The Winter's Tale: Comprehensive Guide for A Level (first teaching 2015)

Set text for:
  • AQA A AS & A Level

Structured and detailed analysis illuminates Shakespeare’s meaningful play about love, repentance and time. Focused commentary on key quotes helps students consider the play’s multifaceted characters, complex genre and intriguing ending.

A brilliant go-to guide for teaching the play for the first time

K Chanter, Teacher & Peer Reviewer
Engage your students!


  • debate prompts
  • active learning tasks
  • further reading suggestions
  • key literary and linguistic terms
  • practice essay questions

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each scene
  2. Drawing it all together
    In-depth discussion of whole text focuses on: characterisation, relationships, genre, themes, language, form, structure, context
  3. Indicative content
    Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered

What do teachers say about this resource? (1835)

This resource is fabulously detailed and incredibly accurate in its interpretation of the play... The contextual information at the beginning of the resource is well pitched and effectively gives enough information to be comprehensive and refers students to the places to look for more if they are interested... The work on critical reception is seriously useful from a teaching perspective and the time that it will save is amazing! Having a section for suggested answers to the various activities is also really useful if you use this as a teaching aid... The activities at the end of each scene are pitched well to the ability level, and are short and focused without being patronizing to the A-Level cohort. The thematic discussion is accessible and ensures that students will be able to take an overview of the play and look at it in the greater contextual picture. Details on context and reception are really useful... Presentation and layout are incredibly user-friendly... Generally, a really excellent resource which would be a brilliant go-to guide for teaching the play for the first time.

K Chanter, Teacher & Peer Reviewer