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The History Boys Activity Pack
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The History Boys

Activity Pack

‘Packed full of inspired & creative tasks, making this complex play perfectly accessible for GCSE students.’
R. D’Rozario, ZigZag English Development Manager


A wealth of engaging activities & visually-stimulating worksheets for the whole play, allowing the teacher to find stimulating work at any time.
Fully differentiated & cross-referenced to the AOs.

  • Analytical, comprehensive & creative tasks
  • Individual, pair & group work
  • ‘Stretch & Challenge’ exercises provide for further differentiation

Focused worksheets specifically for WJEC & OCR English Lit:
  • Special exam-focused worksheets interspersed throughout the resource introduce assessment early on
  • Structured so students can build-up their skills for the examination — both extract-based questions and questions on ‘the novel as a whole’
  • For Foundation & Higher

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? (3801)
"Recommended! An excellently planned resource. I really like the way that the resource is split into acts, and then the content is divided into easily searchable activities, focus sections and AfL Stop & Think pages. The titles of the focus pages are interesting and thoughtful. The answers section is particularly helpful for teachers new to the text, or in need of a new angle to their teaching." E Evans, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
'A brilliant resource with a fabulous variety of activities to challenge and engage students of all levels. I like it a lot! I like how it could be used equally as an individual resource for students to work through (or for teachers to set as cover work!) and as a class work book. It's great and clearly written by someone who knows the play well. It matches the new GCSE specifications successfully and is also useful as a drama resource. It's lovely!' A Powell, Examiner, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

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