Silas Marner: Study Guide for GCSE (first teaching 2015)

Set text for: Edexcel | Eduqas

A hard-working but miserly linen weaver is outcast from his community, robbed of his living and loses all faith in this seemingly simple tale.

Can a child inspire him to reconnect with his village and his religion? Go deeper into Eliot’s classic and sophisticated narrative with thorough analysis and thought-provoking tasks.

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All chapters are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context
  3. Indicative Content – Ensures all key content is covered. Great support for busy teachers!


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Essay tips and questions for excellent exam practice
  • Key term definitions to ensure students grasp difficult concepts

Includes suggested answers to relevant tasks.

What do teachers say about this resource? (7058)

This was a solid, accessible and accurate resource giving a clear summary of the text, its characters and themes. The chapter by chapter walkthrough picked out key quotes and parts of the text that were commented upon and discussed further in relation to the text as a whole.

It was very straightforward - it does what it says on the tin! For a pupil or a time-pressed teacher it would give exactly the right level of knowledge to support further study of the text and gave some useful questions and activities to prompt and stimulate further thought and engagement with the text and its themes.

It enhances learning through giving pupils a good basis of knowledge which they could use to support their understanding of the text and also develop their knowledge further. Its educational value lies in its ability to support pupils in understanding what happens in the text whilst also giving them ample opportunities to take that knowledge and dig a little deeper.

J Hathaway, Head of English & Peer Reviewer

It covers the key themes and provides character notes.

A Carlin, HoD & Customer