Set Text Companions for AS and A2 OCR Latin & Classics (ZigZag Education)

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A2 OCR Latin: Catullus Student Companion for Unit F363 (2016-17)
77 photocopiable A4 pages. Supporting poems 31, 39, 45, 46, 50, 51, 64 (lines 43‒75, 124‒151 and 171‒201), 65, 72, 75, 76, 77, 84, 85, 87, 92, 101, 109 ed. K Quinn (BCP) ISBN 1853994979
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A2 OCR Latin: Pliny's Letters Student Companion for Unit F364 (2016-17)
57 photocopiable A4 pages
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A2 OCR Latin: Tacitus Annals IV Student Companion for Unit F364 (2016-17)
84 photocopiable A4 pages
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A2 OCR Latin: Virgil Aeneid VI Student Companion for Unit F363 for 2016-17 exams
83 Photocopiable A4 pages
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AS OCR Latin: Cicero's de Imperio Student Companion for Unit F362 for 2015-16
45 photocopiable A4 pages
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AS OCR Latin: Ovid Metamorphoses 3 Student Companion for Unit F362 2015-2016
71 photocopiable A4 pages
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Set Text Companions for AS and A2 OCR Latin & Classics

Original translation and detailed commentary – including notes on style, grammar and context, picking up where the set text notes end. Give it to students either as a complete companion, or as handouts to support your class teaching. The perfect complement to the set text!

  • Well-informed notes set the Latin text in its social, historical and literary context
  • Discussion of literary techniques
  • Activities and/or exam-style questions help students engage with and develop their own personal response to the text
  • Glossary of linguistic terms

  • Specifically designed to support students in areas identified for improvement in examiners' reports.
  • Written in student-friendly language
  • Written by an experienced examiner

These are exactly the kind of clear notes I wanted.
Seeing this resource has inspired me to continue with Latin to A Level.

Michaela, Latin student

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6521)
"A fresh look at the prescribed text. Good informative comments and information all the way through, which students could incorporate into essays... Good thought that the solution to the scansion example is given... The appendices are an excellent addition to the book, giving students practice in exam type questions... Good mentions of places where there are alternative versions of the text... I like the way the poems are laid out, with the Latin, then a translation, then grammar notes then stylistic/context notes. It makes for easier reading than having to look up notes in the back, which is the format for most books of this kind, and would give more encouragement to students... [While the prescribed text] is old-fashioned in manner and not always easy to follow, [this resource] has a modern feel to it."– S Henton, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6470)
"A useful aid to studying the text. It provides more succinct and accessible notes than Martin and Woodman while directing the reader to the detailed notes in M and W where appropriate... The introductory notes provide good overviews of various aspects of Tacitus’ writing giving the reader material to use to read the text critically; the examples given when writing about style are useful to focus clarify the point. The translation given follows the Latin closely... It provides an easily accessible commentary on the text for the students and would be useful for them to use when reading the text... [and] leaves space for them to develop their own opinions about the text... Examination style questions are always welcome, particularly with answers... the activities at the end of the later chapters are helpful... I like the cross referencing to Virgil and details about Suetonius."– M Cooper, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6011)
"The style notes were particularly good, mentioning chiasmus, word order and metre in a particularly coherent fashion."– C Bird, Private Tutor, Examiner & Independent Reviewer
"A scholarly set of notes to give A level pupils the information they require to analyse a complex literary text with greater confidence, and to understand its context within first century Roman history and classical literature. The translation is grammatically accurate yet coherent to allow a solid grasp of the text. The grammar and translation notes are levelled appropriately and will help students to access and understand the Latin. The style and context comments constantly draw the students’ attention to the kind of points they should be considering when analysing such poetry. In summary, the resource provides all the tools necessary to provide pupils with a detailed knowledge of the text. It will then be necessary for them to take the step to utilise this information effectively in answering essay questions... A well-researched and detailed resource providing a solid understanding of the text for pupils and addressing the majority of points of relevance for A level students. This material should enable them to get to grips with the set text on a number of levels, from a basic knowledge of the translation to appreciating the selection within the wider context of the full poem and beyond... An excellent introduction: useful parallels with Homer and epic convention, while not going into too much detail; valuable ‘points to bear in mind’, setting the scene for the current selection within the poem’s story so far and the wider context of the historical background within which Virgil was writing; a link between the set text and the grammar questions on L4... The notes on metre, which continues to be an area of some confusion to A level students, are thorough and well-explained, and the key areas of metrical interest are covered clearly in the commentary... The notes throughout 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 summaries of the omitted sections and commentary included on the key points of the sections of book VI not included within the prescription are an excellent idea... The sample questions are both in line with recent exam style questions."– K Morris, Teach of Latin & Classical Civilisation, Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5221)
'A very well researched and extremely thorough companion to the text... I liked the detailed model analysis of the opening few lines. The grammar and style and context notes are very thorough and helpful for both teachers and students... Very helpful reference for students working through the text, and also for teachers. It provides a useful supplement to the published commentary, and is specifically targeted at AS students.'– R Carter, Head of Latin & Independent Reviewer
'Excellent... It saves me a lot of work! It is designed to accompany the AS exam. It provides lots of useful notes and a translation... It is not complicated by unnecessary information... Many Latin teachers run departments single-handed. Things like this help you to keep the plates spinning!'– Mrs S J Sutton, Subject Leader Latin, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Customer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5667)
'An excellent companion – extremely useful for anyone teaching this selection. Also very useful for students, including plenty of detail on stylistic points and grammar. It is very thorough and clear and covers the text in detail. It is also very well targeted at the examination... the numbered translation aids and sample examination questions will be of great benefit to students doing this prescription... the author clearly knows the specification inside out and refers closely to the examiner’s report... A really good companion to the Ovid selection, particularly useful on style and scansion.'– R Carter, Head of Latin, Assistant Examiner & Independent Reviewer
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