Brit Lit

Loving Brit Lit?

Exploring British Literature with students is an exciting opportunity for any teacher. Yet it is not without its challenges. The texts are often huge and sprawling with numerous characters, settings, and narrative complexities. Added to this is the need to historical context before we can even pick up a text.

Each year, as part of our British Literature study series, I teach:

  • The Seafarer
  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Shakespeare (the sonnets and plays)
  • Metaphysical poetry
  • The rise of the novel
         (from Robinson Crusoe to Tristram Shandy)
  • The Romantics
  • 19th century fiction from Dickens to HG Wells
  • Modernist writing
  • War poetry
  • Post-war fiction
  • Post-colonial writing
  • Contemporary British writing
  • How can I help?

    My hope is that Literature Daydreams will become your one-stop shop for Brit Lit teaching ideas. A place where you can find inspiration for your lessons and your classroom, and a place where you can be inspired yourself.

    On this page - I will be sharing Brit Lit teaching ideas and resources. You might also see some of my favourite British Literature fun facts that I find in my digging around the literary world. You can sign up for my weekly teaching email below. In this you will receive (each week direct to your inbox) two lesson ideas - one that you can use with any subject or topic, and one that will help you teach your literary texts!

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