Semester Overview

Grade 8
Academic Year 2017/2018

English
Teacher Karen

Term 1

 

Week Objective Keywords
1 Unit 1, Reading 1in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, order of adjectives, prefixes, and prediction as a reader

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Imagery

Sensory details

Cycle

Dramatic

Percent

Project

2 Unit 1, Reading 2in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, comparison structure in sentence, and understanding a “preview”

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Reading for The Pearl

Nonliving

Nutrients

Organism

Photosynthesis

Reproduce

Species

3 Unit 1, Reading 3in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, simple and compound sentences, and visualizing

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Reading for The Pearl

Figurative Language

Personification

Setting

Adapt

Capable

Concluded

Rely

Route

4 Unit 1, Reading 4in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, subject-verb agreement: simple tense, and identifying the main idea and details

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Reading for The Pearl

Atmosphere

Condensation

Evaporation

Precipitation

Vapor

Water Cycle

Available

Consist

Create

Process

Reverse

Source

5 Unit 2, Reading 1 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, regular and irregular past tense verbs, and identifying problems and solutions

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Reading for The Pearl

Plot

Character

Point of View

Abandon

Collapse

Finally

Investigate

React

Strategy

6 Unit 2, Reading 2 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, usage of by-phrase in sentence, and using visuals

 

Reading for The Pearl

Civilisations

Expedition

Exploration

Market

Navigator

Trade

7 Unit 2, Reading 3in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, placement of adjective in sentence, and understanding cause and effect

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Reading for The Pearl

Biologist

Herd

Journey

Landscape

Magnetic

Starvation

Approaches

Migrate

Sufficient

Transport

8 Unit 2, Reading 4in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, adverb clauses of time, and making inferences

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Reading for The Pearl

Simile

Metaphor

Adjust

Emphasise

Expand

Immigration

Temporary

 

9 Unit 3, Reading 1 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, independent vs dependent clauses, and connecting ideas

·         Review and Practice Writing

 

Reading for The Pearl

 

Enterprise

Excelled

Famine

Satellite

Scholarship

Self-portrait

Aid

 

Commitment

Contribution

Global

Priority

10 Review
11 Midterms
12 Unit 3, Reading 2 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, gerunds, and distinguishing between fact and opinion

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Pearl

Extended metaphor

Repetition

Stanza

Cultural

Distinctive

Interpret

Precise

Pursue

13 Unit 3, Reading 3 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, infinitives, and predicting, part 2

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Pearl

Character motivation

Suspense

Considerable

Displayed

Objective

Participate

Previous

14 Unit 3, Reading 4 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, expressions of quantity, and asking the right questions

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Pearl

Corporation

Engineer

Innovation

Physicist

Robotics

Theories

Affect

Attain

Awareness

Challenge

Design

15 Unit 4, Reading 1 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, present perfect tense, and scanning

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Pearl

Fertiliser

Fossil fuels

Hybrid

Microscopic

Resources

Solar power

Alternative

Communication

Enable

Focus

Regulation

16 Unit 4, Reading 2 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, future tense used for prediction, and identifying author’s purpose

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Pearl

Conflict

Foreshadowing

Achieve

Consequence

Impact

Incident

Injured

Outcome

17 Unit 4, Reading 3 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, conjunctions, proper nouns, and drawing the right conclusions

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Pearl

Civil rights

Federal court

Justices

Racism

Segregation

Troops

Apparent

Convince

Enormous

Integrate

Symbol

Undertake

18 Unit 4, Reading 4 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, nouns, pronouns, possessive adjectives, and recognizing sequence

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Pearl

 

Rhyme

Theme

Brief

Community

Published

Residential

Section

19 Review
20 Finals

English

Term 2

21 Unit 4, Reading 1 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, present perfect tense, and scanning

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Fertiliser

Fossil fuels

Hybrid

Microscopic

Resources

Solar power

Alternative

Communication

Enable

Focus

Regulation

22 Unit 4, Reading 2 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, future tense used for prediction, and identifying author’s purpose

