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Tess of the d'Urbervilles Teaching Resources

Tess opening paragraphs: An introductory task on the opening paragraph with ten straightforward questions.

Tess opening paragraph in detail: Useful to do after answering the questions on the presentation above. Ten in-depth questions and an extension task to help students understand how a writer guides us as we read.

Tess extracts: Aimed at high ability students. Three nature extracts with guiding discussion points.

Tess animals: Two extracts and tasks to investigate the symbolism of animal deaths.

Tess seasons 1: A tension graph to illustrate the seasonal structure of the book. Photocopy onto A3 and provide students with enough copies to look at each year of the novel separately.