English Year 9

English Year 9.

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SNOW DAY

Should you find yourself snowed in, please complete the following task:

  • Imagine you have been asked to write a speech to deliver to the school regarding a subject of your choice: this could be something sensible, such as whether school should be mandatory until you are 18; it could be something more fun, such as why computer gaming should be taught in school.

  • Don't forget to use a range of persuasive techniques.  Use 'I AM A FORESTER' to help:

  • Inclusion and exclusion/ imperatives

    •Anecdote

    •Modal verbs

  • •Alliteration

  • •Fact

    •Opinion

    •Rhetorical question

    •Exaggeration

    •Short, shocking sentence

    •Triplet (use of 3)

    •Emotive language

    •Repetition

Media Studies – sets 1 and 2

Half term 1 – Web pages (6 weeks)

Task:

  1. Analyse the home pages of two popular websites to find out how they appeal to their target audiences
  2. Design the home page for an entertainment website targeted at a specific audience

Skills:

  • Identifying target audiences of media texts based on their presentation
  • Analysis of techniques used in media texts
  • Use of ICT to analyse websites
  • Understanding of presentational devices and persuasive ‘hooking’ devices
  • Understanding of target audiences and methods used to attract them

How can you help?

  • Look at websites with your child and ask them to pick out the features used to attract the target audience
  • Ask your child to use specific technical terms when talking about websites explaining what the terms mean
  • Ask your child to describe the target audience of various websites and describe what gives them this information
  • Encourage your child to keep a log of websites they have visited

Half term 2Music promotion (6weeks)

Task:

  1. Analyse the ways a band or artist are represented in two different types of media (music video, radio, magazine interview, advertising etc.)
  2. Plan and produce a promotional text for a new band or artist (magazine article, press release, web page etc.)

Skills:

  • Identifying target audiences of media texts based on their presentation
  • Analysis of techniques used in media texts
  • Use of ICT to analyse websites
  • Understanding of presentational devices and persuasive ‘hooking’ devices
  • Understanding of target audiences and methods used to attract them

How can you help?

  • Discuss music and the way it is advertised with your child, asking them about different types of advertising
  • Ask your child to use technical terms when discussing different types of media
  • Look at various types of music promotion with your child and discuss how they attract their audience and persuade them to buy the product
  • Ask your child to practise producing their own promotional material at home and ask them to explain the work they are doing using technical terms

English Literature and Language – sets 3-6

Half term 1 – Moving Image Controlled Assessment

Task: Produce a piece of writing inspired by a short sequence of film

Skills:

  • Accurate spelling
  • Accurate punctuation
  • Varied vocabulary
  • Use of paragraphing
  • Imaginative and carefully planned ideas and content

How can you help?

  • Encourage the use of a dictionary and thesaurus to improve spelling and variety of vocabulary.
  • Discuss possibilities for the task with your child and listen to ideas they have for writing.
  • Give your child a practise task to complete under timed conditions (no more than 2 hours to write).
  • Talk to your child about words they might use to describe and use the thesaurus to come up with alternatives
  • Watch some film sequences with your child and talk to them about a story they might make out of it

Half term 2 – Extended Reading Controlled Assessment (6 weeks)

Task: Explore the ways Steinbeck presents conflict in Of Mice and Men

Skills:

  • Reading for meaning and reading between the lines
  • Using quotations to support points
  • Explaining the way an author uses language and structure to have an effect on the reader
  • Be able to explain the use of a theme in a novel

How can you help?

  • Ensure your child has their own copy of the text Of Mice and Men
  • Read the text with your child and discuss what is happening and what it might mean for the story
  • Talk with your child about conflict and what it might mean, relating to the text as you read it
  • Ask your child if they can give you examples of conflict in the text and ask them to explain how these examples work

English – set 7

Half term 1 – Descriptive Writing Practise (6 weeks)

Skills:

  • Accurate spelling
  • Accurate punctuation
  • Varied vocabulary
  • Use of paragraphing
  • Imaginative and carefully planned ideas and content

How can you help?

  • Encourage the use of a dictionary and thesaurus to improve spelling and variety of vocabulary.
  • Discuss punctuation with your child and get them to check their writing to ensure they are using capital letters, full stops and commas
  • Ask your child to write detailed descriptions of various places and objects
  • Talk to your child about words they might use to describe and use the thesaurus to come up with alternatives

Half term 2 – Moving Image Controlled Assessment (6 weeks)

Task: Write a story that could be the basis for an action film

Skills:

  • Accurate spelling
  • Accurate punctuation
  • Varied vocabulary
  • Use of paragraphing
  • Imaginative and carefully planned ideas and content

How can you help?

  • Encourage the use of a dictionary and thesaurus to improve spelling and variety of vocabulary.
  • Discuss possibilities for the task with your child and listen to ideas they have for writing.
  • Ask your child to write detailed descriptions of various places and objects
  • Talk to your child about words they might use to describe and use the thesaurus to come up with alternatives

Entry Level English – sets 8 and 9

Half term 1 – Media Unit (6 weeks)

Task:

  1. Writing: Produce own article for a newspaper or magazine
  2. Reading: Exam style comprehension questions
  3. Speaking and Listening: Exam style task based on discussion

Skills:

  • Accurate spelling and punctuation
  • Paragraphing in the correct places
  • Understanding how to write in the style of an article
  • Being able to read and understand non-fiction texts
  • Being able to explain how writers have created effects on the reader by using quotations
  • Being able to work co-operatively in a group to discuss and debate different topics
  • Turn taking in speech
  • Asking questions and coming up with ideas
  • Listening to other people’s ideas

How can you help?

  • Practise spelling common words with your child and test them as often as you can
  • Ask your child to write an article on a specific subject and check it for full stops, capital letters and commas
  • Read newspaper and magazine articles with your child and talk about the way they sound
  • Ask your child about articles you have read to explain what was happening and the different points that were made
  • Encourage your child to speak in turn and listen to others opinions when having discussions at home

Half term 2Drama Unit (6 weeks)

Task:

  1. Reading exam based external assessment
  2. Writing exam based external assessment
  3. Speaking and Listening external assessment based on creating and sustaining roles

Skills:

  • Practise spelling common words with your child and test them as often as you can
  • Ask your child to write a short story and check it for accurate punctuation
  • Read a short novel with your child and talk about what is happening in the story



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