English lesson plans, text guides and resources

On this page you will find all of our English literature resources for KS3, GCSE and A-level. As well as individual lesson plans for a selection of poems and specific AQA selected poems, you will find reading guides, chapter analyses and character profiles for several of the top GCSE English literature set texts.

Remember that our Education Umbrella Press books contain detailed notebooks to help with revision and teaching!

Text guides

Shakespeare

Poetry lesson plans

AQA Selected Poems: Love and Relationships cluster

  1. Lord Byron 'When We Two Parted'
  2. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'Love's Philosophy'
  3. Robert Browning 'Porphyria's Lover'
  4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning 'Sonnet XXIX - I Think of Thee'
  5. Thomas Hardy 'Neutral Tones'
  6. Maura Dooley 'Letters From Yorkshire'
  7. Charlotte Mew 'The Farmer's Bride'
  8. Cecil Day Lewis 'Walking Away'
  9. Charles Causley 'Eden Rock'
  10. Seamus Heaney 'Follower'
  11. Simon Armitage 'Mother, Any Distance'
  12. Carol Ann Duffy 'Before You Were Mine'
  13. Owen Sheers 'Winter Swans'
  14. Daljit Nagra 'Singh Song!'
  15. Andrew Waterhouse 'Climbing My Grandfather'

AQA Selected Poems: Power and Conflict cluster

  1. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'Ozymandias'
  2. William Blake 'London'
  3. William Wordsworth Extract from 'The Prelude'
  4. Robert Browning 'My Last Duchess'
  5. Alfred Lord Tennyson 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'
  6. Wilfred Owen 'Exposure'
  7. Seamus Heaney 'Storm on the Island'
  8. Ted Hughes 'Bayonet Charge'
  9. Simon Armitage 'Remains'
  10. Jane Weir 'Poppies'
  11. Carol Ann Duffy 'War Photographer'
  12. Imtiaz Dharker 'Tissue'
  13. Carol Rumens 'The Émigree'
  14. John Agard 'Checking Out Me History'
  15. Beatrice Garland 'Kamikaze'

Other poetry lesson plans (by poem title)

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