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Spelling debateNew!
Students explore the two sides of the debate - positivist and  … read more
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KS5 | Language Acquisition | Published: 20/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Written acquisition
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Discussion questions: the supernatural and guilt New!
A number of thought-provoking questions for students to explore  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 20/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Macbeth
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Critical essay with prompt teaching ideasNew!
A teacher's critical response to the text, based on the morality  … read more
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KS5 | Prose | Published: 16/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Sentence starts for responding to a textNew!
This resource features useful vocabulary and sentence structures  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 16/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Building vocabularyNew!
A pre-reading task where students investigate some of the challenging  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 16/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Connecting ‘Postcard from a Travel Snob’ with other poems in the collection New!
A grid to support students in making comparisons between 'Postcard  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 06/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Time and Place
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Analysis of Chapter 9 New!
Students are given a number of prompts to make notes on Chapter  … read more
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KS5 | Prose | Published: 06/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Spies by Michael Frayn
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Researching visions of LondonNew!
Pre-reading discussion and presentation ideas for exploring Blake's  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Blake, William ('London')
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Pre-reading activitiesNew!
Some ideas for exploring the symbolism of flags.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Flag')
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First impressions: form and structure New!
Teaching suggestions for initial reading and discussion activities,  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Wordsworth, William ('Extract from The Prelude')
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First impressions New!
A pre-reading activity in which students form impressions of  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Blake, William ('London')
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Exploring themes and issuesNew!
A shape poem/visual representation activity and a theme card  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Nagra, Daljit ('Singh Song!')
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Drama activitiesNew!
A series of physical activities for exploring and presenting  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Wordsworth, William ('Extract from The Prelude')
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Drama activities New!
Explore the theme of poverty in the poem.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Blake, William ('London')
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Comparing an extract from 'The Prelude' with 'London'New!
A useful table for students to use as the starting point for  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Wordsworth, William ('Extract from The Prelude')
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Comparing 'Cold Knap Lake' and 'The Blackbird of Glanmore'New!
Differentiated support for approaching a comparison of these  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Clarke, Gillian ('Cold Knap Lake')
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Comparing 'A Vision' and 'London'New!
Students weigh up statements about these two poems, finding evidence  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Blake, William ('London') | Comparing poems
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An unorthodox bride?New!
Rank the bride's characteristics from most to least unorthodox.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/08/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Nagra, Daljit ('Singh Song!')
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AQA exam style question: ghosts and the supernatural New!
Using an extract from Stave 4 students explore the presentation  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 30/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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Themes in Macbeth: discussion questions New!
Two sets of questions based around the themes of ambition and  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 30/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Macbeth
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Discussion activity: critical interpretationsNew!
Students are given a number of quotations and opinions on the  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 30/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): The Merchant of Venice
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Poetry comparison New!
A template to support students when comparing and contrasting  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 30/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Time and Place | Comparing poems
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Comparing 'Home Thoughts from Abroad' and 'Hurricane Hits England'New!
A grid with prompts, allowing students to compare and contrast  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 30/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Time and Place | Comparing poems
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WorkbookNew!
A series of comprehension and analytical questions for the play,  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 30/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
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Word sort New!
A pre-reading activity in which students uncover patterns of  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Carson, Ciaran ('Belfast Confetti')
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Tone and structureNew!
Focus on how structural devices help to convey the speaker's  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Carson, Ciaran ('Belfast Confetti')
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Writing your own poemNew!
Students write their own poem on the theme of 'flying the flag'.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Flag')
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What they don't teach youNew!
Identify the relationship between what 'dem tell me' and what  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Checking Out Me History')
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Exploring meaningsNew!
'Home' and 'expert' groups analyse the ideas in each stanza of  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Flag')
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Drama activitiesNew!
Work on dramatic readings of the poem and experiment with visual  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Flag')
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Comparing 'Flag' and 'At the Border'New!
