Authentic literature & media for the EFL curriculum
A story about religion, struggle for survival and the relativity of truth. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi follows a young man who survives a shipwreck in a lifeboat with a large Bengal tiger – resisting hunger, thirst, fear and loneliness for 227 days. Growing up in India as a son of a zookeeper, “Pi” Patel studies […]
A rhyming story about a clever little mouse taking a stroll in the deep, dark woods. To evade the dangerous animals (fox, owl, snake) it meets there, the little mouse invents a monstrous friend …and finally meets the “Gruffalo”.
The speaker of this poem negotiates the relation of the (female) self and its environment using the complex metaphor of a mountain. Helen Mort’s second collection of poetry “No Map Could Show Them” offers the readers a variety of perspectives on mountaineering, the human body and gender roles. Her poems negotiate proximity and distance, past […]
Exploring imprisonment, confinement and the urge for freedom, this poem vividly illustrates inequality. Comparing the life of a caged and a free bird, the speaker investigates the caged bird’s captivity, oppression and hope for liberation. It can be read as a metaphor portraying unequal treatment and discrimination against African-Americans during the civil rights era. When […]
A social problem novel on changes and challenges in industrialised England – following ‘the progress of a parish boy’ from London’s impoverished underworld to a fortunate life. Growing up in a workhouse, the orphan Oliver asked for more food and is sold to an undertaker to become his apprentice. Oliver runs away and travels to […]
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Lit4School is a non-profit database of literature and media for the classroom. This OER is developed by the English group and edited by the ZLS's English and German groups at Leipzig University.
When everyone in London goes to sleep, the animals come out to play. And although London’s animals do not usually get along, they gather for a celebration of peace and harmony once a year. But when a discussion begins about what the most beautiful place in London is, things get a little tense… This bilingual […]
Simon and Annika miss their Grandma, who lives in the US, a lot. But distance can be overcome in many ways! And so, the siblings write a letter and send it off in a red envelope. This piece of paper travels halfway across the world, all to show Grandma her grandchildren love and miss her. […]
This novella tells the tragic story of a 14-year-old’s death and the impact gang violence has not only on those directly affected, but their loved ones as well. When Jerome is found stabbed and left bleeding on the street, his mother needs answers. But can the hard truth give her the closure she’s looking for? […]
This short story with its dystopian notion deals with blatant racism and the resulting splitting of society. The society described from the view of Emmanuel, a young black man, is a highly racist one leading to constant monitoring of behaviour. Emmanuel talks about how he changes according to how black he wants to seem depicting […]
What can a skeleton do if he wakes up with the hiccups? He can’t hold his breath, can’t eat sugar… The only option is to scare the hiccups away! But what can scare a skeleton? This picture book is perfect to practice basic verb conjugation and Halloween-themed vocabulary. It could be used in a teaching […]