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These resources are the product of my retirement! After years as a teacher, I tutored. Tackling different exam boards, texts and aspects of English I had to develop lots of materials, which I'm hoping will help those of you still at the chalk face.

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These resources are the product of my retirement! After years as a teacher, I tutored. Tackling different exam boards, texts and aspects of English I had to develop lots of materials, which I'm hoping will help those of you still at the chalk face.
5 comprehensions from The Tell Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe

5 comprehensions from The Tell Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe

Taken chronologically from this great short story, these comprehensions are good preparation for the 9-1 GCSE. There are a range of questions: vocabulary, information recall, language analysis etc, with suggested marks. Thus would also be useful revision if the story was being studied in a Gothic or horror scheme.
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AQA Sign of Four 12 exam extracts with questions

AQA Sign of Four 12 exam extracts with questions

These 12 extracts have questions similar in style and format to the sample assessment materials and past papers, to provide students with effective exam practice and revision for the GCSE (9-1) Literature paper. Questions are on character, theme, setting and relationships.
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The Monkey's Paw, WWJacobs 8 extracts with comprehension questions

The Monkey's Paw, WWJacobs 8 extracts with comprehension questions

One of the first horror stories, this famous and often copied tale is a good introduction to both the genre and the style of nineteenth century literature. Each of the 8 extracts is taken from a key moment and includes a range of questions, (vocabulary, language analysis, and information retrieval.) As such, I think they are similar to GCSE 9-1 papers and so might be useful for pre-GCSE students, or for tuition.
Walbere
AQA GCSE A Christmas Carol Exam 10 extract questions

AQA GCSE A Christmas Carol Exam 10 extract questions

Based on the GCSE 9-1 sample extract question, here are 10 extracts with questions in the style of the sample question, plus a guide sheet on how to tackle the question, and short background notes as revision. These extracts all focus on Scrooge.
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Dickens The Signalman 7 comprehensions on 7 key extracts

Dickens The Signalman 7 comprehensions on 7 key extracts

Key extracts from the story have varied styles of question: vocabulary, language, information recall, author’s craft etc. This should provide useful practice for GCSE 9-1 for KS3 students.It’s a popular ghost story, but written in a typical Dickens style to introduce the language and Victorian context to pre-GCSE students.
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5 comprehensions on The Red Room by HG Wells

5 comprehensions on The Red Room by HG Wells

These 5 comprehensions are taken from different parts of this ghostly short story. They include different types of questions on vocabulary, language and straight-forward information retrieval, making them useful exercises for KS3 students preparing FOR GCSE 9-1, or to test knowledge and understanding of the text.
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4 comprehensions on Robinson Crusoe

4 comprehensions on Robinson Crusoe

These 4 comprehensions contain various types of questions: vocabulary, information retrieval and language analysis. They could be useful for introducing a pre-twentieth century text and for introducing some of the styles of questions now on the GCSE 9-1. They could be used individually or in lairs or small groups.
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5 Comprehensions from Sherlock Holmes The Speckled Band

5 Comprehensions from Sherlock Holmes The Speckled Band

Taken from different parts of the story, these 5 comprehensions contain a mixture of information retrieval, language & vocabulary style questions. Designed to focus on key sections of the tale, these extracts should help introduce KS3 students to Conan Doyle’s writing, to the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, to the setting and to the content of this part of the 9-1 GCSE course.
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8 Sherlock Holmes comprehensions from 8 different stories

8 Sherlock Holmes comprehensions from 8 different stories

These 8 extracts (from: Speckled Band, Study in Scarlett, Hound of Baskervilles,Engineer’s Thumb, Boscombe Valley Mystery, Silver Blaze, 5 Orange Pips & Scandal in Bohemia,) all contain a mixture of language, vocabulary and information retrieval style comprehension questions. The comprehensions are suitable for introducing KS3 students to texts from pre 1914 and providing experience of the demands of the 9-1 GCSE . They focus on the more accessible, interesting sections of the Sherlock Holmes Mysteries & as such, hopefully provide an impression of the characters of Sherlock & Watson, as well as the language and setting, and the complexities of Conan Doyle’s work.
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3 Comprehensions from Gulliver's Travels

3 Comprehensions from Gulliver's Travels

These 3 comprehensions from Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels contain a mixture of questions on vocabulary, information retrieval and language analysis. Useful as a way of introducing pre-twentieth century prose, as well as introducing the types of questions which appear on the GCSE 9-1. They could be used in pair work, small groups or as an individual task.
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