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AQA Working with the Anthology Student Book: Achieve an A*

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AQA Working with the Anthology Student Book: Achieve an A*, Tony Childs, book reviewThis is a textbook designed primarily to assist students with Unit 2 or Unit 5 of the AQA GCSE English Literature specification. These two units focus on poetry; Unit 2 is assessed by means of an exam, and Unit 5 by Controlled Assessment. The book is aimed at students who are capable of raising their level of achievement from a grade B to a grade A, and then up to an A*.

The book starts off with an introduction and is then divided into six chapters. The first four of these concentrate on the poems that feature in the AQA Anthology. Chapter 5 deals with Section B of the exam, in which students have to respond to an unseen poem. The final chapter gives a practice exam paper as well as mark schemes and explanations.

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Revise the English and English Literature Anthology for AQA A

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 Revise the English Literature English Anthology for AQA A (GCSE English for AQA A) by Mr Tony ChildsI must emphasise at the outset of this review that Revise the English and English Literature Anthology for AQA A is intended for pupils taking GCSE English examinations, but only those who are studying the AQA Specification A as is clear from the title. Pupils will be supplied by their schools with the AQA Anthology itself (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198318812); the Anthology is not available in online or offline bookshops, but if you did need to obtain a copy, you might find one on Ebay.

Tony Childs’ book is therefore intended to assist with revision of the Anthology, by taking the poems and short stories one by one and asking questions that will guide pupils in the understanding and analysis of the works. The book opens with an introduction that explains the aims of the book, how it can help with revision, and how to prepare for the examination.

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AQA GCSE English/English Literature Students’ Book – Specification A

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AQA GCSE English/English Literature Students' BookThis English course book is for students studying for GCSE English and English Literature with the examination board AQA, specification A. The Introduction explains that it helps to ‘build the essential skills and knowledge to reach your potential in the GCSE English and English Literature exams’. There is a key for the various icons used in the book that signify spoken, reading, writing, and language activities. Students are shown that they will be able to check how good their skills are, develop and practise them, and improve them through the various activities. The speaking and listening, reading, and writing components of the course are shown in a table. There is in addition a table for the student to fill in every half term to show how confident they feel in each of the various skills. The final table in the introduction lists the skills that students will develop and practise and indicates how each skill will be assessed, whether through coursework or the final exam.

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