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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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...

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At the Marketplace is a short story written by Sevim Ak, a popular Turkish writer of novels and short stories for children.

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Francesca Beard's poem, Baby Scorpion, deals with transformation and consequence.  

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This extract from Andrew O’Hagan’s novel, Be Near Me, is centred around a boat trip that the narrator – a priest – is taking with two...

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'Bend it like Beckham' is better known as a film, but Nharinder Dhami's book of the same name follows the film faithfully, even...

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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...

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This BritLit kit, written to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the project, is the first of what we hope will be many tales taken from...

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My Daughter, The Fox is the first in a series of four kits written by school and university teachers from Russia, under the guidance...

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Inua Ellam's poem, Candy Coated Unicorns And Converse All Stars, is a dark look at the plight of individuals set against violence, both...

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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...

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‘Celebr8' is a poem about inclusion and diversity. It is by the Liverpool based poet Levi Tafari, himself of Jamaican origin.

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All seems to be going well on the cruise ship when suddenly there is a most unusual disruption. Louise Cooper’s very short story,...

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Beryl Bainbridge's black comedy takes as its setting a noisy, argumentative working class family in Liverpool, getting ready to see a...

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This BritLit kit is the first of an experimental kind in which video, audio and text are all used to create the full narrative; in fact...

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This extract from Malorie Blackman's novel, Double Cross, is a dialogue between two people engaged in criminal activities. 

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

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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...

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This is a short teaching resource kit based on the Moniza Ali poem 'Fish Swimming'. 

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This project is something out of the ordinary for BritLit as it supports a major piece of performance poetry. The materials here have...

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Sinéad Morrissey's poem, Genetics, gives us a wistful recollection of the poet as a celebration of the coming together of her parents...

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