Year 8 English

Course and Assessment Overview 2019

Week Content Assessments

Term 1

1

Oral Text: Podcasts/ vodcasts

⦿ Introduction to podcasts

⦿ Introduction to vodcasts

⦿ Techniques in podcasts/vodcasts

⦿ Vodcast: A Spot of Science– oral comprehension

 
2

PAT Testing

Oral Text: Podcasts

⦿ Short and Curly– podcast oral comprehension

Diagnostic Testing
3

Oral Text: Podcasts

⦿ Rhetorical devices/ figurative language/ emotive language

⦿ Text structures

⦿ Memory Palace: Betty the Elephant– Investigation

⦿ Memory Palace: Dreamland– Investigation

 
4

Podcast Creation

⦿ Research process and note taking

⦿ Script writing

 
5

Podcast Creation

⦿ Speech Skills. Charlie Chaplin:The Great Dictator example and analysis

⦿ Recording Podcast.

Task 1: Podcast creation on an issue relating to teens (10%).
6

Review Writing

⦿ Text structure

⦿ Text features

⦿ Write review

Task 2: Podcast peer review (10%).
7

Journalism

⦿ Unit 1: Informative Text- News Article

⦿ Text structure

⦿ Tone and formal language

 
8

Journalism

⦿ Unit 3: Informative Text- Online News Piece

 
9

Journalism

⦿ Unit 4: Informative Text- Web Page

⦿ Web page creation on Wix.com

⦿ Feature article structure

 
10

Journalism

⦿ Write feature article

⦿ Editing process

Task 3: Feature article on a relevant issue for teenagers (10%).

Term 2

1

Autobiography

⦿ Begin reading Boy: Tales of Childhood as a class and introduce chapter summary structure.

⦿ Non-fiction/ fiction texts

⦿ Text features

⦿ Unit 8: Narrative Text- Biography and Autobiography

 
2

Autobiography

⦿ Continue reading Boy: Tales of Childhood as a class and write chapter summaries.

⦿ Narrative voice: Diction, colloquial language and figurative language

⦿ Intertextual links with Roald Dahl’s other work

⦿ Unit 8: Narrative Text- Biography and Autobiography

 
3

Autobiography

⦿ Continue reading Boy: Tales of Childhood as a class and write chapter summaries.

⦿ Research task on a famous individual

 
4

Autobiography

⦿ Continue reading Boy: Tales of Childhood as a class and write chapter summaries.

⦿ Biography writing

Task 4: Biography in the voice of a famous person (10%).
5

Extended Writing

⦿ Continue reading Boy: Tales of Childhood as a class and write chapter summaries.

⦿ Discuss characterisation/ themes/ and issues in the text.

⦿ Essay structure

⦿ Essay question analysis

⦿ Essay planning

 
6

Extended Writing

⦿ Essay structure

⦿ Essay question analysis

⦿ Essay planning

 
7 Examination Period Task 5: Examination 1- Extended writing task(10%).
8

Brochure

⦿ Unit 2: Informative Text- Brochure

⦿ Begin persuasive pamphlet.

 
9

Persuasive Texts

⦿ Unit 10: Advertising Script

⦿ Watch a Gruen Transfer episode.

⦿ Finish persuasive pamphlet.

Task 6: Persuasive pamphlet group assignment(10%).
10

Persuasive Texts

⦿ Unit 12: Magazine Cover

⦿ Create magazine design.

 

Term 3

1

Persuasive Texts

⦿ Unit 9: Blog

⦿ Write a blog post.

 
2

Persuasive Texts

⦿ Unit 11: Formal letter

⦿ Letter from the KKK analysis and discussion on prejudice

⦿ Write a letter of apology.

 
3

Narratives and Film Study

⦿ Hero’s journey structure.

⦿ Character archetypes

⦿ Watch How to Train your Dragon.

 
4

Narratives and Film Study

⦿ Analyse film text, making connections to the Hero’s Journey.

⦿ Explicit teaching of imagery, characterisation and dialogue

⦿ Creative writing activities: stream of consciousness

 
5

Creative Writing

⦿ Write story about a hero character that follows the Hero’s Journey.

Task 7: Creative writing short story (10%).
6

Australian Poetry

⦿ Unit 7: Narrative Text- Ballad

⦿ Clancy of the Overflow

⦿ The Swagman

⦿ We are Going

⦿ Australian Identity

 
7

Extended Writing

⦿ Essay structure

⦿ Textual evidence and explanation

 
8

Extended Writing:

⦿ Essay planning and drafting

 
9

Extended Writing

⦿ Write essay.

Task 8: Extended essay (10%).

Term 4

1

Slam Poetry

⦿ Conventions of slam poetry

⦿ Shane Koyzan: To this Day

⦿ Prince: I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM

 
2

Slam Poetry

⦿ Write slam poem.

⦿ Perform slam poem.

Task 9: Slam Poem (10%).
3

Book: Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

⦿ Being reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as a class and introduce chapter summaries.

 
4

Book: Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

⦿ Continue reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as a class and write chapter summaries.

 
5

Book: Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

⦿ Continue reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as a class and write chapter summaries.

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6

Book: Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

⦿ Continue reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as a class and finish chapter summaries.

⦿ Discuss symbolism in the text.

⦿ Discuss characterisation in the text.

⦿ Discuss themes in the text.

 
7

Extended Writing

⦿ Essay structure

⦿ Essay question analysis

⦿ Essay planning

 
8 Examination Period Task 10: Examination: Extended writing task (10%).

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