Set Text Companions for AS and A Level OCR Latin (ZigZag Education)

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AS & A Level Y1 OCR Latin: Aeneid VIII Student Companion for Verse Lit (2017-19)
64 photocopiable A4 pages. For AS Component 02 (2017–18) and A Level Component 04 (Group 3; 2018–19). (Group 4 will be published separately.)
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AS & A Level Y1 OCR Latin: Cicero Pro Milone Companion for Prose Lit (2017-19)
62 photocopiable A4 pages. For AS Component 02 (2017–18) and A Level Component 03 (Group 1; 2018–19). (Group 2 will be published separately.)
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AS & A Level Y1 OCR Latin: Love Elegy (Ovid et al) Companion for Verse (2017-19)
63 photocopiable A4 pages. Ovid, Amores 1.1 & 2.5, Propertius 1.1 and Tibullus 1.1. For AS Component 02 (2017–18) and A Level Component 04 (Group 3; 2018–19). (Group 4 will be published separately.)
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AS & A Level Y1 OCR Latin: Tacitus Annals I Companion for Prose Lit (2017-19)
Tacitus, Annals I, 16–30. For AS Component 02 (2017–18) and A Level Component 03 (Group 1; 2018–19). (Group 2 will be published separately.)
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Set Text Companions for AS and A Level OCR Latin

A fresh look at the prescribed text... informative comments and information all the way through, which students could incorporate into essays. S Henton, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer

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!

AS and A Level
  • All styles of exam questions including AS 10-mark and A Level 20-mark essay questions
  • Detailed notes on metre and context for A Level students
  • Latin text provided alongside a precise but clear translation
  • Detailed line-by-line notes on grammar, translation, style and context
  • Activities and practice exam questions help students engage with and develop an in-depth appreciation of the text
  • Specifically designed to support students in areas identified for improvement in examiners' reports
  • Written by an experienced examiner
  • Glossary of linguistic terms

