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One bright spring morning Slog sees his dad across the square. Nothing unusual about that, you might think, unless you knew that Slog's...

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This BritLit kit, written to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the project, is the first of what we hope will be many tales taken from...

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The High Master and Little Billy Clough is a humorous short story written by John Waddington-Feather (born 1933), a British author who...

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Jackie Kay's story My Daughter, The Fox gives the reader an unusual view of the mother/child relationship. As the title suggests, the...

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My Daughter, The Fox is the first in a series of four kits written by school and university teachers from Russia, under the guidance...

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Giffen is an unpleasant man who is always on the lookout for ways to trick money out of 'suckers' and his amazing glue seems to be the...

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This extract from Malorie Blackman's novel, Double Cross, is a dialogue between two people engaged in criminal activities. 

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Inua Ellam's poem, Candy Coated Unicorns And Converse All Stars, is a dark look at the plight of individuals set against violence, both...

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A young Sri Lankan woman needs some advice. Her mother wants her to marry a rich man that she has never met, but what does her...

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Billy Elliot is the story of a boy from a coal mining family who decides to be a ballet dancer. His decision causes, perhaps predictably...

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David loves football, but his mum can’t afford to take him to see his beloved United play. One day he sees something over the garden...

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A fourteen year old finds himself in trouble with the school Principal – again. This time, however, he has a genuine excuse, but is he...

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Children’s laureate Michael Rosen has a way of presenting vexing questions in verse.  In ‘Orange Juice’ the voice of a youngster is...

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The background of the story is South Africa during the apartheid years. Two young children are travelling alone to Jo’burg to try to...

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There are two voices in this story, set around a coma patient's bed in a hospital. One is perplexed and the other is full of concern....

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This is a short teaching resource kit based on the Moniza Ali poem 'Fish Swimming'. 

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A space ship crash lands in the field of a bad tempered, technology hating Welsh farmer. His long suffering wife and bewildered family...

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This BritLit kit is the first of an experimental kind in which video, audio and text are all used to create the full narrative; in fact...

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All seems to be going well on the cruise ship when suddenly there is a most unusual disruption. Louise Cooper’s very short story,...

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'Bend it like Beckham' is better known as a film, but Nharinder Dhami's book of the same name follows the film faithfully, even...

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Beryl Bainbridge's black comedy takes as its setting a noisy, argumentative working class family in Liverpool, getting ready to see a...

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'Weekend' is a short story by the author Fay Weldon, and published by Penguin in 'Modern British Short Stories'. It originally appeared...

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The story ‘Moses's Little Brother’ was writter by Ron Butlin, who is from Scotland. The activities that go with it are suitable for...

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'The Hand that Feeds Me' is a story by the American born writer Michael Z. Lewin, who lives in Bath in England. The narrator has a...

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The traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood receives a curious twist in this offering by Louise Cooper. The kit has been produced by...

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These three short kits were the result of a collaborative event in Segovia, Spain, between the organisers of the Hay Festival Segovia...

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The kit is based on the short story of the same name by author Andrea Levy. The story was first published in ‘The Independent on Sunday...

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The Landlady is a short story by Roald Dahl. It was first published in ‘The New Yorker' magazine in 1959, and has since appeared in...

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This project is something out of the ordinary for BritLit as it supports a major piece of performance poetry. The materials here have...

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‘Celebr8' is a poem about inclusion and diversity. It is by the Liverpool based poet Levi Tafari, himself of Jamaican origin.

