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AQA B Lit: Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the Pastoral: Activities for Unit 3
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AQA B Lit: Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the Pastoral: Activities for Unit 3

Detailed study notes and activities which get to the heart of this text. It has been designed to provide A Level English students with insight as an example of a pastoral text for AQA B and as such has been rooted in and guided by pastoral theory.

Matches the spec perfectly. I was unsure about whether to teach Tess for this, but will certainly do so now I have seen this resource. One of the best ZigZag resources I have seen. E Kirby, AQA B English Teacher & Independent Reviewer

The resource is organised by phases according to the novel and as the resource moves through the phases, the focus becomes broader in terms of activities and guides students towards independent analysis and interpretation:

  • The first phase is focused on in detail through specific attention to each chapter as a way of establishing some of the key ideas about the pastoral mode and to what extent it can be applied to the text
  • ‘Phase the Second’ provides structured areas for group work
  • ‘Phase the Third’ provides headings for independent research and analysis specific to applying the pastoral mode to the text
  • For ‘Phase the Fourth’ to ‘Phase the Seventh’ students are supplied with specific extracts to explore in preparation for their exam

The resource is intended to be used in class and guided by the teacher as many of the tasks require group discussion but it is flexible enough that it can be used independently by more able students.


What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5229)
"A very detailed, helpful and well produced resourse which supports this specification well. It enhances learning through providing an accessible approach for a challenging text and a thoughtful consideration of the genre of the pastoral." Head of English and Ind. Reviewer
"This is an excellent resource as it strikes an appropriate balance between providing contextual material for teachers and suggesting student activities. This resource has been specifically tailored for AQA LitB3: The Pastoral and, as such, is most useful for teachers delivering that specification." L Burden, Head of English and Ind. Reviewer
"Excellent: not only an invaluable aid to teaching the AQA syllabus but one which could be used for a number of other board's coursework options, for example OCR's current A2 coursework unit 'Texts Through Time'. Resource shows strong textual knowledge and has clearly been written by a teacher with experience of teaching the text to a very high standard. The model essays, too, are extremely useful - material such as this is invaluable in exam preparation but so time intensive to create from scratch during the teaching term. It is extraordinarily comprehensive." S Brunner, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
"I like this resource as it encourages students to share ideas and interpretations with one another through discussions and group work. I like how the independence of the students is developed through the resource and by the end of this unit they should feel more confident when working in groups or leading discussions. Their organisation skills will also be improved and all of these skills are essential for further study and the world of work. This resource prepares students for the upcoming exam and fully supports them through the activities. The resource also supports teachers new to this text and unit." K Greaves, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
"I thought it was excellent. The level of detail was truly outstanding. This is not a resource that just gives teachers superficial activtities. It really gets to the heart of the text, covering complex matters such as dialect, genre etc. It will work brilliantly for the AQAB module because of its focus on the pastoral genre. The detail in approach is superb - there is nothing unhelpful or superficial. It matches the spec perfectly. I was unsure about whether to teach Tess for this, but will certainly do so now I have seen this resource.One of the best ZigZag resources I have seen by a long way." E Kirby, AQA B English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer


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