An English Teachers’ Bibli-blography

This page is very much under construction at the moment. In fact, it’s likely that you will be able to say that about this page for some time, if not indefinitely. It’s designed to be a collation of blogs about aspects of English teaching. If you come across either an aspect of English teaching which I’ve missed out or a blog post that you think ought to be here, then please let me know via Twitter @NSMWells.

Planning an English Curriculum:

A mastery model for writing: moving away from the text type treadmill from Michael Tidd @MichaelT1979

A new English curriculum from Alex Quigley @HuntingEnglish

Clearing out the cobwebs: Key Stage 3 from Kat Howard @saysmiss

Collaborative Planning for September 2017 from Freya O’Dell @fod3

Curriculum matters from Summer Turner @ragazza_inglese

Curriculum Planning from Freya O’Dell @fod3

Designing a new curriculum – What are your big ideas? from Alex Quigley @HuntingEnglish

How to choose study texts in English – Part 1 from James Theo @JamesTheo

How to choose study texts in English – Part 2 from James Theo @JamesTheo

How to plan a knowledge unit in English from Joe Kirby @joe_kirby

How to evaluate a knowledge unit from Joe Kirby @joe_kirby

In trying to do so much, we do too little from Andy Tharby @atharby

Juggling the Curriculum Part 1 from Chris Curtis @xris32

Juggling the Curriculum Part 2 from Chris Curtis @xris32

Patterns and Dominant Methodologies in English from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Principled curriculum design from David Didau @Learning Spy

Reclaiming The Key Stage 3 Curriculum: Challenge from Jen Jayne Wilson @JenJayneWilson

Redesigning a curriculum from David Didau @LearningSpy

Taking Special Measures In English from Matt Pinkett @PositivTeacha

Teaching Key Stage 3 English Through the Trivium from Martin Robinson @trivium21c

The emptiness of the English curriculum from Anthony Radice @AnthonyRadice1

The holy trinity of English teaching: direction, immersion and habit from Andy Tharby @atharby

The Photocopier is Jammed from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

English Assessment Systems:

Assessment in a Knowledge Curriculum from Jo Facer @JoFacer

Assessment Objectives – An OFQUAL Concern for OFQUAL People from James Theobald @JamesTheo

Beyond National Curriculum Levels – One Year On from Alex Quigley @huntingenglish

Comparative Judgement: 21st Century Assessment from Daisy Christodoulou @daisychristo

Guide to my posts about assessment from Daisy Christodoulou @daisychristo

Moving Beyond National Curriculum Levels from Alex Quigley @huntingenglish

Proof Of Progress Part 1 from David Didau @LearningSpy

Proof of Progress Part 2 from David Didau @LearningSpy

Proof of Progress Part 3 from David Didau @LearningSpy

Reassessing Assessment from Caroline Spalding @MrsSpalding

The Elements of Progression: Threshold Concepts Meet Mastery Learning from Phil Stock @JoeyBagstock

Why is teacher assessment biased? from Daisy Christodoulou @daisychristo

Writing better tests by Tom Boulter @tomboulter

Feedback in English:

Closing Real Gaps With Data Days from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm

Feedback: let’s build it in, not add it on from Andy Tharby @atharby

Getting On Top Of Marking from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm

Giving feedback the Michaela way from Jo Facer @jo_facer

How to ensure that feedback leads to real learning from Andy Tharby @atharby

On Valuable Feedback that Supports Teacher Wellbeing from Rebecca Foster @TLPMsF

Marking is a hornet from Joe Kirby @joe_kirby

Post mortem vs live marking from Chris Curtis @xriscurtis

Targets, targets and more targets from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

We’re Marking Too Much from Matt Pinkett @PositivTeacha

Written Feedback Using Mailmerge from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm 

Cognition, Memory and English Teaching:

Improving recall in GCSE English Language and Literature: some practical suggestions from Andy Tharby @atharby

Memory Platforms from Andy Tharby @atharby

Starters and the Three Part Lesson – RIP from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Revision and English

A five year revision plan from Joe Kirby @joe_kirby

And Now For Something A Little Bit Different from Becky Wood @ShadyLady222

How and why I help my students learn quotations from Phil Stock @joeybagstock

Making Key Stage 4 Stick from Dave Grimmett @davegrimmett

Knowledge Organisers from Joe Kirby @joe_kirby

Something That Helped With Learning Quotations For the New GCSEs from Amy Forrester @AMForrester1

