English

Year 9

Ms. Nelda / Ms. Bianca / Ms. Safae / Mr. Jabari

Welcome!

A warm welcome to all students and their parents! We are looking forward to the 2018-2019 academic year where we would like to build a strong and trusting learning community. Please check this site regularly as it will be updated weekly with content to be covered as well as all important dates and events.

We believe in open communication with students and parents, so please feel free to email us or set up an appointment should you wish to discuss anything. We are excited for the year ahead and we look forward to working with our lovely students!

Curriculum Subject Guide


Curriculum Subject Guide Year 9.pdf

Assessment weightings


Assessment weightings .pdf

Resources

Collins Cambridge Checkpoint Stage 9 (coursebook and workbook)

The Giver (Lois Lowry)

Class readers

Class expectations

  • Be on time and prepared with everything you need (books, stationery, etc.).
  • Have respect for yourself, others around you and the environment.
  • Be responsible and accountable for any work due such as homework, projects and assignments (if there is a problem, inform us in advance).
  • Read and practise your English skills on a daily basis.
  • Ask for help and support when needed.
  • Pay attention, participate and give your best.

Joy Revolution

Focus for the week

Term 1

Week 29 - 30 August

Welcome, introductions, scheme of work, classroom expectations.

Week 2 - 6 September

Introduction to summary writing: reading strategies, steps to writing summary. Introduction to novel: revisit plot, characters and setting, read chapter 1 of The Giver. Joy Revolution: introduction, project for the month.

Week 9 - 13 September

Summary writing: summarise fiction and non-fiction texts by applying reading strategies and steps to summary writing. Novel study: chapter 2 of The Giver, analyse elements of the story (characters, setting, introduction to plot). Joy Revolution: complete design and decoration of Box of Joy.

Week 16 - 20 September

Concepts of 'audience' and 'purpose'; introduction to genre (fiction) - identify different types and their features. Novel study: chapter 1 & 2 of The Giver - new vocabulary (using contextual clues), reading comprehension questions, analysis of setting and important ideas. Joy Revolution: continue decoration of Boy of Joy and starting work on content of box (see Google Classroom for detailed information and assessment rubrics).

Important date: Wednesday 19 September, short assessment - chapter 1 & 2 of The Giver, open book.

Important date: Wednesday 19 September, Curriculum Evening.

Week 23 - 27 September

Descriptive writing: creating atmosphere, analyse a description, using images to inspire description. Novel study: chapter 3 of The Giver - new vocabulary (using contextual clues), reading comprehension questions (importance of reading comprehension strategies), analysis of symbolism used and characterisation. Joy Revolution: complete decoration and content of Box of Joy (see Google Classroom for detailed information and assessment rubrics).

Important date: Wednesday 26 September, graded classwork - reading comprehension of fiction genre.

Important date: Wednesday & Thursday 26-27 September, due date for completed Box of Joy.

Week 30 September - 4 October

Descriptive writing: analyse a description, using images to inspire description. Novel study: chapter 3 of The Giver - new vocabulary (using contextual clues), reading comprehension questions, analysis of symbolism and characterisation of main characters. Joy Revolution: Box of Joy completed and handed in, descriptive writing assessment (see Google Classroom for detailed information and assessment rubrics).

Important date: Monday 1 October - Box of Joy descriptive writing assessment.

Important information: Assessment week 7 - 11 October. Monday 8 October, English test - summary writing and reading comprehension. Study reading strategies for summary writing, contextual clues and reading comprehension strategies.

Week 7 - 11 October

ASSESSMENT WEEK! Novel study: chapter 6 of The Giver - development of plot and characters, meaning of new vocabulary (using contextual clues). Revision of reading comprehensions: reading comprehension strategies, contextual clues, different types of questions and how to answer them.

Important date: Monday 8 October, English test - summary writing and reading comprehension. Revise reading strategies for summary writing, contextual clues information and reading comprehension strategies.

Week 14 - 18 October

Descriptive writing: Using language to develop an atmosphere. Novel study: chapter 6 of The Giver - analysis of important ideas and historical context, meaning of new vocabulary (contextual clues) and reading comprehension questions (reading comprehension strategies). Joy Revolution: celebrating Dictionary Day by taking part in interesting house competitions while learning some new words and their meanings.

Important date: Tuesday 16 October - Dictionary Day.

Week 28 October - 1 November

Descriptive writing: sustaining a cohesive atmosphere, creating atmosphere through punctuation, using structural devices to build up atmosphere. Novel study: chapter 7 of The Giver - development of plot and characters, meaning of new vocabulary (using contextual clues).

Week 4 - 8 November

Descriptive writing: producing a powerful description. Novel study: chapter 7 of The Giver - Ceremony of Twelve activity, chapter 8 of The Giver - development of plot and characters, meaning of new vocabulary (using contextual clues).

Important date: Graded classwork, Monday 5 November. Descriptive writing paragraph.

Important date: Short assessment, Wednesday 7 November. Study The Giver chapter 3 and 6, also the vocabulary worksheets for both these chapters.

Week 11 - 15 November

Narrative writing: understanding story openings, exploring setting and atmosphere, introducing characters. Novel study: chapter 9 of The Giver - development of plot and characters, meaning of new vocabulary, chapter 7 - 9 of The Giver - important idea of education and symbolism, reading comprehension questions.

Important date: Short assessment, Wednesday 14 November. Listening comprehension.

Week 18 - 22 November

ASSESSMENT WEEK! Narrative writing: introducing characters. Novel study: chapter 9 of The Giver - development of plot and characters, meaning of new vocabulary, chapter 7 - 9 of The Giver - important idea of education, symbolism, reading comprehension questions.

Important date: English Assessment, Sunday 18 Nov/Monday 19 Nov - journal entry based on The Giver. Read chapter 7 and 8 in preparation.