The History Boys Study Guide (ZigZag Education)

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The History Boys Study Guide
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The History Boys Study Guide

Comprehensive, intelligent, well researched and particularly good for Higher candidates studying the play. L Mellor, English Teacher & Independent Reviewer

Detailed and accessible notes, tracking themes and characterisation throughout the play to aid comprehension. Includes original character and scene illustrations.

  • Relevant and engaging discussion points for each section to support learning and effective revision; also ideal for plenaries or short writing tasks
  • Summary exercises for both Acts with mini model answers
  • Useful comprehensive breakdown of the cultural and literary references mentioned in the play

Covers Everything
  • plot overview
  • character summaries and analyses
  • scene summaries with analysis
  • historical and social contexts
  • themes
  • language
  • strucutre
And More!
  • exam and essay guidance
  • OCR and WJEC Foundation and Higher sample exam questions
  • sample exam answers with analysis
  • creative writing exercises

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
AQA   Unit 3a: Understanding spoken & written texts and writing creatively Part A (extended reading)
Optional text for controlled assessment.
OCR Unit 2: Modern Drama Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing — Section A: extended literary text
One of six texts prescribed for an exam. Optional text for controlled assessment.
WJEC Unit 2: Section B — Contemporary Drama and Literary Heritage Prose Unit 3: Literary reading & creative writing — studying written language (extended literary text)
One of five texts prescribed for an exam. Optional text for controlled assessment.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3687)
'Takes a "York Notes" style approach and is very detailed. It would be useful for teachers working on the text for the first time, and for students as a revision guide... I can see how others would find it extremely supportive and beneficial.' A Powell, Examiner, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'The resource had been meticulously researched, saving a lot of time for those starting to teach the text for the new specifications in September. I liked how the author presented a range of discussion points at various stages of the guide, covering a range of features of characterisation, them and language. The level of detail in the teacher's guide will allow staff to prepare for lessons with confidence.The discussion points can provide a framework for designing a range of tasks to allow students a "way in" to a challenging text. I think the author has worked hard to clearly define sections of text in a play with no scene demarcations. I would agree with the divisions imposed as they were clear to the reader, even when looking at the guide without the text to hand. The author clearly linked the guide to the specification, both in introductory table and in use of sample questions at the end of the guide. I think that as a teacher's guide, there would be little to improve in such a well-resourced work. An engrossing read which shows writer's engagement with the source material.' T Kenney, HoD and Independent Reviewer
'Comprehensive, intelligent, well researched and particularly good for Higher candidates studying the play. Many of the bullet-pointed discussion questions are in the style of the OCR essay questions ('Do you think Irwin is a good teacher?', etc.) which is good preparation. The style is intelligent with a good range of vocabulary so that will hopefully prompt students to develop their own word use and expression. The bullet-point questions are really good for plenary discussion, Q&A and can be extended for short writing tasks. They are relevant and engaging points on which to focus. I liked the way information about Bennett's views on various themes of the play had been merged with the study guide, providing author intention info which is useful. Very useful comprehensive appendix of cultural references at the end — will save teachers hours looking things up!' L Mellor, A Level English Coordinator and Independent Reviewer


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