GCSE English literature revision resources

Victoria Haughton
27th March 2018

GCSE English literature resources to help your students prepare for the summer exam

With exam season just around the corner, it’s never too early to start revising key topics and exam technique. Whether your students are puzzled by poetry or struggling with Shakespeare, ensure that they feel as prepared as possible this summer with these innovative ideas, selected from our GCSE revision hub. What are you waiting for?

Exam questions and practice papers

AQA Romeo and Juliet revision booklet

This has now been moved to a paid resource. Please see my shop for the resource.

Booklet includes revision tips and how to use the booklet.

Inside students will find key character quotations and areas for students to make links with themes before picking their top 10 quotations.

There is also space for students to complete paragraphs on their chosen quotations as well as success criteria to mark their own and produce a target.

At the back, there are a couple of example questions for students to complete.

This was created for AQA English literature paper 1 grades 1-9. I’m sure that it could be adapted for other exam boards.

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By cwill2013

Christmas Carol Ghosts starters, revision and essay questions

Differentiated picture starters- the questions can target all abilities in the class.
Quick questions with answers on the PPT.
Links to context.
Exam extracts with questions to go with each one of the ghosts and Ignorance and Want.
For AQA English Literature with a blank template to create more if you wish.
By wiganath1kvu

Lord of the Flies Edexcel Sample Answer - Worksheets

Edexcel GCSE English Literature Post-1914 Literature – Lord of the Flies - Exam Revision – How to Answer Exam Questions on Lord of the Flies

This resource is designed to help you prepare your class to answer a GCSE English Literature question on the theme of Human Nature in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. It is NOT intended to teach students the novel – students should already be familiar with Lord of the Flies. It is designed for you to use later in the school year when the novel has been fully covered and the students need to learn how to use their knowledge to write the best possible exam answers.

There are four elements included:

1. Theme of Human Nature Sample Answers – this 1000-word sample answer to the question is presented in two formats for your convenience. The first is a one-page A4 handout of the essay itself. The second is a two-page A4 handout with wider margins and more generous spacing – this allows ample space for annotation and highlighting.

2. Theme of Human Nature Sample Planning Grid – shows the students how to use ‘rough notes’ to plan and structure their essay.

3. Planning Grid Template – blank Planning Grid which students can use to plan their own essays for any part of the GCSE English course.

4. Post-1914 Literature AOs – explains the AOs to students in a manner that is accessible and easy to understand.

You can also purchase the accompanying 43-slide Presentation here.
Alternatively, save money by buying the combined Presentation AND Worksheets here.

I hope you find this resource helpful for you and instructive for your students - I'd be delighted to hear any feedback or comments you may have. I'll be adding lots more exam guides like this to my shop, so please check back regularly!
By A1EnglishResources

Student-led revision activities


There are seven character posters in this bundle: Eric, Sheila, Arthur and Sybil Birling; Gerald Croft; Inspector Goole; and Eva Smith/Daisy Renton.

Each poster features multiple relevant quotations, linked to character traits. These traits serve as the 'point' in a PEE/PEAS/PETER style response.

The posters work equally well printed in A4 or A3, and you could even miniaturise them further to serve as individual GCSE revision resources.

The posters can be bought individually on TES but this bundle allows you to save £4. Please look at the other resources I have available (for sale and for free) and if you have downloaded one that you have found useful I would be really grateful if you could leave a quick review. Thanks!
By Facetious

A Christmas Carol Quotations and Themes

A simple worksheet designed to help students revise key quotations and allow them to independently match to themes of the novella.
Ideal for KS4 students studying A Christmas Carol in preparation for the AQA GCSE exam.
By Lizzie Mackey

Power and Conflict Poetry Knowledge Organiser

Detailed knowledge organiser for the Power and Conflict cluster of poetry for AQA GCSE English Literature.

Ideally it should be printed double sided on A3 so it is easy to navigate.
Side 1 has a summary of each poem and some relevant contextual information.
Side 2 has key structural points for each poem and short, relevant quotations for each poem. I encourage my students to highlight the quotes they personally think they will be able to recall and make quotation cards from these.
It has AQA assessment objectives on there, subject terminology and key themes for the poems.
By Emily761

English Literature Knowledge Organiser/ Writing Mats (AQA)

These knowledge organisers provide a quick guide for pupils to help them write effective answers for AQA English Literature paper 1 and paper 2 with poetry on one side and fiction on the other. Keep them on your classroom desks to use as writing mats, or give them to students to revise from. Each one features:

-A breakdown of each question, and suggestions of how to plan for each one,
- sentence starters,
- discourse markers,
- analysis prompts,
- poetic, structural and language technique lists.

A3 size. Print on both sides to make them flippable!

For more resources like this - including an editable version of these writing mats - please take a look at my other resources and follow me on twitter: @MissGOToole.
By Georgina O'Toole

Teacher-led revision lessons

Power and Conflict Poetry - Which poem am I? Display or Quick Revision Starters

Resources that can be used as to create a revision display for the new English Literature GCSE. They could also be used as starters to revise poems.
By sai506

Jekyll and Hyde revision lesson - set one / high ability / level 9

Used with top set before the English Literature GCSE - we got 27 level 9s :)
Includes a worksheet

By maveyy


This lesson allows students to plan and write a comparative exam response based on two poems from the Power & Conflict cluster.

It features a starter that allows students to revise the key quotations, a planning activity (with examples) and a sample question that focusses on comparing Kamikaze and The Emigree. It also has an example essay for students to level and grade with clear links to the AQA marking criteria as a plenary activity.

This lesson could easily stretch to 2-3 lessons.
By mgroverresources

Literary Devices Worksheet

This worksheet has multiple purposes. The first is for students to remind themselves about the literary devices. The second is that they may for any given text identify an example so that while revising, the can jog their memory on both the device and the quote. (This is mostly for texts for which they are required to memorise quotes and cite them in their essays)

Useful in particular for GCSE English Literature AQA

UPDATE: Fixed Typo 14/05/18

By tamara_bohrer

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