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Charles Dickens teaching resources

Resources | Published 16 January, 2012

These free resources are perfect for teaching about the life and work of one of Britain’s most celebrated authors.

Charles Dickens BBC Class Clips

A selection of videos on context, Dickens and his texts from the BBC Class Clips series.

David Copperfield – Dramatised reading

Hard Times - Extract

Commentary on Charles Dickens’ Hard Times

Great Expectations – Pip meets Miss Havisham

 

Charles Dickens podcasts

A series of special podcasts on the works of Charles Dickens from Naxos AudioBooks.

A Tale of Two Cities: Podcast

A Christmas Carol: Podcast

David Copperfield: Podcast

Great Expectations: Podcast

Hard Times: Podcast

Oliver Twist: Podcast

Our Mutual Friend: Podcast

Sketches by Boz: Podcast

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Podcast

 

Charles Dickens teaching resources, worksheets and activities on TES Connect

 

Introduction to Charles Dickens

A cloze exercise and a series of questions to test students’ understanding of Charles Dickens and his works.

Charles Dickens crossword

Use this puzzle activity from the Encyclopaedia Britannica to learn about Charles Dickens.

Great Expectations study pack

A workbook containing activities, timelines and essay writing frames on Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Charles Dickens and Hard Times – Context

Contextual background information on Hard Times to support essay writing and other tasks.

Oliver Twist – Nancy’s motives pie chart

Explore the character of Nancy in Oliver Twist with this worksheet and PowerPoint presentation

Dickens and A Christmas Carol – Background

This presentation provides contextual and biographical material for those studying texts written by Charles Dickens.

Character analysis

A set of worksheets and comprehension tasks for analysing the character of Ebenezer Scrooge.


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  • Dear Colleagues,

    I hope that you are enjoying our Dickens 2012 collection. I also hope that you will take part in our competition (ends 29 February 2012) by uploading teaching resources for any Literary Heritage author, poet or playwright. If you do, you’ll be in with a chance of winning:
    • Major Works of Charles Dickens - Penguin Special Edition Clothbound Boxed Set
    • A short theatre break (hotel, dinner & tickets) for two

    Please spread the word, and good luck!

    Kind regards,


    Chantel Mathias

    PS. Please post a link to your uploaded resources in the comment area below and we’ll add them to the competition collection.

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    15:52
    26 January, 2012

    TESEnglish

  • I've just uploaded this lesson on the life and times of Dickens:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dickens-Full-lesson-Historical-Context-6170202/

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    14:56
    29 January, 2012

    Miss R

  • I've also just uploaded this resource for Chapter 2 of Oliver Twist. This is a full lesson Powerpoint with resources:

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dickens-Oliver-Twist-In-the-Workhouse-6170207/

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    15:04
    29 January, 2012

    Miss R

  • I've just uploaded this resource to the TES too:

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dickens-Oliver-Twist-Learning-about-the-book-6170215/

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    15:11
    29 January, 2012

    Miss R

  • I've just added this resource for writing about Oliver Twist too:

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dickens-Oliver-Twist-Using-the-book-as-stimulus-6170231/

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    15:40
    29 January, 2012

    Miss R

  • and this one too:

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Who-Wants-To-Be-A-Millionaire-Dickens-6170242/

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    15:52
    29 January, 2012

    Miss R

  • and this one too:

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dickens-Oliver-twist-quiz-6170245/

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    15:54
    29 January, 2012

    Miss R

  • ...and lots of pertinent quotations to be displayed in relevant areas of the school...
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dickens-Quotes-6170519/

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    9:15
    30 January, 2012

    natalieanns

  • Super! Thank you!

    Please, all TES users, I want some more!

    Best wishes,

    Chantel

    PS. Your entries aren't restricted to Dickens; entries for resources by ANY writer (poet, author or playwright) from the literary heritage will count, too.

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    11:56
    30 January, 2012

    TESEnglish

  • These 10 word cloud posters make a great competition: name the novel from the characters.

