The Handmaid's Tale: Activity Pack for AS and A Level

This resource is absolutely superb from start to finish... The emphasis on intense textual engagement, independent student research and active group discussion is extremely useful.M Meally, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
Set text for:
  • OCR A Level
  • AQA A AS and A Level
  • AQA B AS and A Level
  • Edexcel AS and A Level

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.

Not only has the dystopian genre captured the imagination of readers in recent decades, but Atwood’s depiction of a society ravaged by environmental disaster – that finds solutions in a regime of distorted traditional and ultraconservative values – has eerie echoes across the world today. This invaluable, detailed activity pack affords students the opportunity to explore gender, social values and themes of power through a variety of ready-to-use handouts covering the whole text, for you to mix and match to suit your class.

  • Prepare
    Pre-reading exercises provide a starting point for study
  • Explore
    Appealing chapter-by-chapter tasks guide students through the text, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged
  • Reflect
    Whole-text activities show the bigger picture, exploring key areas of: Characterisation • Relationships • Genre • Themes • Attitudes and Values • Writer's Use of Language • Form • Structure • Context • Critical Reception