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30th May 2013


Project summer holidays ...

With the end in sight (are you counting down the days yet?!) and exams nearly out of the way, your attention is probably turning to your KS3 groups and what to do with them. How about a 'project' to keep them occupied? We've selected a few resources below that will take you up until the summer holidays.

Lindy Leslie
Teachit Editor

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Project-based resources

While we can't arrange for your classes to be shipped off to a desert island (and give you some peace and quiet), Design your own island is a six week project which should keep them occupied and get you all in the holiday spirit.

KS3/KS4 > Plays > The Tempest
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A fantastic resource for your students to get stuck into is The quest for a cure – thinking skills and activities. Searching for a 'cure' to save the people from the evil wizard Gromitz is sure to keep them on task!

KS3 > Skills > Creative writing (KS3)
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Book news and competitions

The Guardian has produced a gallery of authors' annotations from the margins of their first editions.   First editions gallery  
Short-story writer Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker International prize.   Man Booker prize winner  

Hitting the headlines

School spending protected from cuts, signals Osborne (BBC)

'Facebook' for Mensa members' attracts thousands of brightest schoolchildren (Telegraph)

David Tennant Richard II to be streamed to schools (BBC)

Topical treasure of the week

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  We think our video is a bit of a treasure! Find out more about how to create and save your own interactives, or adapt our classroom-ready games and resources for a quick interactive fix! Grab a cup of tea and be inspired ...

Online tricks and treats

Using Pearltrees, students can work collaboratively on their projects and share their work as they go. Perfect for making sure everyone contributes!

Free resource!

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  If you're studying a war text or planning a pre-reading project on one, A night of bombing contains some powerful images. This PowerPoint resource is usually only available to subscribers but we've made it free to all for the next two weeks!

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What's on

The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History
An analysis of Shakespeare's work in the years following the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, including Macbeth and Coriolanus.
Mon 3 June | 12.25am – 1.25am | BBC4

Words and Music
Poetry and prose on the theme of 'crowds'. With words by Philip Larkin, Shakespeare and Maya Angelou.
Sun 2 June | 6.30pm – 7.45pm | BBC Radio 3

To Kill a Mockingbird
A new adaptation for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Fingers crossed the rain stays away!
16th May – 15th June 2013 | Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London.

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

Leading Reading literacy book

We've teamed up with one of our longest serving contributors, Richard Durant, and Babcock LDP to bring you another indispensable literacy book, this time focusing on reading. Leading Reading, the new companion to Less Good Writing, gathers together the best ideas for improving reading in all subject areas. In addition, it gives detailed advice for school leaders and literacy co-ordinators on how to initiate and keep reading improvement going, and some of the pitfalls to avoid!

» Order your copy now from just £13.49

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Develop your skills this summer with AQA

Whether you’re looking to develop new skills or improve your knowledge of our specifications, AQA have got a course for you.

Available face to face, online or in your school, you'll find the perfect combination of training whatever your budget, schedule or goals.

AQA's summer courses will enrich your English lessons with inspirational and engaging ideas.

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