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Teachit Talk

27th November 2014


Help with unseen poetry

Poetry, in particular the 'unseen' kind, can cause all sorts of headaches for students.

That's why we've comissioned lots of new resources to help build students' confidence in this area. See below for the first batch - and keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks.

Lindy Leslie

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Tackling unseen poems

A resource which includes ideas for building students' confidence and advice for students who fear they won't 'get it!'.

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Building confidence in unseen poetry

Using the poem 'Break, break, break' by Alfred Lord Tennyson, this resource encourages students to analyse a poem without a question focus. 

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Developing confidence with unseen poetry

This resource includes notes, worksheets and a PowerPoint presentation to help students get used to analysing unseen poems. Poems featured are 'The Piano' by D.H. Lawrence and 'Only in Sleep' by Sara Teasdale.

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Approaching an unseen poem with confidence: 'The Owl' by Edward Thomas

Designed for students who have built confidence in approaching poems as unseen. The resource is differentiated, with a writing frame.

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Planning made easier with our Take Five teaching pack

Our practical and inspiring pack for KS3, GCSE and A level is full of teaching ideas, much-loved Teachit resources (both paper-based and interactive) and creative suggestions for bringing a multitude of topics to life.

With chapters on core areas of the national curriculum including approaches to poetry, punctuation and non-fiction texts, there’s plenty to inspire and refresh your teaching.

» Find out more about Take Five and download the free sample chapter - Sentences

» Order your copy of Take Five for just £19.95
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AQA - Who was your favourite teacher?

AQA have put together a series of short films to celebrate the brilliant, aspirational (and 'sometimes off the wall') way that English teachers get their students hooked on the subject.

Do take a look and share your own memories by emailing favouriteteacher@aqa.org.uk

» Find out how AQA is helping you to be your favourite teacher
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Hitting the headlines

Tristram Hunt warns private schools to help state pupils or lose £700m in tax breaks (Guardian)

Schools told: reintroduce traditional textbooks in lessons

Schools-based strategy launched to improve children's mental health care (Guardian)

Book news and competitions

A US veteran has won America's most prestigious literary prize with his debut collection of short stories.

Students could have their work judged by Carol Ann Duffy if they enter this Romantic poetry themed writing competition.

What's on



The Great War - An Elegy: A Culture Show Special

Catch up on this poignant documentary with Simon Armitage.

Available on BBC iPlayer


Words and Music

Joanne Froggatt and James Bolam read poetry, prose and music on the theme of travelling fairs and circuses.

Sun 30th November | 5.30pm - 6.45pm | BBC Radio 3


Love's Labour's Won

Also known as Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's comic romance is set in 1918, amidst a backdrop of post-war parties and masked balls.

3rd October - 14th March 2015 | The Globe

Attention-grabbing drama new to Oxford Playscripts.

Find our featured resources   The Oxford Playscripts series welcomes new literature heavyweights to the team, with powerful adaptations of Siobhan Dowd’s Solace of the Road and Marcus Sedgwick’s, My Swordhand is Singing. Accompanied by supporting notes, background information, and introductions from the adapters, these are ideal for engaging your 11-14s.

Oxford Playscripts is also now the home of Willy Russell’s Our Day Out and other plays, and Blood Brothers, which is an AQA set text for the new 2015 English Literature specification. These classic plays are ideal for starting to prepare your students for their GCSE studies.
To order inspection copies of any of these titles, simply email fiona.lloydwilliams@oup.com with your name and school's address, and purchase order number if required. To find out more information about all of our available literature series visit, www.oxfordsecondary.co.uk/literature.

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