Mind Maps with Activities for AS/A Level

A3 mind maps with activities provide a dynamic and visual addition to set text study at AS and A Level.

A comprehensive resource that covers all key aspects that pupils need to understand...

...The visual nature of the resource provides excellent opportunities for pupils to link context more meaningfully to the text

K McLoughlin, English Teacher & Customer (on Wuthering Heights)

Encourage focused and creative analysis of key ideas with the combination of notes and activities. Ideal for learning, revision, and developing independent thinking:

  1. Visually appealing, concise summaries of essential literary features
    • Topics include: context, key chapters, language, structure & form, characterisation, themes, key quotations, genre, literary interpretations and critical reception
  2. Stimulating write-on activities to ensure engagement
    • Including completing mind maps with key information and quotations, discussion prompts, character studies and much more!
    • When completed, mind maps provide valuable revision posters
  3. Suggested content and answers provided for a selection of tasks

The activities and structure of a mind map invite a more creative response and synthesis of overarching themes...

...Their visual nature will help students to retain the key points

K McLoughlin, English Teacher & Customer (on Gatsby)

Makes texts accessible for all abilities and learner types:

  • Breaks complex ideas down into manageable and interesting formats
  • Helps make links between ideas, and aids recall of key points

What do teachers say about this resource? (11693)

Comprehensive, creative, and focused. The mind map activities were succinct and targeted at particular sections of the play, characters or themes, and focused perfectly on the key moments of the play that pupils need to engage with in order to do well in their exams... I appreciated the notes for teachers: it is always so useful to have guidelines to follow as a teacher to support your own knowledge of the text and its delivery. The teacher notes gave comprehensive answers to each of the relevant points on the various mind maps and were an excellent, speedy go-to resource for the time-pressed teacher... This resource is versatile and would lend itself well to incorporation in a number of different ways. At its simplest, a teacher can supplement their own delivery of a unit on Othello by picking and choosing relevant mind maps to consolidate knowledge or develop a flipped-teaching approach. The resource would also, however, lend itself perfectly well to a self-study of the text or a revision pack to support learners and develop their knowledge further... The precision with which the mind maps targeted the Assessment Outcomes was impressive... Each mind map was a resource that easily led to differentiation with further activities and questions that would stretch the more able pupils alongside giving a worthy base level of knowledge that pupils would need... A rich, versatile resource that can be easily adapted and adopted by teachers in a range of different ways.

J Hathaway, Head of English & Peer Reviewer

It was very detailed and comprehensive. It is informed and accurate and the "Further Details" accurately describe how it could be used. It covers everything... I liked the way it could be used for blended learning and paired/group work as well as being potentially supportive of a single student. The focus on drama as a genre was also good... It would help continuous assessment of student understanding as well as revision work.

C Allison, Examiner and Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (7068)

A comprehensive resource that covers all key aspects that pupils need to understand... The chapter analysis is very helpful in supporting the revision and comprehension of a challenging novel... The mind map tasks are a useful focal point for research which can be individual or group. They are a useful visual revision tool and can be used to support feedback on research to the class... [The resource] includes probing questions which invite pupils to engage deeply with the text... I like the suggested answers to the mind map tasks... The visual nature of the resource provides excellent opportunities for pupils to link context more meaningfully to the text... I think it is excellent...

K McLoughlin, English Teacher & Customer (on Wuthering Heights)

What do teachers say about this resource? (7567)

A thorough, interesting and engaging resource that meets the criteria of my specification... I particularly liked the accessibility of this resource; the fact that it's arranged into discrete mind maps is perfect for both class and home use. Also, it promotes active learning with focused and appropriately modelled tasks which promote independent learning. Context (AO3) is handled particularly well ... and I was pleased to see detailed work on Literary Criticism (AO5) included as in order to access the upper grade bands, students should be comfortable exploring this area... [The resource] allows students to work at their own pace while providing lots of opportunity for extension. I particularly like the fact that it is an A Level resource that doesn't just simply include notes to facilitate a 'chalk and talk' style of A Level teaching.

J Callan, Teacher & Peer Reviewer (on Dracula)

A very well organised resource that methodically worked its way through the text and identified key aspects relevant to the different AOs... I really liked the way in which it was structured to be used for either class discussion or prep activities and how it could supplement teaching of the text... The way in which the various mind maps encourage learners to interact with the text and think more deeply makes this an enriching resource that will educationally benefit pupils... I really liked the way in which it gave a range of critical references and responses, some contemporary and some from the present day.

J Hathaway, HoD & Peer Reviewer (on Dracula)

What do teachers say about this resource? (7071)

A very useful revision tool, helping students to get a very good overview of the text... I like the timeline of Scott and Zelda – a very useful visual summary... The mind maps on technical terms are a very useful tool to support aspects that pupils often overlook... The activities and structure of a mind map invite a more creative response and synthesis of overarching themes, ideas of symbolism... [Contains] a range of engaging revision activities that would help deepen and reinforce ... students’ understanding of the novel and hence their ability to write a high-scoring response to it in an exam... I really like the mind maps which facilitate the revision and reflection on the two chapters at a time. I think their visual nature will help students to retain the key points.

K McLoughlin, English Teacher & Customer (on Gatsby)