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/What-s-the-Dickens-6170518/

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    18:48
    30 January, 2012

    natalieanns

  • Well, if not restricted to Dickens, here is a useful fact sheet on the life of Edmund Spenser:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Edmund-Spenser-Lesson-Powerpoint-6132638/

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    17:02
    2 February, 2012

    Miss R

  • Here's a Dicken's lesson - ideal for use on World Book Day:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/World-Book-Day-Oliver-Twist-Recreate-Lesson-PP-6172335/

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    17:16
    2 February, 2012

    Miss R

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Differentiated-Oliver-Twist-lessons-6173127/requestAction/add/

    Here's a short scheme of work focusing on Oliver Twist. Very differentiated.

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    17:31
    4 February, 2012

    Chocolateteacher

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Comparing-Sonnet-130-6173156/requestAction/add/
    I've uploaded a powerpoint which explores 16th century ideas regarding beauty and 21st cebtury ideals. The focus is sonnet 130.

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    18:09
    4 February, 2012

    Chocolateteacher

  • I have added this resource on Charles Dickens:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Write-a-Biography-of-Charles-Dickens-6175034/requestAction/add/

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    10:14
    7 February, 2012

    CharlieB131

  • One of my favourite poems from the Literary Heritage:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Full-Lesson-Powerpoint-on-Poem-Elegy-Tichbourne-6132642/

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    11:45
    8 February, 2012

    Miss R

  • I uploaded this activity to explore the way Dickens creates his characters in A Christmas Carol on 5/2/12
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dicken-s-Use-of-Physical-descriptions-of-Character-6173744/

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    19:32
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I've uploaded the following activity with discussion points etc about Stave 4 of A Christmas Carol on 5/2/12
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Stave-4-A-Christmas-Carol-Part2-6173938/

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    19:36
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I uploaded this PPT with activities and discussion points for Stave 4 of A Christmas Carol on 5/2/12
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Stave-4-A-Christmas-Carol-Part-One-6173820/

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    19:37
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I uploaded the extract style questions for the higher tier WJEC paper on 5/2/12
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Extract-style-Questions-Stave-4-A-Christmas-Carol-6173975/

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    19:39
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I uploaded this PPT for VLE activities for independent learning based on Stave 3 of A Christmas Carol on 29/1/12
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/-A-Christmas-Carol-Stave-3-6170360/

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    19:42
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I uploaded these extract style questions for the WJEC higher tier paper for Stave 3 of A Christmas Carol on 31/1/12
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Extract-Style-Questions-Stave-3-A-Christmas-Carol-6171455/

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    19:45
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I'm not sure if this resource was uploaded too early for the competitio. It was uploaded on 26/11/11. If it was, pleasedisregard it . Concept map of Scrooge - Stave 1 A christmas Carol.
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Concept-Map-Scrooge-at-the-start-of-and-quot-A-Christmas-6142977/

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    19:50
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • Not sure if this was uploaded too early for entry - please disregard if it was. Uploaded 26/11/11. Activity PPt Stave 2 A Christmas Carol
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-Christmas-Carol-Stave-2-Part1-6143080/

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    19:52
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • Again may be too early for the compettion - uploaded 26/11/11. Activities part 2 for Stave 2 of A Christmas carol
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-Christmas-Carol-Stave-2-Part-2-6143085/

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    19:54
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • Too early for competition? Uploaded 26/11/11 - please disregard if too early. PPt with jigsaw activity to explore Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Stave-1-Activities-and-quot-A-Christmas-Carol-and-quot-6142979/

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    19:56
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • 5 x Extract style questions Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol for WJEC higher tier paper updated 16/1/12
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Stave-1-Activities-and-quot-A-Christmas-Carol-and-quot-6142979/

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    19:58
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I may have uploaded this too early - upload on 26/11/12 if so please disregard. 4 x extract style questions based on Stave 2 of A Christmas Carol for WJEC higher tier paper.
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Stave-2-Extract-Style-Questions-6143101/

