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Franz Kafka's 'Metamorphosis': Study Prompts
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Franz Kafka's 'Metamorphosis': Study Prompts

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This 17-page resource consists of a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of the text, and build up a full understanding of what Kafka is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. Overall, the resource helps students develop a whole range of reading and critical skills and provides practice in writing coherent responses to probing questions on works of literature. The text-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. The resource effectively promotes the Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1-6 and CC.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11.12.1-6.
Lionel Shriver's 'We Need to Talk About Kevin': Study Prompts
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Lionel Shriver's 'We Need to Talk About Kevin': Study Prompts

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This 24-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter, and build up a full understanding of what Lionel Shriver is trying to achieve, how she is trying to achieve it, and how successful she has been. The text-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the novel, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. The resource effectively promotes the Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1-6 and CC.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11.12.1-6.
A Thousand Splendid Suns: Study Prompts
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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Study Prompts

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This 18-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter, and build up a full understanding of what Khaled Husseini is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
Othello: A Study Commentary (Teaching Copy)
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Othello: A Study Commentary (Teaching Copy)

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This 146-page resource supports teachers and students working towards GCE A Level, IB and AP examinations. It is a line-by-line analysis of the play at a level, and in a manner, that all senior students will find accessible and engaging. It asks, of each scene, ‘What’s really happening here?’ and offers detailed answers – while challenging students, by means of brief but penetrating writing tasks, to find answers of their own. It also provides essay questions in the style of all three examination systems. From an AP Central Teachers’ Resources Review: “The Guide includes fine ‘Commentary’, ‘Overview,’ and ‘Student Response’ sections, as well as practice commentaries. It has recently been revised to become more interrogative – less commentary, more questions that call for students to do the discovering.” It is available in both a Teaching Copy (this one) and a Student Edition (with a separate Answers section at the end).
'Hamlet' - 'To Be or Not To Be': A Workshop Analysis
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'Hamlet' - 'To Be or Not To Be': A Workshop Analysis

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This 9-page resource explores Hamlet’s best-known (and perhaps most challenging) soliloquy. It helps students analyse, through a series of short study tasks, the soliloquy’s significant detail, and leads them towards an understanding of both its meaning and its importance. The resource has been structured so that the study tasks can be undertaken by students working in groups – in a ‘workshop’ setting, with open discussion as appropriate – or individually. Suggested responses to the questions are located separately at the end of the resource, so that students can consult them after they have developed their own answers.
The Glass Menagerie: Study Prompts
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The Glass Menagerie: Study Prompts

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This 16-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each scene and build up a full understanding of what Tennessee Williams is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The scene-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
Jane Austen's 'Persuasion': Study Prompts
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Jane Austen's 'Persuasion': Study Prompts

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This 21-page resource consists of a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter, and build up a full understanding of what Jane Austen is trying to achieve, how she is trying to achieve it, and how successful she has been. Overall, the resource helps students develop a whole range of reading and critical skills and provides practice in writing coherent responses to probing questions on works of literature. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. The resource effectively promotes the Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1-6 and CC.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11.12.1-6.
The Color Purple: Study Prompts
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The Color Purple: Study Prompts

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This 24-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter, and build up a full understanding of what Alice Walker is trying to achieve, how she is trying to achieve it, and how successful she has been. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the novel, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
The Kite Runner: Study Prompts
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The Kite Runner: Study Prompts

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This 11-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter and build up a full understanding of what Khaled Hosseini is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
Robinson Crusoe: Study Prompts
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Robinson Crusoe: Study Prompts

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This 22-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter and build up a full understanding of what Daniel Defoe is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich': Study Prompts
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich': Study Prompts

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This 18-page resource consists of a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of the text, and build up a full understanding of what Solzhenitsyn is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. Overall, the resource helps students develop a whole range of reading and critical skills and provides practice in writing coherent responses to probing questions on works of literature. The text-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. The resource effectively promotes the Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1-6 and CC.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11.12.1-6.
Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale': Study Prompts
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Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale': Study Prompts

