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Key quotations about the power of the natural worldNew!
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 roleNew!
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' momentsNew!
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 writingNew!
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 New!
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 sheetNew!
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 questionNew!
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 2New!
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 analysisNew!
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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Quotations by theme in Act 1
A collection of quotations from Act 1 sorted into main themes.  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 11/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
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Quiz – Quiz – Trade: structure terms
Aimed at students exploring the structure of fiction texts. Students  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 11/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Fiction texts | Form and structure
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Significance of the handkerchief
Activities to help students explore the significance of the  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 10/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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Attitudes towards Othello and Desdemona’s marriage at the start of the play
Activities focused on Act 1 Scene 1 when Roderigo and Iago wake  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 10/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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AQA English Language Paper 1 tips
A hint and tip sheet handy for revision for the AQA GCSE English  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 10/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Assessment and revision | Fiction texts
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Non-fiction writing dice game
Students can work individually, in pairs, or in groups. They  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 08/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Argument and persuasive writing | Information texts | Writing for purpose and audience
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'Kamikaze': Word meaning and imagery
Focuses students on exploring individual words and phrases within  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict
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Poetry bingo: AQA Power and conflict
A fun revision activity to support students' familiarity with  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict
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Writing an essay about Lyra
A detailed plan to use as a starting point for the following  … read more
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KS3 | Prose | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
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Macbeth quiz
Quiz questions to test students' comprehension of every act of  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Macbeth
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Creating a group poem about secondary school
Students work in groups to create a poem based around their first  … read more
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KS3 | Poetry | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Transition | Introduction to English
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Communication between Maire and Yolland in Act 2 Scene 2
Focused on Act 2 Scene 2 and the communication (or lack of) between  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Translations by Brian Friel
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Song lyrics into stories
Encourage students to put their musical passions to use in this  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing
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Imaginative writing: creating a scene
This resource guides students through an imaginative writing  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing | Narrative writing
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First and last paragraphs - what comes in between?
Students are given the first and last paragraphs from pieces  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Argument and persuasive writing | Planning | Structure and paragraphs | Writing for purpose and audience
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Exploring spoken memories of Paris
An excellent resource using four spoken texts from the Paris  … read more
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KS5 | Language and Literature | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): AQA Anthology: Paris
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Using colour circles to create mood
Students are shown how to create their own colour circles, thinking  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing
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Coming full circle - cyclical structures in creative writing
Using lines from well-known poems as inspiration, students build  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing | Planning | Structure and paragraphs
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Have you read 'A Streetcar Named Desire'?
This is a short answer quiz to check students' basic recall of  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 18/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
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Sculpture inspired creative writing
Use abstract sculpture as inspiration for imaginative writing.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 18/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing
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Should we use slang? Discussion and writing task
Students use a series of statements to discuss their opinions  … read more
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KS3 | Spoken English | Writing | Published: 18/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Debates and discussions | Letter writing | Using Standard English
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Exploring 'The Class Game' by Mary Casey
Activities to explore 'The Class Game' by Mary Casey, including  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 18/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Conflict
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Exam planning template for Power and Conflict poetry cluster
A collection of sample exam questions with a planning template  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict
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Bingo: character and plot
A bingo activity with questions ranging across the whole text  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
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Activities for chapters 1-7
These activities help students get to grips with the basics of  … read more
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KS5 | Prose | Published: 11/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
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Activities for chapters 8-13
These activities help students get to grips with the basics of  … read more
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KS5 | Prose | Published: 11/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
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WJEC Eduqas English Literature exam question stems
GCSE English Literature revision resource; suitable for use with  … read more
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KS4 | Planning and assessment | Published: 11/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Exam preparation
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Finding evidence about 'the beast'
Students find evidence for a series of statements about the beast  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 10/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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Exam style question comparing unseen Hardy and Drayton poems
Exam style question comparing unseen Hardy's 'Neutral Tones'  … read more
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KS5 | Poetry | Published: 10/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Unseen poetry
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Comparing ‘What do you wish someone had told you’ and ‘Encore Une Fois’
A comprehensive resource guiding students towards a focused stylistics  … read more
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KS5 | Language and Literature | Published: 10/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): AQA Anthology: Paris
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Poetry terms audit
An audit sheet for KS5 students to check their understanding  … read more
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KS5 | Poetry | Published: 04/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Analysing poetry
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Dear form tutor: year 7 transition letter
These sentence starters support new year 7 students in writing  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 04/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Transition | Getting to know your students | Letter writing
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Comparing 'Stories Are Waiting in Paris' and 'Paris City Guide'
A student-friendly comparative framework for writing an essay  … read more
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KS5 | Language and Literature | Published: 04/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): AQA Anthology: Paris
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Reading circle roles
A resource that can be used with any novel. A popular approach  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 03/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Fiction texts | Independent reading | Reading novels
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Language analysis of 'Storm on the Island'
Students consider the word class, connotations and effect of  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for AQA (2015 onwards) Power and conflict | Heaney, Seamus
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Exploring 'The Destruction of Sennacherib' by Lord Byron
A series of tasks for the poem 'The Destruction of Sennacherib'  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 03/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Conflict
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Character analysis rectangle
A versatile inference and analysis tool for characters in any  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Planning and assessment | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Resource templates
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Formal letter writing: why do we have to study 'Frankenstein'?
This resource is intended for year 10 or year 11 to prepare them  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Writing | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | Letter writing
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A figure in space: vocabulary in descriptive writing
Using an image of an astronaut and the trailer of the film 'Gravity',  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Writing | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Developing vocabulary
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Key terminology for analysing 'Othello'
This resource is designed to familiarise students with dramatic  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Plays | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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'Out, out' and 'Disabled' essay prompts
A support sheet of paragraph prompts for use when planning an  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology for Edexcel IGCSE | Frost, Robert | Owen, Wilfred
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'An Inspector Calls' revision quiz
A handy revision quiz covering a number of important areas of  … read more
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KS4 | Plays | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
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Comprehension questions and activities on ‘The Explorer’s Daughter’ by Kari Herbert
Comprehension questions and activities on a passage from The  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 22/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology for Edexcel IGCSE
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Whodunnit? The murder at Muchley Manor
This is a PowerPoint 'Whodunnit?' which gets pupils to work in  … read more
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KS3 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Transition | Introduction to English | Word games
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Writing prompts for 'Disabled' by Wilfred Owen
Writing prompts for an essay about how Owen creates sympathy  … read more
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KS4 | Poetry | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Anthology poetry for Edexcel (2015 onwards) Conflict
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Revising non-fiction text types
A comprehensive guide to revising different types of non-fiction  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Argument and persuasive writing | Information texts | Letter writing
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Exploring idioms
A resource that guides students in exploring idiomatic expressions.  … read more
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KS5 | Introduction to language study | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptions of language
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Exam style question on Desdemona and female passivity
Extract based exam question focused on Act 5 Scene 2 and designed  … read more
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KS5 | Plays | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Othello
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