Reading unseen fiction texts – GCSE English Language (2015 onwards)

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Practice questions using an extract from 'To Kill a Mockingbird': AQA English Language Paper 1
This resource is for GCSE English Language Paper 1 (AQA) and  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 08/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Fiction texts
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Tips for the reading sections of Edexcel GCSE English Language papers
Focused on the reading sections of the Edexcel English Language  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/01/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Fiction texts | Non-fiction texts
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Structure analysis toolkit
Students use a list of structural features to analyse a fictional  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/01/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Fiction texts | Form and structure
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Edexcel style exam question on Chapter 1
An exam style question for Edexcel on 'Silas Marner', with supporting  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 23/07/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Silas Marner by George Eliot
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AQA practice exam question for GCSE English Language Paper 1
AQA style exam question for the English Language GCSE, using  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 21/05/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Chapter 3: Use of language
Students explore an extract from Chapter 3 of 'The Sign of the  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 08/05/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Extracting information
Students are given a number of extracts from the text and have  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 30/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Unseen 19th-century fiction: tasks and exam-style questions
Tasks and activities to help students develop their ability to  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 23/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Imaginative writing
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Practice exam questions for AQA English Language
Eight extracts from 'A Christmas Carol', each with four exam  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 19/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | Fiction texts
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Practice exam questions and imaginative writing tasks
A selection of reading practice questions, with extracts, and  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 04/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Fiction texts | Imaginative writing
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AQA GCSE Language Paper 1 Section A practice: 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
Exam-style questions using an extract from 'The Tell-Tale Heart'  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 23/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Exam practice questions using an extract from 'The Invisible Man'
Designed for Edexcel Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative writing,  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 11/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Descriptive writing
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Practice exam questions using an extract from 'Goose Fair'
A practice exam question with detailed notes for teachers. Designed  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 29/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Practice questions using an extract from 'Great Expectations'
A set of practice exam questions suitable for students sitting  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 24/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Getting to know the text: 'Lullaby' by Elizabeth Berridge
A selection of questions for students to answer when they have  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 15/05/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Practice exam questions using an extract from 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
A practice exam question suitable for students sitting the AQA  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 03/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Zooming in on words
Help students unpick the meaning of new words by using parts  … read more
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KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 08/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Developing vocabulary
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam questions using Chapter 4 of 'The War of the Worlds'
A series of questions for students to practise the reading section  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 08/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam questions using 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
Exam style questions for Paper 1 (first teaching from 2015),  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 01/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam questions using ‘Stone Cold’
Exam style questions for Paper 1 (first teaching from 2015),  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 25/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam question using 'Skellig'
An exam style question for Paper 1 (first teaching from 2015),  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 03/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Practice exam question for AQA Paper 1A: Responding to literary fiction texts
Practice exam style questions for AQA Paper 1, using an extract  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 11/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Practice exam questions for Edexcel GCSE English Language paper 1
Practice exam questions for the Reading 19th fiction century  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 11/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Practice exam questions for AQA English Language Paper 1
A sample fiction extract from 'I'm the King of the Castle' with  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 23/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice exam question using 'The Hunger Games'
An exam style question for Paper 1 (first teaching from 2015),  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 14/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Tackling question 1 of the AQA English Language exam
A series of activities to help students tackle question 1 of  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 08/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): AQA | Comprehension
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Practice exam questions for AQA English Language Paper 1
A sample fiction extract with questions for students to practise  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 29/02/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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AQA English Language Paper 1: Practice reading assessment task
A practice exam paper to use with an extract from 'The White  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 22/02/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Writing a character study
A number of prompts to help students write a detailed character  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 25/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Characters
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Language effects in an unseen fiction text
Designed for the 2015 English Language GCSE, but useful for teaching  … read more
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KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Reading | Published: 23/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Fiction texts | Linguistic and literary terminology
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Exploring structure in a fiction extract
This resource helps students identify and analyse structural  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 12/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Fiction texts | Form and structure
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Language choices in an unseen extract: 'Oliver Twist'
Designed for the Edexcel GCSE specification from 2015, students  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 05/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Reading an unseen fiction extract
Students explore the language and sentence structures of an extract  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 21/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Information retrieval: extract from 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'
Using an extract from 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' students answer  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 14/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Information retrieval: 'Emma'
Using an extract from Austen's 'Emma' students explore the life  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 08/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Emma by Jane Austen
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Information retrieval: 'Great Expectations'
Using an extract from 'Great Expectations' students work on their  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 01/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Information retrieval using a fiction extract
Using an extract from 'Mary Barton' students complete a number  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 24/08/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - A Christmas Carol
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Characters and marriage
Students analyse an extract from 'Far from the Madding Crowd',  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 17/08/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Reading practice for AQA paper 1 (Exams May/June 2017) Questions 3 and 4
Exam style questions for AQA paper 1: Explorations in creative  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 11/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Reading practice for AQA paper 1 (Exams May/June 2017) Questions 1 and 2
Exam style questions for AQA paper 1: Explorations in creative  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 11/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Exam practice question using an unseen extract
Prepare students for the unseen element of the English Language  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 30/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Reading and comparing modern literary prose
Students are given two extracts to answer questions on and compare.  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 30/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Reading 19th century fiction: close analysis
Using an extract from 'Great Expectations' students answer questions  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 16/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Exploring 'Dracula' as an unseen fiction text
This resource takes an extract from 'Dracula' to support students  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 16/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Close reading: the scene of the crime
Students read and analyse unseen fiction texts from the 20th  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Who the Dawkins is he? Thought tracking
Read the excerpt from Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' in which Oliver  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Prose | Reading | Published: 03/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and featured in our teaching pack(s) Year 9 curriculum pack - Journeys
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A perfect night... comprehension questions
Students read the excerpt from Stevenson's 'Travels with a Donkey  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 03/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading and featured in our teaching pack(s) Year 9 curriculum pack - Journeys
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Reading strategies checklist
A handy checklist for active reading strategies. Perfect for  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 19/10/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Comprehension | Reading skills
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Ways into a text
A series of open questions designed to get students thinking  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Prose | Reading | Published: 11/05/2012 | From the resource collection(s): AQA | Reading novels
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Analysing extracts
A selection of short extracts from pre-1914 texts for students  … read more
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KS4 | Prose | Published: 30/03/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Reading novels
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Text deconstruction - a help sheet
Useful prompts to guide students through deconstructing a text.  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 19/08/2011 | From the resource collection(s): Comprehension | Reading skills
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PEE Mobile
Create mobiles highlighting how a PEE chain works.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 24/06/2005 | From the resource collection(s): Structure and paragraphs and featured in our teaching pack(s) 6 week teaching pack - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde | Essay writing
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Analysing short prose extracts
A set of prompts to help students focus on relevant issues of  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Prose | Published: 10/05/2005 | From the resource collection(s): Reading novels
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Analysing an opening chapter
We think this is useful for its close textual analysis frame.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 18/11/2004 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Fiction texts | Reading skills
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Close reading techniques: descriptive writing extracts
A focus on close reading and language, using extracts from a  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 09/11/2004 | From the resource collection(s): AQA | Critical reading | Fiction texts | Reading skills
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