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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?


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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!


Free KS3 presentation on characterization!

Ensure that your KS3 students know all about the techniques of characterization with our free presentation!

This resource explains exactly what characterization is, and how students can see it at work in books, on television, and in film. An interactive activity reinforces the definitions of description, dialogue, and action.

The presentation then focuses on Charles Dickens’ famously detailed characterization, with an interactive encouraging consideration of the character of Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. Students read a short extract and then pick adjectives to describe Scrooge and provide textual evidence for their decisions. 


Free KS3 interactive on 'The Tempest'!

Bring The Tempest to life for your KS3 students with our free interactive!

This engaging interactive activity depicts the conversation between Prospero and Ariel after the great storm in Act One.

Discussion questions encourage your students to consider the characterisation of Prospero and Ariel, and their relationship.

Clear audio lifts the text up off the page, aiding understanding and analysis.

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