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This 14-page resource consists of a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter, and build up a full understanding of what Margaret Atwood is trying to achieve, how she is trying to achieve it, and how successful she has been. Overall, the resource helps students develop their reading and critical skills and provides practice in writing coherent responses to probing questions on works of literature. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of work for the novel, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. The resource effectively promotes the Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1-6 and CC.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11.12.1-6
'Master Harold'...and the Boys: Study Prompts
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'Master Harold'...and the Boys: Study Prompts

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This 13-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each scene and build up a full understanding of what Athol Fugard is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The scene-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
King Lear: Study Prompts
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King Lear: Study Prompts

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This 22-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each scene and build up a full understanding of what Shakespeare is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The scene-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
A Clockwork Orange: Study Prompts
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A Clockwork Orange: Study Prompts

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This 18-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter, and build up a full understanding of what Anthony Burgess is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the novel, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
A Separate Peace: Study Prompts
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A Separate Peace: Study Prompts

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This 13-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each chapter, and build up a full understanding of what John Knowles is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The chapter-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the work, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
A Doll's House: Study Prompts
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A Doll's House: Study Prompts

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This 14-page resource is a set of short writing tasks, and formal essay questions in the style of A Level, AP and IB examinations. The initial tasks focus student attention on significant aspects of each scene, and build up a full understanding of what Ibsen is trying to achieve, how he is trying to achieve it, and how successful he has been. The scene-based questions can, additionally, be used as a basis for class discussion, and the essay topics as an invaluable tool for pre-examination revision and rehearsal. At a time-saving level, teachers will be relieved of the need to develop their own units of study for the play, and to seek out relevant questions from past examinations. ‘These prompts are a terrific tool for generating class discussions, creating short answer exams, or longer essay assignments. I have purchased a number of them and am impressed with each one’ (from the LitWorks.com Commendations page).
The Gradual Elephant by H S Toshack
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The Gradual Elephant by H S Toshack

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These materials are designed to support the work of teachers who plan to use ‘The Gradual Elephant’ by H.S. Toshack as a whole-class literacy resource. "One of three delightful adventure stories set in Africa… Illustrated brilliantly… reminiscent of 'The Jungle Book'. Older children will find them a perfect read." Books Monthly May 2011 A selection of other reviews of the series: http://www.litworks.com/downloads/review_selection.pdf The resources take the form of questions linked to each of the book's pages, and additional whole-book tasks. The activities are aligned with the KS2 Literacy Strategies, and presented in tabular form so that teachers can easily match them to class needs. Free inspection copies (ebook format, readable on computer) of the paperback edition of the book are available at http://www.litworks.com/ebook_inspection_copies_request_form.php
‘The Gradual Elephant’ Cross-Curricular Teaching Ideas and Resources
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‘The Gradual Elephant’ Cross-Curricular Teaching Ideas and Resources

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This resource is designed for use by teachers planning to adopt the animal adventure story ‘The Gradual Elephant’ by H.S. Toshack as a whole-class (or small group) teaching text. It can be used instead of, or alongside, the free, full and detailed set of literacy resources available at litworks.com/childrens.php (and elsewhere on TES Connect). The series of three books (‘Paka Mdogo’, ‘The Gradual Elephant’ and ‘The Meerkat Wars’) and their accompanying teaching and learning materials are suitable across a wide KS2 ability range.
The Gradual Elephant Literacy Unit
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The Gradual Elephant Literacy Unit

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This is a sample chapter from 'The Gradual Elephant' by H. S. Toshack, together with its Strategies-based literacy tasks. It is designed to be used as a stand-alone resource (children don’t need to have read the book), demonstrating how the reading of a novel in class can be supplemented, and the experience deepened for children, by the use of carefully-constructed and challenging questions taking readers further into the text, on a page-by-page and then a whole-chapter basis. Review selection of the Paka Mdogo series: http://www.litworks.com/downloads/review_selection.pdf Free schools inspection copies (ebook format, readable on computer) of the paperback edition of the book are available at http://www.litworks.com/ebook_inspection_copies_request_form.php