Compare the ideas about patriotism in 'Flag' and 'At the Border'.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Flag') | Comparing poems
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Word quarryNew!
A creative pre-reading activity. Students write a poem of their  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Sheers, Owen ('Mametz Wood')
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What happens whenNew!
Ideas for getting to grips with the poem's structure and appreciating  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Hughes, Ted ('Bayonet Charge')
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TV documentaryNew!
A role play activity based on the historical background to 'Mametz  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Sheers, Owen ('Mametz Wood')
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Thinking like a soldierNew!
Tasks to help students understand the soldier's thoughts and  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Hughes, Ted ('Bayonet Charge')
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Teaching ideasNew!
A series of suggestions for exploring the poem 'Mametz Wood'  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 27/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Sheers, Owen ('Mametz Wood')
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Teaching ideasNew!
A series of suggestions for exploring 'Checking Out Me History'  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 24/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Checking Out Me History')
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Word sort New!
A pre-reading activity in which students uncover patterns of  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 24/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Tennyson, Alfred ('The Charge of the Light Brigade')
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Teaching ideasNew!
A series of suggestions for exploring 'The Charge of the Light  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 24/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Tennyson, Alfred ('The Charge of the Light Brigade')
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Contextual research New!
Students research the historical figures mentioned in Agard's  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 24/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Checking Out Me History')
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Analysing 'Before You Were Mine' by Carol Ann DuffyNew!
A task for students to work in groups to analyse one stanza of  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 23/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Love and relationships | Duffy, Carol Ann
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Analysing 'Mother, Any Distance' by Simon ArmitageNew!
A group task for students to analyse the poem in depth, suggested  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 23/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Love and relationships | Armitage, Simon
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Comparing the presentation of relationshipsNew!
Duffy's poetry: a comparison grid with prompt questions and keywords  … read more
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KS5 | Language and Literature | Published: 23/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): AQA Views and voices
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Edexcel style exam question on Chapter 1New!
An exam style question for Edexcel, with supporting preparatory  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 23/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Silas Marner by George Eliot
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The creature: top 10 quotations New!
Key quotations for students to revise and analyse.  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Question grid New!
Based on higher order questioning, students roll a dice or pair  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 23/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
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Teaching ideas
A series of suggestions for exploring 'Belfast Confetti' with  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Carson, Ciaran ('Belfast Confetti')
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Metaphor mapping
Activities to explore the use of metaphor in the poem. There  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Agard, John ('Checking Out Me History')
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Teaching ideas
A series of suggestions for exploring 'Bayonet Charge' with your  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Hughes, Ted ('Bayonet Charge')
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Research tasks
A selection of pre-reading tasks to introduce context and themes.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Sheers, Owen ('Mametz Wood')
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Pre-reading activities for 'Singh Song!'
A series of ideas for engaging with the themes, form and structure  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Nagra, Daljit ('Singh Song!')
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Pre-reading activities
Teaching ideas that will prepare students for reading and appreciating  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Hughes, Ted ('Hawk Roosting')
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Power and cruelty: a creative response
Get students to write their own dramatic monologue for another  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Hughes, Ted ('Hawk Roosting')
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Peer teaching
Students work in pairs to explore one aspect of the poem's structure,  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Weir, Jane ('Poppies')
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Past and present
Questions exploring how time is structured in the poem. There  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Sheers, Owen ('Mametz Wood')
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Odd one out
Choose quotations to support a point and explore how the writer  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Sheers, Owen ('Mametz Wood')
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Just the words
A pre-reading activity in which students consider a selection  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Weir, Jane ('Poppies')
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Investigating form
As a way of exploring and understanding form and structure, students  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Shelley, Percy Bysshe ('Ozymandias')
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Imagery posters
Create a series of posters around quotations from the poem, as  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Shelley, Percy Bysshe ('Ozymandias')
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Imagery in the poem
Consider key images from the poem and discuss their effectiveness.  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Carson, Ciaran ('Belfast Confetti')
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