KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 English
Term 1The Book Thief/Private Peaceful/The Woman in Black   
Students will begin this term reading either The Woman in Black, The Book Thief or Private Peaceful. Studies will focus on the representation of themes, character and genre. They will learn how to skim-read and take notes ready for an exam that requires them to have revised the text in its entirety. They will also have the opportunity to develop their skills analysing Language and Structure techniques.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style questions exploring how writers use Language and Structure to communicate their ideas. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Crime and Punishment   
Students will read, interpret and analyse in-depth a range of short stories and fiction extracts from the 19th Century relating to crime and punishment. They will develop their analytical skills and respond by creating their own pieces of fictional writing.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their own imaginative writing.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Blood Brothers   
Students will study the play Blood Brothers. During this unit they will have the chance to develop their writing and literature skills through writing in character, analysing key passages and crafting correspondence. Speaking and listening activities will allow students to develop their role-play skills and practice key oracy techniques. They will also study Russell's stagecraft, form and language in the play, focusing on how characters are developed and themes are portrayed within the settings and events.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their ability to evaluate both fiction and non-fiction. They will complete a GCSE-style essay on a theme or character.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Romeo and Juliet   
Students will study extracts from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, developing understanding of Shakespeare’s use of language and gaining an understanding of key features of the tragic genre. They will make comparisons between key scenes in the two plays, exploring how each playwright has developed ideas. They will also complete transactional writing tasks based around the play.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their ability to write a piece of transactional writing.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Civil Rights   
Students will look at case studies of segregation and discrimination, to include key figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. We will also look at speeches from American presidents, both past and present. Students will analyse persuasive speech techniques to lead to the writing and delivery of their own individual persuasive speech.
Assessment: Students will sit a GCSE-style Edexcel End-of-Year examination paper. This is Paper 2, which asks students to read and subsequently analyse an unseen non-fiction extract. They will also need to compare two unseen extracts, focusing on language use and structure. They will also be asked to compose a transactional piece for the examination, drawing on all they have learned this year in order to engage the reader thoroughly. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Relationships Poetry   
Students will explore a range of poetry on the theme of Relationships, focusing on poems from the GCSE Anthology. They will revise key poetic terms, preparing for poetry questions in the exam.
Assessment: Students will complete a GCSE style Paper 1, analysing a piece of 19th century fiction and producing a piece of imaginative writing, building on the skills they have been developing across the year. Students will also complete a GCSE-style literature assessment which asks them to a compare poems. Key Words and Terms
 

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