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EMC_Free: Iridescent Adolescent Accompanying Resources (Download)

The PowerPoint and PDF resources provided in this EMC Free downloadable publication have been written to accompany the anthology Iridescent Adolescent: Diverse Literary Short Stories.

Informed by the experiences of a working group of teachers, who trialled the stories with their students and developed their own materials, these free PowerPoint lesson sequences place the stories themselves at the heart of learning.

Ranging across the anthology

  • Ranging Across – 12 Activities
  • What Is Interesting About A Story

Texts in Conversations

  • Texts in Conversation 1 (The Last Woman on Earth, Time Capsule Found on the Dead Planet, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It)
  • Texts in Conversation 2 (The Roussalka, The Homecoming, Iridescent Adolescent)
  • Texts in Conversation 3 (Doing That, Dark Star, Amir and George)
  • Texts in Conversation 4 (Click-Clack the Rattlebag, The Typewriter, Foreboding)

Single Stories

  • Personal to Critical Response: Tomorrow is Too Far
  • Stepping into a Video Game: Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain
  • Conversations with History: Great Pucklands 
  • Developing a Response: An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It
  • Exploring Structure: The Typewriter and Last Woman on Earth

We would like to thank the following teachers who took part in our 'Teaching Iridescent Adolescent Project' (November 2020-April 2021):

Kauthar Abdi, Nushrat Basir, Hilary Benson, Mollie Berry, James Brillantes, Miriam Burton, Jess Callow, Esther Churchman, Sarah Clark, Michaela Clowes, Myfanwy Edwards, Simon Elford, Gareth Ellis, Lara Fisher, Julia Gibson, Laura Holton-Gaus, Kitty Howie, Jasmine Husband, Tayabbah Iqbal, Anurag Jain, Hannah Kemp, Laura Kemp, Hannah Jeens, Mary Lau, Kate Lea, Ali Lintin, Cathy Millar, Louisa Neuberger, Natanya Paris, Rosie Pannett, Chris Parsons, Rebecca Pearson, Jo Paterson, Tahmid Rahman, Daniel Raphael, Emma Smith, Kim Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Jessica Tacon, Tara Vakil, Nick Wakeling, Carol Woodhouse

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Activities are copyright (©) English and Media Centre

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Publication Details

EMC_Free: Iridescent Adolescent Accompanying Resources (Download)
Number of pages
10 folders of resources (PowerPoints, worksheets and handouts)
Sample PDF
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