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Conflict

Foreshadowing

Achieve

Consequence

Impact

Incident

Injured

Outcome

23 Unit 4, Reading 3 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, conjunctions, proper nouns, and drawing the right conclusions

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Civil rights

Federal court

Justices

Racism

Segregation

Troops

Apparent

Convince

Enormous

Integrate

Symbol

Undertake

24 Unit 4, Reading 4 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, nouns, pronouns, possessive adjectives, and recognizing sequence

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

Rhyme

Theme

Brief

Community

Published

Residential

Section

25 Unit 5, Reading 1 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, synonyms, past perfect & simple past

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

 

Dialogue

Flashback

Accompany

Assist

Goal

Interpreter

Locate

26 Unit 5, Reading 2 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, note taking, imperatives

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

 

Elevation

Geographical

Kilometre/kilometre

Relief

Scale

Sea level

27 Review
28 Midterms
29 Christmas activities
30 Christmas Holiday
31 Review and writing activities

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

32 Unit 5, Reading 3 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words,  compound words, modals

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

Harvest

Independence

Missionaries

Ranching

Settlers

Maintain

Survey

Tradition

Ultimate

Widespread

33 Unit 5, Reading 4 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, onomatopoeia & hyperbole, comparatives and superlatives

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Instruct

Invisible

Partnership

Rigid

Substitute

Unique

34 Unit 6, Reading 1 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, compare and contrast, antonyms, modals

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

 

Myth

Hero

Heroine

Despite

Enforce

Manipulate

Occupy

Restore

Role

35 Unit 6, Reading 2 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on keywords, academic words, participial adjectives

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

 

Constellations

Discoveries

Galaxy

Phenomenon

Solar system

Telescope

36 Unit 6, Reading 3 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on literary terms, academic words, punctuation for quoted speech.

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

 

Science fiction

Conferring

Evidently

Occurrence

Version

Visible

37 Unit 6, Reading 4 in textbook

·         Prep work in book

·         Story

·         Special focus on key words, academic words, word roots, cause and effect structures

·         Review and Practice Writing

Reading for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

Axis

Equator

Equinox

Hemisphere

Rotation

Solstice

Parallel

Parameters

Phase

Revolves

Sphere

Transmits

38 Essay writing workshop/Projects
39 Review
40 Finals

Science

Teacher Rob Clarke

 

Term 1

 

Week

Objective

Keywords

1

Introduction to body systems

●        To describe the functions of the body systems, including how they work together to maintain homeostasis.

 homeostasis

2

The skeletal and muscular systems

●        To explain how the skeletal and muscular systems work together to allow movement of the body.

 Skeletal system, ligament, joint, muscular system, tendon

3

The circulatory and respiratory systems

●        To relate structures of the circulatory and respiratory systems to their functions in the body.

 Cardiovascular system, blood, lymph, lymphatic system, lymph node, artery, capillary, vein, pharynx, respiratory system, larynx, trachea, bronchi, alveoli

4

The digestive and excretory systems

●        To relate the parts of the digestive and excretory systems to their roles in the body.

 Digestive system, enzyme, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, large intestine, excretory system, urine, kidney, nephron

5

The nervous and endocrine systems

●        To relate the structures of the nervous and endocrine systems to their functions in the body.

 Nervous system, dendrite, endocrine system, neuron, brain, gland, axon, spinal cord, hormone

6

The reproductive system

●        To relate the structures of the reproductive system to its functions within the body.

 Sperm, ovary, placenta, testes, uterus, umbilical cord, penis, vagina, fetus, egg, embryo

7

The immune system

●        To explain how the immune system fights infection

 Pathogen, T cell, immunity, B cell, vaccine, immune system, antibody, macrophage

8

Infectious disease

●        To compare types of infectious agents that may infect the human body.

 Non-infectious disease, infectious disease, antibiotic, antiviral drug

9

Nutrition and fitness

●        To understand how healthy habits, such as eating proper nutrients and physical fitness, help a person live a healthy lifestyle.

