Literary heritage writers
Inspire students by exploring the work of great writers throughout the history of English literature, including Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Orwell and major poets of the Romantic movement.
Beowulf unit: Seamus Heaney translation
Use a variety of sources and activities to teach students the famous story of Beowulf.
Beowulf scheme of work
The targeted questions in this scheme of work will help to demystify Beowulf.
Thug Notes: Beowulf
This engaging video summarises and analyses the Old English epic poem Beowulf.
Year 7 language unit: The Canterbury Tales
Explore the history of the English language through Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
An introduction to The Canterbury Tales
Introduce Chaucer’s life and The Canterbury Tales with this engaging lesson.
The Wife of Bath study pack
This detailed study guide will support your teaching of The Wife of Bath’s Tale.
Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Explore popular Shakespeare plays and find out about life in Elizabethan England.
The Merchant of Venice lessons
These full lessons are a great starting point for work on The Merchant of Venice.
Paradise Lost and Doctor Faustus
Plan a detailed comparative unit on these important texts by Marlowe and Milton.
Doctor Faustus revision guide
Use this extensive revision pack to inform your teaching and inspire students.
The Duchess of Malfi resource pack
Tackle Webster’s tragedy with this resource pack created by The National Theatre.
Spenser's Sonnet XV
Analyse Spenser’s Sonnet XV line by line in this lesson all about the poem.
The Romantic period
Introduction to Romantic literature
What were poets writing about during the Romantic era?
Byron the bad boy poet
Give students an insight into Byron the bad boy with this BBC Learning clip.
William Blake creative activities
Encourage your students to respond creatively to William Blake’s work.
Romanticism and Keats
Explore key themes of Romanticism through Keats’ poem The Eve of St. Agnes.
Crash Course: Frankenstein
Students will appreciate the humour in this in-depth analysis of Shelley’s novel.
Jane Austen's Emma: Background resources
These contextual lessons are valuable when teaching any Jane Austen novel.
Introducing A Christmas Carol
Take a peek at the historical background of Dickens’ novel and its gothic themes.
Great Expectations workbook
Guide students through Dickens’ Great Expectations with this detailed workbook.
Jekyll and Hyde: Victorian crime
Explore the Victorian preoccupation with good and evil in this complete lesson.
Wuthering Heights scheme
These lessons provide a variety of perspectives on Emily Bronte's classic.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Discover different ways to access the themes and narrative of Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre critics and context
Discuss what critics have said about Jane Eyre historically as well as today.
The poems of Thomas Hardy
Inspire sophisticated responses from students with this close analysis booklet.
Thomas Hardy: Various poems
Each poem included in this resource is paired with a task and brief analysis.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Introduce students to one of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s most iconic poems.
Post-1914 drama and prose
Animal Farm lesson plans
The themes and messages of Animal Farm are explored here chapter by chapter.
Thug Notes: Animal Farm
Refresh your perspective on George Orwell’s novel with analysis by Thug Notes.
This simple revision presentation provides an excellent springboard for analysis.
An Inspector Calls: The boardgame
This activity uses a fun format to engage students in effective revision.
An Inspector Calls revision mat
Revise key themes of J.B. Priestley’s play with this colourful revision sheet.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Cover the whole novel section by section using the materials in this resource.
Lord of the Flies revision mat
The images and key quotations on this mat are sure to stick in students’ minds.
Blood Brothers scheme
Discover the context and themes of Blood Brothers with this complete unit.
Blood Brothers lessons
Take a detailed look at Willy Russell's play with these extensive lesson plans.
Contemporary drama and prose
Never Let Me Go scheme: Part 1
These lessons are designed to support students reading Never Let Me Go.
Never Let Me Go scheme: Part 2
Continue your study of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel with further teaching resources.
The History Boys: Linguistic analysis
Use the character of Dakin to model excellent language and character analysis.
The ultimate History Boys revision quiz
Test students’ knowledge of Alan Bennett's play with this bumper revision quiz.
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
Tackle the complex issues in this book and encourage detailed literary analysis.
A Taste of Honey scheme
Use this comprehensive set of resources to introduce Shelagh Delaney’s play.
Curious Incident background pack
Explore the play adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
DNA by Dennis Kelly
These lessons introduce Dennis Kelly’s gritty contemporary play.
Anita and Me
Inspire students with these chapter-by-chapter lessons on Meera Syal’s novel.