Year 9 English


Curriculum Modules

What will my child be learning?

What homework will they be set?

How do I support my child?

Conflict

 

  • Studying Shakespeare’s Othello. During their study of the play, students will be focusing on the actions of key characters and important issues within the play. They will also be analysing the language choices used by the playwright.
  • Studying a range of conflict poetry, exploring historical influences and commenting on the writer’s attitude towards conflict.
  • Analysing political speeches relating to conflict.
  • Producing a piece of
    non-fiction writing, based
    on the theme of conflict.
  • Doddle tasks (online homework system) are set to improve students’ grammatical skills and secure understanding of the texts they are reading.
  • Students may be
    asked to research important people and events relating to the topics which they’ll cover during the unit.

 

  • Encourage wider reading at home, particularly of newspaper articles.
  • Discuss with them
    their opinion on what they’ve read, in order to help them to develop their own opinions.
Relationships
  • Studying John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. During their study of the novella, students will be focusing on the relationship between characters, the importance of setting and the social and political influences upon the novel.
  • Studying a range of Romantic literature,
    focusing mainly on
    Romantic poetry and
    its presentation of
    childhood and nature.

 

  • Doddle tasks (online homework system) are set to improve students’ grammatical skills and secure understanding of the texts they are reading.
  • Students may be
    asked to research events relating to the topics which they’ll cover during the unit.

 

  • Encourage wider reading at home.
  • Discuss with them
    their opinion on what they’ve read and
    what they think of key characters and issues within Of Mice and Men. This will support them in developing their own opinion.
  • Spark Notes is a
    useful website for finding out more information on Of
    Mice and Men.
    It includes chapter
    and character summaries as well
    as a list of themes within the novel.
Character and Voice

 

  • Students will study dramatic monologues in both poetic and dramatic form.
  • In their study of The Outside Dog, students will explore narrative voice and the presentation of character.
  • They will be studying a range of poetry, both
    pre- and post– 1945. The focus will be on viewpoint and the use of language
    and structural devices.
  • A range of non-fiction articles will also be
    studied, including some autobiographical pieces.
  • Knowledge gained during the unit will be used to create their own monologue, which they will also perform in lesson.
  • Doddle tasks (online homework system) are set to improve students’ grammatical skills and secure understanding of the texts they are reading.

 

  • Encourage wider reading at home, particularly of newspaper articles.
  • Discuss with them
    their opinion on what
    they’ve read, in order to help them to develop their own opinions.

 

 

Support/Study Guides Available:

 

Title

Available From

Approximate Cost

Handwriting booklets and grammar resources are available for free from Miss Walter in the English department. English Department Workroom or Miss Walter. No cost.
A recommended reading list is available from Miss Walter. English Department Workroom or Miss Walter. No cost.

 

Extra Support:

 

What

When

Where

Reading and Writing Club Thursday after school 3:15pm – 4:00pm LRC
Boys’ Creative Writing Club Thursday after school 3:15pm – 4:00pm LRC

 

Other ways in which parents/carers can help:

 

  • Encourage students to borrow books from the local or school library.
  • Discuss news events at home, or events in a book they’re reading, to help them to develop their own opinions.

 

Please view our Year 9 Options Booklet 2017-2019 by clicking here.