GCSE OCR Latin Set Texts Guides: Prose and Verse Literature (ZigZag Education)

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Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Unit A403: Prose: Section A Set Texts 2016/17
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63 photocopiable pages. Translation, notes, exam questions and unique translation aid for set texts: Caesar: Bravery and strategy, Battle against the Belgae; Tacitus: Inspiration for the fight; Cicero: Marital conflict. Supporting 'Conflict and conquest' in OCR Latin Anthology for GCSE (OUP) ISBN 9870198329329.
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Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Unit A403: Prose: Section B Set Texts 2015/16
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Translation, notes, exam questions and unique translation aid for set texts: Pliny's letters 'Avunculus meus' and 'Arria'. Supporting Cambridge Latin Anthology (CUP) ISBN 9780521578776
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Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Unit A403: Prose: Section B Set Texts 2017
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53 photocopiable A4 pages. Translation, notes, exam questions and unique translation aid for set texts: Tacitus: Messalina and Pliny: Ummidia Quadratilla. Supporting Cambridge Latin Anthology (CUP) ISBN 9780521578776
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Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Unit A404: Verse: Section A Set Texts 2016/17
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Translation, notes, exam questions and unique translation aid for set texts: Catullus: Rejection in love; Jealousy takes over; Ever-changing love; Catullus struggles with love; Passion fades; Ovid: Advice for would-be lovers. Supporting OCR Latin Anthology for GCSE (OUP) ISBN 9870198329329.
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Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Unit A404: Verse: Section B Set Texts 2015/16
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Translation, notes, exam questions, Latin with translation aid and extensive vocabulary lists for the set text: Virgil Aeneid IX, Nisus and Euryalus. Supporting the Oxford Classical Text (ed. Mynors, ISBN 0198146531)
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Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Unit A404: Verse: Section B Set Texts 2017
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74 photocopiable A4 pages. Translation, notes, exam questions, unique translation aid and extensive vocabulary lists for the set text - selections from Virgil Aeneid 1. Supporting Oxford Classical Text (ed. Mynors) IBSN 0198146531.
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GCSE OCR Latin Set Texts Guides: Prose and Verse Literature

An excellent set of translations and textual analysis of the Prose (Unit A403) and Verse (Unit A404) set texts for examination in up to June 2017. Each text is broken down into manageable chunks, translated into English and accompanied by meaningful notes on style, grammar and literary effects. Additionally, for each text: a brief biography of the author, cast list showing key relationships and ideas for further study.

  • The perfect balance between literal, easy-to-follow translations and an eloquent rendering of the original text
  • Overview and biographical notes put the work in context
  • Detailed notes focus on key literary devices
  • Key technical vocab highlighted – glossaries included
  • Practice Exam Questions with mark schemes – fully prepare your students for the exams!


Praise for previous editions:

