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This resource consists of 21 reading comprehensions for students from year 8 to year 12. Use these for tests, homework or diagnostic assessments. You will find reading passages for analysis with a variety of themes and styles from which to choose.
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Zipped up poetry program. This resource provides an at-a-glance interpretation of the poem 'The hollow men' by T.S. Eliot. A summary of Eliot's use of diction, themes, allusions, style and rhetorical devices is provided as a basis for a deeper
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This product is a 45 minute multiple choice quiz designed to test the skills of students at interpreting humour in visual texts like comic strips and cartoons. It covers various strategies in comedy like overthrow of expectation, euphemism etc as
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This resource Includes a 6 minute talk on blank verse. There is an explanation of iambic pentameter with examples on slides. There follows an activity based on 7 songs by The Beatles. Students listen to the first 4 lines of each song and then scan
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This product is a 45 minute multiple choice quiz designed to test the skills of students at interpreting visual texts like advertisements, posters, infographics, and other messages combining images and words. I did this for my year 11 and 12
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This product consists of 101 slides describing and explaining a range of techniques which make comedy from the use of surprise in overthrow of expectations and anti-climax to irony, satire and parody. Comic creation of character is also featured
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Zipped up poetry program. A teaching resource to enable a discussion of the poem 'Journey of the Magi' by T.S. Eliot. It includes notes on the theme, rhetorical devices, allusion, symbolism, dramatic monologue and other relevant aspects of the poem.
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Zipped up poetry program. This resource is an at-a-glance analysis of the poem Preludes by T.S. Eliot. It covers structure, style, diction, theme and imagery. It is intended to function as a guide for the teacher from which to initiate a deeper
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Zipped up poetry program. An at-a-glance analysis of the poem 'When I have fears that I may cease to be' by John Keats. Notes cover background, versification, imagery, diction, rhetorical devices and summarize the themes. This is a useful resource
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This product is a 45 minute multiple choice quiz designed to test the skills of students at interpreting and applying English grammar rules in context. 5 very different texts are provided with 6 questions on each. I do this for my year 11 and 12
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This resource consists of 35 slides containing 43 posters and 5 sound/movie clips. These carefully selected images and clips provide a good overview of the role of propaganda through history. It features posters/clips which represent various issues
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Poetry study brief. An at-a-glance analysis of the poem 'Ozymandias' by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The notes cover diction, imagery, poetic form and background. This resource is very useful as a starting point for further discussion and debate. It is a
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This is a 30 minute comedy drama in one act for 6 players - 3 girls and 3 boys or 2 girls and 4 boys. It is a light-hearted farce with a 'beauty without cruelty' theme. Synopsis: French exchange student Pierre arrives at his new school with his host
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This product includes a 7 minute video presentation discussing Aristotle's model of the tragic hero and how it applies to Shakespeare's drama 'Othello'. There are also slides summarizing the concept. Then there is a group activity in the form of
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This product provides a rigorous and challenging testing of the play 'Othello' by William Shakespeare. 11 quizzes with a total of over 1000 multiple choice questions cover plot, themes, characters, diction, imagery, versification and dramatic
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This product includes a 7 minute video introducing features of blank verse like end stops, caesura and enjambment as well as the use of apostrophes and accents to expand and contract lines. Examples are shown on slides. There is also a quick word
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This resource includes a 2 minute video clarifying dramatic irony. The discussion deals with how central dramatic irony is to the suspense and indeed the pathos of this play. To show how prevalent this dramatic irony is in 'Othello', I have chosen
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This resource provides 10 fun activities, exercises, games and group challenges which cover the main themes and characters of Othello by William Shakespeare. They are: Jealousy - Causes and effects image linking activity. Otherness (Othello's race
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This product consists of 120 multiple choice questions thoroughly exploring plot, characterization, themes, rhetorical devices and style in Act 3 Scenes 1, 2 and 3 of 'Othello'. The questions... * test comprehension at low, middle and higher
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This resource includes a carefully researched 3 minute talk on appearance versus reality. The question of what is real and what is not highlights a less obvious theme of 'Othello' - that of 'evidence'. Think of how flimsy the 'evidence' of the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teacher of English for 18 years. Set examination papers at school, local, regional and national level. Assessed examinations at school, local, regional and national level. Designed literature courses for Home School students in e-learning context.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Lively, creative, dramatic, fun, humorous, rigorous, inclusive.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Several of my students achieved gold awards for the SA English Olympiad writing competition (top 100 out of 6000 entries). One of my best students is now completing his Masters at Oxford on a scholarship which he received with my assistance.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA: English III, Drama III, Geography III, French I, Afrikaans I and a Post Graduate diploma in Higher Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Wrote and produced plays for my school for several years. Trained students in public speaking, model UN and similar debates. Prepared pupils for dramatic/poetry presentations at eisteddfods and arts festivals.

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