In this section you will find stories and poems to use in the secondary classroom with your learners aged 13-17. Browse the most recent content or use our A-Z list.

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

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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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Stories for Schools is a British Council Turkey project to...

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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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The High Master and Little Billy Clough is a humorous short story written by John Waddington-Feather (born 1933), a British...

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Jackie Kay's story My Daughter, The Fox gives the reader an unusual view of the mother/child relationship. As the title suggests, the...

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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...

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

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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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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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Francesca Beard's poem, Baby Scorpion, deals with transformation and consequence.  A baby scorpion crawls from a burning log in front...

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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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Gillian Clarke's poem, Lament, is an elegy, an expression of grief. 

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China Mieville's text is taken from the Prologue of his book called 'King Rat', and is the description of an ambitious rat setting off...

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

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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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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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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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