Student-led, fully-resourced teaching units requiring almost no preparation. Based on the new themes, each IB English B Text Type 10-lesson unit is designed around a mentor text through which students explore format, structure, language use and conceptual understanding to prepare them to write a similar text of their own.


To exploit each mentor text fully, students are guided through the following process:

  • setting context and activating prior knowledge

  • preparing vocabulary and concept clarification

  • understanding sentence structures

  • discerning format and the sequence of ideas

  • reading for inference and meaning 

  • annotating relevant features

  • listening and reading exam-style papers based on the mentor text

  • deconstructing the text

  • preparing vocabulary, sentence frames and guiding questions

  • creating a rubric for peer and self assessment

  • planning collaboratively to prepare for writing

  • peer assessing the first draft


When you download each  IB English B 10-lesson unit, this is what you will receive:


  • 1 Unit lesson plan overview document – lesson activities, learning intentions, differentiation, ATLs

  • 1 TEN-page Student Workbook – which, when completed, serves as a revision document for use prior to examinations and includes a scaffold to help students focus on conceptual understanding

  • 1 mentor text – written using the required conventions and features so students will not only model their writing on it, but also use it for deep de-construction and language analysis

  • 1 Exam-style listening question paper + audio track by the writer explaining the process of writing the mentor text + answer key + audio transcript

  • 1 Exam-style reading paper + answer key – using the mentor text

  • 10 detailed, step-by-step LESSON PPT PDFs which include plenary and daily homework activities AND links to animated PowerPoint Videos hosted on YouTube

  • Over 25 differentiated class activity pages with relevant answer keys covering a wide range of ATL skills.


This means there is almost nothing you need to do to deliver these lessons (except familiarize yourself with the lesson PDF and ensure relevant activity pages are printed) – saving you hours and hours of planning and preparation time.

You will , however, have to mark their writing assignments at the end though, but that will be after they have self and peer-assessed each other’s work to make their next draft even better.

Crammed with loads of speaking and sharing opportunities, this resource also takes away the need for you to be the ‘sage on the stage’; instead, you will provide differentiated learning tasks which will enable you to provide one-to-one support for individuals or groups that need it.


Plus, it encourages students to take responsibility for their learning as their efforts are essential for the learning of everyone else.



This is a book of teaching ideas and activities based around Howard Gardner’s Theory of the Multiple Intelligences.

It contains learning tasks that access visual, mathematic, verbal, kinaesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical and naturalistic learning approaches.

All activities are differentiated to provide a rich diet of learning opportunities that examine the play from a variety of angles.

Suitable for a wide range of learners and learning styles, these activities also access critical and creative thinking skills and perfectly complement most approaches to the teaching of Macbeth.


'Hooked on Macbeth' is a fresh and innovative approach to teaching Shakespeare's gripping tragedy.

It uses a memory hook system as the basis for remembering all the major events, themes and characters of the play and vividly demonstrates how easy it is for students to retain and recall key information.

This unusual approach engages students because it utilises the power of their imaginations to 'hook' their interest in the events of the play, and provides ample opportunities for them to demonstrate the effectiveness of their learning.



MY NOVEL READING JOURNAL is a reading journal with fun daily reading activities to encourage independent, reflective reading.

This reading journal consists of 5–10 minute tasks that encourage students to:

• think creatively and critically
• write imaginatively
• read for insight and pleasure
• draw and design based on their reading

- with activities to do before, during and after the reading of a chosen novel.

I have used this reading journal as a homework project for students aged 11.

I have also used this reading journal with a form class, during guided reading and independent reading times. The students enjoy being able to choose from a range of fun and unusual approaches to reflecting on their reading.

The reading journal can be bound as a book or the individual pages are placed in a tray in the classroom and students choose a different page to do each day.