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I am fanatic about booklets. They’re a massive part of my teaching and, I think, make me better at it. A visualiser plus a booklet is about as good as it gets for me.

As well as including my booklets in my central resource page, given they’re such a core part of my own practice, I wanted to collate them separately too.

So here, in one place, are all the booklets I currently use.

A Level English Literature

— Unseen Prose Preparation Booklet: A booklet that contains various passages for students to analyse, including essay questions using the AQA A Level format found in the Modern Times: Post 1945 paper. This could also be repurposed for Language Paper 1

GCSE English Literature

Macbeth Booklet: A full Macbeth booklet, with key extracts and lots of space to annotate, space for plot summary, historical and social context, big ideas and big questions, QR coded extension, key quotation bank. This is pretty much the only thing I use when teaching the play. With massive thanks to Stuart Pryke and Doug Wise whose ideas, inspiration and resources helped to shape this booklet. [Here is the link to the old version should you prefer it:]

— Macbeth Revision Booklet: A short revision booklet template based around key characters. The aim would be to draw the mind map as a class and for the teacher to talk through the characters, hence it being effectively empty. It’s just a template.

— The Story of Macbeth Told Through 10 Quotations: A short booklet that aims to tell the story of the play through 10 quotations, allowing lots of opportunity for discussion of big ideas and language. Great to introduce the play or to revisit after a break.

— Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Booklet: A full and comprehensive booklet for Dr J and Mr H. This is more or less the only resource I use when teaching the text. It includes KO, context, key quotation bank, retrieval tasks, key extracts with lots of room for annotation, plot summary. Created with lots of inspiration from Doug Wise’s excellent resources.

— Love and Relationships Poetry Anthology Booklet: A completely reimagined poetry anthology, with double-spaced and centred copies of the poem for easier annotation, Big Questions and Big Ideas, two copies of each poem (one for initial ideas and second for group annotation), recall grid for all poems, thematic grid, model answer, essay structure, QR coded extension sheet. I’ve blogged before on how exactly I use this booklet when teaching the poems.

Unseen Poetry Booklet: A detailed preparation booklet for unseen poetry including lots of different unseen poems that could be used to help prepare students, a structure strip to prompt when reading/analysing, essay structure for both 24 and 8 mark AQA questions, and model essays. This is more or less all I use when teaching unseen poetry.

Sonnet Booklet: A poetry booklet comprised entirely of sonnets that could be used as part of unseen poetry preparation or indeed as a standalone module looking at the sonnet.

— Sonnet Introduction: An introductory PPT to be used alongside the above booklet when introducing the sonnet as a form, including some key writers and chronology as well as formal features

GCSE English Language

English Language Paper 1 Booklet: (with space for student writing) or (without space for student annotation). I’ve blogged before about exactly how I use this booklet, but the basic premise is that each question has been broken down into its constituent elements, with lots of opportunity to practise each small step before moving onto a full exam-style responses. With thanks to Laura Webb for her excellent mini mocks which were previously shared via Twitter and have been really helpful in providing the material that the various tasks are based around.

English Language Paper 2 Booklet: (with space for students to write) or (without space for students to write). It is exactly the same n ethos and application as the Paper 1 Booklet above. With thanks to Laura Webb for her excellent mini mocks which were previously shared via Twitter and have been really helpful in providing the material that the various tasks are based around.

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