Of Mice and Men Gifted and Talented Challenge Pack for GCSE (ZigZag Education)

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Of Mice and Men Gifted and Talented Challenge Pack for GCSE
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Of Mice and Men Gifted and Talented Challenge Pack for GCSE

A truly wonderful resource; good guidance, excellent 'stretching' materials and clearly written from an expert perspective." J Churchill, English Teacher & Independent Reviewer

A challenging activity pack which stretches your gifted and more able students during their exploration of Of Mice and Men at GCSE. The activities demonstrate how to achieve the highest grades possible using aspects of Bloom’s Taxonomy and give students control over their own learning.

The resource covers the key areas of the play: important events, characters, context, language, structure, form, themes, ideas and interpretations. Within each key area, engaging and thought-provoking activities aim to:

  • Prompt the recall of important points, aid comprehension and reinforce clear, advanced understanding
  • Support literal and abstract analyses
  • Enable students to apply their knowledge of the play to a new situation or an unseen extract, encourage individual interpretations and stimulate new, creative and individual ideas

Teacher’s notes and answers have been included for the more challenging tasks.

Achieving that A*!

Exam-style activities are also included throughout the resource to help students practise their essay-writing skills by using an annotated response to show the best way of achieving an A*, suitable for AQA, WJEC, OCR and Edexcel English Literature.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5191)
"My students enjoyed using the resource and could respond clearly. They especially enjoyed the 'A* Alert' points. It motivated my students (set 3) to achieve more and try harder - excellent CA results. A fantastic, supportive and encouraging resource." K Greaves, English Teacher
"A truly wonderful resource; good guidance, excellent 'stretching' materials and clearly written from an expert perspective. I feel that the resource would be effective for any of the exam boards, as the depth of study creates a 'ripple' effect of deeper learning. It is really excellent - there were some points raised that even I had not considered...!" J Churchill, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
"A sophisticated resource that encourages students to be aware of their own learning and how it hould be built up. This not only challenges MAT students from the outset, but it falls in line with working at 'Your Own Learning Pace' (or YOLP, as it is known amongst students in our school). Students will want to know why they have hit a limit in their comprehension and aim to push further." Penglais English Department
"It was an excellent resource which thoroughly prepares and challenges more able GCSE students. It does all it claims to in the teachers introduction and will also provide a strong base for students intending to continue to AS/A level. It encourages more able students to study the text thoroughly in preparation for exams and controlled assessment, whilst also encouraging them to explore a variety of learning styles and techniques. It also encourages group learning as well as individual study." D Massey, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
"Having taught the novel for a few years and having explored many resources on it, this resource is one of the best I have ever seen for teaching this novel, particularly to higher ability students." P Town, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
"The booklet is full of interesting activities aimed at higher achieving students. I liked the example student responses and the AO focus boxes and the A* tips. Thanks, I really enjoyed reading it and will use lots of the activities next term when we are reading the novel." R Smart, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
"Many G&T resources assume that the students do not need support and have the ability to tackle most activities whereas this resource caters for all abilities within the higher tier and provides relevant support. The A* responses which are given encourage the students to emulate this sophisticated writing style in their own work too and I like how the questions get progressively challenging. The resource allows staff to dip in and out of the resource and set activities from this resource as homework or cover work. It would be very valuable to any English department. There are annotated extracts and exemplar essays which will be invaluable to students. We use the AQA specification and this resource covers all of the assessment objectives of this exam board." K Greaves, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer

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