Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Activity Pack for A Level

Set text for:
AQA B A Level

Songs of Innocence and of Experience is a satisfying text to teach. The poems are so open to interpretation that they are accessible to, and rewarding for, a wide range of students. This Activity Pack will take students through Blake’s radicalism and idiosyncrasy that make the collection as relevant to the twenty-first century as it was to the end of the eighteenth.

Poems are helpfully juxtaposed to illuminate key themes and to allow students to make thoughtful links.

J Sallabank, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer (Previous Edition)
Activities include:
  • engaging questions
  • critical thinking
  • close reading
  • pair and group work
  • further research
  • essay practice

Accessible for every level and linked to the AOs

Teacher’s notes which clearly lay out learning objectives, and suggestions on how to deliver the activities
  • Prepare Pre-reading exercises provide a starting point for study, including an introduction to the collection as a whole

  • Explore Appealing notes and worksheets guide students through the collection, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged by making links and analysing individual poems

  • Reflect Whole-text activities show the bigger picture, exploring key areas, including: • Social and Political Protest • Genre • Themes • Attitudes and Values • Language • Form and Structure • Context • Critical Reception

What do teachers say about this resource? (11694)

This is an extremely helpful resource. It will not only enhance the lessons of Blake enthusiasts but also provide a good guide for those new to teaching Blake at A Level... The sequencing of the lessons and activities were practical and engaging... The activities are helpfully associated to the specific AO, to help teachers and students understand how what is being learned fits with the demands of the examination. Poems are helpfully juxtaposed to illuminate key themes and to allow students to make thoughtful links.

J Sallabank, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer (Previous Edition)

A comprehensive resource which provides a good companion to Blake's poetry. Provides alternative interpretations to support students... Provides excellent contextual information on Blake - particularly well researched on the historical and political background to Blake's work... Encourages students to develop independent thought and to look at alternative readings of Blake's poetry.

A Davenport, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer (Previous Edition)

A comprehensive resource... I like the detailed contextual information provided, so that even a NQT who has never taught William Blake before is able to pick up the resources and deliver a relatively intense lesson... The resource provides both individual analysis of some poems and cross comparisons of others. In this way, students are able to develop both their analytical skills as well as their ability to compare and contrast which is very important when answering questions on Innocence & Experience.

M Sader, Head of English & Peer Reviewer (Previous Edition)