LITERATURE websites


The BBC schools websites has revision activites for literature groups aged 14-16 years old:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature

BBC Schools for Scotland has some actitivites for 16 year olds:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/bitesize/standard/english

The BBC and British Council have a website that has materials on teaching literature: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk

The British Council has a page on the arts in general with literature links: http://www.britishcouncil.org/new/arts

Revision materials for GCSE and A-levels, including hints and tips for passing exams http://www.s-cool.co.uk/

Guardian and Observer online information about books and authors: www.guardian.co.uk/books

A BBC website about the art and practice of literary translation: www.literarytranslation.com

Literary Resources on the internet: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit

Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th Century English Literature: http://www.luminarium.org

Penguin graded readers has worksheets for teachers and students: www.penguinreaders.com

OUP bookworms idea for reading circles: http://www.oup-bookworms.com/reading-circles.cfm

Bibliomania: Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts: http://www.bibliomania.com

To download free books and poems in the public domain: http://www.openculture.com/

Powerpoint presentations for all subjects: http://www.pppst.com/

Create and share materials and resources for your subject: http://www.quia.com/

MIT Opencourseware, introductory course on literature: http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/introductory-mit-courses/media-music-and-the-arts/

The Online Literature Library has the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English Literature: http://www.literature.org/

Excellent website with noverls and 3,000 short stories, discussion forums for literature, quizzes and many other things: : http://www.online-literature.com/

British Council literature resources website: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/britlit

English-online has literature articles which have been rewritten to make them easier to understand for learners of English: http://www.english-online.at/literature/literature-index.htm

Here is a link to free Literature documentaries: http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Documentaries/Literature?utm_source=FROTD&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Free%

BBC Documentary series on The Romantics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLwRXlSgiSQ&list=PLvAz-MIrNi_WSQFbP5WgSjHJmDHfK-Z-j

Spark Notes provides summaries and notes on studying literature: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/




SHORT STORY WEBSITES

Roald Dhal short story worksheets: http://www. roalddahlfans.com/teachers.php

Bibliomania: 700 complete short stories http://www.bibliomania.com/0/5/frameset.html

Classic short stories – complete texts: http://www.short-stories.co.uk

Stories for children and parents: http://www.paulocoelho.com

Short stories [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED]: http://www.theshortstory.org.uk

Collection of short stories you can access: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/indexframe.html

For a comprehensive list of over 250 English short stories and novels to read with pupils in class, plus vocabulary lists and ideas on how to use them, see: http://www.learn-line.de

EFL/ESL short stories for Intermediate level learners of English: http://www.eslfast.com/



POETRY

A brilliant website which has recordings of all the poems read by the original authors! Go to Poetry Archive: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do

You can search for poems, poets and resources on this link: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

The Academy of American Poets: www.poets.org

Bloodaxe Books (poems/info/titles/authors/book orders): http://www.bloodaxebooks.com

English Server (English studies): http://poetry.eserver.org

Representative Poetry-on-Line: http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display

The Poetry Society, Poems on the Underground: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/education/potu/

Poetry Archives: http://www.emule.com/poetry

Poetry Library: http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/about

For examples of essays on Sylvia Plath’s poems, go to: http://www.sylviaplath.de/plath/onlineart.html

The BBC Schools Bitesize revision website has readings and pictures that go with poems, for example: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/poetduffy/index.shtml

A comprehensive poetry website which is easy to use, interactive and fun: http://www.poetrysoup.com/

Recording of Maya Angelou reading her poems, including "Still I Rise": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhRlCY0_JNg

Maya Angelou reading "Still I Rise" - the best version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qviM_GnJbOM



SHAKESPEARE

There are so many, but a good place to start is: www.shakespeare.com

A useful site is Globe Theatre/Globe Education: www.shakespeares-globe.org

The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resources website: https://www.playshakespeare.com/


No Fear Shakespeare has side-by-side modern day translations of the play texts, which are cheap to buy: http://nfs.sparknotes.com/

When you click on a word definition it shows you all the lines where this word is used in Shakespeare's works: http://www.shakespeareswords.com/Glossary

The Language of Shakespeare: http://www.bardweb.net/language.html

Everything about Shakespeare: http://www.william-shakespeare.info/site-map.htm

Prize winning animation of travelling through the streets of 17th century London, based on maps of the time: http://www.openculture.com/2013/11/fly-through-17th-century-london.html

20 minute documentary on Shakespeare's Globe theatre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9uDK3xsLYk

Introducing iambic pentameter to a class - from the RSC Teaching Shakespeare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qv-sjQHgZ8

Wonderful short film about the school building in Stratford-Upon-Avon where Shakespeare studied: http://www.shakespearesschoolroom.org/

Shakespearian actor Brian Cox teaches Hamlet's soliloquy to a 2-year-old-child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loDMRzPiCic

