To Kill a Mockingbird GCSE Study Guide

Suitable for: WJEC

After winning the Pulitzer Prize, selling over 40 million copies worldwide and being voted ‘Best Novel of the Century’ in 1999, To Kill a Mockingbird’s popularity continues to this day. This comprehensive guide offers targeted, detailed notes and analysis to lead students through the novel and help them to ‘climb into’ the skin of mockingbirds Tom Robinson and Boo Radley and ‘walk around in it’.

I really like the chapter analysis and activities. These are excellent revision resources and can be used instantly which is exactly what every teacher wants

Peer Reviewer (Previous edition)
  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All chapters are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context

Guides students through the text, providing helpful analysis which would enable good extract responses

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  • Student-friendly plot and chapter summaries
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading
  • Original illustrations
  • Exam Guidance section with essay tips, PEE guidance and activities, and a revision checklist

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • ‘Mini vocab guides’ to ensure students grasp difficult terms
  • Handy key quotations with analysis to help with essay writing

Suggested answers are provided for questions and activities.

The perfect companion to the Activity Pack for this text.

What do teachers say about this resource? (10005)

Extremely detailed... The Literature Exam Information page is VERY helpful, as are the exam skills pages... The language models good vocabulary and sets up tasks for students to mimic it.

Peer Reviewer (Previous edition)

I particularly like the 'to do' icons and the 'mini vocabulary guides'. I like the 'methods of characterisation' as this is usually overlooked... I also like the fact that key quotations are given and explained for each chapter as this allows pupils to focus on specific sections of the text... Detailed revision resource focusing on all the key areas of text. This would be great to use with a class or for more independent learners to use on their own. The exam information at the back is accurate and helpful.

Peer Reviewer (Previous edition)

I like how the resource provides questions on chapters, characters, themes and symbols. These questions can easily be used as stand along tasks during revision sessions or as homework/at home revision. There is a good range of questions rather than questions solely on information recall which is what many similar resources offer... I like the context tasks for this text. It’s something I feel that many students would enjoy and is a worthwhile task... the ’Methods of Characterisation’ section would be very useful to students as it shows them a range of strategies used by the author... I really like the chapter analysis and activities. These are excellent revision resources and can be used instantly which is exactly what every teacher wants... The resource covers EN1, 2 and 3 which benefits all students... There is a good range of S&L tasks and engaging transformational/writing in role activities for the students. This allows teachers to select tasks their classes will find enjoyable and engaging. Many of these tasks can also be set as homework for students... The exemplar answers are very useful as each response is evaluated and it explains how to move on to the next grade.

Peer Reviewer (Previous edition)

I liked the clarity of the summaries and the perceptiveness of the commentary notes, the glossary of key words and the practice questions at the end... guides students through the text, providing helpful analysis of the text which would enable good extract responses.

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