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Gothic vocabulary bankNew!
Extend the vocabulary of your students with this gothic creative  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 18/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing | Narrative writing | Story writing
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A plot limerickNew!
Students create their own limerick to summarise the plot of Oliver  … read more
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KS3 | Prose | Published: 18/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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Fiction structure analysis tableNew!
A prompt table for students, to focus them on commenting on different  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 18/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Shout out for Shakespeare!New!
Should Shakespeare remain on the curriculum? Students explore  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 11/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Argument and persuasive writing
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Revising key charactersNew!
A series of activities focusing on revising the key characters  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 11/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Translations by Brian Friel
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Love and relationships quiz cardsNew!
These cards are designed for students to work in groups as part  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 04/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Love and relationships
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Comparing power in 'Ozymandias' and 'My Last Duchess'New!
A comparison grid to support students when planning a response  … read more
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Changing the mood of a 19th century extractNew!
This resource is designed to encourage students to rewrite a  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 04/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Comprehension | Descriptive writing | Fiction texts | Imaginative writing
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Using the 'Ten Keys to Happier Living' as a framework for the teaching of emotional wellbeing and happier living skillsNew!
Writers Val Payne and Peter Harper give teaching suggestions  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 29/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Wellbeing - English
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AQA style practice exam questionsNew!
Extract based questions for 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 28/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Strange Case of) by Robert Louis Stevenson
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How to write and deliver a speechNew!
Detailed advice on how to develop a convincing line of argument,  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Spoken English | Writing | Published: 28/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Planning speeches | Speeches and presentations
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Using language for effect - a forest at duskNew!
A structured response for students to respond to an image of  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 28/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing
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Writing non-fiction: words to dazzleNew!
A glossary matching task to develop students' vocabulary for  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Writing | Published: 28/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Developing vocabulary
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Managing attachment behaviours in the classroomNew!
This resource accompanies the article, 'Attachment behaviours  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 23/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): SEND - English
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Sensory processing: strategies for the classroomNew!
A teacher-facing resource with strategies for meeting the needs  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 22/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): SEND - English
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Introduction to prescriptivism and descriptivism quizNew!
A light-hearted quiz in the style of popular magazines to let  … read more
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KS5 | Introduction to language study | Published: 21/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptions of language
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Genre, age, race and genderNew!
This resource focuses on the relationship between Othello and  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Plays | Published: 21/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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Analysis questions for 'Lamia' (Parts 1 and 2)New!
A detailed set of analysis questions guide students through 'Lamia'  … read more
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KS5 | Poetry | Published: 21/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Keats, John
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Practical strategies to assist students with dyspraxia
A teacher-facing resource giving suggestions of how to support  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 18/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): SEND - English
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Mindfulness
A teacher-facing resource which provides three meditation scripts  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 16/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Wellbeing - English
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Acts of kindness
Students commit to an act of kindness and then reflect on the  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 16/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Wellbeing - English
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Practising gratitude
Students prepare their ideas for writing a letter of gratitude,  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 16/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Wellbeing - English
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Theme of leadership in 'Lord of the Flies'
This powerpoint introduces the theme of leadership in Lord of  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 14/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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Key word tables - 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens
Key vocabulary from the text or about Dickens' life. The tables  … read more
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KS3 | Prose | Published: 14/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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Quick style hacks - making writing more formal
Tips for students on how to make choices about vocabulary, punctuation  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 14/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Punctuation | Sentence construction
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Fiction analysis questions and re-creation task
Using a fictional extract from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 07/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Descriptive writing | Fiction texts
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Different types of love in 'Othello'
Explore different types of love in Othello with a matching task.  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Plays | Published: 07/10/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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Comparing anger in 'London' and 'Checking Out Me History'
A structured series of tasks to support an exam style question  … read more
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Key quotations about urban environments - Time and place
Focused on the 'Time and place' cluster of the GCSE Edexcel poetry  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Poetry | Published: 30/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Time and Place
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Judging Lady Macbeth
Students make notes about Lady Macbeth under victim/villain headings  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 30/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Macbeth
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Key quotations about dislike of a place - Time and place
Focused on the 'Time and place' cluster of the GCSE Edexcel poetry  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Poetry | Published: 30/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Time and Place
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Female characters in 'Frankenstein'