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6461)
"An excellent resource, well researched and well written. I would use the resource to explain to students the various points made, but I would prefer the students to have the book (with the translations) later on,to use as excellent revision help... I like the translations, the grammatical points and the stylistic points... The points made after each set of lines are thorough and very useful... For students studying by themselves, it would be a very good resource, as it explains many of the difficult parts of grammar and style which a student could struggle to understand... I like the division of the text into manageable chunks... The resource does a very thorough explanation of the set text. The author has studied closely what the OCR board require in their examinations, and their writing reinforces this."– S Henton, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6497)
"The translation is much more accessible than the Loeb, which is the edition I have, so for that alone it is worth having. The grammar notes are very learned.. I particularly liked the section headings for each chapter which summarised the content therein... The activities (especially the grammar/style based ones) were good... Some of the grammar notes were very well done (I liked particularly the comments on suus/eius and hic/ille) and occasionally of better quality than in the OCR book (e.g. the note on enitendum est Miloni in chapter 34)... I found some of the author’s translations of the imperfect tense particularly fine: he managed to get across the nuances of the use of this tense rather nicely... The accompanying translation I think is helpful for the students to craft their own version as it is more literal/less archaic than some of the others on the market... The questions are representative of the sort of thing students might see in an exam, which is great. The marking scheme is helpful."– C Bird, Private Tutor, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7296)
'Really useful resource... It fills some of the gaps left by the OCR text book, especially on stylistic points, and will be helpful to AS candidates... I like the translations, they are pleasingly accurate. The style and grammar points add to the OCR notes... The resource broadens the knowledge of style and grammar points, and I particularly like the references to other writers, which might encourage students to explore other writers, and thereby gain a wider understanding of elegiac poetry... I think the resource complements the OCR text book and adds usefully to interpretation of elegiac poetry. The resource adds a valuable new look at the texts involved, with more background information in addition to the style and grammar points made... an excellent partner to the OCR text book, and teachers can use it as it suits them.'– S Henton, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'The notes are superb... I thought it was thorough, well laid out, and clearly written. The author has excellent knowledge of the topic. The notes on literary criticism and mythological allusions was excellent, being clear, easy to understand and detailed. I particularly liked when the author made reference to the frequency of the word 'phratrate' (p.15), other readings of the text (e.g. discussion on line 5, p.15), other poets (throughout) and explanation of the phrasing of their translation (e.g. note on line 22, p.18)... The introduction to the poets included helpful material: their life and an overview of content and style of their writing... I especially liked the tone of the notes, which used the 1st person (giving it a personal feel, and helpful for the Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation exam requirements which reward use of personal response - something students find hard to incorporate when they have studied e.g. History, which demands an objective style). The writing was erudite with touches of humour - perfect for the content of the playful Latin, and enjoyable for a teacher! The exam board OCR does not provide translations to any prescription, and published translations are too fluent to be really helpful to the school student. This translation is therefore excellent as it captures the tone of the Latin whilst being easily understandable (which is important also to facilitate Lower Sixth students who might be feeling nervous at taking on this challenging subject!).'– A Webb, Head of Classics & Independent Reviewer
'It is an excellent resource and I will certainly be using it next year, alongside the official OCR commentary. It contains everything that is needed: text, translation, commentary, author biographies, notes on metre and stylistic features, sample questions, all enlivened by some interesting and relevant pictures... I particularly like the translations, which manage to be literal and at the same time read as good, often elegant English. This makes them extremely useful and also a good example to students of how to create their own stylish but accurate translations (a skill that will be tested in the language paper). The list of literary terminology is a useful length and succinctly explained... The introductory biographies of the three authors are very useful – they give a good overview of their lives and works in their historical context but without being over-long. Thus students get a good introduction but there is still scope for them to do further research on their own, which is an important part of their learning... Excellent commentary - the general tone is very readable and lively, which makes it accessible to students just starting their A levels. Stylistic terminology is used fearlessly but not over used, and the discussion of stylistic features models the way that students need to write themselves – picking out the feature and then explaining its effect... The types of question, the mark allocation and the phrasing of the questions are very closely modelled on the sample papers from OCR. Similarly, the mark schemes are laid out in the same way as the official ones. There are also some extra explanatory notes which are very helpful... I am pleased to see that sample questions are provided for both AS and A level and also that different passages are used for each.'– J Mason, Head of Classics & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7297)
'A valuable addition to the OCR set text book, and will be useful to students studying for the OCR AS exam in 2017 and A level in 2018... I liked the introduction on chapters 1 to 15, which gives thorough background historical information, setting the scene for chapters 16-30, which make up the set text, without repeating what is in the OCR text book. The translations are very good; they are accurate while also being presented in fluent English, not an easy task with Tacitus; this facilitates understanding the text. I thought the section explaining the structure of the Roman army was particularly interesting, as the Roman army is often mentioned but rarely explained. I liked the well-chosen illustrations... The resource gives students an alternative view on the set text and its context. The notes are comprehensive, giving further information on the subject. The stylistic points will be useful, building on the introductory chapter on style. Appendix 3 will be a worthwhile area of study for students thinking of taking the prose composition option at A level, and could encourage students to try this. The exam style questions provide students with what they might expect in the exam and the answers let them see what they should be aiming for... The resource matches and interprets the specification well. It offers new and interesting information to students, and gives a fresh approach on topics such as Tacitus’ style and the Roman army.'– S Henton, Classics Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'A useful addition to the resources available for teaching this text... The separation of the style and context and grammar and translation points is good as it means that the students are easily able to access the help for translation... There are comprehensive style and context notes. The exam style questions are helpful and the introductory notes and appendices provide useful extra knowledge. The activities, where they occur are a useful teaching aid... This expands the notes on style in Radice and giving separate grammar and translation notes means that it is possible to concentrate on translation and then style discreetly. It could be used as an additional resource for teaching or given to the students... It follows the specification well and the summary of Chapters 1-15 is particularly useful in the light of the new requirement to have knowledge outside the set text.'– M Cooper, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer
H043, H443, AS Component 02, A Level Component 04, verse literature, Virgil, Prose literature, group 1 texts, A Level Component 03, Group 3 texts

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