Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di primo grado - October

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Resources - Ottobre 2017

An important skill that every child should learn is the ability to seize positive opportunities, even in difficult situations. It's no wonder that some of the most memorable and well-loved characters in 18th century English novels are strong and adventurous children, often orphans, who overcome great obstacles, while maintaining their positive values and kind-heartedness.

Halloween with Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's stories are full of terrifying, cruel and creepy characters, but his kind-hearted young characters always outwit the evil ones in the end!

Museums at night

Museums at night is a biannual UK-wide festival, taking place from 30-31 October and 11-14 May this year. During this time museums, galleries and heritage sites are open to visitors after hours and special events take place every evening.

  • Museums at night
    Worksheet at A1- A2 level on the Museums at night festival (reading text with comprehension and some fun, creative activities). With teaching notes
Bram Stoker Festival

The Bram Stoker Festival takes place in Dublin every year to celebrate one of Ireland's most famous authors with a gothically inspired programme of events!


30 years ago, on October 1st 1985, a Franco-American expedition located the wreck of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean.

  • Titanic
    Worksheet at A1- A2 level on the story of the Titanic (reading text comprehension and creative activities). With teaching notes.

90 years ago on October 2nd 1925, Scottish engineer and inventor John Logie Baird successfully transmitted the first television pictures with a greyscale image.

Month & Season


Word of the Month

Word Ottobre 2017


Una tecnica utilizzata sia nella letteratura che nei film e serie TV, per incuriosire il lettore o lo spettatore e mantenere la suspense.

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Improve your students' vocabulary with a word for every month and activities to go with it! This month: inspiring.

Inspiring [adjective]: giving people a feeling of excitement and a desire to do something great.
Mrs. Jones was my most inspiring maths teacher. It's thanks to her that I decided to go to university and become an engineer.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.


Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

1: [adjective]: strange or frightening in a way that makes you think of ghosts.
The forest is really spooky in the dark.

  • Word Activities for October
    A worksheet for students at level A1-A2 on words to describe stories or films including, spooky, funny, exciting etc. With key.


Idiom of the Month

Idiom Ottobre 2017
Glued to the screen

Con la varietà e qualità di intrattenimento e informazioni disponibili ai ragazzi al giorno d'oggi, è difficile non rimanere sempre incollato a uno schermo!

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Every cloud has a silver lining

This expression means that there is something good even in a situation that seems very sad or difficult. You can use it to encourage a person who is in a bad situation and tell them not to lose hope.
Example: My holiday trip has been cancelled, but every cloud has a silver lining.I am now free to go to my best friend's birthday party!

Out of the blue 

Unexpected, very surprising.

His visit came completely out of the blue, we weren't expecting him.

To break (out) into a cold swea

To become very frightened or nervous aboutsomething. 


Reader of the month

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox goes to live with her uncle in a big, old house in the country. There are many gardens round the house. One day Mary finds a garden that has high walls and no doors. What is the secret of the garden?

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Author of the Month

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942)

L. M. Montgomery was a Canadian author who became famous for her series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The book about an orphaned girl, Anne Shirley, was an immediate success and gave Montgomery an international following.

Anne of Green Gables 

The Cuthberts ask the orphanage for a boy to help at their farm, but a little girl steps off the train. Anne causes chaos at Green Gables, but her good nature wins everyone's heart.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago in South Wales, Britain. His parents were Norwegian immigrants. In 1942, Dahl began working at the British Embassy in Washington, DC., where he also became a successful short story writer. He later moved to New York City, where he married actress Patricia Neal, with whom he had four children. In 1960, Dahl started writing stories to amuse his children. Many of these books went on to become international bestsellers, with their often macabre, darkly comic mood and villainous adult enemies of the kind-hearted child characters.


Matilda is a clever and unusual little girl. But her parents aren’t interested in her, and the terrible head teacher at her school hates clever children. However, Matilda finds a way to be strong, and the results are very funny.

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker is the author of Dracula, we propose a lesson plan with a range of actvities that you could use in class to engage your students.


Bram Stoker (1847–1912) is best known as the author of Dracula (1897), one of the most famous horror novels of all time. As your students prepare to choose their scary costumes for Halloween, inspire them to find out the story behind the most famous vampire, Count Dracula, with Bram Stoker's gothic horror novel.

City of the Month

New York City

Which is the most populous, diverse and cosmopolitan city in the U.S.A? New York City, of course! A "city of immigrants" and one of the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers, NYC is home to soaring skyscrapers, a huge diversity of languages and cultures. It also happens to host the largest Halloween parade in the U.S. called The Village Halloween Parade!

Did you know...?

Did you know ottobre 2017

Much of Jane Eyre was based on Charlotte Brontë's own life experience. Brontë was sent to a harsh boarding school at a young age, she worked as a governess for a wealthy family, and even the strange woman in the attic was inspired by a story she heard when visiting the Norton Conyers House in North Yorkshire, where there was a secret staircase leading up to a secret room in the attic.

Halloween traditions

Many of today's Halloween traditions are associated with America, however Halloween actually has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain (Sah-ween), when the Celts (the ancient inhabitants of Great Britain) marked the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter, and remembered their loved ones who had passed away. It was believed to be a night when witches, ghosts and spirits roamed the earth and people tried to appease them with offerings of food and sweets.

Athelhampton House

Athelhampton House, a 15th century historic manor in Dorset, is rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in Britain. Some of itsghosts include a grey lady, a black-robed priest, two men fighting a duel and a pet monkey. However this doesn't stop it from being a popular venue for weddings! Would you have the courage to get married there?

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