English - Year 9

In Year 9, students begin to study English Language and English Literature as separate courses, in preparation for Key Stage 4. There is an increased challenge, both through the choices of high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and through assessment which more closely reflects GCSE practices.

Students will read fiction and non-fiction and be assessed through structured questions. They will write for a range of audiences and purposes, creating letters, articles, reviews and speeches and will also develop their creative writing skills. Students will be expected to learn and show understanding of the plot, character, themes, style and context of the Literature texts that are studied. 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 have 8 lessons per fortnight, and are taught in largely mixed ability groups. 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. Exercise and text books will be provided, although students should always have a black and green pen, pencil, highlighters and a ruler.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
1.   Voices
      that
      changed
      the World










2.   Take The       Stage
Students will evaluate a range of 19th and 21st century non-fiction texts which focus on a variety of important topics e.g. gender equality. Students will focus on how language and structure are used to create meaning, showing secure understanding of the effects on the reader through accurate use of subject terminology. They will identify comparisons, commenting on the writer's style. Students will improve their transactional and persuasive writing skills by adapting their writing to reflect audience and purpose, using adventurous connectives in paragraphs. Spelling will be more accurate and punctuation will be more wide-ranging.

Students will read, explore and analyse a 20th Century play. Whilst reading they will show secure understanding through completing a timeline, quizzes and transactional writing tasks.
Students will be expected to show understanding of an extract and the whole play, focusing on key themes, characters and ideas and exploring language, structure and form. They will begin to analyse language and structure and make critical judgements about the text.

ST1 Language Exam
(1 hour)
19th and 21st Century Reading

ST1 Language Exam
(1 hour)
Transactional/Persuasive Writing



Application Task
(45 minutes)
Source-Based Question






 

3.  Haunted















4.  Frankenstein
Students will read a selection of gothic inspired 20th Century Prose and answer a series of structured questions making critical judgements about a text and its effects on the reader. Students will make accurate comments about the texts and begin to analyse how language and tone are used to achieve effects and influence the reader. Students should also give a critical evaluation of the text supported by well-selected and purposeful textual references. In the style of a gothic text, students will also write a controlled, coherent and ambitious story developing a believable plot, characters and ideas in detail. Vocabulary, Sentence structure, punctuation and spelling will also be secure, varied and precise.

Students will analyse Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and, through a range of activities, show understanding of the plot, characters, themes and context. Students will support and justify ideas with direct reference to the text, including quotations. They will comment on and analyse the writer's style, using relevant subject terminology.
Application Task
(45 minutes)
Creative Writing













Application Task
(45 minutes)
Source-Based Question  
5.   Magazine
      Mania














6.   Poetry       Anthology
Students will create their own magazines, improving their transactional and persuasive writing skills by adapting their writing to reflect audience and purpose, developing and shaping ideas in paragraphs. Spelling will be accurate and punctuation of varied sentences will be wide-ranging.
Students will look at a past paper, evaluating non-fiction texts through answering a series of structured questions. Students will focus on how language and structure are used to create meaning, showing secure understanding of the effects on the reader through accurate use of subject terminology. They will identify comparisons, commenting on the writer's style.

Students will explore an anthology of love poems, from 1800s to the present day, focusing on the context, content, key ideas and analysing the poets' use of language, structure and form. Students will show secure understanding of the links between poems and be expected to learn quotations from the anthology for the exam.
Application Task
(1 hour)
19th and 21st Century Reading












ST2 Literature Exam
(1 hour)
Poetry Anthology  
7.   Romeo and       Juliet
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.
There will be opportunities to respond to the story through a range of transactional writing tasks.
Through drama, students will express straightforward ideas and script 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.
Application Task
(1 hour)
Shakespeare Extract & Essay Questions

Application Task
(5 minutes)
Spoken Language - Drama

 

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