Student Guides to A Level OCR Set Topics

Dystopia Student Guide is endorsed for the 2015 A Level OCR English Literature specification.

Component 02: Comparative and Contextual Study
  • The Gothic
  • Women in Literature
  • Dystopia
  • American Literature

Arm your students with an arsenal of ideas!

Give students a firm grounding in your chosen topic with student-friendly notes, essential context, and activities on carefully-chosen key aspects. A broad selection of extracts from set texts and unseen prose are analysed against topical features to prepare for the exam.

Key areas include…
  • Authorial Techniques
  • Characterisation
  • Themes and Motifs
  • Context
  • Setting
  • Literary Criticism
...and many more topic-specific areas

Target exam skills

  • Extract analyses model critical appreciations for unseen extracts
  • Reflective activities – matched to the AOs – encourage engagement and consolidate learning
  • Exam preparation questions build confidence and develop essay-writing skills
  • Practice essay questions and peer/self-assessment mark schemes track student progress

Answers included for easy delivery and marking

What do teachers say about this resource? (8200)

Excellent resource which has been embraced by Year 13 for revision and by Year 12 as a basis of their understanding of the topic... It is well thought out and comprehensive... The resources focus the wide topic of American Literature into manageable ideas... It is comprehensive and easily useable but more importantly gives students references to the wider reading for the course... It is worth the cost even if you only use it for revision.

N Phipps, Customer, Head of English & Customer

Excellent – right focus – varied materials – easy to use... Definitely get it – will save you many hours of work and give both you and your students renewed confidence... Only wish I had had it LAST year!

C Campbell, Customer, Head of English and Reviewer

Comprehensive overview of the topic covering all key aspects of the paper... It has lists of key words for each section and further reading opportunities to support the least able and stretch the most able... The clarity of the materials and their focus on key topics enable us to use this for first teaching or revision... The format is great too as you can easily photocopy single pages and then cut to suit your students needs... More versatile than other resources!

A Amrane, Customer, Teacher and Reviewer

'[This resource] condenses a great deal of important information and looks across a variety of texts, which is very time-consuming for a teacher to do. It sets the scene for the texts studied, looks widely over surrounding reading, and provides valuable context... It deals with the AOs very well and clearly focuses on the requirements of the exam... It is a resource which summarises and saves time. The indiciative content at the end is great. Clear and accessible for students and teachers alike!' C Hughes, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (7218)

'Really well put together. It had a range of different extracts from different gothic novels, both set texts and wider reading. [This resource] would act as a brilliant starting point to introducing pupils to the gothic... I liked the various "Applying this to your set texts" questions. The educational value of this resource lies not just in the high-quality information, but also in the clearly thought through questions that give pupils the chance to practice key skills and develop their writing... This guide is so comprehensive that it would be enough to give to a new member of staff in order to get them going on teaching this topic... It is targeted at the specification with precision. Regular links to various Assessment Outcomes, exam-style questions and development of knowledge specifically linked to the exam featured throughout... The self- and peer-mark grids were really useful to encourage pupils to reflect on their learning and identify any areas to develop... I wish I had this resource at the beginning of this academic year! I will be redesigning my teaching in the first few weeks to use and incorporate this guide, as I think it is such a valuable resource.' J Hathaway, Head of English and Independent Reviewer

Introduces the main elements of Gothic fiction using extracts from a range of well-judged texts. It is focused on building students’ ability to critical appraise texts which is crucial for this specification... Good focus on the AOs, always focusing students’ response to the questions." - E Iles, Teacher and Independent Reviewer