Birdsong: Comprehensive Guide for A Level AQA A (first teaching 2015)

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  • AQA A A Level

Ready-to-use, detailed study notes guide your students through Birdsong. With themes as all-encompassing as love, war, identity, class and humanity, Faulks’ novel is fascinating to explore in class.

Fantastically clear and comprehensive analysis will help your students get to grips with this very human novel and ensure they know it inside out.

A highly detailed and thoroughly comprehensive resource...

...Perfect for a teacher who was teaching 'Birdsong' for the first time... Would give them everything they needed to plan and prepare to teach this novel

J Hathaway, HoD & Peer Reviewer

Engage your students!

Includes debate prompts; active learning tasks; further reading suggestions; key literary and linguistic terms throughout!

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section 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
    To support teaching by making sure all key areas are covered

What do teachers say about this resource? (1247)

This resource provides a wealth of background knowledge to promote independent reading. It also gives a very detailed reading of the novel, section by section to support analysis. It is very well written and therefore provides a model for students' own writing... The tracking of motifs like blood and breath was very detailed and illuminating... Very detailed, erudite, informative and comprehensive. Suggestions of wider reading and the links to podcasts, websites and video clips will be very useful... Very much looking forward to teaching the book again next year now!

B Jennings, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

A highly detailed and thoroughly comprehensive resource. It would be perfect for a teacher who was teaching Birdsong for the first time. It would give them everything they needed to plan and prepare to teach this novel... What comes across so clearly is the writer's love and appreciation of the novel. They are incredibly engaged with the importance it against the wider context of the importance of remembering. [It] came across as being very personal whilst not losing objectivity... As a teacher, I appreciated the huge number of references to poems and other texts, such as articles, that help make sense of Birdsong and how Faulks was alluding to World War I literature. This is brilliant for AO3 – context.

J Hathaway, HoD & Peer Reviewer