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Introduce young learners to amazing tales from world literature. From Harry Potter to Shakespeare, from the Trojan wars to Greek myths, these cross-cultural worksheets provide an accessible introduction to stories from around the world and encourage full immersion in English.

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  • Fantasy characters

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    Describing story characters is an important stage in the development of creative writing. In this worksheet, pupils match pictures and text descriptions to fairytale creature before writing their own description of a fantasy character.

  • Finding out information from a book cover

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    You can judge a book by its cover! In this lesson plan, pupils compare storybook dragons using front and back book covers. Consolidates superlatives and adjectives such as ’clever’, ’beautiful’ and ’funny’. Teacher’s notes suggest additional classroom activities to engage pupils and encourage reading.

  • Greek mythology

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    Which mythological Greek creature had the body of a horse and the head and torso of a man? Which had snakes for hair? Introduce young learners to the fascinating world of Greek mythology in this lesson plan. Pupils match descriptions to the correct character, and use their imagination to draw and describe their own mythological creature.

  • J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter

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    In this lesson plan, pupils discuss their favourite books and learn about this author and her hugely popular series.

  • Literary appreciation

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    This is a lesson plan to help young learners acquire the basic skills they need to appreciate books: pupils classify books as fiction or non-fiction and identify the general contents of a book from its cover. Pupils put the lesson into practice through suggested follow-up activities for the classroom and the library.

  • Poetry appreciation

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    Pupils will have been working on identifying and using rhyming words in their own language: in these activities, young learners complete poems and play a memory game using rhyming words in English. Also helps pupils recognise the structure of simple poems and reinforces basic vocabulary words.

  • Predicting the contents of a book

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    In this lesson plan, pupils speculate about what kind of books four characters might like before choosing a book for them based on four book covers. They then complete a text with blurb for the back cover of a book.

  • Shakespeare and Cervantes

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    A lesson plan with information-gap and matching exercises to introduce pupils to these great writers.

  • The story of the Trojan wars

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    Through a short reading and labelling activity, this worksheet tells the story that started the Trojan wars. Pupils then retell the story of Achilles in five pictures and captions.

  • Creating characters

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    This lesson plan will encourage creativity and inspire an appreciation of literature. Young learners design a book cover and then create and describe their own fictional character, while learning to plan their ideas and organise their work before writing.

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