A Streetcar Named Desire: Comprehensive Guide for AS/A Level (first teaching 2015)

Set text for:
  • AQA A A Level
  • AQA B AS
  • Edexcel AS & A Level
  • OCR AS
  • Eduqas AS & A Level

Dramatic, exciting and full of interesting themes for analysis, A Streetcar Named Desire has long been a favourite for A Level classes. Ensure it continues to inspire with this dynamic pack: ready-to-use, detailed study notes guide your students through each scene.

Incisive analysis gets straight to the point while frequent ‘Focus’ boxes pull out key areas for students’ attention.

A beautifully written resource... A pleasure to read, both for its clarity and for its close focus on the text...

...Characters, themes, motifs, form and structure are all addressed in productive ways

S Owen, Second in Department & Peer Reviewer

Engage your students!

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

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, attitudes and values, language, form, structure, context, literary approaches
  3. Indicative content
    To support teaching by making sure all key areas are covered

Plus! A glossary of key terms ensures full understanding

What do teachers say about this resource? (6401)

This is a fantastic and comprehensive resource! The level of detail in this resource is great – particularly the historical context... Would provide a solid understanding of the play to students as it methodically takes them through characters and themes.

D MacDonald, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

There is an effective balance between comprehensive scene analysis and exploration of contextual resources that make it a one-stop shop for students.... A pleasure to read... [There is] a thoughtful and detailed discussion of contextual factors including the exploration of performance factors. This is particularly useful for staff that are not Drama specialists to consider reception factors and engagement of the text as a ‘living’ performance. The attitudes and values sections are sophisticated and brief to help students prepare for necessary revision – and they are also approximately the size of a revision card. The range of essay questions provides a sense of authenticity that will help structure tasks for homework/timed responses through the preparation of the text.

H Jackson, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Provided a solid overview of the plot and encouraged further contextual, character and thematic exploration at a more analytical level... Successfully draws links to context as well as to dramatic techniques and characterisation. It is especially useful to teachers new to this text as a way into the play. It is very good at pointing out and encouraging exploration of links and contrasts between characters.

E Ray, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

This is a beautifully written resource. I found it a pleasure to read, both for its clarity and for its close focus on the text. Each scene is presented in segments, dealing with all the key aspects of the scene, the characters, the language and the dramatic conventions. Characters, themes, motifs, form and structure are all addressed in productive ways. I particularly like the fact that this resource is of benefit to all potential pupils in an AS group. The author has clearly remembered that Yr 12 pupils are barely out of their GCSEs, so has made a point of defining terms... It’s a great resource.

S Owen, Second in Department & Peer Reviewer

A useful resource... This would offer the first-time teacher of Streetcar a good starting point.

P Doorbar, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The summaries of each scene and the teaching ideas are very useful and thought-provoking, even though I have taught the play many times. The layout is very logical and easy to navigate... A very useful teaching aid for teachers new to the play and to provoke different ideas about the play for experienced teachers.

C Harvey, HoD & Peer Reviewer