On December 13th, 1847, Emily Brontë published her most famous work, Wuthering Heights. On December 16th, 1775, Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice, was born. Although the lives of these two remarkable writers never crossed (Emily was born a year after Jane died), their respective works have come to represent a powerful voice in 19th century English literature. Find out about both of them in this week’s worksheet. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.
Between April 29th and May 5th the hard-working Japanese aren’t working hard at all. In fact, most of them can be found enjoying one of the country’s longest national holidays, Golden Week. Learn all about it in this week’s A/B ‘wh- questions’ worksheet. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.
On April 2nd, 1725, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, the world’s most famous lover (according to his own account of his life), came into this world. We mark the occasion with a ‘Who am I?’ text, with the answer hidden in a crossword. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.
On March 30th we celebrate Mother’s Day in Britain. For many other countries, the celebration is in May. Why the difference? Read on to reveal all in a text that contains an extra word on each line. This year it seems particularly relevant, as world events unfold around us, that we think about all the mothers who will need every bit of strength and support they can get. There is one page to print. Click here to get your copy.
This week marks the birthday of two famous artists who happen to have been born about 250 years apart. Diego Velázquez, the Spanish court painter (whose birthday we’re celebrating on the 6th June, although he was actually baptized on that date in 1599, not born) and Paul Gauguin, the post-impressionist (who was born on the 7th June, 1848). There is one page to print. Click here to get your copy.
If it’s July 15th, it must be St. Swithin’s Day! Who? Sadly, the first-century saint is better known for the weather-rhyme which comes around once a year than for his Christian good deeds. This week’s worksheet takes a look at the man and why we remember him on July 15th. There is one page to print. Click here to get your copy.
On June 17th, 1989, Paris celebrated the 100th birthday of the Eiffel Tower. As our tribute to this famous landmark, this week’s worksheet is dedicated to the Tour Eiffel. There is one page to print. Click here to get your copy.
Ever wondered who first thought up chewing gum or candy floss? You have? Well, this week’s worksheet is definitely up your street. On August 6th 1762 John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich. He is just one of the people featured in this week’s food inventions worksheet. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.
Fifteen years ago, on August 12th, 1988, celebrity graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat died from a heroin overdose. Despite the emergence recently of hip-hop graffiti artists leaving their tags (signatures) all over New York, graffiti itself has been around for a long time.
On September 11th, 1972, a programme started up on BBC TV called Mastermind. It captured the imagination of the viewing public and has since become an institution. We pay homage to Mastermind this week with a worksheet full of facts for your students to create their own questions for a class general knowledge quiz.