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About a Boy Study Guide
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About a Boy Study Guide

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

DYNAMITE for the new specifications
with original character and scene illustrations

  • Detailed notes on every aspect of the novel to aid strong comprehension
  • Questions & tasks throughout to support learning, texts knowledge and for effective revision

Importantly includes:

  • WJEC sample exam questions and sample answer guidance
  • WJEC Language and OCR English sample controlled assessment tasks

Covers Everything
  • plot summary
  • character summaries and analysis
  • section summaries with analysis
  • contexts
  • themes
  • language
  • setting
  • character role plays

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
OCR   Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing Unit 1: Reading Literary Texts (themed task) or Unit 2: Imaginative Writing (Section B Text Development)
  Optional text for controlled assessment.* Optional text for controlled assessment.*
WJEC Unit 2a: Literary Heritage Drama and Contemporary Prose Unit 3: Literary Reading and Creative Writing  
Exam: two questions on one of five set texts. 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.

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What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3805)
"A great resource; clear and focused so it helps my students with revision." H Kelly, English Teacher and Satisfied Customer
An excellent resource for a novel which has few resources for it. The sample ideas for how to respond to essay questions are useful. S Fallon, Independent Reviewer
'Absolutely superb. Very detailed and it really breaks the novel down so it is an accessible resource for both teachers and students. [I particularly like] the clear links to the new specs for GCSE. Also how it discusses the minute details of the book, i.e. language analysis, the PEE approach etc. It is written in an informal way so it appears supportive to students. This resource comprehensively and intelligently deals with a novel which can be at first quite hard to analyse in terms of GCSE regulations. It allows pupils to slowly build their understanding of the characters and key themes of the book. It was very close to what I expected... Very useful for a busy English teacher, especially with the new specifications coming in this year.' L Reynolds, HoD and Independent Reviewer

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