Unseen Fiction / Non-Fiction Preparation Packs for GCSE AQA

Boost students’ confidence in analysing unseen fiction and non-fiction texts with these rich and comprehensive banks of ❶ extracts with ❷ student activities and ❸ exam-style questions.

Full preparation for the reading sections of the AQA GCSE English Language specification:

❶  Carefully considered extracts
  • Includes 8 debate-provoking extracts – or pairs of extracts for comparative packs
  • Wide range of intriguing themes from secret societies to beauty blogging – mirrors the unpredictability of the Reading exams and prepares students for tricky texts
❷  Accompanying introductory and differentiated worksheets
  • Clearly structured pre-reading, comprehension and analysis activities for each extract
  • Develop key analytical skills needed for exam success
  • Answers to all activities – ideal for quick marking!
Tailor your teaching to mixed-ability classes! Worksheets available at two fully differentiated levels:
1. Scaffolded activities allow lower-ability students a straightforward way into the text.
2. Higher-ability sheets challenge fast finishers!

❸  Exam-style questions for every question type
  • Apply learning and improve exam technique
  • Plus! Full student-friendly mark schemes – perfect for self-assessment and identifying areas for improvement

Embed in lesson plans or hand out for individual study!

The variety of individual and pair-work tasks is excellent. The wide range of tasks would effectively prepare pupils for all tasks in the exam. Skills are revisited throughout so that skills are constantly checked, revisited and consolidated. S Freeburn, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer (on Identity Pack for AQA)

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (8549)

'Extremely useful. The texts are engaging and challenging and the activities develop skills and are well differentiated. Teachers could easily adapt and use this resource to develop engaging lessons... Pre-reading activities are engaging and hook students... The activities used to build understanding of vocabulary are good. They aren’t threatening, in that pupils are offered multiple choice options, but still allow students to broaden vocabulary and therefore comprehension of the text... Activities are accessible to students of all levels... The self-assessment sheet is a useful resource to help students track their own progress in each AO, as well as enabling students to understand which questions require which AOs... The indicative content is fabulous! This is useful for marking and for support NQTs etc. who are still familiarising themselves with the spec and expectations.'

C Carter, Head of English and Independent Reviewer

'An excellent resource! Mirrors the structure of the exam perfectly... The range of texts is interesting and will appeal to a wide range of GCSE students...The differentiated activities are great - an ideal way in for the lower end of the ability range... The mark scheme matches the GCSE spec and gives plenty of indicative content to aid marking... This will be excellent to build into any teaching of the Paper 1 reading section... In a world where resources for the new GCSE are still in short supply this pack gives teachers plenty of material to prepare the students for the exam.' V Frost, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6975)

'The questions are challenging but pitched at the right level. Each task assumes the students can do it, without patronising them or over-simplifying it. The way each question builds on the last toward a longer task is good.' - A Baiden, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

'This is a fantastic resource, that I believe could be used with groups of really high ability down to those of lower ability... This follows the specification really well, accurately ‘translating’ the AOs to something understandable by students and teachers. Exam questions mirror that of the exams, like the extracts do.' - T Hollins, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6976)

'This is a fantastic resource, that I believe could be used with groups of really high ability down to those of lower ability.' - T Hollins, Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6947)

'I like the way in which comparison elements were addressed as these were focused on enabling pupils to build up a system for breaking down questions and approaching these independently.' - K Pinnock, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

I also really liked the variety of activities – in particular, using lots of tables and visual activities breaks the monotony of just practising writing, but also builds the skills of the students, possibly without them realising." - J Lusha, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Clearly focuses on the exam style and reading skills. Clear links to AOs and mark schemes." - E Gasan, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

The variety of individual, pair work etc. tasks are excellent. There are materials which could be used with groups of similar ability but also with mixed groups too. The wide range of tasks would effectively prepare pupils for all tasks in the exam. The skills developed throughout the resource should prepare them for any of the text related questions but also prepare them for the wide range of writing tasks too. It is significant that skills are revisited throughout the assorted lessons so that skills are constantly checked, revisited and consolidated." - S Freeburn, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6923)

I felt the resource was filled with well chosen extracts and tasks which were accessible and appropriate to the specification. The activities provided would prove extremely useful and effective in developing skills and preparing pupils for their exams... The tasks mimic the style of the specification which would prove extremely useful in examination prep. " - K Pinnock, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

'Good range of extracts... The content is really good and definitely at the right level for GCSE students.' L Prince, Teacher and Independent Reviewer