Hamlet: Comprehensive Guide for AS / A Level

Set text for:
  • OCR AS & A Level
  • AQA B A Level
  • Edexcel A Level
  • Eduqas A Level
  • WJEC A Level

Hamlet is a rewarding text to teach because it combines universally profound themes with all the action and tension of a well-made thriller, expressed in some of the finest language ever written. Students will enjoy discussing and writing about the issues of life, death, love, sex and suicide which permeate the play. Its complexity has generated a huge body of commentary, and this Comprehensive Guide provides focused, informative analysis to help students shape their responses.

One of the best A Level resources I have reviewed...

...Extends and challenges students... Gives them a great deal of useful information but also prompts them to delve deeper and to think independently

C Unsworth-Hughes, Teacher & Peer Reviewer
Engage your students! Throughout:
  • discussion prompts
  • active learning tasks
  • further reading suggestions
  • key literary and linguistic terms
  • practice essay questions

The pack tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each chapter
  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 ensuring all key areas are covered

Plus! Glossary of key terms ensures full understanding

What do teachers say about this resource? (9356)

One of the best A Level resources I have reviewed. The author clearly has an excellent in-depth understanding of both the play and the students' needs, and the resource is superb... The resource extends and challenges students. It gives them a great deal of useful information but also prompts them to delve deeper and to think independently, such as through the debate prompts. Many resources spoon-feed the students and they think that's all they need to know – this one does not do that... instead it provides a wonderful scaffold for the pupils to use as a starting point... It is fantastic!

C Unsworth-Hughes, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The summaries and layout are clear and structured... The author has a talent for making complex and convoluted plots clear, simple, and succinct. This is seen in both the single page summary and the smaller summaries of each scene... It is evident that this resource has been written by a teacher who clearly understands the needs of their students: this is evident from the way this is structured and subdivided as well as small things like dividing certain acts into 2 sections, rewriting difficult pieces of speech into student-friendly language, and clear and comprehensive terminology definitions... A useful and valuable resource which many schools, teachers, and students will benefit from

C Morris, HoD & Peer Reviewer