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    20:06
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • 5x extract style questions based on Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol updated on 16/1/12 WJEC http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Extract-style-questions-Stave-1-A-Christmas-Carol-6142981/

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    20:09
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I have just completed the first of my lessons based on Stave 5 of A Christmas Carol and uploaded it to the site.
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Stave-5-A-Christmas-Carol-Student-Activities-6176114/requestAction/add/

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    21:45
    8 February, 2012

    fholt

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Charles-Dickens-Quiz-6176122/requestAction/add/

    I have just added this resource - a Dickens quiz baed o picture clues suitable for all ages

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    22:26
    8 February, 2012

    oops_vip

  • Three resources I've had up for a while!
    Something for Robert Louis Stevenson- Treasure Island (KS3 speaking and listening assessment)
    Siegfried Sassoon- Absolution (for G&T students)
    Charles Dickens- A Christmas Carol (KS3 reading assessment)

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Treasure-Island-Speaking-and-amp-Listening-AF3-6169272/

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Absolution-by-Siegfried-Sassoon-6146051/

    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-Christmas-Carol-Reading-AF5-and-AF7-6144856/

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    9:45
    9 February, 2012

    Georgia Harris

  • Wow! Thank you all very much for highlighting your resources on the site.

    The competition was launched on 13 Jan 2012 so only resources uploaded on / after that date will be considered. The competition does not end until 29 Feb 2012 so you still have time to add some new resources. Your resources can be on any writer from the literary heritage - not just Dickens. Please, all TES users, I want some more!

    The future of dedicated, subject-specific competitions such as this will be guided by the response to this competition, so thank you all for taking part.

    Kind regards,

    Chantel

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    10:39
    9 February, 2012

    TESEnglish

  • Resources to support KS3 teaching of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Taming-of-The-Shrew-6176545/

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    18:06
    9 February, 2012

    Georgia Harris

  • I've just uploaded this resource for the teaching of the final part of stave 5 A Cristmas Carol.
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Stave-5-Part-Two-A-Christmas-Carol-6176597/requestAction/add/

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    20:49
    9 February, 2012

    fholt

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-Christmas-Carol-Resources-6176864/

    Resource I've just uploaded :D

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    14:15
    10 February, 2012

    krista_carson

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Song-about-the-characters-in-the-novels-of-Dickens-6177049/

    Ive just added a song about characters from the novels of Charles Dickens.

    I hope this won't be the second appearance of this but I'm having difficulty uploading my info.

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    17:39
    10 February, 2012

    pwilloughby3

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Romeo-and-Juliet-workbook-6177190/

    Romeo and Juliet for Year 9 - lots of acitivities
    Complete work book

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    14:50
    11 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Researching-Context-of-Macbeth-and-amp-Frankenstein-6177177/

    AQA English Literature Controlled Assessment
    Contrast in 'Macbeth' and 'Frankenstein'
    Students need to write about context - these research questions should help!

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    14:53
    11 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • Hi,

    Yesterday, I uploaded the following resources for Hardy, Dickens, James and Shakespeare:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/200th-Birthday-6178011/
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Taming-of-the-Shrew-SOW-6177993/
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Oxen-and-The-Blinded-Bird-6178005/
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Thomas-Hardy-poems-6178006/
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Othello-lessons-for-controlled-ass-6178015/
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Turn-of-the-Screw-Literary-Heritage-6178013/

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    18:05
    14 February, 2012

    N Raheem

  • Hi - I've just uploaded this resource on Spenser's Sonnet XV:
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Sonnet-XV-Edmund-Spenser-Full-Lesson-PP-6179880/requestAction/add/

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    8:28
    18 February, 2012

    Miss R

  • Romeo and Juliet APP booklet : useful for reading level for all AFs.
    Focus on key scenes. Can be done using film and extracts.
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Romeo-and-Juliet-APP-style-workbook-6181030/

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    15:27
    20 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dracula-Oxford-Play-Bram-Stoker-and-amp-David-Calcutt-6181689/

    Lots of useful vocabulary-based starter activities to help students access more difficult vocabulary in the play.

