Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Prose B Set Texts 2020-21 Tacitus & Pliny

Student Guide to Latin OCR GCSE Prose B Set Texts 2020-21 Tacitus & Pliny

Translations and textual analysis of both Prose and Verse set texts for the GCSE exams in 2020-21. Each text is broken down into manageable chunks, translated into English and accompanied by meaningful notes on style, grammar and literary effects. Additionally, for each text: a brief biography of the author, cast list showing key relationships and ideas for further study.

For each section of the text:

  • Aided translation activity – suggested word order, additional
    vocabulary and comprehension questions all support students in
    making sense of the Latin
  • Widely spaced Latin text next to clear translation – perfect
    balance between literal, easy-to-follow translations & an
    eloquent rendering of the text
  • Detailed student-friendly notes deepen their appreciation of
    the text


  • Overview and biographical notes put the work in context
  • Key technical vocab highlighted – glossaries included
  • Practice Exam Questions with mark schemes – fully prepare
    your students for the exams!

‘A comprehensive and thoughtful analyses of the texts with all the detail on style and content that is required for teaching the texts to a high level, written in an accessible and engaging manner… The sheer volume of detail on every line in terms of grammar and analysis is comprehensive enough that the resource is a one-stop guide to scoring full marks on this paper if a candidate can retain that information. The resource is clearly and accessibly written… The vast detail in terms of style analysis is invaluable for teaching; the guided translation pages are particularly useful for providing students to aid them in producing their own translations of the text, and the mock examination questions are ideal for practicing the required skills… Not only does this resource provide a great level of detail in terms of the material candidates are expected to learn, but the “mock” papers at the end of the resource are in exactly the exam format of the new GCSE and very clearly directed at replicating the assessment requirements of the GCSE – this is very impressive.’ – A Hollingbury, Latin Teacher & Independent Reviewer

‘The notes throughout are well-designed to fulfill the expectations of examiners and give students all the help they need to excel… A comprehensive preparation for the new specification Latin prose examination; the layout is clear and easy to follow; having the vocabulary and suggested word-order together on the same page (and importantly, not on the same page as the provided translation) is useful and makes the resource eminently useable in classroom teaching (especially as it’s photocopiable – the teacher can decide how much support from the text to give and when). The inclusion of examination-style questions with mark-schemes is particularly appreciated; coming up with good text-specific, exam-directed questions remains one of the great burdens for Classics teachers…The focus on preparing students for the examination was clear from the Teacher’s Introduction (pp. 3-4), where the style and purpose and of the resource was explained by reference to previous examiners’ reports from OCR…Doubling the vocabulary (i.e. appearing both beneath individual passages and collected at the end) is a good feature… Keeping the vocab at the back as a backstop, as well as having it at the fingertips under the text is excellent. The commentary is clear and incisive – pitched at just the right level for GCSE students; not too much depth, but good stylistic insight…This could be used almost as a textbook to take students through the set text… it could also be used as a revision resource for students in the final months before the examination… The gap between the level of the literature papers and the actual linguistic ability of students is often very large at GCSE level; the text does an excellent job of bringing these together at points in the Grammar and Translation notes; e.g. the explanation of the objective genitive on p. 37; the note on the locative on pp. 42-3 (as well as the earlier one on Romae p. 28)… I would particularly recommend it to early-career teachers as it would drastically cut down on preparation and planning time.’ – S Thomson, Teacher of Classics & Independent Reviewer

Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.

Price is £49
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