The Taming of the Shrew: Comprehensive Guide for AS/A Level (first teaching 2015)

Set text for:
  • AQA A AS & A Level
  • AQA B AS & A Level

Ready-to-use, detailed study notes guide your students through Shakespeare’s controversial and at times polarising play – guaranteed to inspire classroom debate. Fantastically clear and comprehensive analysis will inspire your students to explore all aspects of this multifaceted play before they enter the exam hall.

Engage your students!

Includes debate prompts; active learning tasks; further reading suggestions; key literary and linguistic terms; practice essay questions throughout!

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each scene
  2. Drawing it all together
    In-depth discussion of whole text focuses on: characterisation, relationships, genre, themes, attitudes and values, language, form, structure, context, literary approaches
  3. Indicative content
    Supports teaching by making sure all key areas are covered

Plus! A glossary of key terms ensures full understanding

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (760)
'The scene by scene analysis is comprehensive so it enables the teacher to pick out certain parts to delve into... The wider contextual issues were developed in detail and were useful... The glossary at the back is particularly useful as it gives students more sophisticated words to use when analysing text. I also thought that the way in which themes were introduced as the explanation of scenes was developed was good, and it's the kind of thing I do in my teaching. The range of questions posed throughout the text were also useful... The play is not easy to teach, so having all this material and background to hand in one pack is particularly good.' M Linney, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'A great resource. It breaks up the play nicely and it helps students understand many of the different themes and ideas in the play. I also like the side boxes for key vocabulary and terms.' C McFlynn- Goewey, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"I liked the way the text looked at each act and scene thoroughly. It covers all of the key themes and characters. The use of high-level language and keyword boxes will support students in their development of higher levels of skill at A level." - E Mills, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer