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Literary Shorts Teacher Resource (Print) + ‘EMC-FREE’ Unit of Learning

176 pages (print) 176 pages (pdf)


ISBN: 978 1 906101 33 6 Download sample PDF

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Coming Spring/Summer 2022

Free PowerPoint resources based on the pack and the stories published in our Literary Shorts anthology.

Literary Shorts Teacher Resource – Finalist ERA 2015

Offering critical, creative and comparative routes into the texts in Literary Shorts: Pupil Anthology, the activities in this photocopiable resource are not only perfect for KS3 teaching, but also an ideal bridge to the demands of KS4. Free downloadable EMC CurriculumPlus'Unit of Learning' for Literary Shorts at the bottom of this page.

  • Sections on the key features of short stories, including: Beginnings and Endings; Character; Setting; Language; Inference; Plot; Structure.
  • Classroom activities to accompany each story in the anthology.
  • Interesting, accessible ways to get pupils thinking comparatively.
  • Six steps for planning and writing a critical essay.
  • Teachers’ notes and alternative indexes suggesting routes through the material and interesting groupings of the stories.
  • Print and digital PDF format – activities can be photocopied or displayed on the interactive whiteboard.


This publication includes resources on CD. As more and more computers no longer have a disk drive, these resources are now also supplied in downloadable form. Buy the publication online and the resources included on the CD will be added to your account. Sign in to the account used to buy the publication, click My Account (top right), then navigate to 'View or download previously purchased downloads'. You will also receive the print pack with CD.

Literary Shorts Teacher Resource is included in EMC KS3 Curriculum Plus.

Additional material:

An overview of EMC KS3 CurriculumPlus.

KS3 CurriculumPlus Units of Learning for Literary Shorts [EMC-Free]

Resource type: A4 photocopiable wirobound teacher resource inc. CD & downloadable PDF.


'... a high-quality resource that shows what the English and Media Centre does so well: providing welcome support whilst also allowing teachers to use their professional judgement, offering routes that can be adapted to meet the needs and strengths of particular groups.

Literary Shorts is aimed at sudents in KS3, but it was clearly produced with an eye to preparing students for the new GCSE, developing the critical and evaluative reading skills that will be needed in both English Language and English Literature. In spirit, however, it goes far beyond the official requirements of subject criteria and assessment objectives, offering new ways of approaching the short story and new texts that will inspire teachers and students alike.'

Carol Atherton, Teaching English

'Literary Shorts is a fantastic resource. The stories are engaging, challenging and varied, the teaching strategies are creative  and well deigned to support students in becomign curious, independent readers.'

Eleanor Cox, Head of English, Swanlea School

'Literary Shorts has been a big hit and staff have valued the way in which the different routes have been mapped across the key stage as this has allowed the resource to be flexibly slotted into curriculum plans.

Pupils are enjoying the texts and the resource is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for texts across the centuries and cultures.

It is also good value for money as it can be used across the whole of key stage 3.'

Annette Grilli, Secondary English Intervention Officer, Sefton LA

'The department have all - hard to please all! – loved using the text, and the teacher pack.

The most striking thing about this collection is in fact that the short stories are just that, short! And this perfectly and beautifully cast away the 'what’s going on' questions and the need to read and read before feisty discussion took place.

Specifically the intro section on Why we tell stories/what is a story was a really dynamic way in. This had perhaps previously been the domain of L6 lit students, but KS3 students were fully engaged in 'How stories worked'. The 6 word stories were a really great way in, and were all keen to write them.

We loved it, they loved it.

Our students became personally engaged, predatory, curious readers. Perfect.'

Jane Farmer, Giggleswick School

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