A Doll's House and Rossetti Selected Poems: Comparative Notes & Activities for A Level OCR

This invaluable resource supports your teaching of paired texts for A Level OCR. Once you’ve read the play and the poems with your class, ensure exam success with probing notes and engaging activities focusing on comparison.

I love the helpful way that it was organised and broken down into different thematic links between the two texts

J Hathaway, Head of English & Peer Reviewer
Key themes: Love and Marriage; Gender and Power; Truths, Lies and Secrets; Outsiders; Loss and Suffering; Death and Disease; Intense Emotion and Struggle; Conflict and Resolution

Resource is split into key themes, each including revision worksheets on both plays and 1–3 comparative worksheets exploring connections and contrasts.

  • Variety of group, pair and individual activities appeals to all – including analytical, reflective and dramatic activities, consolidation tasks and creative exercises
  • Essential essay planning and writing skills developed throughout, building up to the exam
  • Write-on format will produce a fantastic revision resource for students

Set tasks in class to support your scheme of work, or hand out for homework. Teacher notes and indicative content make setting and marking simple!

What do teachers say about this resource? (11101)

[This resource] invites and encourages comparison of the two texts throughout and the activities are all geared towards making links between the two texts.

The grids to compare and contrast the two texts were particularly useful and helpful. I also liked the variety of activities throughout the resource and the reference to paintings and other sources to broaden the appeal of the activities.

It gives in-depth contextual information and analysis of key poems and sections of the play within a comparative structure that would be very beneficial for pupils. It breaks down the two texts into their constituent parts with a comparative focus throughout.

I love the helpful way that it was organised and broken down into different thematic links between the two texts.

It has definitely helped me to revisit this section of the exam and how I structure and organise my teaching.

J Hathaway, Head of English & Peer Reviewer

[This resource] would make a good revision resource.

I particularly liked the thematic approach, and the way poems were grouped together to encourage the study of the collection as an oeuvre, rather than individual poems.

The detailed contextual information, both at the beginning of the pack, and interspersed and linked to specific poems was useful.

There was a good range of activities that will provide variety for in-class or homework approaches, and plenty of opportunity to build on discussion and debate opportunities.

The introductory notes on context are useful and at an appropriate level of detail. A little more on the religious background of 19th century England (and Norway) might have been useful

The range of activities, questions, mindmapping and information will provide good support to A Level students in deepening their knowledge and understanding. These resources would work well in lessons, and some would also make excellent pre-reading homework tasks.

Lots of the activities promote higher order thinking and will stretch and challenge students.

The resource matches the specification well, particularly in its focus on context and consistent comparison. I liked the range of context used, particularly the links to literary context which I feel would particularly benefit more and most able students studying this specification.

N Taylor, Teacher of English & Peer Reviewer