Blood Brothers: Study Guide for GCSE (first teaching 2015): Endorsed

Endorsed for Edexcel

This Study Guide is endorsed for the 2015 GCSE Edexcel English Specification

Engross your whole class in literary study with Willy Russell’s captivating tale of class, fate and family. Scene-by-scene notes ensure familiarity with the action, while charming illustrations and useful tasks encourage students to engage with the text.

Students will ... get a great deal of subject knowledge from the pack... Matches the requirements of the specifications well

V O'Farrell, Teacher & Peer Reviewer (1st edition)
Suitable for:
  • Edexcel
  • AQA
  • Eduqas
  • WJEC
  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All chapters are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context
  3. Indicative Content – Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered.

The educational value of this resource is very high due to the level of detail and context which is included

J Harding, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Plus!

  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Extended essay questions for excellent exam practice
  • Key term definitions to ensure students grasp difficult concepts – endorsed edition includes even more key terms!

Includes suggested answers to relevant tasks.

What do teachers say about this resource? (7581)

It provides very useful summaries of the play’s scenes [which] might be useful for absent pupils to catch up, or for pupils not taught in the classroom, or not taught by a specialist teacher... Teachers are reminded of the AOs, which ... will help to direct the teaching to meet these AOs... The resource is thorough, covering the text, themes, character, structure, form, use of language, context... Discussion prompts throughout act as guidance for pupils to develop their thinking... The focus on the performance elements of the text ... is useful to help pupils understand the theatrical form, but could also be useful as a way of consolidating learning... Throughout the summaries and analysis of the play, there are key terms highlighted. Each of these terms is explained clearly [and] a glossary is attached – very useful to photocopy for slightly weaker pupils... The discussion, research and written tasks are strong. They provide plenty of variety, allowing pupils to practise ... a range of writing tasks

S Owen, Second in Department & Peer Reviewer

This resource was extremely detailed and went into great depth about each scene of the play. Therefore, for any GCSE student this resource provides valuable detail and context which can be used for revision... This resource enhances learning and is extremely valuable to both the students and teachers alike. The educational value of this resource is very high due to the level of detail and context which is included in this resource... Furthermore, I have given my students an example to read based on this resource and they replied that they found it really helpful and useful.

J Harding, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The summaries were appropriate for students, and the glossary provided extra support for those struggling with terminology. The active and creative writing tasks were all well thought out and struck me as being very useful for homework and extension tasks. The tasks looking at stagecraft also gave an extra route into exploring the concepts within the play... It is certainly a resource of value and ... would be very appropriate for someone unfamiliar with the text or as a refresher. Students will find the notes straightforward enough to follow and certainly will get a great deal of subject knowledge from the pack... It matches the requirements of the specifications well

V O'Farrell, Teacher & Peer Reviewer (1st edition)