Atonement: Comprehensive Guide for AS / A Level (first teaching 2015)

Set text for:
  • AQA A AS
  • AQA B A Level
  • Edexcel AS and A Level

Set against the backdrop of World War II England, Atonement tells of a young girl who naively misinterprets her older sister’s relationship with the family’s gardener. Her mistake sets in motion a string of events that tears the family apart, and changes the course of the girl’s life. Delve into McEwan’s intelligent and beautifully written story of love, war, childhood, remorse and forgiveness with this detailed and absorbing guide.

Engage your students!


  • discussion questions
  • research points
  • active learning tasks
  • further reading suggestions
  • key literary and linguistic terms
  • practice essay questions

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each chapter, with commentary on context throughout
  2. Drawing it all together
    In-depth discussion of whole text focuses on: characterisation, relationships, genre, themes, attitudes and values, language, form, structure and literary approaches
  3. Indicative content
    Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered

Plus! Glossary of key terms ensures full understanding

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7416)
'Helpful for students at all grade levels, and most certainly pushes those who are perhaps grade C/B to a safe and secure A. This is a non-exam board specific resource, but could be used for any spec, as questions and content are all relevant. Insightful discussion questions, perceptive structural comments and apt contextual references. Brilliant resource. Best revision material I have seen for Atonement .' T Hollins, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'A knowledgeable, useful and comprehensive run through of the novel, targeted very clearly at the various AOs assessed in A Level Literature. It contained a wealth of information and the break down of each chapter gave very detailed and salient points that would clearly be of valuable benefit for either a teacher teaching this text for the first time or a pupil studying the text. The numerous discussion points and research activities likewise offered very accessible ways for pupils to expand and develop their knowledge through a variety of different activities and questions. This would be invaluable for completing either an examination or a coursework task based on the novel... I liked the level of detail: "comprehensive" is definitely an appropriate adjective to apply to this resource! I could easily pick this resource up and use it to teach the novel with ease without having to do too much extra research!' J Hathaway, Head of English and Independent Reviewer
'A superb resource and very enjoyable to read... I particularly liked the detailed chapter analysis which incorporates appropriate subject terminology linked to critical learning and underpinning their grasp of how authorial methods shape meaning. It also has very good contextual links which supports new historicist learning. The active learning discussion points are excellent for student focus.' - C Abrahams, Assistant Head of English and Independent Reviewer