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The Merchant of Venice Study Guide

Updated for the new 2013 GCSE specifications

With integrated 'Literary Heritage' notes for every main section
Includes original character and scene illustrations

'This is a good resource, obviously designed with the new specifications in mind. I very much liked the guidance given on the new controlled assessment element of the new specification. The resource is readable, accessible and engaging. This would prove valuable for systematic use in the classroom and ready prepared challenging homework tasks. The worksheets are excellent. Not only are they valuable to facilitate students to work independently; they also provide stand-alone banks of quotations which students need to learn for the external exam part of WJEC specification for English Literature.'
E Hewitt, HoD and Independent Reviewer

'I liked the references to how a Shakespearean audience might have responded to parts of the play. There were also comparisons with how a modern audience may respond, in contrast. This is important to the GCSE requirements. The structure is good and I like the questions to prompt pupils at the end.'
C Davis, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

  • Comprehensive notes and tasks throughout to support learning, test knowledge and help with revision
  • Special prompts for students to consider the thematic and dramatic effects of each scene – useful for OCR's requirements of comparing the play to a film / live / audio adaptation
  • Fully cross-referenced to the Assessment Objectives
  • Sample controlled assessment tasks for all exam boards

And more:
  • Plot overview
  • Character summaries
  • Analysis of major characters
  • Themes
  • Historical, social contexts
  • Language, imagery, symbolism and structure

This guide adheres to the requirements of the new specifications for GCSE Literature. The summary grid below indicates which units allow for the study of this text and the methods of assessment.

  English Literature English Language English
AQA Unit 3: The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage Unit 3a: Understanding spoken & written texts and writing creatively Part A (extended reading) Unit 3a: Understanding creative texts (literary reading)
Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.
Edexcel Unit 3: Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama   Unit 2: The Writer's Craft Section B: Reading (prose)
Optional text for controlled assessment. One of three Shakespeare texts prescribed for an exam.
OCR Unit 1: Literary Heritage Linked Texts: Shakespeare and Film/Audio Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing Unit 1: Reading Literary Texts Prose (a text from a different culture)
One of four Shakespeare texts prescribed for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.* Optional text for controlled assessment.*
WJEC Unit 3: Literary Heritage Drama and Poetry Unit 3: Literary reading & creative writing: studying written language: extended literary text Unit 3: English in the world of the imagination — reading (Literary Heritage poetry and Shakespeare)
Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.

*For OCR Language and English, centres can either choose from the prescribed texts (Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar) or they can choose their own text.

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