 Nutrition, nutrient, diet, overweight, obesity, eating disorder, physical fitness

10

Review

11

Midterms

12

Earth’s spheres

●        To describe Earth’s spheres and their interactions and explain the energy budget.

 Earth system, geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, energy budget.

13

Weathering

●        To analyse the effects of weathering on the Earth’s surface and give examples.

 Weathering, physical weathering, chemical weathering, abrasion, oxidation, acid precipitation.

14

Erosion and deposition by water

●        To relate the processes of erosion and deposition by water to the landforms that result from these processes.

 Erosion, deposition, floodplain, delta, alluvial fan, groundwater, shoreline, beach, sandbar, barrier island.

15

Geologic change over time

●        To explain how Earth materials, such as rock fossils and ice show that Earth has changed over time.

 Uniformitarianism, fossil, trace fossil, climate, ice core.

16

Minerals

●        To describe the basic structure of minerals and identify different minerals by using their physical properties.

 Mineral, element, atom, compound, matter, crystal, streak, cleavage, luster.

17

The rock cycle

●        To describe the series of processes and classes of rocks that make up the rock cycle.

 Weathering, erosion, deposition, igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, rock cycle, uplift, subsidence, rift zone.

18

Three classes of rocks

●        To describe the formation and classification of the three types of rocks.

 Rock, composition, texture.

19

Review

20

Finals

Science

Term 2

21

Earth’s layers

●        To identify Earth’s compositional and physical layers and describe their properties.

 Core, crust, mantle, convection, lithosphere, asthenosphere, mesosphere.

22

Plate tectonics

●        To explain the theory of plate tectonics and plate movements and identify the geologic events caused by this.

 Pangaea, convection, sea-floor spreading, divergent boundary, convergent boundary, transform boundary, plate tectonics, tectonic plates.

23

Mountain building

●        To describe how the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates causes mountain building.

 Deformation, compression, tension, shear stress, folding, fault.

24

Volcanoes

●        To describe various kinds of volcanoes and eruptions including where they occur and how they change Earth’s surface.

 Volcano, magma, lava, vent, tectonic plate, hot spot.

25

Earthquakes

●        To describe the causes of earthquakes and to identify where earthquakes happen.

 Earthquake, epicenter, focus, fault, elastic rebound, deformation, tectonic plate boundary.

26

Waves

●        To be able to distinguish between types of waves based on medium and direction of motion.

 Wave, medium, longitudinal wave, transverse wave, mechanical wave, electromagnetic wave.

27

Review

28

Midterms

29

Properties of waves

●        To identify characteristics of a wave and describe wave behaviour.

Wave, amplitude, wavelength, wave period, frequency, hertz, wave speed.

30

Christmas Holiday

31

Sound waves and hearing

●        To describe what sound is, describe its properties and explain how humans hear it.

 Pitch, loudness, decibel, sound wave, longitudinal wave, Doppler effect

32

Interactions of sound waves

●        To describe how sound waves interact and how they can cause echoes and sonic booms.

 Echo, resonance, interference

33

Scout week – 1 day in classroom

34

Sound technology

●        To describe how sound technology is used to extend human senses.

 Echolocation, ultrasound, sonar

35

The electromagnetic spectrum

●        To distinguish among parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

 Radiation, ultraviolet, electromagnetic spectrum, infrared

36

Interactions of light

●        To explain how light and matter can interact.

 Transparent, absorption, refraction, translucent, reflection, scattering, opaque

37

Mirrors and lenses

●        Describe the way that lenses and mirrors form images.

 Virtual image, converge, convex, lens, concave, real image, diverge

38

Light waves and sight

●        To explain how the eye functions and works with the brain to produce vision.

