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An English Teachers’ Bibli-blography. This page is very much under construction at the moment.

An English Teachers’ Bibli-blography

In fact, it’s likely that you will be able to say that about this page for some time, if not indefinitely. It’s designed to be a collation of blogs about aspects of English teaching. If you come across either an aspect of English teaching which I’ve missed out or a blog post that you think ought to be here, then please let me know via Twitter @NSMWells. Planning an English Curriculum: A mastery model for writing: moving away from the text type treadmill from Michael Tidd @MichaelT1979. Stepping stones to GCSE: using King’s ‘I have a dream.’

“Let’s enjoy it while we can (let’s enjoy it while we can) Won’t you help me share my load (help me share my load) From the dark end of the street To the bright side of the road.”Van Morrison ‘Bright Side of the Road’.

Stepping stones to GCSE: using King’s ‘I have a dream.’

I’m happy to publicly admit it: I am going through a full Van Morrison obsession. It is insatiable, he is leaving all other musical alternatives behind in the dust. Even the Boss himself is cowering in the corner at the moment. This week ‘Bright Side of the Road’ has been blaring out of the car on the journey to work. A free resource – but not for everyone: literary terms display. I recently wrote about how a colleague and I plan on approaching the teaching of 19th century fiction extracts as part of the new English Language GCSE.

A free resource – but not for everyone: literary terms display

To support the introduction of some more sophisticated figures of rhetoric, we’ve also produced some A4 posters to display in classrooms, the idea being that they don’t give definitions of the devices but are merely there to be memory cues for pupils. We want pupils to learn the devices – if they contained more information, we feel that pupils would rely too heavily on them, which isn’t helpful when they get to the exam hall. I’ve had loads of requests for the display so, as promised, I’m sharing it here. I’ve written before about why I think people selling resources to teachers is wrong. When people sell resources to other teachers, they are restricting those resources from people who can’t afford to pay for them, as well as from those who just don’t want to have to pay for resources.

JamieClark85 Resources. BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth. Connotation vs Denotation. English Lit Timelines. Speed Writer-Neil's Toolbox. About The Speed Writer How long does it take you to write 150 words?

Speed Writer-Neil's Toolbox

An hour... two? How about 5 minutes? Welcome to the world of speed writing. As the name suggests, speed writing is producing writing much faster than you are used to. This is not about typing faster... it's not typing speed that slows most people down. The major idea is that the number one thing that slows down your writing is stopping to think. Speed writing doesn't just get work done fast. Using The Speed Writer Tool There are three main preparation steps. Firstly, split your target word count into blocks of 150 words. Secondly, for each block choose a question to answer (rather than a title). Finally, choose at least 3 words (preferably 4 to 6) that you want to include somewhere in the text.

So, you should have a question for each block, and 3-6 words under each. Then, you're ready to go... On the next page (click the link above to go there now) you'll choose your typing speed, then enter your question and words. Vocabulary Strategies. At first glance sentences. Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing. Me and Mr Benn I was born in 1975, and the cult children’s animation Mr Benn was part of my childhood.

Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing

I must have watched re-runs, since the only series made (which consisted of a paltry 13 episodes) was first aired in 1971. For the uninitiated, Mr Benn employed a recurring plot sequence. The bowler-hat-wearing protagonist would leave his home each morning and end up in a strange fancy dress shop, run by an even more mysterious shopkeeper. The nameless proprietor would show Mr Benn the delights of his shop and help him to choose a costume to wear for the rest of the episode.

Untitled. Doing language analysis. Copyrighted image Credit: Production team It is possible to analyse any stretch of language from a number of perspectives.

Doing language analysis

The three most basic levels of linguistic ‘raw material’ are respectively accent, vocabulary and grammar. For the purposes of this project, our focus is clearly on the choice of words, but it is important to remember that the same piece of evidence can be subjected to various different kinds of analysis. Teaching Literary Analysis. Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students' critical thinking skills.

Teaching Literary Analysis

Bloom's Taxonomy illustrates that analysis should come at the fourth level, right after comprehension and application. What this means is that students must be able to understand and describe the text before they are able to analyze its elements. Teaching literary analysis is often a daunting and overwhelming task. After all, it is essentially guiding students slowly through the process of critical thinking and understanding literature. That’s not a simple undertaking. Teaching Writing. The posts I have been most pleased with on this blog have been those on writing.

Teaching Writing

I will cautiously assert that I think I am a better teacher of writing as a result of the thinking that has gone into these. Today (12th May, 2015) I am updating to include some of my recent posts. Hemingway Editor. Poetry: Read and Analyse. Rhyme by Hannah Tyreman. How to analyse a poem. Alex Quigley- Collection of Online Resources. We are fast approaching the new school year and it is a time of mild anxiety and hurried organisation.

Alex Quigley- Collection of Online Resources

We are left with the big questions, such as what is my code for the photocopier and how do you teach teenagers again? Alongside the obligatory sleepless night before we return, we can also feel the optimism of a new start. What better way to start as we mean to go on than by, slightly deferring our planning to do some interesting reading! English teachers have a busy year ahead. When I say busy, I mean head-spinning-like-in-the-Exorcist busy. To prepare for the onslaught, some English teachers ready their rooms and hunker down, whereas others read some books or a bunch of articles, whilst some do both. Useful English Language and Literature related websites: Restoring the Love of English – paul g moss. For me, one of the most powerful strategies in the English classroom is getting students to write.

Restoring the Love of English – paul g moss

Analysing texts is extremely important, but getting students to experiment with words themselves seems to enhance their ability to analyse other peoples’ writing. There are numerous activities included in the resource below that can be used as starters or in fact anywhere inside a lesson. They are not exclusively set for the English classroom either, and can be used for any age (with some adjustment to some sections). Most are designed to allow students to explore the way words change in meaning depending on how they are arranged or communicated. There are a wide range of activities connected to the mechanics of language, and others more reliant on creativity. The rationale is that by continually experimenting with words in these short engaging activities, students attain a better appreciation of their use, and become better at using written language in general.