Poems of the Decade: Activity Pack for AS/A Level Edexcel

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Edexcel AS and A Level

Poems of the Decade is a rich collection of poetry by well-known poets and contemporary voices, that vividly encapsulates a wealth of controversies sure to promote debate and discussion. Explore the collection’s diverse themes, from the abstract concepts of love and morality to the most seemingly everyday activities, with this comprehensive and highly engaging Activity Pack. Extension tasks challenge the most able, while comparison tasks for seen and unseen poetry provide essential exam practice for both AS and A Level.

Activities include:
  • engaging questions
  • critical thinking
  • close reading
  • pair and group tasks
  • visual, audio and kinaesthetic tasks
  • further research

Accessible for every level and linked to the AOs throughout!

Plus! Answers to all activities included.

  • Prepare
    Pre-reading exercises provide a starting point for study
  • Explore
    Appealing poem-by-poem tasks guide students through the Edexcel prescribed poems, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged
  • Reflect
    Whole-collection activities show the bigger picture, making connections across the anthology, as well as comparison with unseen poetry – perfect exam practice for both AS and A Level!
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7483)
'Such a comprehensive Activity Pack that exposes students to a variety of methods which work on developing their analytical skills... It is that it aims to develop and build confidence with using terminology, identifying poetic form, explaining effects of language and formulating exam answers... There is such variety that it should appeal to different style of learners developing analytical and critical skills... I particularly liked the clear AOs at the start together with direct introduction to the critical reception and context of the Anthology... I loved the way the important basics are tackled first i.e. brief exploration of what poetry is then straight into the identification of form and the glossary... The variety of analysis really comes into its own when the activities focus on individual poems... The resource enhances learning because it tackles analysis from a variety of perspectives. Traditionally, you find the quote first and then label the technique and then explain. The technique knowledge can be hit and miss, but his resource plays with the standard PEE format introducing new ways of breaking down ideas and learning terminology... This is a highly valuable resource.' L Churchill, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer