Top Girls: Comprehensive Guide AS/A Level (first teaching 2015)

Set text for:
  • AQA A AS & A Level
  • WJEC AS

Explore social issues of gender roles, individualism and family relationships with your class in Caryl Churchill’s bold, witty and thought-provoking play. Ready-to-use, detailed study notes guide your students through the play. Fantastically clear and comprehensive analysis allows students to get to grips with this challenging play.

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

This wide-ranging guide clearly covers every aspect, and encourages students to think independently about the play’s themes and messages.

Plus! A glossary of key terms ensures full understanding

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6512)
'A fabulous resource! The high-paced content and the high-level of analysis across all of the assessment objectives makes this a really good study guide for the text... The resource is acutely aware of the requirements of the exam and the need for students to be able to write across all of the objectives holistically... I like the scene-by-scene analysis, and the way that the analysis is broken down into themes and elements of the different assessment objectives. It's really useful to have specific comments on language and structure, as the students at A Level get so caught up in the meaning and character notes that they frequently overlook the most obvious elements... The active learning, discussion points and essay tasks, enable this resource to be used to guide a group through the study of the text. It ensures pupils are not gifted the answers, rather told what the information is, and then encouraged to think it through for themselves, and then offers an opportunity for them to be assessed on it.' K Chanter, Head of English and Independent Reviewer
'A detailed, thorough and comprehensive walk-through guide of the play clearly targeted towards the different AOs. It would be ideal for a teacher new to the text as a basis for teaching, or for giving to pupils as a structured support guide to the play. I particularly appreciated the detailed exposition of each scene and the analysis of theme, character and context and the focus on AO3 - context, as this is an area that pupils often struggle with... The layout was crisp and clear... It contains everything that is needed to begin to understand what is a complex piece of theatre and provides enough ideas for further reading in order to promote and develop knowledge of the text... A one-stop resource!' J Hathaway, Head of English and Independent Reviewer