is not included in the resource pack.