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  • Joha is a traditional figure in many North African folk tales, and frequently represents a somewhat contradictory figure - he can be fun, simple, intelligent, cunning, naïve and lucky, often all within the same story. In this story, Joha finds...
  • Set in North Yorkshire, the story not only tells about a twelve-year old boy placed in a ‘select’ school to iron out his accent, but also provides a great opportunity to explore the role of accents in British society.Level: IntermediateAge: 14+Pre-...
  • Please Note:The teacher should take into consideration the age and cultural background of the pupils because several taboo words are used by the author. If those words are not acceptable in a particular classroom they can be replaced by milder...
  • About the teamThis collaborative project was the direct result of a course run by NILE (Norwich Institute of Language Education) in 2011 in which two of the Russian teachers were enrolled and which Alan taught. The teachers involved in the writing...
  • Strap Box Flyer is from the pen of one of Australia's most popular writers for children, Paul Jennings. This kit was assembled - without using any glue - by teachers from India, Portugal and Turkey on a NILE (Norwich Institute of Language Education...
  • One, the narrator, seems to have been driven by a need for money to carry something illegal (in this extract we don't know what) and is asking his acquaintance, Dan, some questions before he delivers his mysterious package.To the narrator's alarm,...
  • One of the protagonists in the poem has been beaten by her boyfriend. Against this there are images conjured, ranging from environmental degradation through to war.Hope is offered in the form of dreams ('a candy coated unicorn') and aspiration ('we...
  • Romesh Gunesekera's gentle story explores the dilemma with the voice of the young woman as the narrator and leaves the reader suspended at the end. This resource kit was substantially revised in 2010.  Downloads
  • This is BritLit’s first foray into the world of full length novels. We think it works!  How to use this BritLit kit There are a range of activities to use based around the text, as well as a complete teacher guide and answer key. Some activities in...
  • What should he do? His mum has rules and he doesn't want to break them, but...Tom Palmer's story was commissioned by the British Council and Reading Agency's 'Chatterbooks' project. Here you can read and listen to the story, and there are classroom...
  • How to use this BritLit kitThere are activities to use with the text, as well as a complete answer key. You can also print off the text of the poem. The recording of the poem here, by Alan Pulverness, is in four parts, although you can also download...
  • The background of the story is South Africa during the apartheid years. Two young children are travelling alone to Jo’burg to try to find their mother who is needed back in the family village. Beverley Naidoo's compelling story is the first in a new...
  • More counterpoint than dialogue, the two voices gradually find resolution and a meeting place. The resource kit made around Melvin Burgess’s story was revised in 2014.Downloads
  • You can read about how two schools exploited this poem to create flash animation on this site here: www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/flashy-stuff You can see the flash animation referred to in that article here: http://www.wordpowered.org/...
  • 'The Return of the Moon Man', based on the short story by E.L. Malpass, is an appealing mixture of retro sci fi and moralistic folk story, and is the latest revised kit in the BritLit family.  Downloads Complete text of The Return of the Moon Man...
  • Lawrence comes home early from school one day and finds his mother with a man other than his father. What is he to do? This BritLit kit contains the usual mix of materials, script and teacher's notes.All the materials in this BritLit Kit are...
  • Below you can download the Chain Reaction text, supporting activities and teacher notes. There is also a set of supplementary materials if you would like to extend work around this text. You can download an audio file of the text being read too, or...
  • This is a revised and considerably shortened version of the original 2004 kit. The wealth of additional materials from the original kit has not been lost, however, and is contained in a supplementary file.  PLEASE NOTEThe text for this kit can only...
  • The ever-youthful Peter Pan and Charlie - the father of the family, suffering from what appears to be indigestion - provide the basic ingredients for an unforgettable night out.This 2013 version of the BritLit kit ‘Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie’...
  • About this BritLit Kit'Weekend' concerns a middle class family from London with three children spending a weekend in their country cottage. Although the story deals with one particular weekend, in many ways it could be any weekend - what we are...
  • The story can be seen as both a political statement and a demonstration of the argument between faith and rational thought.How to use this BritLit kitThere are several activities to use with the text, as well as a complete answer key. You can print...
  • How to use this BritLit kit There are several activities to use with the text, as well as a complete answer key. For more details see the The Hand that Feeds Me introduction. You can print off the complete story and also download a recording of it,...
  • How to use this BritLit kitThe material is divided into three sections: Pre-reading, While-reading and Post-reading activities. There is also the story itself and an accompanying Teacher's key and glossary. There is also an audio recording of the...
  • The day concentrated on the work of two poets, Gillian Clarke and Owen Sheers and a writer of children’s stories, Michael Morpurgo. The teachers and teacher trainers had an opportunity to work on examples of the writings of the three artists, using...
  • It concerns a woman, the narrator, seeking change for a ten pound note in the National Portrait Gallery in London who strikes up a reluctant conversation with a young woman whose plight gradually becomes revealed. The narrator is plunged into a...
  • About this BritLit kit Billy Weaver, a young man visiting the City of Bath for the first time, is looking for accommodation. He is inexplicably drawn to a house where the landlady seems to be expecting him. The house and the landlady seem friendly...
  • Classroom materials 1.6Mb Teachers' notes - Guidance to help teachers exploit the materials 99Kb Student tasks - Tasks relating to 'Ethical Consumerism' 1.3 Mb Pre listen / performance materials - Tasks to help students prepare for and understand...
  • This short kit has been produced to support the newly launched British Council project ‘Inclusion and Diversity in Education' (INDIE) which encourages young future leaders from a variety of backgrounds to take the initiative in promoting diversity...
  • This kit is part of a new section from BritLit, in response to teachers' enquiries. It seems some teachers wanted short and sweet kits - something that could be done in just one or two lessons.Update, 2011: We have added a new element below - a...
  • This kit is part of a new section from BritLit, and is in response to teachers’ enquiries. It seems some teachers wanted short and sweet kits – something that could be done in just one or two lessons. Downloads

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