Silas Marner: Activity Pack for GCSE (first teaching 2015)

Bring George Eliot's classic novel to life with this diverse and engaging resource covering all aspects of the novel. Includes brilliant visual and kinaesthetic activities to address exam requirements in a dynamic way.

A terrific resource. It is so thorough and focused... and the methods of teaching are current and engaging

S Owen, Second in Department & Peer Reviewer (1st edition)
Set text for: Edexcel | Eduqas

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 chapter 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 • Language • Form • Structure • Context

All activities are perfectly matched to the GCSE Assessment Objectives, and the fantastic structure makes the pack accessible for your whole class. Detailed teacher's notes for every section complement the student worksheets with differentiation and homework ideas for all. Plus! Answers to tasks included for easy marking.

Very detailed and thorough... Very appealingly presented and rich with activities

B Jennings, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Activities include:

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

What do teachers say about this resource? (6795)

A terrific resource. It is so thorough and focused... Teachers who are entirely new to this novel would really benefit from the resource. The teacher’s notes for each stage are precise and detailed, showing the skills that each task is developing. There are endless opportunities for active learning to take place. Differentiated worksheets are excellent, allowing for extension and support tasks throughout... and the methods of teaching are current and engaging. I would definitely buy this resource.

S Owen, Second in Department & Peer Reviewer (1st edition)

Fantastic. From the opening pages it is focused on levels and the new AOs. This is like a breath of fresh air for a teacher trying to make their way through the new GCSE specifications... It was very student-friendly without being over the top. Little ideas such as creating a Facebook timeline are a good way to research context without boring them. The teacher notes were very helpful... Thank you – a fantastic resource for the new specification.

R Goulds, HoD & Peer Reviewer (1st edition)

This is a good-quality guide. Some of the tasks are very innovative and original and would encourage even the most reluctant student to engage with the text. Clever and engaging tasks are given... The pupils will enjoy this, and it will aid their understanding.

M Lloyd, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer (1st edition)

A very detailed and thorough resource. Very appealingly presented and rich with activities. I really liked the variety of extension and differentiated tasks. The chapter-by-chapter activities would ensure that students had a very detailed knowledge of characters and plot... to make interesting interpretations of the story. There was a plentiful supply of key quotes – this is particularly useful now that we are preparing students for the closed-book exams. Would I purchase this resource? Absolutely. It would be an excellent companion to teaching this novel and would ensure that students knew the story well.

B Jennings, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

It provides a quite useful outline on how to analyse the text... It offers structured tasks to aid [students'] understanding.

A Carlin, Teacher & Customer