Here you can find a wide range of ideas for using stories and poems in your secondary classroom. All of the materials are based on authentic texts or stories written especially for secondary learners and are designed to engage and motivate teenagers as well as develop their understanding of important themes and encourage personal, social and emotional development. Written by young learner experts from around the world, our ideas for using stories and poems are easy to use and aim to give your students the skills and confidence they need to enjoy learning English.

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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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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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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 extract from Louise Doughty's novel, Stone Cradle, concerns the tragedy of infant mortality, particularly in vulnerable...

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Stories for Schools is a British Council Turkey project to provide students with high-quality English language short stories.

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Stories for Schools is a British Council Turkey project to provide students with high-quality English language short stories.

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Stories for Schools is a British Council Turkey project to provide students with high-quality English language short stories

The...

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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 is taken from Keith Gray's novel, The Chain. The extract deals with a young girl who gets engrossed in reading from a book...

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Ron Butlin's little tale is a dark little piece, in spite of the title. It's very much a story of loss of dreams and the erosion of...

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This kit is based on a story by Paul Jennings, the third of his stories subjected to the BritLit treatment. Like most of Jennings'...

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The Ex-footballer is a short story written by Sevim Ak, a popular Turkish writer of novels and short stories for children.

The...

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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 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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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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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 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 extract from Kei Miller's novel, The Same Earth, tells the story of Jonathon and his supposed drowning in the river. 

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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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'Ullswater' is based on the short story by Romesh Gunesekera. It is about the relationship between two very different brothers and how...

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Based on the works of Jackie Kay and Ron Butlin this kit looks at the Scottish city of Edinburgh. It differs from original BritLit kits...

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When journalist Emma Brockes went to get material for a story about a man whose son had been murdered, little did she realise that it...

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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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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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