The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Comprehensive Guide for A Level

Engage your students!

Throughout:
  • discussion prompts
  • active learning tasks
  • further reading suggestions
  • key literary and linguistic terms
  • contextual notes

Enter the brilliant and sharp mind of Agatha Christie’s legendary detective Hercule Poirot in this fast-paced and intricate murder mystery. Focus your students on the requirements of AQA B: ‘Elements of crime writing’, while immersing them in Christie’s representation of 1920s rural England and exploring social and contextual issues from a twenty-first-century perspective.

A one-stop resource, containing everything a pupil could possibly need to prepare for the exam

J Clarke, Teacher & Peer Reviewer
Set text for:
  • AQA B A Level

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, setting, context, genre, themes, attitudes and values, language, form, structure, literary approaches
  3. A superb resource which is perfect for the AQA Lit B English crime section

    S Fallon, Retired teacher tutor & Peer Reviewer
    • Specific links to the crime writing genre
  4. Exam guidance
    Includes exam advice, example essays and indicative content

Plus! A Further Reading List and Glossary of Key Terms

What do teachers say about this resource? (10403)

I was impressed by the comprehensive sweep of the resource. It really is a one-stop resource, containing everything a pupil could possibly need to prepare for the exam.

I especially liked the detailed examination of clues and red herrings, chapter by chapter. This really drew attention to the deliberate nature of Christie’s authorial craft.

The examination of the Golden Age was perfect- detailed but succinct! I was also impressed by the range of cross- text references. Great analysis of nomenclature.

This resource will enhance student learning by making them realize the range of techniques, from nomenclature choices to syntax selections, that writers (even those associated with ‘light’ fiction) engage in.

The frequent use of tabulation, particularly when introducing new diction, was very helpful. Visual learners will find this a helpful way to encounter new information.

J Clarke, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

A superb resource which is perfect for the AQA Lit B English crime section. It is very thorough on every aspect of the novel. Each section is related to examples from the novel and links character and theme which will be so useful.

I particularly liked the fact that the resource went through each part of the Assessment objectives so that students will have a good knowledge of the text. The AOs will help teachers to direct areas of learning to the crime genre and the examination itself.

The students are required to know the novel very well, but also the novel in relation to the crime genre. This resource begins by contextualising the novel in the Golden Age era and relates areas of criminality to the characters/ themes and in relation to each other. The particular emphasis and explanation on Authorial methods and explanation of these are very useful for the examination. It consolidates learning continuously.

[Presentation and layout] perfect for an A level resource. Variation of text and fonts do break up the text which is accessible and interesting to read.

I feel that this resource matches the spec perfectly. It analyses character and theme but relates the novel to terminology too. It is a toolkit of concepts and crime genre so that students can use the information to answer essay questions. It specifically uses examples of Language use, and refers to examples in the novel and critic`s views which will encourage wider reading. Plus the inclusion of other crime novels is insightful.

I feel that this resource is of a high standard and is perfect for the Paper 2A Crime writing. Commentary and analysis of author`s methods and the distinction between Narrative voice is explained in a manner which students will understand. The focalisation and plot line explanations will also help the Unseen aspect of this paper and indeed other novels in this section for students to link them. The themes are related to character and crime genre and this is exactly what the specification encourages.

Without a doubt I would purchase this resource. The novel “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” has few resources and this fits every aspect of teaching and learning the crime section and the novel itself. It methodically goes through each requirement and gives details and explanations on aspects of character/theme/ plot. The aspects of narrative in relation to crime itself is useful. The Timeline and chapter summaries are superb and often students struggle with the intricate details of the novel. There is a clear connection between character,theme setting and the Assessment objectives. The inclusion of an example essay and examples of essay titles with plans will be celebrated by teachers and students. This is the best resource I have seen for A level Literature.




S Fallon, Retired teacher tutor & Peer Reviewer