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, highlighters, 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, writing and spoken language. Students regularly peer and self-assess their work and must respond to EBI advice. They are encouraged to read independently each week and have a library lesson once a fortnight to develop their reading skills and complete activities in their Reading Passports.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
1.   The       Detective

2.  The
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 creative 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.
ST1 Language Exam
(30 minutess)
Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Application Task
(35 minutes)
Prose Reading

Application Task:
(30 minutes)
Post-1914 Prose Extract Question
3.  Oliver

4.  Macbeth
Sudents will analyse Dicken's 'Oliver Twist' and, through a range of activities, show understanding of the plot, characters, themes and context. Through drama, students will express straightforward ideas using a variety of methods such as conscience alley, hot seating, freeze frames, thought-tracking, conscience alley and scripting in an organised and structured manner. During dramatic performances, students will meet the needs of their audience as well as listen to and respond appropriately. As part of this unit, students will also focus on appreciating how to respond to an extract question (below).

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.
Application Task
(5 minutes)
Spoken Language - Drama

ST2 Literature Exam:
(30 minutes)
Extract Question

5.  When

6.  War      Poetry
Students will explore a range of non-fiction multi-modal media texts taken from the 21st century. All texts will be related to the theme of disaster. Through structured questions, students will explain about how different examples from the text achieve their purpose, and show some understanding of how language and structure are used to achieve effects. Equally, they will make evaluations of texts showing critical awareness of texts. Students will also develop their transactional/persuasive writing skills.

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 also develop their speaking and listening skills.
Application Task:
(40 minutes)
21st Century
Prose Questions

Application Task:
(30 minutes)
Poetry Anthology

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