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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 English
Term 1Gothic Fiction
Reading: Producing Creative Texts: Gothic Fiction Unseen text – Exploring language and structure Writing: Write the opening of a piece of gothic literature (1 side of A4) Imaginative writing. SPAG: Sentencing/clauses. Advanced punctuation: semi-colon, dash, colon, speech marks, etc.
Assessment: 1. Unseen text (reading) – Exploring language and structure 2. Imaginative writing - Write the opening of a piece of gothic literature (1 side of A4) Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Extended Reading: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Reading: Extended Reading: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Read Critically. Focus on : -Character, inference, language, structure How does the author make us feel differently about this character in this extract? Writing: Writing a letter. Transactional writing. SPAG: Sentencing/clauses. Advanced punctuation: semi-colon, dash, colon, speech marks, etc.
Assessment: 3. Literature - How does the author make us feel differently about X character in this extract? (teacher will provide students with an extract from an unspecified chapter of the novel) 4. Writing a letter - Transactional writing Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
Reading: Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing Language and structure question: -Context -Language -Characterisation -Theme Writing: Creative writing: Write an eye-witness account of the wedding scene. Imaginative writing SPAG: Structuring a paragraph(S). -Use of standard English -Use of a range of advanced/punctuation
Assessment: 5. Reading/Literature: Students will consider the presentation of a character/theme, based upon an extract selected by the teacher, from within the play 6. Imaginative Writing - Write an eye-witness account of the wedding scene. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Poetry
Reading: Poetry: Irish/American poets Write an analysis of an unseen poem Literature Selection of war poems: -Explore poetic conventions used -Answering questions on unseen poem -Comparing poems Writing: Imaginative writing task. SPAG: Structuring a paragraph(S). -Use of standard English -Use of a range of advanced/punctuation
Assessment: 7. Literature: To write an analysis of an unseen poem 8. Transactional Writing task Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Speeches – Non-Fiction Texts
Reading: Speeches Non-fiction Paper 2 Section A Writing: Transactional writing. SPAG: Structuring a paragraph(S). -Use of standard English -Use of a range of advanced/punctuation
Assessment: 1. End of year exam based on paper 1 of the Edexcel English GCSE paper; section A reading comprehension - fiction texts comprehension; section B – imaginative writingKey Words and Terms
 
Term 6Modern Drama - Post 1914 Play, Noughts & Crosses
Reading: Modern Drama Post 1914 play Noughts & Crosses Literature Focus on: -Setting -Dramatic conventions -Character/plot Writing: Transactional - Write a letter from the perspective of X/Y. SPAG: Structuring a paragraph(S). -Use of standard English -Use of a range of advanced/punctuation
Assessment: 2. End of year exam based on Paper 2 of the GCSE English exam; section A – reading comprehension - non-fiction texts; section B – transactional writingKey Words and Terms
 

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