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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 English
Term 1Gothic Fiction
To build on their English Literature Skills continued from Year 7, pupils will read extracts with a Gothic genre. (For example: 'The Signalman', 'The Monkey’s Paw' and 'The Red Room'). They will practise reading and comprehension of Pre-19th century Literature. The key focus here will be on understanding plot, character and themes from the novel. The idea of form, context and Gothic conventions will also be examined in the scheme of work. Pupils will also be building on key skills of identifying, inferring, deducing, explaining and writing in clear PEE/A (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation/ Analysis) paragraphs.
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   
Firstly, students will work with their teachers on reading the novel. They will annotate a range of literary devices that the writer uses to creaft the novel. Pupils will also identify the effects of Language and Structure within the text. Secondly, in preparation for the writing section of English Language Paper 1, students will be developing, planning and crafting imaginative writing, using a range of descriptive techniques and accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. To develop and nurture their English Literature skills, students will be working with their English teachers on texts and tasks linked to the Literature text. They will consolidate their PEE (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation) skills, building confidence and competence in preparation for the Literature assessment scheduled for the end of term.
Assessment: 3. Literature - Character Analysis 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 To build on their basic English Literature Skills from Year 7, pupils will read sections of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing'. They will practice reading and comprehension of a Shakespeare text, analysing the writer’s use of Language and Structure. The key focus here will be on understanding plot, character and themes from the play. However, pupils will also explore the contextual factors underlying the play, such as patriarchy in Elizabethan England; Shakespeare's Globe theatre and its theatrical conventions; visting the theatre in Elizabethan times and the beliefs, traditions and values of the period, which would have shaped the ways in which Shakespeare's audiences receieved this play. Pupils will be taught to write in clear PEE (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation) paragraphs, selecting suitable quotations from the play as supporting evidence to demonstrate their understanding of textual content.
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 To build on their English Literature Skills continued from Year 7, pupils will read Noughts and Crosses - the play. They will practise reading and comprehension of a modern text. The key focus here will be on understanding plot, character and themes from the novel. The idea of form, context and Gothic conventions will also be examined in the scheme of work. Pupils will also be building on key skills of identifying, inferring, deducing, explaining and writing in clear PEE/A (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation/ Analysis) paragraphs.
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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