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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 English
Term 1Term 1 & 2: Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare.   
Pupils will read sections of Romeo and Juliet to consolidate their skills in interpreting and analysing not only Shakespearean English, but also the crafting of a play. As well as exploring the rich language, students will also consider universal themes of love, death, loyalty and revenge. By further delving into Elizabethan society, students can deepen their understanding of how a work of art is rooted in the time, place and space in which it is created; considering which of the issues explored are still relevant today. These skills are vital for GCSE English literature papers 1 & 2, and are transferable to language content.
Assessment: Analysis of an extract from a key scene. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Term 1 & 2: Writer’s craft: Language and structure & creative writing.   
In term 1, students will work with their teachers on annotating a range of fictional and non-fictional extracts to identify the effects of Language and Structure within a text. These skills are vital for the reading sections of both GCSE English language papers 1 & 2, and are transferable to literature content. In term 2, students will be developing, planning and crafting imaginative writing, using a range of descriptive techniques and accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. These skills are vital for the writing section of GCSE English language paper 1, and are transferable to most other aspects of the English curriculum.
Assessment: 1) Language and Structure analysis of a non-fiction text. 2) Creative Writing assessment based on a picture stimulus. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Term 3 & 4: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck   
Pupils will read this novella to build their critical reading and analytical skills, whilst also considering a wide range of structural techniques. Through their engagement with a range of memorable characters and harrowing events, students will consider a range of moral questions and issues, including gender roles, (un)equal societies, friendship, dreams and marginalisation. By studying “The Great Depression” students will explore how the author and novel’s historical context may affect the message for their readers, and to what extent the issues explored are still relevant today. These synoptic skills are vital for GCSE English literature papers 1 & 2, and are transferable to language content.
Assessment: Analytic written response to the whole novel.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Term 3 & 4: Writer’s craft: Evaluation & transactional writing.  
Students will work with their teachers on annotating a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts, for key ideas that the writer includes to successfully develop a theme, mood or argument. These skills are vital for the reading sections of both GCSE English language papers 1 & 2, and are transferable to literature content. Also, pupils will develop understanding of how to write non-fiction text types such as letters, speeches, articles, reviews, and travel writing. These skills are vital for the writing section of GCSE English language paper 2, and are transferable to most other aspects of the English curriculum, as well as fostering communication skills.
Assessment: 1) Evaluation of a non-fiction text. 2) Transactional writing.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Term 5: Comparison skills & ‘News’ (non-fiction): revision for end of year assessment.   
Through reading a range of stimulating non-fiction texts, students will develop skills across both the writing and reading sections of Language Paper 2 in preparation for their end of year examinations. A range of reading skills lessons (focused on non-fiction texts) will develop students' skills in identifying, explaining and analysing language and structural techniques. To complement this, students will further develop their comparison skills by practising question 7a and 7b Language GCSE skills where students explore similarities between texts and then compare and contrast key ideas. Not only will students be taught a range of structural devices and language techniques to use in their own transactional writing for AO5 marks, but also, they will be explicitly taught spelling, punctuation and grammar rules to boost their scores for AO6.
Assessment: Abridged English Language paper 2: Reading and Writing Non-fiction Texts. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Term 6: Anthology Poetry   
Pupils will study a range of poems from the Edexcel GCSE English literature poetry anthology: relationships cluster. As well as further improving their comparative analytical skills by exploring the ways in which poets craft and structure their works, students will consider a range of relationships and scenarios.
Assessment: Comparative analytical essays.Key Words and Terms
 

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