English - Year 8

The Year 8 course is aimed at developing the skills learnt during Year 7, whilst introducing students to topical, entertaining and informative units of work, making use of media and ICT. Students have 7 lessons per fortnight, and are taught in mixed ability groups. Exercise and text books will be provided, although students should always have a blue or black pen, a green pen, a pencil and a ruler. There are two Student Tracking exam windows when students will be tested on the different units of work which develop their skills in reading and writing. Students regularly peer and self-assess their work and must respond to EBI advice. Speaking and listening is a regular feature of classroom practice. Students are expected to continue to read independently each week.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
1.   Oliver       Twist

2.  Macbeth      Madness
Students will analyse Dicken's 'Oliver Twist' and, through a range of activities, show understanding of the plot, characters, themes and context. Students will convey their ideas with general coherence. Through a straightforward approach, students will demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of extracts and the wider text. They will support and justify their responses through appropriate quotations. In discussion, they will comment on and begin to analyse the language, structure and form.

Students will analyse Shakespeare's play and through a range of activities and quizzes show understanding of the plot, characters and themes. Students will support and justify ideas with direct reference in the extract and essay questions, including quotations. They will comment on and analyse the writer's style, using relevant subject terminology.
ST1 Exam: (30 minutess)
Extract Question (based on 19th Century Prose)

ST1 Exam: (45 minutes) Creative Writing

Application Task:
* Shakespeare Extract Question (30 minutes)
3.  War      Poetry

4.  Crime,   Punishment   and Disaster
Students will explore an anthology of war poems from 1800s-present, showing understanding of context and content. Students will begin to focus on how writers use language for meaning and effect, making straightforward links between texts.

Students will explore a range of non-fiction texts related to the topics of crime, punishment and disasters. They will compare and contrast texts by using appropriate references in order to comment on and evaluate language and structure. They will start to develop critical awareness by forming opinions based on what they have read.
ST2 Exam: (30 minutes)
Poetry Anthology

ST2 Exam: (55 minutes)
19th and 21st Century Prose

Application Task:
* Transactional/ Persuasive Writing (30 minutes)  
5.  The      Detective

6.  A Novel      Idea
Students will become detectives and explore detective fiction through a variety of fiction texts. With Reading, students will read a selection of 19th 21st Century extracts and answer a series of structured questions explaining how and showing understanding of how language is used to achieve effects. Students should also give an evaluation of the text supported by appropriate textual references. With Writing, students will also develop transactional / persuasive writing skills demonstrating: clear understanding of the purpose and format with clear awareness of the reader via a well-developed and appropriate content. There will be evidence of some shape and structure in the writing with clear and fluent communication.

Students will read, explore and analyse a modern novel. Whilst reading, they will show understanding of the writer's message and begin to focus on how language is used through completing a timeline, quizzes and transactional tasks, matching their writing to the audience and purpose. Students will use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures as well as accurate spelling and punctuation.
Application Task:
* Prose Reading (50 minutes)

* Transactional / Persuasive Writing (30 minutes)

Application Task:
* Post- 1914 Prose Extract Question (30 minutes)

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