Anthology Activity Packs for GCSE Edexcel
Explore your chosen collection of poems with these student-friendly packs. Structured pre-, post- and during-reading activities for each poem cover everything you need to tackle the collection in class, for homework or as revision.
Introduce the collection
- Key collection concepts build a thorough grounding of themes, poets, literary movements and more.
- Comprehensive notes on the exam structure and assessment objectives instil confidence ahead of study.
- Plus! Key term glossary equips students with essential poetry terminology for in-depth and focused analysis.
Structured poem-by-poem activities
- Stimulating, creative activities explore and deepen understanding of context, language, structure and form for effective AO support.
- Visual support sheets simplify tricky areas of analysis from sonnets to free verse – perfect for revision or displaying around the classroom.
Excellent exam prep!
- Helpful essay-writing tips and guidance so students can develop and refine exam technique.
- Original exam-style essay questions – great practice for the real thing!
Suggested answers for all activities – makes peer- or self-marking simple.
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (9437)
'I liked the way each poem was covered in the same systematic way: starting with before reading activities; during reading and then after reading - all split down into AOs... The web links were very useful and all quite different... The context information invaluable.' R White, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'This is a long-awaited and much needed resource for teachers of the new 9-1 specification, where many of us are teaching some of these poems for the first time... The range of activities are excellent and aren’t focused around simply answering questions. It encourages students to respond creatively with the poems... I love the depth of contextual information – particularly with poets and historical periods that are difficult to research for students (e.g. Jane Weir, the Destruction of Sennacherib)...The quantity of different activities for each poem is exceptional. I could imagine dividing these into class time, homework and revision tasks... The post-reading activities with statements to discuss are hugely valuable as a tool for engagement... The relevant connections to things like the #metoo movement enable students to see the poems in a way that means something to their lives... The wealth of activities and help with comparing groups of poems is perhaps the most useful part of this whole resource... This is engaging, thought-provoking and highly relevant to the exam spec... I love it! H McCombie, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'I really like the resource! Lots of interesting teaching ideas and help for teachers who are not yet familiar with the cluster... The exemplars are useful... I like the sample question bank and I particularly like all the links to online clips. I think it has the potential to help the students engage with these poems. Poetry seems to be becoming more and more of a challenge for our young people and the use of clips etc will hopefully help them drop their shutters...' C Harvey, KS4 Coordinator and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7531)
Excellent... works well as a teaching guide, but can also be transformed into a student workbook. It is thorough and varied which ensures that exploring the anthology does not become a repetitive and monotonous task." - L Churchill, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
- ‘The Destruction Of Sennacherib’ by Lord Bryon
- ‘Extract from the Prelude’ by William Wordsworth
- ‘The Man he Killed’ By Thomas Hardy
- ‘Poppies’ by Jane Weir
- ‘Cousin Kate’ By Christina Rossetti
- ‘Catrin’ by Gillian Clarke
- ‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson
- ‘Exposure’ by Wilfred Owen
- ‘Half Caste’ by John Agard
- ‘A Poison Tree’ by William Blake
- Assessment Objectives
- GCSE English Literature
- ‘What Were They Like’ by Denise Levertov?
- ‘No Problem’ by Benjamin Zephaniah
- ‘The Class Game’ by Mary Casey
- ‘Belfast Confetti’ by Ciaran Carson
- ‘War Photographer’ by Carole Satyamurti
- ‘Postcard from a Travel Snob’ by Sophie Hannah
- ‘Nothing’s Changed’ by Tatamkhulu Afrika
- ‘Hurricane Hits England’ by Grace Nichols
- ‘Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan’ by Moniza Alvi
- ‘Absence’ by Elizabeth Jennings
- ‘In Romney Marsh’ by John Davidson
- ‘Stewart Island’ by Fleur Adcock
- ‘First Flight’ by UA Fanthorpe
- ‘Home Thoughts from Abroad’ by Robert Browning
- ‘Adlestrop’ by Edward Thomas
- Time and Place
- ‘Where the Picnic was’ by Thomas Hardy
- ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats
- ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge September 3, 1802’ by William Wordsworth
- ‘I Started Early – Took My Dog’ by Emily Dickinson
- ‘London’ by William Blake