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Writing a Review
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Writing a Review

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Lesson teaching students how to write a review. Students will look at features of a review and examples in order to help them write their own successfully.
An Inspector Calls: Mr Birling
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An Inspector Calls: Mr Birling

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Big question: How does Priestley present Mr Birling? Lesson is based on a cold reading of the play. Lesson includes: Retrieval practice questions Analysis of Mr Birling’s speech in Act 1 Topic sentence practice. Students have to write topic sentences for a series of analysis paragraphs Return to the big question
A Christmas Carol: Mr Fezziwig
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A Christmas Carol: Mr Fezziwig

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Updated (January 2024) Lesson exploring Mr. Fezziwig. Lesson includes: 1.Do Now retrieval activity 2. Questions to help students analyse Dickens’ characterisation of Mr Fezziwig 3. Non-fiction article ('3 Reasons Fezziwig is the Best Boss at Christmas and Always’) and discussion questions 4. Comparison activity (Scrooge and Fezziwig)
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 2, Scene 1
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 2, Scene 1

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Lesson focusing on the presentation of fairies (Puck) in the play. Students will explore the fairies at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1. They will analyse the language used to present Puck, with the opportunity to write their own PEED paragraphs (sentence starters included). There is a creative task allowing students to become ‘film directors’ and create their own version of Puck (worksheet also provided for this).
Year 11 Revision Homework: Task a Day
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Year 11 Revision Homework: Task a Day

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Eight weeks worth of revision activities for AQA English Literature (Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, Power and Conflict poetry) and Language. Each activity is centred around one of the assessment objective to help students focus their revision. You can find a range of paid and free resources at www.thehappyteacherhub.co.uk
PSHE: Bullying
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PSHE: Bullying

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A PSHE lesson looking at bullying. Lesson includes: -questions for class discussions -video clip -drama scenarios for forum theatre
Windrush Generation
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Windrush Generation

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This can be used as an assembly or a lesson. The PowerPoint covers Caribbean history from colonialism to the present day. Three writing activities are included (analysis of a poem, writing postcards and writing a description suggested by a picture).
English Language Paper 1: Question 3 (Structure)
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English Language Paper 1: Question 3 (Structure)

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Detailed lesson for Q3 (structure). The lesson: - looks at the differences between language and structural techniques -gives students opportunities to identify structural techniques within a text - includes a detailed flashcard with sentence stems and terminology for revision -includes mark scheme
English Language Paper 2 Exam and Lessons
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English Language Paper 2 Exam and Lessons

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English Language Paper 2 exam, using the thought-provoking theme of valuing our time over factors such as social media and money. FOUR detailed lessons are included that tackles each question individually. Example paragraphs, peer/self-assessment and success criteria are given to help break down the skills needed into manageable chunks.
An Inspector Calls: Introduction of  Inspector Goole
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An Inspector Calls: Introduction of Inspector Goole

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Lesson looking at how Priestley introduces the Inspector to the play. Students will unpick key quotations and analyse the methods Priestley uses to present Inspector Goole. Questions are given to help students ‘Explode the Quote’ and an exam style question is provided. An AQA Q5 writing task starter has also been included for revision.
Macbeth: The Witches (Act1 Scene 1 and 3)
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Macbeth: The Witches (Act1 Scene 1 and 3)

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Detailed lesson looking at the presentation of witches and their role in the play ‘Macbeth’. Lesson includes: -spelling test -guided questions to help students analyse the scene -explode the quote language analysis task -homework tasks (my YouTube video focusing on the context and exam question)
Year 11 Revision SOW for 'An Inspector Calls'
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Year 11 Revision SOW for 'An Inspector Calls'

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13 detailed lesson PowerPoints for revision of ‘An Inspector Calls’. Each lesson focuses on a different character or theme. A variation of tasks are included: -visual and auditory task - independent written tasks - group tasks -speaking and listening task I have also tried using examples that are relatable to them, for example getting students to make comparisons between the relationship of Sheila and Gerald and Beyonce and Jay-Z. Scheme also includes: - focus on exam skills -break down on how to approach the question - lesson on assessment objectives - weekly homework timetable, which includes exam style questions for a seven week term - midweek homework tasks for revision of the ‘Love and Relationships’ poetry cluster.
PEE Posters
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PEE Posters

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PEEDC (point, evidence, explanation, development and a comparison one too) posters to use as classroom displays or as flashcards for students to help write a successful PEE paragraph.
The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Four and Five
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Four and Five

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Lesson looking at Atwood’s use of religious allusions in The Handmaid’s Tale. Lesson includes: -series of questions for Chapter Four and Five -group task involving students researching into the biblical references used in the novel essay question
The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Six
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The Handmaid's Tale: Chapter Six

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Lesson for Chapter Six of The Handmaid’s Tale. Students will focus on A03, researching into Puritan society and making links with the novel. An exam style question is also included as homework or an extension.
KS4 Lesson/ Registration Starter Activities: 'Explode the Quote'
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KS4 Lesson/ Registration Starter Activities: 'Explode the Quote'

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Five detailed starter activities that get students to blow up the language used in key quotations from 'Macbeth' and the 'Love and Relationship' poems. Questions are given to aid analysis and interpretation of language. Extension tasks for each starter has also been provided. This requires students to write an essay response using the quotation, however only focusing on their weakest Assessment Objective (questions are also provided for this). These activities can be completed individually, in pairs or in small groups.
Revision Mat for English Language Paper 2: Reading
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Revision Mat for English Language Paper 2: Reading

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An English Language Mat that students can use each time they want to tackle section A of the English Language Paper 2 paper. It breaks down each question into steps to help answer the questions successfully. It also lists techniques and connectives they can use to help with question 2-4.