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"I really enjoyed reading this resource. It is detailed, well-written and provides a comprehensive study of the text… It poses thought provoking questions at the end of each summary which force the reader to engage and offer up their own interpretation of events. I liked how it was tailored to suit different exam specifications and also I appreciated the sample essay questions and answer. The resource clearly links to AQA exam questions and criteria for achieving a C grade. It also offers tips for gaining an A-A* grade."
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Touching the Void Study Guide

DYNAMITE for the new specifications
with original character and scene illustrations

Clear and concise chapter summaries to aid comprehension and questions for the whole novel to engage the learner.

Importantly includes exam material specific to each examination board:

  • Sample AQA and Edexcel Literature exam questions
  • Sample Edexcel Language exam questions
  • Sample answer with structural breakdown, mark criteria breakdown, and 'how to improve' guidance

Writer's Techniques
  • Narration
  • Detail and description
  • Direct Speech
  • Technical Terminology
  • Friendship
  • Nature
  • Fear
  • Survival

For each exam board the mode of assessment is considered and specific material for this is included.

Covers Everything
  • plot overview
  • character summaries and analyses
  • chapter summaries
  • historical and social contexts
  • themes
  • language
  • setting
  • imagery
And More!
  • exam and essay guidance
  • Foundation and Higher sample exam questions
  • sample exam answers
  • analysis using the mark scheme criteria

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 1: Section A — Modern Prose or Drama Unit 3a: Understanding spoken & written texts and writing creatively — Part A (extended reading) Unit 3a: Understanding creative texts (literary reading)
One of nine texts prescribed for an exam. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.
Edexcel   Unit 2: The Writer's Voice  
Prescribed non-fiction text for an exam.
OCR   Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing Unit 1: Reading Literary Texts — prose
Optional text for controlled assessment.* Optional text for controlled assessment.*

*For OCR Language and English, centres can either choose from the prescribed texts or they can choose their own text.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3689)
"The annotated specimen essay answer is an excellent idea!" K Beatty, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer

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