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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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This is your setting. The words are your final sentence. Write the narrative.

You’re at a camp fire. Tell a story.

(via lacrimedipolvere)

Describe the moment.

(via you-make-me-smile-and-dream)

See my post for some tips.

This is your view. Where are you?

This is your view. Where are you?

Using the literary device of ‘dramatic irony’ write a short story of what happens here. Think about clues…what does the reader know that the characters don’t?

Possible Creative Task: Write a narrative piece which ends with this dialogue.


Possible Creative Task: Write a narrative piece which ends with this dialogue.

(via classroomchaos)

Found this useful ‘Plot skeleton’ on Pinterest,

Doing this with Shakespeare next week! #Pedagoo #ukedchat #blackout


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The Kansas City Star is running a blackout poetry contest and wrote up some good tips for making your own poems, many of them from Newspaper Blackout. I thought I’d share some of them here, along with my own notes. New poems coming tomorrow! —AK

Use the newspaper.



Teacher’s Most Powerful Tool: Piquing Students’ Curiosity

Ramsey Musallam, a high school chemistry teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been creatively using digital tools in his classroom for several years as a way to drive students to deeper inquiry. In a recent TED talk, Musallam says that a teacher’s strongest tool — the force that draws students deeper into learning — is piquing students’ curiosity. In his classroom, Musallam follows three rules: curiosity comes first, embrace the mess, and reflect and revise.