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Please make use of our resources to enhance your students' learning and encourage their love of English Literature. 


We are excited to let you know about our newly-created A-Level Study Boost course, Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process. This free, two-week course helps students to express themselves more effectively, provides strategies for close reading and creative writing, and asks students to consider the impact of techniques used by the poet by creating their own poem.

This course is led by Dr Rebecca Bullard, Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Reading, and it features University of Reading students who share their own experiences of analysing an unseen poem. Using the modern poem, 'Patagonia', as a case study, you will be guided through strategies for close reading and creative writing. You will meet Kate Clanchy, the author of Patagonia, who shares techniques poets use to write.

The course is hosted by FutureLearn, a digital social learning platform where participants can share their experiences and discuss ideas in a supportive community. You can learn in your own time, at your own pace and we expect the course to take up to three hours study per week. In the first two weeks of the course going live, Rebecca and her team of mentors will join the course discussions, to help guide you.


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Lesson Plans

If you were not able to join our online course, we have made our lesson plan on unseen poetry available on the TES webpage. The lesson supports close reading of a poem for A-level students. Using the poem 'Patagonia' by Kate Clanchy as a sample, this lesson guides students on how to use three different points of focus to guide their close reading: Feelings, Patterns and Puzzles. Each point has detailed guidance, a lesson task and a supporting video of students discussing topics.


Our short YouTube videos will help students with key skills such as close reading and contextualising texts. Our academic staff analyse texts including Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth', Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway' and Shakespeare's 'Othello'.

Please click on the image to begin watching.

Downloadable POsters

We hope our posters will make colourful additions to your display boards and encourage students to pursue English studies at A-level and beyond.

Professor Gail Marshall worked with the English and Media Centre to create this poster:

18 reasons

18 Reasons Poster



Meg, one of our current BA Art and English Literature students, is keen to inspire the next generation of literature lovers. She has combined her creative talent with her passion to create a series of posters for teachers to use in their displays. You can download them from here.


We run interactive sessions on what studying English Literature is like at university with our partners Channel Talent, designed to fit into the teaching timetable. We may also be able to run bespoke webinar sessions for your school or college, subject to staff availability. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to discuss possible topics with us, please get in touch.


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