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    13:18
    21 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • I've just uploaded 2 extract style questions based on Stave 5 of 'A Christmas Carol'. Aimed at WJEC Higher Tier.
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Extract-Style-Questions-Stave-5-A-Christmas-Carol-6181962/requestAction/add/

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    20:40
    21 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I developed a webquest for young people to learn about Charles Dickens. Perhaps, you may find it of value: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Charles-Dickens-Happy-200th-Birthday-6163782/
    Other webquests can be found at my website:http://www.gailhennessey.com

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    23:02
    22 February, 2012

    gailhennessey

  • Sonnet 43 Powerpoint for Relationships Cluster
    Includes link to short BBC video to help with context, plus a reading by Judi Dench
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Sonnet-43-from-Relationships-Cluster-6182870/

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    20:32
    23 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Farmer-s-Bride-by-Charlotte-Mew-Relationships-6183793/

    The Farmer's Bride Powerpoint for Relationships Moon on the Tide AQA Literature

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    19:42
    25 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Sister-Maude-by-Christina-Rossetti-Relationships-6183796/

    Sister Maude by Christina Rossetti Powerpoint for Relationships Moon on the Tide AQA Literature

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    19:43
    25 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-Tell-Tale-Heart-Edgar-Allen-Poe-6097856/

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    11:04
    27 February, 2012

    he4therlouise

  • I've just finished and uploaded a task looking at empathy questions set by WJEC board.
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/-A-Christmas-Carol-Empathy-Questions-WJEC-6185170/requestAction/add/

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    20:28
    27 February, 2012

    fholt

  • I've just uploaded a revision lesson(s) for the themes of 'A Christmas Carol'
    http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/-A-Christmas-Carol-Themes-Revision-6185176/requestAction/add/

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    20:35
    27 February, 2012

    fholt

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-Midsummer-s-Night-s-Dream-6185450/

    Various language activities good for a year 8

    The whoosh is a great way of introducing them to the whole play.
    Put them in a circle. Read out the text and every time there's a character, get them to come into the centre and say the words in bold. At every 'whoosh' (end of a scene), they sit down and you continue around the circle with the next student.

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    9:44
    28 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Dr-Jekyll-and-Mr-Hyde-6185472/requestAction/add/

    Student workbook with range of extracts, language and context activities.
    Could be adapted for AQA Literary Heritage Controlled Assessment

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    10:56
    28 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Christmas-Carol-Film-Task-6185869/

    S1 task for A Christmas Carol - looking at creating a new film version

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    18:57
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-Christmas-Carol-chains-task-6185868/

    Another Christmas Carol one hot off the press

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    18:58
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Scrooge-Character-Study-6185865/

    ...and another

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    18:59
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Romeo-and-Juliet-Prologue-Task-6185982/

    Lesson looking at the Prologue of Romeo and Juliet - used with a Standard Grade class.

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    20:22
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Edwin-Morgan-In-the-Snackbar-6172040/

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    20:30
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Edwin-Morgan-King-Billy-resources-6172041/

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    20:30
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Edwin-Morgan-Glasgow-5-March-1971-6172042/

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    20:31
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Edwin-Morgan-unit-for-Standard-Grade-6172044/

    I'm pretty certain that Edwin Morgan qualifies as Literary Heritage - based on a definition I read in the TES forums- but since I've never heard of this term before (since I teach in Scotland) apologies if his work doesn't qualify!

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    20:33
    28 February, 2012

    mrwatt1

  • http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Romeo-and-Juliet-6186359/requestAction/add/

    Things to do once finished studying 'Romeo and Juliet'

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    15:01
    29 February, 2012

    SuePinnick

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