Journey's End: Activity Pack for GCSE

Set text for: Edexcel

Classism and romanticism, leadership and censorship – Journey’s End offers an abundance of themes that students can advance into. This ‘fantastic’ pack contains a variety of stimulating, ready-to-use activities, covering all aspects of R C Sherriff’s hard-hitting play.

All the thinking/planning/preparation has been done for you – now you simply use the material as it best suits your class

S Owen, Second in Department & Peer Reviewer

Activities include:

  • Insightful questions
  • Stimulating reading and writing tasks
  • Pair and group work
  • Creative activities for visual and kinaesthetic learners
  • Appealing tasks based on modern media

Carefully considered structure develops understanding:

  1. Build a foundation for learning and get students interested with introductory pre-reading exercises.
  2. Dig deeper with text-based activities. Every scene is explored through a range of thought-provoking tasks.
  3. Consolidate knowledge with whole-text activities focusing on: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Form • Structure

All activities are perfectly matched to the GCSE Assessment Objectives, and the fantastic structure makes the pack accessible for your whole class (differentiation is built in).

An ideal complement to the Study Guide for this text.

Plus! Suggested answers for questions and activities included.

What do teachers say about this resource? (12533)

This is a fantastic resource: immediately useful to teachers and students alike; an exemplary publication. This caters for students of all abilities and teachers of all experiences, which is certainly a tough balancing act. It is a complete scheme of work ready to be realistically taught in a modern classroom full of noisy children! It has a clear eye on the exam at the end of the unit but doesn't head there so quickly and with such focus that we forget to enjoy the play! All activities are pedagogically sound. High expectations are set for all students using this resource... I really think this resource is outstanding... I think this is also fantastic in its approach to literary study in general – students learn really useful tips about essay planning/writing, about annotating and about note-taking. This author really seems to care about the all-round literary development of pupils, not just that they pass the exam when it comes. I'm really impressed!

J Williams, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

This is one of the best GCSE packs that I have ever seen... The resources would extend Gifted and Talented students, and the style of thinking and working would provide useful training for students wanting to continue to A Level English Language or Literature... I like the fact that the scheme of work starts with independent thought and investigative work on the part of the student... The resource encourages students to take a critical approach to the language and themes of the play. The tasks are skills-based but at the same time would foster a passion for the text and for the study of literature... There is an excellent focus on both language and literature. Throughout the activities, students are encouraged to look at the distinctive language given to each character, to how this fits in with the action of the play and to consider stagecraft. This integrative approach would provide an excellent 'reading' of the play and meets the requirements of controlled assessment or an examination question... This resource would fill both teachers and students with confidence. It was a pleasure to read and would be a huge asset to a teacher.

Jennifer Whitbread, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

This is an excellent resource... The main strength is the wealth of detail in terms of encouraging close textual analysis and promoting a meaningful engagement with the text... Quotation hunting is prioritised as the foundation on which meaningful analysis is to be built. Not only that, but useful creative approaches to analysing the text are provided. The tasks are also differentiated, which is very useful for teachers but also sets targets for learners. The use of context, both socio-historical and literary, is excellent. In essence, it promotes the ideal type of literary study: sophisticated understanding grounded primarily in the text itself and burnished with extra-textual details.

M Meally, Teacher & Peer Reviewer