Discussion and note-taking activities designed to encourage students  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Prose | Published: 30/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Words to describe a writer's tone
This resource provides students with a bank of words to describe  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Reading | Published: 24/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Comparing texts about tigers
This resource includes three texts about tigers, including a  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 24/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Comparing texts | Descriptive writing | Fiction texts | Imaginative writing | Non-fiction texts
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Answer the previous question: poetry features
Students have to answer the previous question, not the one on  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 24/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Poetry basics
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The island - Cultural capital project
Originally used as a case study at the AQA training hubs, this  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Prose | Reading | Writing | Published: 20/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): AQA | Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing | Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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‘The Emigrée’ guided annotation sheet
This guided annotation sheet would work well for students who  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict
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Reaching the higher grades in your 'Romeo and Juliet' essay
Step by step advice for how to reach the higher grades in AQA  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romeo and Juliet | Romeo and Juliet - The Banquet Scene (Act 1 Scene 5)
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Exam style question comparing unseen Herrick and Yeats poems
Exam style question comparing two unseen poems: Herrick's poem  … read more
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KS5 | Poetry | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): AQA AS and A level anthology: love poetry through the ages | Unseen poetry
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Plan comparing power in 'London' and 'Ozymandias'
Students complete a planning template for an exam style question  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 10/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict | Blake, William ('London') | Shelley, Percy Bysshe ('Ozymandias')
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Unseen text with analysis questions
Unseen text with analysis questions and suggested answers. Uses  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 10/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Fiction texts | Short stories
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20 ideas for enriching students' cultural capital
20 creative and varied ideas to enrich students' cultural capital,  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Planning and assessment | Reading | Published: 10/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): 20 teaching ideas for ... | Independent reading | Topical and seasonal one-offs
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Quick-fire quiz on 'An Inspector Calls'
A quick-fire quiz to check students' basic knowledge of An Inspector  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 04/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
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Iago's manipulation of Roderigo - Act 2 Scene 1
Focused on AQA A-level English Language and Literature. Note  … read more
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KS5 | Language and Literature | Plays | Published: 04/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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Exploring types of evidence
A series of tasks to get students thinking about different types  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 04/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Non-fiction texts
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Statements to explore
Statements to encourage students to explore Shakespeare's intentions  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 27/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romeo and Juliet
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Exam style question on unseen Hardy and Jennings poems
Exam style question using Thomas Hardy's 'Neutral Tones' and  … read more
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KS5 | Poetry | Published: 27/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Comparing poems | Unseen poetry
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'Door into a magical world' creative writing task
Students write their own story about a door into a magical world,  … read more
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KS3 | Prose | Writing | Published: 27/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing | Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
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Key quotations about the power of the natural world
Focused on the 'Time and Place' cluster of the GCSE Edexcel poetry  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 19/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Time and Place
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Rich and poor Victorians - writing in role
Students write two short letters from the perspective of a rich  … read more
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KS3 | Prose | Published: 19/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | Introducing Dickens | Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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Freeze frame 'Othello' moments
Students use prompt cards to create a freeze-frame of some  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Plays | Published: 19/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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First and last paragraphs - what comes in between? Creative writing
Students are given the first and last paragraphs from pieces  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 13/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Narrative writing | Planning | Structure and paragraphs
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Dickens' life - writing his childhood diary
Students write three different diary entries, from three moments  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Prose | Published: 13/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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'Tissue' guided annotation sheet
This guided annotation sheet would work well for students who  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 13/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict | Dharker, Imtiaz
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Unseen poetry comparison - exam style question
Designed for AQA English Literature Spec A: Paper 1 - Love Through  … read more
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KS5 | Poetry | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): AQA AS and A level anthology: love poetry through the ages
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Prompts for women's virtue essay: Act 4 Scene 2
Prompts for an A-level exam style question, using an extract  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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Chapter 1 and 2 - key quotation analysis
Students analyse key quotations from chapters 1 and 2. Some suggested  … read more
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KS5 | Prose | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
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Sentence types and effects
Matching task for sentence types, explanations, examples and  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Reading | Writing | Published: 18/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Imaginative writing | Sentence construction
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Nancy and Dodger - victims or accomplices?
Writing prompts to support students in responding to the characters  … read more
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KS3 | Prose | Published: 18/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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20 ideas for using technology for English teaching
A collection of tips for using apps, websites and technology  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Planning and assessment | Published: 18/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): 20 teaching ideas for ... | Making the most of ICT
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