The Handmaid's Tale: Comprehensive Guide for AS/A Level (first teaching 2015)

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

Ready-to-use, detailed study notes guide students through the troubled Republic of Gilead. Fantastically clear and comprehensive analysis allows students to wrestle with highly charged themes of rebellion, religion and reproduction. Plus thought-provoking questions and tasks to effectively stimulate class discussion of Atwood’s popular dystopian novel as well as hone students’ writing.

I was incredibly impressed by the level of detail in this resource

L Deighton, HoD & Peer Reviewer

Engage your students!

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

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each section
  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

Includes glossary of Gileadean terms to ensure full understanding of Atwood’s neologisms.

It has everything you need as a base to study this novel

N Bonner, Teacher & Customer

What do teachers say about this resource? (6641)

Really great resource. I enjoyed using it and felt it was a great investment... The context is very detailed and the tasks are excellent... The students like the use of themes, summaries and tasks... The tasks are good and varied, they require different skills which keep them focused... It has everything you need as a base to study this novel.

N Bonner, Teacher & Customer

This is an excellent resource which provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the novel. The combinations of notes and student questions are particularly helpful in structuring the teaching of this text. I was incredibly impressed by the level of detail in this resource. It fits the specification incredibly well and clearly details what students will need to know about the novel. An excellent resource which would be a valuable asset to any institution.

L Deighton, HoD & Peer Reviewer

I like the fact that it includes an activity or resource for most of the chapters. Some of the questions are thought-provoking for students and interesting. It encourages students to work independently and come up with their own ideas and opinions about the text.

J Forth, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

I like this resource. It is very detailed and useful to both a teacher and a student. This would be good for revision or independent work outside of lessons.

E Gasan, Teacher & Peer Reviewer