Join the Shakespeare Blog here for fascinating and up-to-date information and research about Shakespeare: http://theshakespeareblog.com/

Teaching Iambic Pentameter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qv-sjQHgZ8



YOUTUBE MATERIALS

Ben Harper singing the poem "I'll rise": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mef36R2iJk

Maya Angelou reading her poem "And still I rise": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqOqo50LSZ0

Trailer for the film of the story "My son the fanatic": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqS8eFLa1ns

Super interview with the writer of "My son the fanatic": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc4GrfGp9dw&playnext=1&list=PLAFC1799E5FE2F353

Reading the poem "Lost Generation": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42E2fAWM6rA

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCmZ2jrQooE

Mama Bear reading The Missing Piece Meets the Big O: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrK6uLHXBmA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

A reading of Hemingway's short story "Indian Camp": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zhAXBNJe9w

Another reading of Hemingway's short story "Indian Camp": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8sgIu5G7LM

Dramatisation of Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAjJ4HE6woc

Another dramatisation of "Hills Like White Elephants":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1l0x6ZJMvE&feature=related

The Butterfly Circus: a wonderful and moving award-winning 20 minute film about finding a meaning and purpose in your life, whatever your problems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_MCwlY6zzg

Wonderful reading of the Cecil Day-Lewis poem "Walking Away" read by his wife: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J1X_6IvWzU

John Telfer reading Robert Graves poem "In Broken Images": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5PQXtok3fU

"Who moved my cheese" - a story about how to cope with change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JL0Xg6YTlk

Benjamin Zephaniah performing his poem "Talking Turkeys": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4AgPSjzXkw

Ambulances by Philip Larkin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4pHU85VcDg

A beautifully made and moving video about the power of words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVY4DeAvnfI

Brave New World or 1984?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI9a6e9mSbo

Documentary about William Blake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3hQXQ5_zCM

Storyteller: The Soldier and Death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvsnV0yNddc

Symptoms by Sophie Hannah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxRpwW9khNo



INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS

The Butterfly Circus: a wonderful and moving award-winning 20 minute film about finding a meaning and purpose in your lfe, whatever your problems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_MCwlY6zzg

Short films about the language of love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyB_U9vn6Wk

Short film about the power of words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU

Short film called "The Hospital Window": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5XyPryLkSw

Short film (12 mins) about using signs rather than words to communicate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy0HNWto0UY

Excellent short film that deals with racism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpjHSiQLPmA

Short film called "Validation": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao

Powerful short film (7 mins) about a class where children are taught that 2 + 2 = 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHAuGA7gqFU

Excellent demonstration on how advertising can distort people's idea of personal beauty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U

This amazing girl mastered dubstep dancing just by using Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgzdDp5qfdI

This 11 minute video called "Drowning" is about bullying in school, sponsored by the Equality and Human Rights Commission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywgbHAqjzZ4

The DNA Journey - where we come from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls

Award winning short film: The Present: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-jTMQpmJgU


PODCASTS

For spoken summaries of literary texts, go to: www.notepods.com


RECOMMENDED FILMS OF BOOKS

My Cousin Rachel (2017, Directed by (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l787QxuR51I)

A Quiet Passion (life of the American poet Emily Dickinson) (2017, Directed by Terence Davies) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3SyPbUTEeU)

Love and Friendship (Jane Austen's novella "Lady Susan" (2016, Directed by Whit Stillman) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MaSK3POHI0)

The Go-Between (2015, Directed by Pete Travis) ( Film trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzVQhJ9Eyy4)

Testamount Of Youth (2014, Directed by James Kent) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXmaQYlGn0)

The Invisible Woman (2014, Directed by Ralph Fiennes) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdV0wdYM8uo)

The Book Thief (2013, Directed by Brian Percival) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92EBSmxinus)

Jane Eyre (2012, Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IFsdfk3mlk)

Brick Lane (2007, Directed by Sarah Gavron) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbd7m00oW6c)

Starting Out In The Evening (2007, Directed by Andrew Wagner) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NmF2Dx46RY)

Angela's Ashes (2003, Directed by Alan Parker) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPXP17JJ4GY)

My Son The Fanatic (1997, Directed by Yudayan Prasad) (Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqS8eFLa1ns)

The Go-Between (1971, Directed by Joseph Losey) (Film opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BD1rAzJgzI)



Publisher websites

Nelson Thornes http://www.nelsonthornes.com/aqagcse/
Pearson: http://www.pearsonIS.com/EdexcelIGCSE

Hodder Education: http://www.hoddereducation.com/Home.aspx


READING CIRCLES - Oxford University Press

Here are the Reading Circles photocpiable sheets that Oxford University Press have made available to go with their reading series:

If you come across any useful sites for literature, please contact me at: grahamworkman@aol.com