OCR short story anthology: Opening Worlds
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'The Winter Oak' student sheets
A pre-read starter for this Yuri Nagibin short story, with a summary sheet and a 'before' and 'after' report. Offers a structured approach to reading and generates notes to revise from.
'The Young Couple' - an exploration sheet
A range of questions and activities, concluding with a choice of timed essay questions based on this short story by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
'The Red Ball' detective
Practise finding evidence in this short story by Ismith Khan. Students fill in a detective’s notebook.
'The Young Couple' made easy
Guide for preparing a TV show based on the short story by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Includes a host’s ‘What’s the problem?’ note sheet and a culture clash grid.
'The Pieces of Silver' and 'The Red Ball'
A simple, handy grid to help pupils to compare these stories by Karl Sealy and Ismith Khan.
'Dead Man's Path' - using quotations
PowerPoint on how to use evidence in written responses. Based on 'Dead Man's Path' by Chinua Achebe but could easily be adapted for other texts.
Opening Worlds exam questions
A list of exam questions from past papers for the pre-2010 GCSE exam.
'Two Kinds' - speaking and listening
Outline of speaking and listening assignment with reference to 'Two Kinds' by Amy Tan.
'Snapshots of a Wedding'
Study pack on this short story by Bessie Head. Lots of handy resources to support teaching, including a speaking and listening idea.
'The Train from Rhodesia'
A selection of resources on this story by Nadine Gordimer. Includes a multiple choice activity, structured essay plan, close reading questions and sequencing task.
'Two Kinds' resource
A selection of teaching ideas and worksheets on this short story by Amy Tan, including a character analysis sheet, themes grid and close reading exercise.
'Dead Man's Path' tasks
Tasks on context and character in this short story by Chinua Achebe.
'The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband'
A selection of resources to support the teaching of this story by Feng Ji-Cai. Includes character analysis, language study and background to the Cultural Revolution.
Opening worlds short stories
Activities and questions including sample answers and comparison grid focusing on themes.
'The Gold-legged Frog' activities
A range of resources to support the teaching of this text by Khamsing Srinawk including a multiple choice exercise, character study, revision notes and a planning sheet.
Opening worlds activities
A range of tasks for 'The Winter Oak' by Yuri Nagiban, 'The Pieces of Silver' by Karl Sealy, 'Games at Twilight' by Anita Desai and 'Leela's Friend' by R K Narayan.