Lament

      Gillian Clarke's poem, Lament, is an elegy, an expression of grief. It can be a sad, military tune played on a bugle. The poem uses the title as the start of a list of lamented people, events, creatures and other things hurt in the war. All the details in the poem came from reports in the media.

      You can download the student worksheet and teacher’s notes below. You can also listen to the audio and read the transcript.

      The Chain

      This extract is taken from Keith Gray's novel, The Chain. The extract deals with a young girl who gets engrossed in reading from a book to her father, who is dying in hospital. She is discovering the inner joy and power of books.

      When her father dies she wonders what to do with the book that bound them so closely together in his last days.

      Stone Cradle

      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.

      Carapace

      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 boyfriend think?

      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.

      Average: 3.9 (73 votes)

      Fairy tales; not just for kids

      What do you remember about Snow White or The Three Little Pigs? In this lesson, students talk about well-known stories. They revise story telling vocabulary and then plan and write a fairy tale.

      Average: 4.5 (42 votes)

      Halloween

      Happy Halloween from the team at LearnEnglish Kids! There are lots of activities for Halloween on our site and you will find most of the content here: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/category/topics/halloween

      On this page you will find information about new content as well as tips and ideas for using and extending the activities in the classroom.

      Halloween your turn

      Average: 3.6 (302 votes)

      Dream School

      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.

      Topic: Education and schoolLevel: Intermediate B1Aims:

      Average: 4.4 (38 votes)

      Billy Elliot

      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.

      This is BritLit’s first foray into the world of full length novels. We think it works! 

      Average: 4 (120 votes)

      Orange Juice

      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.

      How to use this BritLit kit

      Average: 3.8 (59 votes)

      Journey to Jo'burg

      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.

      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.

      Average: 3.7 (60 votes)
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