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Free interactive on Shakespeare’s influences!

This free interactive activity introduces ten key contemporaries of Shakespeare to help your class understand the context of his work.

From Niccolo Machiavelli to Thomas Middleton, students are given an overview of their prominent works and the context of their writing.

Why not divide these names between your class for a further research and presentation project into the life and works of these influential figures.


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Free interactive presentation on listening and discussion

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Try our free English presentation to help students in preparation for spoken language tasks.

This presentation will help your class develop their listening skills and guide them through the key principles of a respectful and productive discussion.

Interactive activities require your class to consider the most important elements of a discussion, and explore the behaviours that will help them plan and achieve an effective exchange of ideas.


Free KS3 interactive on how the English language developed!

Explain how historical invasions have influenced English with our free interactive map!

Click on the map of Europe to reveal more information about the invasions from the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings, and the Normans, all of which affected the English we speak today.

This interactive provides a clear visual demonstration of how history has helped make our language what it is!

Why not use this engaging interactive as the perfect introduction to a discussion about some of the familiar words we owe to these historic invasions?


Free KS4 presentation on 'Romeo and Juliet'!

Give your GCSE students practice in close reading with our free presentation on Romeo and Juliet!

This presentation encourages your students to look carefully at Shakespeare’s language and use it to deduce the time frame of the play up until Act Three.

Your class is then asked to consider how the mood changes at the start of Act Three, Scene One, and to examine Mercutio’s dying speech. Commentary and discussion questions help to focus and extend textual analysis.

A writing task at the end of the presentation requires your students to synthesise their ideas and pick key quotations to back up their points.


Free KS4 interactive on language choices and devices!

Train your KS4 students in the close reading of a text with this free interactive exercise!

Read and discuss an audio-narrated extract from Jack London’s Call of the Wild with your students. Then encourage them to identify the sensory description, onomatopoeia, and personification they notice, all the while evaluating how effective these are within the passage.

This is the ideal exercise to reinforce the definitions of language devices and to sharpen your students’ skills in textual analysis!

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