Multiple Choice Questions in English

Closed Question Quizzing: Unfashionable Yet Effective from Andy Tharby @atharby

How to design multiple choice questions from Joe Kirby @joe_kirby

Learning to love the humble multiple choice question from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Why use multiple choice questions? from Joe Kirby @joe_kirby

Teaching Spelling:

21 Lists of sophisticated spellings for GCSE English from Sarah Donarski @s_donarski

Analysing Spelling from Jules Daulby @JulesDaulby

Logical, phonetic, visual sequencing, rules, auditory, motor? The analysis of spelling errors. from Jules Daulby @JulesDaulby

Teaching Punctuation:

I heart punctuation from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Literacy Shorts: Oxford Commas from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Literacy Shorts: Ellipsis from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Literacy Shorts: Parenthetical Dashes  from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Literacy Shorts: Full Stops from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Literacy Shorts: Exclamation Marks from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Literacy Shorts: Colons from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Literacy Shorts: Semi-Colons from Douglas Wise @DoWise

The Capital Letter Problem – Part 1 from David Didau @LearningSpy

The Capital Letter Problem-Part 2 from David Didau @LearningSpy

Teaching Grammar:

Adjectives from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Grammar and the art of writing from Katie Ashford @katie_s_ashford

Improving the formality of students’ writing – nominalisation from Kerry Pulleyn @kerrypulleyn

Modal Verbs from Douglas Wise @DoWise

The Problem With ISPACED from Dom Schack @Dom_Schack

Where Gradgrind Got It Right; Teaching the Trivium – On Grammar from Martin Robinson @trivium21c

Teaching Vocabulary:

Active practice – the key to vocabulary from Doug Lemov @doug_lemov

Against Pupil Friendly Language from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

Closing the language gap – building vocabulary from David Didau @LearningSpy

Defragmenting Memory from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

How can we increase a child’s vocabulary? from Katie Ashford @katie_s_ashford

Making Mathew Rich from Caroline Spalding @MrsSpalding

Root map – a vocabulary instruction model from Josie Mingay @jamingay

Spelling and vocabulary lists – What’s not to like? from Dave Grimmett @daveg5478

Teaching vocabulary from Jo Facer @jo_facer

Teaching knowledge through vocabulary or why tier two words might not be enough from Phil Stock @joeybagstock

Vocabulary: Oleaginous is the word that you heard. It’s got groove. It’s got meaning from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

What’s in a Word from Phil Stock @joeybagstock

What’s the best way to teach vocabulary? by David Bunker @Mr_Bunker_edu

Word choice matters. Fact. from @TeachEnglish146

Why Reading Aloud to Students is so Critical to Vocabulary from Doug Lemov @doug_lemov

Encouraging Reading for Pleasure:

How can we get kids to read widely? from Katie Ashford @katie_s_ashford

How do we get them reading? from Katie Ashford @katie_s_ashford

Raising the profile of reading – Part 1 from Freya O’Dell @fod3

Reading Journals from Freya O’Dell @fod3

What Books Should A School Kid Read? from Martin Robinson @trivium21c

Teaching Reading:

Alice in Readerland – Year 7 and Doug Lemov’s Reading Reconsidered from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

A Novel Approach from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

A year of reading dangerously, slowly, carefully, accurately from Chris Curtis @xriscurtis

Can we teach students how to make inferences? from Andy Tharby @atharby

Close reading – our initial steps from Freya O’Dell @fod3

Five Things Every New (Secondary) Teacher Should Know About Reading from David Didau @LearningSpy

Glossing Over the Gist and Glossaries from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Isn’t it ironic from Sarah Ledger @sezl

Question Templates – An Approach to Improving Analysis from Andy Tharby @atharby

Reading is Knowledge from James Murphy @HoratioSpeaks

Seven Steps to Improving Reading Comprehension from James Murphy @HoratioSpeaks

So What? and Tell Me More. from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Teaching Ideas – What Has Worked For Me? from Caroline Spalding @MrsSpalding

Time from Fiona Ritson @FKRitson

Teaching Rhetoric:

10 Biblical Allusions from Douglas Wise @DoWise

10 Classical Allusions from Douglas Wise @DoWise

10 Historical Allusions from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Litotes from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Metonymy and Synecdoche from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Mr Benn and the anatomy of extended writing from Phil Stock @joeybagstock

On Rhetoric – A Lesson Plan from Martin Robinson @trivium21c

Paragraph Pairs from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm

Rhetorical Questions from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Structuring Persuasive Paragraphs from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm

