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An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
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I recently discovered this useful website, which enables you to create games to use in the classroom. Revision/ teacher-led activities etc. All good fun :)

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Valentine, Carol Ann Duffy (via goodnightseattle)

This poem is one of my favourite to teach; it raises so many questions about what it means to love, and Duffy’s style is so imaginative and the language is so rich.

A happy little achievement – I marked my Y11 Mock papers! Hurrah!

I have a set 3/5 Year 11 group, who are a C/D borderline group. They sat a WJEC Reading Paper and Writing Paper last week, after 9 teaching weeks on exam prep.

Teaching the unit 1 and 2…

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Well, been back at work an in the classroom for almost 4 weeks now.

This 4th week is really highlighting the stresses and demands we, as Secondary School teachers, are facing…

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Rhetorical Questions/Repitions

Emotive Language



Good luck to all those students who are sitting/ resitting the WJEC English Literature Unit 1 tomorrow, especially those from KC1 who will be writing about ‘Of Mice and Men’. Remember, whatever you do, make sure you talk about the context of American Dreams and Migrant Workers!

Then you’ll do fine!

One of the key GCSE English texts for the Reading coursework and GCSE Literature exam.

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What a beautiful image to use as a writing prompt.
You could ask pupils to begin by listing/finding words to describe the 5 sense and the mood/atmosphere.
Then, pupils have to imagine their story bginning here, in this scene. They write their opening… OR…pupils have to describe the scene to the reader (purely description, detatched from it).

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Harder exams in English Literature due in my first year as a fully qualified teacher. Lulzy.