This extract from Louise Doughty's novel, Stone Cradle, concerns the tragedy of infant mortality, particularly in vulnerable communities where the poorest members don't have the means to bury their babies. This vignette from the novel gives us a graveside view of secret burials carried out by a vicar helping the most impoverished in the community.
It is told by a young woman who is herself pregnant and whose unborn child is thus at risk from the sickness sweeping the village. Out of this tragedy the young woman sees comfort in an unexpected way. The background for the story is a Romany community, and some Romany names and words are used.
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British kids are having problems at school. In this lesson, students read about a TV chef who wants to improve education in Britain. They invent their ideal school and then present their ideas to their classmates.
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, a great deal of family controversy. The novel by Melvin Burgess is based on the film of the same name.
Children’s laureate Michael Rosen has a way of presenting vexing questions in verse. In ‘Orange Juice’ the voice of a youngster is heard wondering how to get revenge on the thief who keeps stealing the orange juice left on the doorstep each morning by the milkman.
This activity is based on the real story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, who found himself unable to leave Charles de Gaulle airport in France, but became a popular subject for TV and newspaper interviews. It is a pair-work speaking, listening, reading and writing exercise for students who are at a good intermediate level or above.