Education - English
The Semester One English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy, through a number of related study areas: narrative writing, a media study, persuasive and novel study. Students will listen to, read and view a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, analysing text structures and language features and vocabulary choices, to show how these shape meaning and influence readers. They will create well-constructed spoken, written and multimodal texts to inform and persuade in which meaning is supported by planned structures and organisation. Students will use their increasing vocabulary, and accumulated knowledge of text structures and language features, to support their interpretation and evaluation, using a variety of sentence structures, paragraphing and punctuation to sustain meaning and support structural coherence in their writing.
This semester, students will cover the strands of Language, Literacy and Literature through a study of the following topics: Information text, novel study, poetry and drama. Students will listen to, read and view a range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, analysing and comparing text structures and language features and vocabulary choices, to show how these shape meaning and influence readers. Our students will create well-constructed spoken, written and multimodal texts to inform, entertain, and narrate in which meaning is supported by planned structures and organisation. They will interact with others in groups to exchange, debate and substantiate ideas and opinions. As individuals and in groups, they will make oral presentations to share and promote points of view, supporting these presentations with selected evidence. They will select appropriate vocabulary to show shades of meaning, feeling and opinion, to express ideas clearly and to engage and elicit a response from the audience. They will effectively use a variety of clause and sentence structures, paragraphing and punctuation to sustain meaning and to support the structural coherence of their written texts.
This semester year 8 students will work in a variety of modes – as a whole class, in groups and independently, learning to present in a variety of ways (e.g. visually, kinaesthetically, orally or in writing). Students will read a variety of books in class and at home and respond creatively to a chosen novel. Students study a variety of short stories, and annotate their structure and language features. An integrated unit provides the opportunity for students to explore how persuasive language features and images are successful in certain social settings, focusing on reality television programs.
In English this semester, Students will develop the skills to construct an information text and link the concept to a chosen novel study. Students will then analyse a variety of drama scripts and plays and adapt the script by adding an extra scene. Students will also develop their analytical and language skills through essay writing and oral presentations.
Year 9 English is designed to build upon the understandings developed in Year 8 and to prepare students for the demands of senior school. They will study a range of literary and non-literary texts in order to develop their understandings of context, purpose, audience, style and tone. In term one, students will further develop their narrative writing skills, focusing on character growth and audience positioning. Students will examine a range of texts in order to identify and explain how the author has positioned the reader through language choices, literary techniques, the use of shared assumptions and intertextual references. In term 2, students will be learning how advertisements are used to persuade an audience. Students will be engaged in reading, note taking and evaluating a variety of persuasive texts in the form of printed and multimedia advertisements. They will also evaluate a variety of written persuasive texts like essays and letters to the editor.