'Poetic Voices' Study Guides for AQA AS/A Level Language and Literature

Specifically written to support the 2015 AQA Language and Literature specification, co-teachable study resources will guide your students through all the prescribed poems for your chosen author. Explore the linguistic and literary methods by which poets present time, place, relationships and events, with in-depth commentary and activities.

It is really refreshing to find resources for this specification, but to find them produced to this standard, really is a joy!

L Deighton, HoD and Peer Reviewer,

Poem-by-poem Walk-through

  • Clear summary and insightful analysis are interwoven with questions and tasks, to deepen understanding and encourage independent interpretation
  • Focus on close reading and quotation analysis ensures students know the poems inside out

I particularly like how each poem centres on the A level question foci (voice, setting, relationships etc.) and think the comprehension questions provide lots of ideas for revision

C Harvey, Teacher and Peer Reviewer
Make the link! Ideas for comparing poems throughout, including handy comparison table, for AS students

Exam Focus

  • Prepare to ace the exam with practice questions, planning guidance, sample essays and student-friendly mark schemes for both AS and A Level

Plus! Indicative content for all activities!

What do teachers say about this resource? (9618)

This is a truly fantastic resource and I haven't seen anything else on this aspect of the exam on the market. It is comprehensive, detailed and clearly linked to the specification. It provides teachers with all the information they will need in one place and focuses on the language levels that are so key to this specification. It provides a very valuable scaffold for how to deliver this information and illustrates how to teach students the skills they will need. It is really refreshing to find resources for this specification, but to find them produced to this standard, really is a joy!

L Deighton, HoD and Peer Reviewer,

A really impressive resource... Could really benefit teachers and students. I would feel confident that using this to inform my teaching would mean that I was covering everything required by the specification. The author has worked really hard to cover all aspects of the curriculum and this is consistent in the resource. The content is challenging and comprehensive.

N Maloney, Teacher and Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9977)

I was really impressed. I particularly like the fact that the questions are answered in the back, just to give us a little more support. Overall a brilliant companion to the resources I have already built up.

The language levels in the section for Methods for Language Analysis were detailed and clear to follow and I particularly like the example analysis boxes which clearly set out how to write about the different levels and therefore can be used as exemplars for students.

I thought that the stylistic analysis was detailed and coherent with lots of ideas that teachers may not have thought of and the student activities were well ordered, moving from Language questions, to Active learning and then to Discussion questions to really stretch thinking and finally, the extension questions which will be good for home learning tasks.

M Smyth, AVP Teaching and Learning and Peer Reviewer

I liked this resource. The writer obviously knows the poems of Seamus Heaney well and explains them clearly... [I particularly like] the poem summaries [and] the cross-referencing for themes... The definitions and examples of key terminology make use of the actual poems... The 'unpacking the question' and 'how to pick the right question' sections are useful – a lot of students find this difficult.

C Marshall, Teacher & Peer Reviewer (Seamus Heaney version)

What do teachers say about this resource? (9619)

A very good resource with lots of ideas for teaching the poems and for developing use of linguistic and literary analysis... I particularly like how each poem centres on the A level question foci (voice, setting, relationships etc.) and think the comprehension questions provide lots of ideas for revision... Provides a thorough exploration of each poem.

C Harvey, Teacher and Peer Reviewer