Literature

  • Photo of children reading or listening to their teacher read.
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    Poetry appreciation

    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.

  • Photo of Greek mythological creatures, e.g.: Medusa, Syrens, Centaurs, etc.
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    Greek mythology

    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 ...

  • Photo of fairytale or fantasy character/s.
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    Fantasy characters

    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.

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    Creating characters

    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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    The story of the Trojan wars

    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.

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    Shakespeare and Cervantes

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

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    Predicting the contents of a book

    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.

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    Literary appreciation

    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 ...

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    J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter

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

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    Finding out information from a book cover

    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.