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2nd May 2013


It's that time of year again!

Is it just me or does exam season seem to come round sooner and sooner each year? With just a few weeks to go, we've chosen some resources to help students ramp up their reading skills and sit their exams as text-deconstruction experts – well, we can dream!

Lindy Leslie
Teachit Editor

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Use our Word analysis quadrant template to help students pick apart a text and categorise the language accordingly. The beauty of this template is it can be adapted and used for almost any text.

KS4 > Teaching tools > Resource templates
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Students read extracts and match up the correct language styles used with What sort of language?. A bit of cutting and sticking is always a good way to calm the exam nerves.

KS4 > Skills > Reading skills
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Book news and competitions

Lambeth Palace retrieves stolen collection of extraordinary rare books.   Lambeth Palace stolen books returned  
The John Betjeman poetry competition offers £1000 as the winning prize. Students aged 10–13 are invited to write a poem on the theme of 'place'.
  John Betjeman poetry competition  

Hitting the headlines

GCSE English plan leaves speaking test out of final grade (BBC)

Royal College of Teaching proposed (BBC)

Schools ditching GCSEs for 'O-levels' (Independent)
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Head of Media studies, Kenton School

Topical treasure of the week

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  May is 'Share a story month' so a great excuse to bring out the masks and encourage students to regale their fellow students with tales. Use our excellent Masks resource for this.

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Online tricks and treats

Visuwords is an amazing online graphical dictionary which explores words from all angles. Excellent for close textual analysis.

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  Make sure your students are familiar with key writing terms and can recognise them within a text. Our Matching interactive Writing techniques is perfect for honing language skills. Free to all for the next two weeks (usually only available to Teachit subscribers).

KS3 > Skills > Writing to inform, explain, describe

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What's on

Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift's novel gets a modern makeover, starring Jack Black.
Sun 5th May | 7.25pm – 9pm | Channel 4

Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, discusses her new anthology Ice.
Sun 5th May | 4pm – 4.30pm | BBC Radio 4

As You Like It
The latest RSC production, with music from Laura Marling, has been getting rave reviews.
12th April – 28th September 2013 | Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Visit the page on the site for our full theatre listings.

Literacy across the curriculum posters

With posters on reading, writing and spelling tips, common misspellings, apostrophes, paragraphing, punctuation, homophones, and connectives, we've got literacy covered.

Adorn your classroom walls with these winsome word posters, or take over the corridors for maximum impact. From just £14.99 we think they're a bit of a steal!

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Literacy across the curriculum posters

Puffin Virtually Live presents Jacqueline Wilson's Big Picnic, hosted by Radio 2's Simon Mayo

Puffin Virtually Live
Thursday 9 May 2013, 11.30am – 12.15pm BST

Jacqueline Wilson invites school children nationwide to join in on a Big Picnic to celebrate 155 years since the birth of E Nesbit and all the wonderful picnics that take place in her own tribute novel, ‘Four Children and It’. In this very special event, hosted by Simon Mayo, as well as reading from her own book, Jacqueline will talk about E Nesbit’s life, her original novel ‘Five Children and It’, as well as her love of picnics and picnic food in children’s books.
  Jacqueline Wilson's Big Picnic
The event will end with a grand picnic and we are encouraging schools nationwide to get pupils to bring in picnic food to share with their class mates at the end of the event (indoors or outdoors!). Jacqueline will also answer questions from the online audience.

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Pearson is recruiting

Edexcel recruitment
Pearson is recruiting for a number of examining positions for Edexcel GCE and GCSE English specifications. This is a part time role and can be carried out from home. It’s a great opportunity for English teachers to further their careers.

To apply and view further details, please click the following links:

GCE English examiners
GCSE English examiners

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