Hard Times: Comprehensive Guide for A Level

Set text for:
  • AQA B A Level
  • Edexcel AS and A Level

Uncover the importance of love and compassion among the harsh and unforgiving realities of the life of the working poor in Dickens’s Hard Times. This Comprehensive Guide will take your students chapter by chapter through this three-part novel, ensuring a full understanding of the key themes of childhood, social class and utilitarianism within the wider social and historical context.

Engage your students!

  • discussion prompts
  • active learning tasks
  • further reading suggestions
  • key literary and linguistic terms
  • practice essay questions

The pack tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough chapter-by-chapter commentary walks students through each section
  2. Drawing it all together
    In-depth discussion of whole text focuses on: characterisation, relationships, genre, themes, attitudes and values, language, form, structure, context, literary approaches
  3. Indicative content
    Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered

Plus! ! A Further Reading List and Glossary of Key Terms

What do teachers say about this resource? (10349)

An excellent resource which will enable learners to access the text and develop a detailed understanding of characters, themes and methods.

Very well organised and comprehensive; there is much that will be relevant and accessible for A Level Students.

Helpful chapter by chapter questions with possible answers provided.

Useful list of terminology.

It is clear and accessible, whilst also being rigorous,

It will enable learners to work on the text on their own, if needs be, and develop independent learning skills.

There are specific links to Social/Political protest writing and it is clear how the text can be interpreted through this lens.

L Reid, Teacher & Peer Reviewer