* Short accessible activities introducing key ideas about readers, texts and contexts to fulfil AO3 and AO4. * Critical position cards summarising major theoretical approaches. * Carefully sequenced activities encouraging students to use theory imaginatively. * Ideal preparation for AQA B synoptic paper. * A wide range of texts including: short stories by Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway and Flannery O'Connor; Killing Time by Simon Armitage; Shakespeare sonnets; First World War poetry; Wyatt's 'They flee from me'; poems by Emily Dickinson; the story of Adam and Eve from Genesis and Milton; Othello; Mansfield Park (book and film); and biographical texts on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. * Critical extracts include writing by: Terry Eagleton; Angela Carter; David Lodge; Alice Walker; 19th-century critics on Jane Eyre; Edward Said, and Jacqueline Rose. * Teachers' notes providing practical guidance, background and key ideas to raise in classroom discussion.