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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.

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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.

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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. 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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Revision activities

On this page you will find lots of ideas for classroom activities to help your students with revision.

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