How to teach 5 of the most popular English texts

Nicola Davison
22nd October 2015
teach most popular english texts,secondary,english literature,gcse english literature,ks3,ks4,ks5

Popular resources for the most common English literature texts

So far this academic year, resources for these five English texts have been in huge demand on TES and they've been consistently among the top downloaded week after week. In case you've missed out on some gems, we've made it easy and collected five of the most popular resources for each text below.

  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

From an accessible scheme of work to a visual revision mat, these resources are a great starting point when it comes to immersing your students in George and Lennie’s tragic yet gripping tale.

Complete OMAM scheme of work
Key word character display posters
Revision pack with character, theme and style worksheets
OMAM revision quiz
KS4 revision mat

  • An Inspector Calls, by J. B. Priestley

Prompt independent thought and classroom discussion on Priestley’s drawing room drama with these activities, lesson plans and essay templates.

Contextual lesson with group work
Seven lesson teaching sequence
Revision board game
Character development quotation sheets
Revision pack with A* prompts

  • Macbeth, by William Shakespeare

Use these worksheets, lesson plans and revision ideas to explore the dark side of human nature in Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.

Starter activity worksheets
Complete Macbeth scheme of work
Role of the witches lesson plan
Theme-based worksheets
Macbeth revision quiz

  • Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

With a plot summary, unit of work and extension activity ideas, these resources are a great starting point for studying the heart-breaking story of Shakespeare’s most popular ‘pair of star-cross’d lovers’.

Detailed plot summary presentation
Romeo and Juliet unit of work
Conflict-themed lesson plan
Plot and character quiz
Plenary and extension ideas

  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

Chart the character transformation of one of Dickens’ most famous protagonists, Ebenezer Scrooge, with these resources, including a contextual video and theme exploration worksheets.

Teachers TV video: Historical context
Brief plot overview
A Christmas Carol scheme of work
Themes in A Christmas Carol
Quick revision tasks


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