Ariel by Sylvia Plath: A Level AQA A English Literature Worksheet Activity Pack

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  • AQA A A Level

Composed between the publication of her first collection, The Colossus, and her suicide in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s Ariel is both woeful and malicious, tender and insightful. Dig deep into every poem with engaging activities and ready-to-use worksheets. Plus! All poems are thematically grouped for comparison across the AQA A Modern Times suggested topics.

A really useful resource which isn't rivalled elsewhere on the market

K Chanter, HoD & Peer Reviewer

Activities include:

  • engaging questions
  • critical thinking
  • close reading
  • pair and group tasks
  • visual, audio and kinaesthetic tasks
  • further research tasks

Plus! Answers to all activities included.

  • Pre-reading exercises provide a starting point for study
  • Appealing poem-by-poem worksheets guide students through the entire collection, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged
  • Post-reading activities explore connections across the collection, covering topics such as: • war and conflict • patriarchy • nature • gender and motherhood • death, transcendence and resistance • critical reception

What do teachers say about this resource? (8457)

Comprehensive and in a great format that is easy to follow for both staff and students... I like how at the beginning the poems are put into thematic groups which allows students to make more precise and meaningful connections across the anthology... Each poem has its own tasks that allows students to work through it in a logical manner – moving onto wider themes – allowing movement from the tiny detail to bigger picture... This resource would be great to compliment a teacher's delivery of the anthology – but would also be really beneficial for individual students who for some reason have missed a chunk of learning. This resource would allow them to catch up and not be at a disadvantage.

T MacCormac, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

A really useful resource which isn't rivalled elsewhere on the market. Useful to both students and teachers alike... This matches [the specification] exactly. I really liked the fact that the writer has taken the trouble to offer points of comparison between this text and the novel texts too. This makes life much easier for the students, and as a teacher it reassured me that I have been identifying the correct comparisons! I also like the way that it links the poems to the possible categories of identity thrown up by the AQA suggested topics.

K Chanter, HoD & Peer Reviewer

The questions and activities were clearly focused and knowledgeable, and the answers gave helpful responses that could be used by the busy teacher as a go-to initial response... A solid starting point for pupils in terms of an initial way in to poems and the collection as a whole.

J Hathaway, HoD & Peer Reviewer