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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 English
Term 1Modern Novel: 'The Dark Lady' by Akala, or 'Face' by Benjamin Zephaniah   
Students will read and study either'The Dark Lady' by Akala, or 'Face' by Benjamin Zephaniah. The texts will be approached in the same way as we will when studying a set text for English Literature, exploring themes, character and socio-historical context. Analysis, inference and deduction skills will be developed, along with a focus on expanding vocabulary. Students will explore the writer's craft and analyse how language is used for effect. Students will also read a range of unseen extracts, practising the skill of analysing language and structure techniques.
Assessment: READING: Unseen non fiction extract analysing language and structure LITERATURE: Whole text question on the novel studiedKey Words and Terms
 
Term 2Modern Novel: 'The Dark Lady' by Akala, or 'Face' by Benjamin Zephaniah   
Students will continue their study of either 'The Dark Lady' by Akala, or 'Face' by Benjamin Zephaniah. The texts will be approached in the same way as we will when studying a set text for English Literature, exploring themes, character and socio-historical context. Analysis, inference and deduction skills will be developed, along with a focus on expanding vocabulary. Students will explore the writer's craft and analyse how language is used for effect. Students will also read a range of unseen extracts, practising the skill of analysing language and structure techniques.
Assessment: WRITING: Imaginative writing in response to a visual stimulus. LITERATURE: Students will answer a GCSE style question relating to the the text they have been studying.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Shakespeare: 'Much Ado About Nothing'   
Students will read and study the play, increasing their confidence in reading Shakespearean language and focusing on Shakespeare's presentation of character and the comedy genre. Students will also read a range of unseen extracts, practising the skill of evaluating texts.
Assessment: READING: Unseen non-fiction extract; skill of evaluating settings, ideas, themes and events. LITERATURE: Extract question from 'Much Ado' focusing on a specific scene from the play.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Shakespeare: 'Much Ado About Nothing' (continued) and GCSE poetry   
Students will continue to read and study the play, increasing their confidence in reading Shakespearean language and focusing on Shakespeare's presentation of character and the comedy genre. Students will also begin studying poems from the 'Relationships' cluster of the GCSE poetry anthology, developing their poetry analysis skills and linking to the play's theme of love and relationships. Students will also produce a range of non-fiction responses, practising the skill of non-fiction writing.
Assessment: WRITING: Transactional non-fiction piece, in the form of a letter. Literature: poetry analysis in the style of the GCSE examsKey Words and Terms
 
Term 519th Century Texts: Exploring Victorian Literature   
Students will study and analyse a range of Victorian literature, including extracts from Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and the Brontes; as well as engagement with and enjoyment of the stories, students should grow more familiar with the language and style of pre-20th Century writing, in preparation for GCSE English Literature and English Language Paper 1.
Assessment: LANGUAGE: Compare question based on two non-fiction extracts. LITERATURE: Extract based question focusing on the presentation of a character.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Poetry: GCSE Conflict Anthology   
Students will study poems with the theme of conflict from the published Edexcel anthology. Students will develop their understanding of, and responses to a range of poems, including skills of comparison. Students will also revise the key skills needed for their end of year exam. All skills have been taught and assessed throughout the year and students will spend time revising these.
Assessment: Edexcel Paper 2 - writing and reading assessed in an end of year exam.Key Words and Terms
 

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