Dorian Gray: Activity Pack for AS/A Level (first teaching 2015)

Set text for:
  • Edexcel AS & A Level
  • OCR A Level

What would you do to gain eternal youth and beauty? In a society increasingly obsessed with appearances, Oscar Wilde’s dazzling novel about the human soul and the power of vanity could not be more opportune. This invaluable activity pack provides a variety of ready-to-use handouts, covering the whole novel, for you to mix and match to suit your class. Also includes comparison activities with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and many more key Gothic texts.

So much knowledge and so many great teaching ideas shared

E Page, Teacher & Peer Reviewer
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 chapter-by-chapter tasks guide students through the novel, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged

Reflect
Whole-text activities show the bigger picture, exploring key areas of: Characterisation • Genre • Themes • Writer's use of language • Structure • Context • Critical Reception

I also liked the level of detail of the answers provided at the back of the pack, both for quick factual questions and more developed points...

...This level of detail would make this pack a genuine asset to any teacher

E Page, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (7522)

I thought this was an excellent resource, and very much an 'activity pack' since there are many suggestions of resources for classroom activities that would give a teacher a rich array of ideas for making the text come alive with students. As a teacher of both Dorian and Dracula at A level for Edexcel, I found the section comparing these texts very helpful and insightful. I also liked the level of detail of the answers provided at the back of the pack, both for quick factual questions and more developed points. This level of detail would make this pack a genuine asset to any teacher. Boosts engagement with text including through a range of creative responses which I wouldn't necessarily expect to see in an A Level resource but which I feel add value. An excellent pack. So much knowledge and so many great teaching ideas shared.

E Page, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Clearly organised and systematic... I liked the extract analysis tasks... I also appreciated the regular checks on understanding that occurred through comprehension questions which would allow pupils to assess their knowledge and understanding... This resource enhances learning through the wide range of different types of activities that can be used by teachers... I particularly enjoyed the variety of different activities that were on offer and how it pushed pupils to explore wider literary texts such as relevant short stories and archetypal myths such as Faustus... The activities at the end which helped pupils to link this text to Dracula and The Bloody Chamber were carefully organised to shed revealing links on how comparisons could be made. There was a good level of detail in the gothic activities at the end.... An excellent asset to any teacher delivering this text: the activities lend themselves smoothly to being offered alongside reading particular sections of the text and also would be easily adapted and developed depending on the needs of the teacher and the class.

J Hathaway, Head of English, Glenalmond College & Peer Reviewer

A very helpful and comprehensive resource... The suggested activities are perfectly adapted to level of students using them... It has saved me preparation time.

C Levey, Head of English & Customer