The Cliche That is Not a Cliche from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Types of Repetition and Why You Should Teach Them – Part 1 from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Types of Repetition and Why You Should Teach Them – Part 2 from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

We Need To Talk About Cliché- Part 1 from Mark Robertson @mr_englishteach

We Need To Talk About Cliché – Part 2 from Mark Robertson @mr_englishteach

Teaching Biography:

Teaching Description:

In Defence of Similes from Matt Pinkett @PossitivTeacha

On Scaffolded Descriptive Writing Openings from Rebecca Foster @TLPMsF

The Art of Making Strange from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Using a Visual Stimulus for Creative Writing from Jonathan  Peel @mrpeel 

Teaching Narrative:

Allusion – Teach It from Matt Pinkett @PositivTeacha

A Guide to Dystopian Fiction from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

An Ode To Narrative from Dom Schack @Dom_Schack

A Year of Writing Creatively from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Everyday Writing from Louisa Enstone @englishlulu

Flash Fiction, Not Flash Bang from Louisa Enstone @englishlulu

Here’s One I Made Earlier. Using Your Own Creative Writing As Literary Texts from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

How to Create and Analyse Complex Characters from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

I Don’t Want to Talk About It – How Not To Write Dialogue from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Losing the Plot – Deus Ex Machina from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

On John Brown Rose and the Midnight Cat from Rebecca Foster @TLPMsF

Pathetic Fallacy from Douglas Wise @DoWise

Personal Narrative and Developing a Student’s Own Narrative Voice from Louisa Enstone @englishlulu 

Routines For Excellent Writing from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm

Teaching Narrative Writing at GCSE from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

Teaching Narrative Writing Part 2 – Slow and Seductive Modelling from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

Tell Me Why I Love Fridays from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Why I Love Writing At The Same Time As The Class from Susan Strachan @SusanSEnglish

Teaching Analytical Writing:

Analytical paragraphing: should students PEE all over their work? by Tod Brennan @todbrennaneng

Beyond the Show Sentence from Katie Ashford @katie_s_ashford

Ditching Pronouns – Analysing Poetry With Clarity from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Exam Essay Questions and How to Avoid Answering Them from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

How to Train A GCSE Essay Writer Part 1 from Alex Quigley @HuntingEnglish

How to Train A GCSE Essay Writer Part 2 from Alex Quigley @HuntingEnglish

Inside Outside from Mr Hanson

My Bleeping Research Project from Louisa Enstone @englishlulu

Precision in Writing – The Show Sentence from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Teaching Analytical Writing Structures from Josh Goodrich @Thecpdparadox

The Post-It Note Approach To Planning Essays from Caroline Spalding @MrsSpalding

The Purpose of Facing One Long Sentence from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

The ‘Show’ Sentence from Katie Ashford @katie_s_ashford

Using Mentor Texts from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm

Why I Love Promoting Analysis from Susan Strachan @SusanSEnglsh

Within the murky depths of the PEA from Dave Grimmett @daveg5478

Teaching Context

A Simple Timeline For English Teachers from Matt Pinkett @PositivTeacha

Controlling History or Making it a Bit More Humane from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

On Origin of Context from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Teaching Drama:

Drama Teaching – Socialisation and Indoctrination from Martin Robinson @trivium21c 

Teaching Poetry:

Adore by Fiona Ritson @fkritson

I Hate Poems from James Theobald @jamestheo

Orange Juice Poetry from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Poetry I – What is this Thing We Call a Poem from Phil Stock @joeybagstock

Poetry II – Poetry and the Poetic from Phil Stock @joeybagstock

The poetry dilemma: to teach or to elicit from Andy Tharby @atharby

What Should We Teach About Poetry from Tom Boulter @TomBoulter

Teaching Shakespeare:

Lord Of The Powerpoints – Shakespeare from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Preparing Year 9 for GCSE – Teaching Shakespeare from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

Revelation from Fiona Ritson @FKRitson

Shakespeare and meaning from monosyllabic words from Matt Pinkett @Positivteacha

Shakespeare And The Perception Of Incomprehensibility from Mark Miller @goldfishbowlmm

Shakespeare In a Word from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

What a Carry On – Romeo and Juliet from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Why I Love Romeo and Juliet from Becky Wood @shadylady222

Teaching Speaking and Listening

On Dialectic: Dissoi Logoi – Teaching the Trivium from Martin Robinson @trivium21c

Seventastic Speaking Experiments With Speech from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

The Socratic Method; Teaching the Trivium – Dialectic from Martin Robinson @trivium21c

What is the Point of Speaking and Listening? from James Theobald @jamestheo

Teaching AQA English Language GCSE:

Paper 1

Evaluation: it’s a piece of cake from James Theobald @jamestheo

I am the Greatest Blogger from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Less Than a Month to Go – Question 3 Structure Again from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

Let’s Get a Bit of Perspective On Things from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Like Lambs to the Slaughter – Preparing Year 9 For GCSE English from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

Notes on a scandal. I mean: Notes on a new GCSE spec! from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

On Paper 1 Section A from Rebecca Foster @TLPMsF

Paper 1 Exam Hacks from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Paper 1 Question 1 from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

Paper 1 Question 2 from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

Paper 1 Question 3 from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

Paper 1 Question 4 from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

Question 3 and 4 – Bore Galore from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Slave – AQA Paper 1 from Fiona Ritson @fkritson

Something That Worked With AQA Language Paper 1 Question 3 from Amy Forrester @AMForrester1

Structure and Evaluation Revisited from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Structures is all about three words from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Super, Smashing, Great – Modelling the Language of Evaluation from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Teaching Evaluation Part 1 from Mark Roberts @mr_englishteach

Teaching Evaluation Part 2 from Mark Roberts @mr_englishteach

Teaching Evaluation Part 3: Some proper exemplars for the GCSE English Language Evaluation question from Mark Roberts @mr_englishteach

Teaching Structure – model answer part 2 from Mark Roberts @mr_englishteach

Teaching Structure for the new English Language GCSE from Mark Roberts @mr_englishteach

The new English Language GCSE: Introducing 19th Century Fiction from James Theobald @JamesTheo

The one about structure – Part 1 from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

The one about structure – Part 2 SPOILERS! from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

The Subject of Sentences from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

This Much I Know About A Step By Step Guide to the Writing Question on the AQA English Language GCSE Paper 1 from John Tomsett @JohnTomsett

Tone from Fiona Ritson @FKRitson

Why we might need to place more emphasis on showing and telling in lessons from Chris Curtis @xriscurtis

Year 11 Mock Exams – Spedoes, Modelling Writing and Self-Assessment from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude

Paper 2

On Paper 2 Section A from Rebecca Foster @TLPMsF

Notes on AQA’s Paper 2: Seek, Locate and Destroy from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Slave – AQA Paper 2 from Fiona Ritson @fkritson

Summarise, synthesis, simplify or suggest from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

This Much I Know About A Step By Step Guide to the Writing Question on the AQA English Language GCSE Paper 2 from John Tomsett @JohnTomsett

Teaching AQA English Literature GCSE:

Teaching Macbeth:

Hear the One About the Dead Queen from Matt Pinkett @PositivTeacha

Macbeth: Dealing with AO2 from Mr Hanson

Shakespearean Trump Card – Teaching Macbeth from Jamie Thom @teachgratitude1

Teaching Macbeth from Kate McCabe @evenbetterif

This Much I Know About Unfettered Teaching from John Tomsett

Teaching A Christmas Carol:

English Language Extracts – Smashing the Superficial With Dickens from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

Jacob Marley’s Bowel Movements from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Teaching A Christmas Carol from Alex Quigley @huntingenglish

The Ghost of Memory: Revision and Retention of A Christmas Carol from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1

Teaching Jekyll and Hyde:

Etiquette, Sexual Repression and Body Snatching – A Guide to the Context of Jekyll and Hyde From Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Teaching An Inspector Calls:

How I teach An Inspector Calls from Chris Curtis @xriscurtis

The Hand That Mocked… from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

What happens when we teach literary interpretations as facts by Andy Tharby @atharby

Teaching the AQA Poetry Anthology:

Dear AQA, It’s Time to Talk About Tissue from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

Kamikaze – Some Supplementary Thoughts from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

On Speed Planning from Rebecca Foster TLPMsF

Poetry Exam Hacks from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Remains by Simon Armitage – A Guide from Mark Roberts @MrEnglishTeach

The English Teacher’s Pub Quiz from Chris Curtis @XrisCurtis

Teaching AQA Unseen Poetry

On Learning to Notice from Rebecca Foster @TLPMsF

Poetry – Little and Often from Sarah Barker @LadyBarkBark

Revising Unseen Poetry from Jamie Thom @TeachGratitude1