Macbeth Booklet: Updated for 2020/2021

Last year I created a full Macbeth booklet for teaching the play, which included: knowledge organiserretrieval quizzeskey extracts with lots of room for annotationsbig questionsplot outlinecontextQR codes to massolit lectureskey quotation bankmodel essay and essay structure A lot of this material, especially the retrival quizzes and key extracts, was supplied by previously available resources of... Continue Reading →

Cracking Open GCSE English Language: A Granular Method of Preparation

Updated: 10/10/2021 So, cards on the table: I don't like the English Language GCSE. I don't think it does a very good job of assessing, well, English Language. I think it does a good job of assessing student knowledge about other things (say, surf boards) but not the domain it seeks to assess. This causes... Continue Reading →

How I Teach the GCSE Poetry Anthology

I really dislike the given AQA Poetry Anthology, not the poems, but the actual physical anthology. My students do too. In fact, I dislike it so much that I set about creating an alternative, that, whilst of course biased, I feel is far superior. This post is about what is included in this alternative and... Continue Reading →

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