English

Unit 1 English

In this unit, students read and respond to texts analytically and creatively. They analyse argument and the use of persuasive language in text and create their own texts intended to position audiences. This Unit focuses on reading a range of texts, in particular narrative and persuasive texts. Students will demonstrate text comprehension, appreciation and analysis and continue to develop their written and oral communication skills. Students will study a combination of novels, plays, short stories and film texts. Support materials will include newspapers and multimodal texts. 

 

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Produce an analytical interpretation of a selected text, and a creative response to a different selected text
  2. Analyse and compare the use of argument and persuasive language in texts that present apoint of view on an issue currently debated in the media

Unit 2 English

In this unit students compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts. Students analyse arguments presented and the use of persuasive language in texts and create their own texts in order to persuade an audience. Students continue to develop their confidence in creating written analyses of different texts. Students will study a variety of texts which will include, but are not limited to, novels, plays, short stories, newspapers and multimedia texts. 

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Construct a comparative response to set texts
  2. Write an analytical response to media texts and produce persuasive written texts for a specific purpose and audience

Unit 3 English

In this area of study students identify, discuss and analyse how the features of selected texts create meaning and how they influence interpretation. They will will examine the ways in which readers respond to texts. Students will analyse selected texts and prepare a creative response demonstrating their understanding of the world of the text through a creative piece of writing. They will produce and share drafts, practising the skills of revision, editing and refining for stylistic and imaginative effect. Students will analyse and compare the use of argument and persuasive language in texts that present a point of view on an issue currently debated in the media. They will demonstrate understanding of how authors construct arguments to position audience, inlcuding through reason and logic, and written, spoken and visual language.

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Produce an analytical interpretation of a selected text, and a creative response to a different selected text
  2. Analyse and compare the use of argument and persuasive language in texts that present a point of view on an issue currently debated in the media

Unit 4 English

In this unit students will explore the meaningful connections between two texts. They will understand how authors convey the ideas, issues and themes presented in texts. They will build on their knowledge of metalanguage to complete a comparative analyis of two texts. Students will complete a sustained oral presentation of an issue currently debated in the media. They will demonstrate the conventions of discussion and debate.

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Produce a detailed comparison which analyses how two selected texts present ideas, issues and themes
  2. Complete a sustained and reasoned point of view on an issue currently debated in the media

 

Assessment

Units 1 and 2

The individual school will determine levels of achievement.

Units 3 and 4

School-assessed course work and examinations.

  • Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 25 %
  • Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 25 %
  • End-of-year examination: 50 %

 

Contact Teacher - Alex Connor