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Teachit Talk

19th November 2015


KS5 resources

This issue of Teachit Talk focuses on the older end of the spectrum - KS5. There are plenty of new resources; choose from Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Measure for Measure and 'Properties of a comedy'.

We're also kicking off the festive season with a brand new set of beautifully illustrated Christmas resources. See below for more details.

Lindy Leslie


KS5 resources

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  Find our featured resources  

Themes and imagery

A great revision resource full of questions to help students explore themes in Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

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Who is Isabella?

This resource explores Isabella's character in depth, using Act 5 Scene 1 as a focus.

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Properties of a comedy

Students select the correct definition and make notes on how each applies to the play they are studying.

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Marking for progress and PRAISE

A guide for teachers to mark students' work positively, with examples of how each method might work in the classroom.

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Beautifully illustrated Christmas resources


If you’re looking for Christmas activities which offer more substance than a word search or a DVD, this set of five Christmas themed resources is just the thing.

Beautifully illustrated and appropriate to the new KS3 curriculum, the set features tasks for writing to persuade, inform, review and describe, all with a festive flavour.

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A Christmas Carol teaching pack



Designed for the new English Literature GCSE specifications, our A Christmas Carol teaching pack comprises a route-through the five staves of the text, providing social and historical context, discussion points and supporting resources.

Tasks include close-text analysis, comprehension, drama and exam-style questions.

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Hitting the headlines

North-south divide mapped in GCSE results (BBC)

Ofsted raises alarm over ‘squalid’ illegal schools (Guardian)

White British pupils least likely to go to university, says research (Guardian)

Book news and competitions

The Guardian children's fiction prize shortlist has been published, with the winner announced tonight.

This year's theme for the IGGY and Litro Young Writer's Prize is Movement; the competition is open to all 13-18 year olds around the world.


What's on



Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues

Historian Sam Willis explores the criminal underworld of gangsters that are often romanticised in literature.

Sat 23rd Nov | 9pm - 10pm | BBC2


Open Book

Mariella Frostrup talks to Edna O'Brien about Little Red Chairs.

Thurs 19th Nov | 3.30pm - 4pm | BBC Radio 4


The Tempest

This epic play is brought to life by the Globe.

17th February - 22nd April 2016l | The Globe, London


New to Oxford Playscripts: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Find our featured resources   Specially selected for 11-14 students, Oxford Playscripts are an ideal way to introduce thought-provoking, challenging and accessible, classic and modern plays.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas* written by John Boyne and adapted by Angus Jackson, is the latest addition to the Oxford Playscripts series, publishing spring 2016.

Set during World War II, the story is seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight year-old-son of the commandment at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence, has startling and devastating consequences.
Other titles coming soon to Oxford Playscripts include Cowgirl* by G.R. Gemin and adapted by Mike Kenny (publishing summer 2016) and Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and adapted by David Calcutt (publishing spring 2016).

To pre-order your copies, email schools.orders.uk@oup.com with the title you’d like to order plus your name, school name and address.

*The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Cowgirl are also available as Rollercoasters titles. See the full range at www.oxfordsecondary.co.uk/rollercoasters.

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