Power and Conflict: Poetry Anthology Activity Pack for GCSE AQA

for GCSE English Literature

Thematic areas:
  1. suffering
  2. direct conflict
  3. conflict with nature
  4. war and memory
  5. identity
  6. power and control
  7. fragility

Conquer the challenge poetry presents and enthuse your class with creative ideas. Give your students a head start on the exam with a structure which focuses on comparison – and cross-references all activities to the AOs.

  1. Getting into the Poems

    Students make links between poems, learning to see through the lens of technique, theme, tone, setting and character.

    A practical solution to comparing poetry which is on the surface starkly different, and an invaluable analysis skill for Sections B and C!


  2. The Poems
    • Structured to spur comparison, the poems are grouped into seven thematic areas
    • Focused on key concepts such as symbolism, setting and context
    • Suitable for all skill levels – differentiated poem-by-poem questions and extension activities stretch and support the entire class
      • Collapsed texts deconstruct poems for easier analysis
      • The basics summarise essential content
      • Recon offers a fly-over analysis
      • Poem-by-poem questions consolidate learning
      • Get creative! Explores POV, flashbacks, metaphor, and more
      • Technique focus models complex topics with linked tasks
      • Exam tips explain essay essentials

  3. After Studying the Poems

    Practise and put everything into perspective with exemplar questions, a question generator, and example essay with examiner’s comments and AO annotations.


Plus! Full indicative content and exam information provided.