The resource teaches pupils that translating ancient texts is within their scope. R Millar, Head of Latin & Independent Reviewer
A well organised & clear resource. Well researched and at an appropriate level for GCSE. I particularly liked the way the text was broken up into small manageable sections. It gives the right amount of information about the authors. P Kenney, Classics Teacher at Exeter College and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (Pliny & Livy, 2012/13)
'Easy to access, useful information... Puts it into English they can understand and it has exam practice examples... Have a look – compare it to what you are currently using.' – G Lynch, Head of Classics & Customer
'Amusing, engaging and very helpful...The students can use it to work independently at their own pace. They also have the chance to place the texts in social/political/literary context... They feel confident about their own progress and secure in the knowledge that all aspects are covered.' – CM Roxby, Head of Classics and Happy Customer
'Very easy to read, with a style that should appeal to pupils. There was lots of detail, but not so much that pupils would just bypass the information and get straight to learning the translation. It had a good mix of background facts and literary criticism... Of special note was the explanation of literary terms... I really enjoyed the easy flowing translation. The translators' names were fun, as were the illustrations! The resource teaches pupils that translating ancient texts is within their scope... It also presents the texts as entertaining and still relevant... There was a mix of short factual questions and literary appreciation questions.' – R Millar, Head of Latin & Independent Reviewer
'A really helpful resource... I liked the layout of the translation and the notes. This will save me having to produce this for myself. It's useful for the students to have a printed copy of a translation to refer to and some questions to practice. Perfect fit to A403.' – L Cashmore, Head of Department & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (Prophecies & Portents, 2012/13)
'Excellent! I particularly like this resource because I am a non-specialist and the translation and notes give me confidence in my own interpretation... notes on style and exam questions are great time savers... the translations are accessible without sacrificing too much accuracy... They save you hours of prep time.' – S Boor, private order customer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5286)
"Great mixture and scholarship and humour!"– S Terry, Classics Teacher & Customer
'A very user-friendly, lively and full companion. The numbered translation is easy to use and a good way to help students access the Latin from the beginning. The notes are pitched at an appropriate level for Y11 students, and there is a good balance between background information and stylistic points... I liked the additional background material on the Emperors and Stoicism... the author does a good job of providing a bridge for modern students to begin to understand ancient attitudes towards [Arria]... It provides an excellent resource for both independent revision and classroom use... Clearly presented, with each section on separate pages so only the relevant pages need be copied... Illustrations are lively and other images are to the point... Very well targeted. The author knows the spec very well.'– R Carter, Head of Latin & Independent Reviewer
'Useful and of a high standard... Good exam-style questions of the right level... Clear translation to work from and numbered word order.'– E Williams, Latin Teacher, Independent Reviewer
'a useful teaching aid. It is accessible to the students with the pictures, detailed explanation of the literary terms used and detailed but friendly notes-eg 'You've probably already covered these in Geography lessons.' It also presents the texts divided into sections of an appropriate length for lessons... The notes make easy reading for the pupils and are comprehensive. The illustrations of the wax tablet and the strigil bring the text to life. I particularly like the topics for discussion and the practice test questions, with answers, also the text for translation with the numbers on to aid translation... The discussion points will encourage the pupils to analyse the texts for themselves. The notes are detailed, but appropriate to the level of knowledge required. The note on Stoicism gives an insight into the way of life and shows how this applies to the set passages... The discussion points will encourage the pupils to analyse the texts for themselves. The notes are detailed, but appropriate to the level of knowledge required. The note on Stoicism gives an insight into the way of life and shows how this applies to the set passages... It matches the specification well with the translation and then the notes which are at an appropriate level for GCSE. It takes the candidates through the text in manageable chunks and the practice questions are of the type that the candidates would encounter.'– M Cooper, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'Refreshing to read... Obviously the material itself is fascinating and the author of this resource enlivened it even more by the use of the graphic images and an element of personal reactions to the text. There was a sense that he really enjoyed how Pliny had written his material and he himself used humour and irony to make his resource appealing... I liked the conversational style of the translation and notes. It was all very readable while at the same time offering a detailed study of the text... I liked the discussion topics throughout the resource... Here are some more specific things which I liked:The fun description of the emperors Little personal comments in the notes, e.g. a slave reading a book is like a modern student listening to an audiobook on an iPad Background details about meals, bathing routines, time differences, naval craft, etc The information about stoicism as a background to Arria Original thoughts, for example, the fact that clean water for the dying Pliny would have been scarce. The rhyming words of Death of Pliny L.21 Cross references, e.g. To Terence in L.23-24 Death of Pliny The map, especially the clever one at the end showing the shadow of the effect of the eruptionThe summary of incidences of chiasmus, asyndeton etc.The explanations of why these linguistic flourishes might have been used and what they add to what Pliny is saying The author's own reaction expressed conversationally: 'Pliny turns on the style', Why did Rectina not take the opportunity to leave with her message bearer? Why is Pliny's account read rather than the one by Tacitus based on this letter? The cheeky way in which the author draws attention to his own cleverness in A Day in the Life of Pliny L.9-10, where his sibilance mirrors the echoes in Pliny's text!The notes are very comprehensive without being over-long or tedious. The explanation of linguistic features is very clear and easily understood e.g. Present Historic L .12, chiasmus L.15 Death of Pliny. The translation captures the imagination and retains the pace of a narrative. At the same time the student should be left in no doubt that an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the text will be required to gain a high examination grade... The questions at the end focus in on the type of application needed to attempt the exam. The amount of supplementary material on the culture would leave the student with a sound understanding of Pliny's world and this should add a confidence to the student's work.'– R Millar, Head of Latin, Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6053)
"Very useful. It produced a mine of background information which will save me some time doing my own research. The original characters are very colourful and the author highlighted their features by the use of some rather cheeky comments in the notes... I liked the conversational style of the translation and notes. It was all very readable while at the same time offering a detailed study of the text. The translators' names were fun, as were the illustrations! I liked the inclusion of the summary of contents on the first page of the teacher's introduction. I liked the inclusion of discussion topics at the start of each section; this should help the pupils to think about and form opinions on what they are reading... I liked the little personal comments in the notes, e.g. mock horror in Tacitus L.39, a miffed mother L.79 Ummidia, being like a teapot, Pliny L.1! Details about the political background and the character of Claudius e.g. L.25 the importance of freedmen L. 27, L.60, etc. The disadvantages imposed by the law on unmarried men Pliny L.11, Roman theatre. The summary of incidences of chiasmus, asyndeton etc. at the end of the commentary. The explanations of why these linguistic flourishes might have been used and what they add to what the author is saying. Insight into the writer’s personal bias e.g. the way that Tacitus leads the reader to believe that Silius had no option but to comply with Messalina... The notes are very comprehensive without being over-long or tedious. The explanation of linguistic features is very clear and easily understood. The commentary and the lively reflections help a modern audience to appreciate the political intrigue and the feistiness of Ummidia... I liked the Cast list at the beginning of each book. It was a useful reference."– R Millar, HoD & Independent Reviewer
"A thoroughly well-researched, practical and valuable publication to enhance the teaching of these particular texts at GCSE. The translation is clear without drifting too far from the literal meaning and adopts the CLA vocabulary appropriately. Some of the notes provide a useful extension to the information included in the CLA teacher’s handbook... It should enable even weaker pupils to attain a clear understanding of the text, from how to approach the translation to understanding its historical context... The comprehensive historical background to the characters and Roman society is invaluable and interestingly recorded, allowing students to set the text clearly within its context and hopefully gain more of an insight into both Tacitus’ and Pliny’s underlying personal motives and opinions... The overall light-hearted approach should allow the resource to be well received by pupils – the drawings are great, conveying both a clear sense of the balance of power in each scene of the Tacitus and the contrast between the hard-working Quadratus and his fun-loving grandmother in the Pliny. The overview at the start of the Tacitus gives a sense of the whole story before students get tied up in the language... The questions at the start of each section are very useful as they will allow students to think through the story and make their own notes on the main characters; similarly, the discussion points at the end of each text... The practice exam-style questions are always valuable to time-pressed teachers... The resource provides a range of tools necessary for pupils which, if released bit by bit, should enable them to gain a thorough understanding of the text and approach this paper with confidence... The provision of the text with a possible word order for translation, together with additional vocabulary, will allow students to try to translate the passages for themselves, despite the Latin being somewhat more complex than that which they are used to, without being totally overwhelmed and the questions allow essential practice to test their knowledge... a solid base of well-presented accurate and necessary material, together with a wealth of interesting historical information to support. I will enjoy sharing it with my pupils."– K Morris, Teacher of Latin & Classical Civilisation, Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5407)
'Absolutely outstanding... I liked the use of numbers to link the Latin words to the English translation (I do this and it takes me HOURS); accompanying vocabulary and also facing translation. This is going to save me so much work... [Matches the specification] extremely well. The students basically need to know the text like the back of their hand, and this will help them quickly get to this point.'– E Williams, Head of Latin & Independent Reviewer
'A comprehensive and valuable resource combining all the relevant information required by pupils at GCSE: sound translation, a good range of notes in sufficient depth to provide students with useful material to analyse the text... The discussion of metre, which can be an area of much confusion, is well-explained and the key areas of metrical note are covered clearly in the commentary... The notes on alliteration and assonance are very helpful as they provide the essential explanation of the literary effect which students are inclined to struggle with... The vocabulary list is also a welcome addition... It provides a manageable means to allow pupils to get to grips with a complex text without feeling totally overwhelmed, and to understand the many threads involved in Latin poetry. The translation provides an excellent balance between grammatical accuracy (to ensure that it is sufficiently clear enough to follow) and coherent prose (to follow the thread of the story). The text-applicable vocabulary helps students to focus on the passage rather than whether they have the correct meaning of individual words. The style and context comments give students an idea of the kind of things that should be considered when analysing such poetry. In short, the resource provides all the tools necessary for pupils to be well-prepared for this exam paper... This resource more than adequately matches and interprets this specification, with an accurate text, sound translation and clear, relevant approach to Virgil's literary style.'– K Morris, Teacher of Latin and Classics & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5967)
"An excellent, comprehensive, easy to follow resource; it provides an accurate translation and clear notes at an appropriate level, covering all the necessary information required by students at GCSE, supported by a useful vocabulary and invaluable examination style questions... The explanation of metre is covered in a straightforward step-by-step manner that should be accessible to all students and links in well with the metrical notes in the commentary... The ‘Story so far’ section is just what is needed to set the selection in context... I particularly like the ‘Activities’ for each section, as these encourage students to look at the passages and story as a whole, rather than as complicated sentences for translation, and to think about characterisation... It provides a manageable means to allow pupils to get to grips with a complex text without feeling totally overwhelmed, and to understand the many threads involved in Latin poetry... an excellent balance between grammatical accuracy (to ensure that it is sufficiently clear enough to follow) and coherent prose (to follow the thread of the story)... The text-applicable vocabulary helps students to focus on the passage rather than whether they have the correct meaning of individual words. The style and context comments give students an idea of the kind of things that should be considered when analysing such poetry. In short, the resource provides all the tools necessary for pupils to be well-prepared for this exam paper... This resource matches and interprets this specification brilliantly, with an accurate text adjusted to the format used by the exam board, sound translation and clear, well-explained consideration of Virgil’s literary style. There are very few points that would be beyond the understanding of the average GCSE student."– K Morris, Teacher of Latin & Classical Civilisation, Independent Reviewer


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