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

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

The BBC and British Council have a website that has materials on teaching literature:

The British Council has a page on the arts in general with literature links:

Revision materials for GCSE and A-levels, including hints and tips for passing exams

Guardian and Observer online information about books and authors:

A BBC website about the art and practice of literary translation:

Literary Resources on the internet:

Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th Century English Literature:

Penguin graded readers has worksheets for teachers and students:

OUP bookworms idea for reading circles:

Bibliomania: Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts:

To download free books and poems in the public domain:

Powerpoint presentations for all subjects:

Create and share materials and resources for your subject:

MIT Opencourseware, introductory course on literature:

The Online Literature Library has the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English Literature:

Excellent website with noverls and 3,000 short stories, discussion forums for literature, quizzes and many other things: :

British Council literature resources website:

English-online has literature articles which have been rewritten to make them easier to understand for learners of English:

Here is a link to free Literature documentaries:

BBC Documentary series on The Romantics:

Spark Notes provides summaries and notes on studying literature:


Roald Dhal short story worksheets: http://www.

Bibliomania: 700 complete short stories

Classic short stories – complete texts:

Stories for children and parents:


Collection of short stories you can access:

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:

EFL/ESL short stories for Intermediate level learners of English:


A brilliant website which has recordings of all the poems read by the original authors! Go to Poetry Archive:

You can search for poems, poets and resources on this link:

The Academy of American Poets:

Bloodaxe Books (poems/info/titles/authors/book orders):

English Server (English studies):

Representative Poetry-on-Line:

The Poetry Society, Poems on the Underground:

Poetry Archives:

Poetry Library:

For examples of essays on Sylvia Plath’s poems, go to:

The BBC Schools Bitesize revision website has readings and pictures that go with poems, for example:

A comprehensive poetry website which is easy to use, interactive and fun:

Recording of Maya Angelou reading her poems, including "Still I Rise":

Maya Angelou reading "Still I Rise" - the best version:


There are so many, but a good place to start is:

A useful site is Globe Theatre/Globe Education:

The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resources website:

No Fear Shakespeare has side-by-side modern day translations of the play texts, which are cheap to buy:

When you click on a word definition it shows you all the lines where this word is used in Shakespeare's works:

The Language of Shakespeare:

Everything about Shakespeare:

Prize winning animation of travelling through the streets of 17th century London, based on maps of the time:

20 minute documentary on Shakespeare's Globe theatre:

Introducing iambic pentameter to a class - from the RSC Teaching Shakespeare:

Wonderful short film about the school building in Stratford-Upon-Avon where Shakespeare studied:

Shakespearian actor Brian Cox teaches Hamlet's soliloquy to a 2-year-old-child:

Join the Shakespeare Blog here for fascinating and up-to-date information and research about Shakespeare:

Teaching Iambic Pentameter:


Ben Harper singing the poem "I'll rise":

Maya Angelou reading her poem "And still I rise":

Trailer for the film of the story "My son the fanatic":

Super interview with the writer of "My son the fanatic":

Reading the poem "Lost Generation":

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O:

Mama Bear reading The Missing Piece Meets the Big O:

A reading of Hemingway's short story "Indian Camp":

Another reading of Hemingway's short story "Indian Camp":

Dramatisation of Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants":

Another dramatisation of "Hills Like White Elephants":

The Butterfly Circus: a wonderful and moving award-winning 20 minute film about finding a meaning and purpose in your life, whatever your problems:

Wonderful reading of the Cecil Day-Lewis poem "Walking Away" read by his wife:

John Telfer reading Robert Graves poem "In Broken Images":

"Who moved my cheese" - a story about how to cope with change:

Benjamin Zephaniah performing his poem "Talking Turkeys":

Ambulances by Philip Larkin:

A beautifully made and moving video about the power of words:

Brave New World or 1984?:

Documentary about William Blake:

Storyteller: The Soldier and Death:

Symptoms by Sophie Hannah:


The Butterfly Circus: a wonderful and moving award-winning 20 minute film about finding a meaning and purpose in your lfe, whatever your problems:

Short films about the language of love:

Short film about the power of words:

Short film called "The Hospital Window":

Short film (12 mins) about using signs rather than words to communicate:

Excellent short film that deals with racism:

Short film called "Validation":

Powerful short film (7 mins) about a class where children are taught that 2 + 2 = 5:

Excellent demonstration on how advertising can distort people's idea of personal beauty:

This amazing girl mastered dubstep dancing just by using Youtube:

This 11 minute video called "Drowning" is about bullying in school, sponsored by the Equality and Human Rights Commission:

The DNA Journey - where we come from:

Award winning short film: The Present:


For spoken summaries of literary texts, go to:


My Cousin Rachel (2017, Directed by (Film trailer:

A Quiet Passion (life of the American poet Emily Dickinson) (2017, Directed by Terence Davies) (Film trailer:

Love and Friendship (Jane Austen's novella "Lady Susan" (2016, Directed by Whit Stillman) (Film trailer:

The Go-Between (2015, Directed by Pete Travis) ( Film trailer:

Testamount Of Youth (2014, Directed by James Kent) (Film trailer:

The Invisible Woman (2014, Directed by Ralph Fiennes) (Film trailer:

The Book Thief (2013, Directed by Brian Percival) (Film trailer:

Jane Eyre (2012, Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga) (Film trailer:

Brick Lane (2007, Directed by Sarah Gavron) (Film trailer:

Starting Out In The Evening (2007, Directed by Andrew Wagner) (Film trailer:

Angela's Ashes (2003, Directed by Alan Parker) (Film trailer:

My Son The Fanatic (1997, Directed by Yudayan Prasad) (Film trailer:

The Go-Between (1971, Directed by Joseph Losey) (Film opening:

Publisher websites

Nelson Thornes

Hodder Education:

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:

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