Unseen Fiction / Non-Fiction Preparation Packs for GCSE Edexcel

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 Edexcel 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!
Worksheets available at two fully differentiated levels:
1. Scaffolded activities allow lower-ability students a straightforward way into the text
2. ‘Taking it Further’ extension sheets challenge high achievers!

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!

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7150)
'A very comprehensive and well put together set of activities designed to prepare students thoroughly for attempting Edexcel English GCSE Language Paper 2... The resource really matches the specification very well... The skills that will be tested are all gradually introduced before the essay questions at the end. This allows for discussions and opportunities for teachers to iron out uncertainties and weaknesses their students may have either in comprehension, analysis, language/structure understanding or critical evaluation... I particularly liked the way evaluation and critical judgement was prepared for through the planning grids/venn diagrams... The educational value of this resource is that it tests and consolidates comprehension and vocabulary skills. It helps students to understand how to approach the exam questions. It enables students the flexibility to develop independent ideas and reflections based on their reading. Hence it is a very good way to develop critical thinking which then further prepares them for evaluating how well authors write... I also really liked the way the comparison questions were planned for. The tip on structuring answers using PETER was also very useful.' N Shah, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'An excellent resource which has been very well geared towards Edexcel. There is so little out there that will actually break-down reading comprehensions in this way and build-up students gently; guiding their thinking in order to answer the longer questions... I particular liked the ‘building-up’ structure, the superb range of articles used, the level of challenge for students, the use of 'PEE' as a writing tool, the emphasis on structure and the ay each question explicitly states which ‘AO’ it is tackling... I would certainly promote this resource in its ability to ‘stretch and challenge’ as I like the vocabulary and content in it. It is closely allied to Edexcel and students are clear as to why they are practising the different skills and how it relates to each question... It also very clearly guides students to be able to answer the longer questions and how to compare and contrast using previous questions to look at similarities and differences.' S Sweeney, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'Full of wonderful texts and sample responses... It matches the specification brilliantly... Pupils can self and peer assess and can also have the opportunity to view sample responses, too.' V Kondou, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'This is a much needed resource which fills a clear gap in resources available for the new GCSE specification. There is only a limited amount of specimen material currently available and this resource provides much needed practice material. This resource could be used independently as revision material but it could also be used as an integral part of lesson planning... I would not change this resource at all. This is exactly what I have been looking for.' L Morris, Head of English, Examiner and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7146)
'An excellent resource with interesting and engaging texts. I liked the step by step development of skills where students can practise analysing words and literary techniques in order to gain confidence to answer full questions... The extracts with pre-reading hints and tables to link and identify points will help students to feel more confident... 15 mark questions can be daunting but by giving students clues about what to look for such as an example of a literary device used by the writer and its effects, improves answers... All the terminology is included but in a manageable way so that students can pick out grammar in texts and highlight the writer`s intention. Peer assessment will enable students to learn from each other by trial and error and build up to complete papers... There are few resources out there with engaging texts which help students to break down this language paper and improve performance.' - S, Fallon, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'A very good resource providing excellent preparation for the exam... Matches the new spec perfectly and provides additional papers which are very useful in these early days of the new syllabus... Good differentiation plus good initial questions including vocab-building and discussion-based activities to engage pupils... Useful for anyone teaching Edexcel English Language GCSE.' - N Boyce, Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer
"I particularly liked the progression of tasks and how they linked closely to the AOs. I also liked the detailed answer sheets for students to self and peer mark which is particularly useful for developing independent learning skills." - J Mulholland, Teacher and Independent Reviweer