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08 Jan 2008

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...

28 Dec 2007

Louise Cooper’s stories usually have a twist in the tale, and this is no different. It starts off ordinarily enough with a king, a...

17 Dec 2007

This kit contains a variety of resources based on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood.

14 Nov 2007

The four poems in this collection are all by Tony Mitton, and the materials are designed to be used with 9 – 11 year olds.

08 Aug 2007

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

06 Jun 2007

This kit integrates a range of activities for young children based on the rhyming text Down by the Cool of the Pool.

05 Jan 2007

This kit integrates a range of mixed-ability cross-curricular materials based on the book Walking through the Jungle.

14 Jul 2006

'Lucky' is a kit based on the short story by Jane Rogers, and is the first in a series of BritLit projects in collaboration with Comma...

27 Jun 2006

This kit integrates a range of mixed-ability cross-curricular materials based on the fairy tale Jack and the beanstalk.

25 Apr 2006

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

25 Apr 2006

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...

31 Jan 2006

'Emergency Landing' is a very short story by Louise Cooper, from her collection of very short stories called 'Short and Scary'. This...

16 Jan 2006

This kit includes ideas to engage the children in the tale of Old MacDonald had a farm.

07 Oct 2005

For the first time, materials for the BritLit project have been produced outside of Portugal, where the project began. Teachers working...

29 Mar 2004

A House in the Country concerns a returnee, Ray, who has made enough money in London to rebuild a house in Colombo. He is helped by...

07 May 2003

Ex Poser is the second in a series of short stories selected for 13 and 14 year old learners of English. It is based on another...

07 May 2003

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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  • 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
  • All around the world children love listening to and reading fairy tales in their mother tongue. Whatever the reason, fairy tales provide both children and teachers with a familiar starting point from which to explore stories in a second language....
  • Each kit includes the text and audio of the poem as well as learning activities, teacher's notes and visual support. The four poems are: Robin Hood Rap I Wanna Be A Star Key Arabian Nights You can listen to or download the poems as well as the...
  • One brother describes their relationship to his nephew who wants to know more about who his father really was and why he committed suicide. Downloads
  • Join Frog and his farmyard friends as they dance around the pool. Flip and flop, splish and splash, stomp and stamp! This little story has lots of noises for children to have fun with. It's guaranteed to make them all laugh! This BritLit Primary...
  • Walking through the Jungle takes children on a whirlwind tour around the habitats of the world, through the jungle to the ocean, up the mountains to the river and the Arctic. As they walk and swim, climb and trek, slip and run, they encounter a...
  • The story concerns a young woman who finds herself working as a temp in an office where she soon develops a crush on the boss. She fantasises about their relationship, and sees signs all around her that seem to tell her that fate is on 'their' side...
  • Jack and the beanstalk is a magical English fairytale dating back to the 19th century. Over the years it has been retold in many different versions, though the tale we know today is said to relate most closely to that inspired by Joseph Jacobs in...
  • Instead, four initial poems with two connecting threads are explored and put into the context of the author’s home city. A further poem and a short story by Edinburgh author Ron Butlin are introduced as further reading activities, giving another...
  • His friendship with an eccentric inventor leads him into an unexpected adventure. Like all BritLit kits, the materials offered here are not intended to be followed slavishly and teachers are expected to pick and choose the work they want their...
  • Unlike previous kits, the text is incorporated in two parts into the worksheets (see 'Context'), otherwise this follows the same pattern as previous kits in the series by having a pre-reading or Characterisation section, followed by a Context, Word...
  • Old MacDonald may be one of the most famous fictitious farmers, if not the most famous farmer, in the world. His fantastic farm has been celebrated in a variety of formats over the years, as a chant, as a song and as a book. The characters may...
  • Levi Tafari has been described as a "crucial, rhythmic, poetic consciousness-raiser and urban griot." He regularly performs and does educational work both in the UK and internationally, as well as doing television and radio appearances.Downloads
  • Romesh Gunesekera was born in Sri Lanka, and has been living and writing in London since the 1970s. His writing is frequently elegiac and wistful, casting reflective eyes at 'the spoiled paradise' of his original home. This kit was produced, along...
  • Emma's story was first published in 'New Writing 12', published by Picador, in 2004. It was the overwhelming choice for attention by a group of Portuguese teachers of English who were attending a summer school in Norwich in August of that year. They...
  • While the layout is similar to previous BritLit kits, it is aimed at CEF levels A2 to B1 although it continues to deal fearlessly with unedited vocabulary and idiom. It concerns the acute embarrassment faced by a school student who makes a wrong...

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