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Poetry: Carol Ann Duffy & Simon Armitage: Gifted & Talented SoW
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Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage

Gifted and Talented GCSE Scheme of Work for the AQA A Anthology

Detailed commentaries with worksheets, answers and a scheme of work. Every poem covered. Fantastic for both teachers and A/A* students.
  • Includes an 11-lesson outline scheme of work, designed to cover all poems, linking them together and suggesting connections with the pre-1914 poetry bank
  • Worksheets with answers for every poem
  • Special worksheets covering exam techniques

"The commentaries in particular are outstanding, better than anything available commercially or on the web...they are excellent models of how to integrate quotations, how to analyse language, and how to introduce biographical or historical detail."
D Salles, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

"Good and useful with plenty of relevant information. It would provide reassurance and inspiration for those teaching the unit."
R Lodge, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

"The summaries of the poems were very helpful, especially to give to students as revision notes."
C Barker, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

"I thought this was a very good resource...it could be used very effectively for preparing students for the exam."
S Mitchell, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (2935)
'The resource gives a detailed analysis of each poem and gives many interesting tasks. I liked the way that there were small exam type questions throughout the pack. Thought the resource was of a good standard. Many of the tasks are both challenging and interesting. They are also presented in user friendly style. Model answers are given and can be analysed by the pupils — they are also useful to teachers who are not familiar with the poems or who are new to the anthology. Model answers would be useful for revision too.' J Sharrock, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'I enjoyed this resource and thought it was nicely detailed...It was presented in an easy-to-access way which was very helpful to dip in and out of as necessary.' C Barker, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'The approach of basing the poems in historical contexts, or grounding them in other texts is a great way to extend pupils' and teachers' thinking...I liked the depth of response and teacher knowledge.' D Salles, Head of English and Independent Reviewer
'The resource was detailed and fulfilled the introduction and objectives well... It was easy to follow and provided some interesting wider ideas for promoting the poems.' M Warton-Woods, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'The introduction to the resources is clear, informative and shows its usefulness.' S Mitchell, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'The questions can be used with students [and the] commentaries could also be given to more able students... The interactivity of questions will be useful in revision sessions.' R Lodge, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

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