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Touching the Void Activity Pack
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"A comprehensive, detailed resource. Excellent!"
N Fleming, Asst. Subject Leader and Independent Reviewer


Touching the Void Activity Pack

for the new specifications

All activities cross-referenced to the Assessment Objectives for GCSE English, English Literature and English Language.

A variety of activities for each chapter, with differentiated worksheets for Foundation and Higher students. This pack is brilliant because it:

  • Supports students while they read the novel: "provides a thorough examination of aspects of the text, [through a structured approach], encouraging students to explore the author's use of language." (K Beatty, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer)
  • Prepares students for extract-based exam questions:
  • "I liked the detailed references to extracts which allows for close analysis of language." (N Fleming, Asst. Subject Leader, Independent Reviewer)

Includes AQA and Edexcel sample exam questions, sample answer and related student task

Worksheets include:
  • Narrative Viewpoint
  • Inference and Deduction
  • Similes and Personification
  • Imagery and Symbolism
  • Mapping Tension

"Clearly matched to the specification with detailed links to each AO. The links to the exam board requirements are particularly useful in that AQA is a new spec. for me and it is helpful to see where it fits in." N Fleming, Asst. Subject Leader and Independent Reviewer


This pack 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? (3804)
"It was well organised, easy to use and very useful." H Venus, English Teacher and Satisfied Customer
'Overall, I am impressed with the resource and consider both the chapter by chapter resource and the exam question section at the end to be very useful, detailed teaching resources. The resource prepares students for reading 'Touching the Void' through the initial pre-reading research activity and supports students in exploring the text through a structured approach to different aspects of the writing as they read each chapter of the text. Post reading activities encourage students to reflect on their reading as a whole in preparation for preparing and completing exam questions.' K Beatty, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

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