 Cornea, retina

39

Review

40

Finals

 

 

Algebra I

Teacher Robert

 

Term 1

 

Week

Objective

Keywords

1

Module 1: Real Numbers

·         Rational and Irrational Numbers

·         Sets of Real Numbers

·         Ordering Real Numbers

Cube root, perfect square, rational number, terminating decimal, principal square root

2

Module 2: Exponents and Scientific Notation

·         Integer Exponents

·         Scientific Notation with Positive Powers of 10

Base, exponent, power, standard notation, whole number

3

Module 2: Exponents and Scientific Notation

·         Scientific Notation with Negative Powers of 10

·         Operations with Scientific Notation

Base, exponent, power, standard notation, whole number

4

Module 3: Proportional Relationships

·         Representing Proportional Relationships

·         Rate of Change and Slope

·         Interpreting the Unit Rate as Slope

Constant, Equivalent Ratios, Rate of Change, Unit Rates, Slope, Proportional Relationship

5

Module 4: Nonproportional Relationships

·         Representing Linear Nonproportional Relationships

·         Determining Slope and y-intercept

Ordered Pair, x-Coordinate, y-Coordinate, Origin, Linear Equation

6

Module 4: Nonproportional Relationships

·         Graphing Linear Nonproportional Relationships using Slope and y-intercept

Ordered Pair, x-

Coordinate, y-Coordinate, Origin, Linear Equation

7

Module 5: Writing Linear Equations

·         Writing Linear Equations from Situations and Graphs

·         Writing Linear Equations from a Table

·         Linear Relationships and Bivariate Data

Bivariate Data, Non-Linear Relationship, Slope-Intercept Form of an Equation

8

Module 6: Functions

·         Identifying and Representing Functions

·         Describing Functions

Function, Input, Linear Function, Output, Vertical Line Test

9

Module 6: Functions

·         Comparing Functions

·         Analyzing Graphs

Function, Input, Linear Function, Output, Vertical Line Test

10

Review

11

Midterms

12

Module 7: Solving Linear Equations

·         Equations with the Variable on Both Sides

·         Equations with Rational Numbers

Algebraic Expression, Coefficient, Common Denominator, Variable, Constant, Operations

13

Module 7: Solving Linear Equations

·         Equations with the Distributive Property

·         Equations with Many Solutions or No Solutions

Algebraic Expression, Coefficient,  Consistent, Dependent, Inconsistent

14

Module 8: Solving Systems of Linear Equations

·         Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing

·         Solving Systems by Substitution

Solution of a System of Equations, System of Equations

15-16

Module 8: Solving Systems of Linear Equations

·         Solving Systems by Elimination

·         Solving Systems by Elimination with Multiplication

Solution of a System of Equations, System of Equations

17-18

Module 8: Solving Systems of Linear Equations

·         Solving Special Systems

 

Solution of a System of Equations, System of Equations

19

Review

20

Finals

Algebra I

 

Term 2

 

21-22

Module 11: Angle Relationships in Parallel Lines and

Triangles

·         Parallel Lines cut by Transversal

·         Angle Theorems for Triangles

Acute Angle, Obtuse Angle, Vertex, Alternate Exterior Angles, Transversal

23

Module 11: Angle Relationships in Parallel Lines and

Triangles

·         Angle -Angle Similarity

 

Interior Angle, Corresponding Angles, Similar, Remote Interior Angle

24-25

Module 12: The Pythagorean Theorem

·         The Pythagorean Theorem

·         Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem

 

Legs, Right Angle, Right Triangle, Hypotenuse, Vertex, Theorem

25-26

Module 12: The Pythagorean Theorem

·         Distance between Two Points

 

Legs, Right Angle, Right Triangle, Hypotenuse, Vertex, Theorem, Distance Formula

27

Review

28

Midterms

29

Christmas Show Preparation

30

Christmas Holiday

31-32

Module 13: Volume

·         Volume of Cylinders

 

Area, Base, Circumference, Diameter, Perimeter

33-35

Module 13: Volume

·         Volume of Cones

·         Volume of Spheres

Radius, Cone, Cylinder, Sphere, Radius, Diameter,

Vertex

36-38

Module 13: Volume

·         Volume of Cones

·         Volume of Spheres

Radius, Cone, Cylinder, Sphere, Radius, Diameter,

Vertex

39

Review

40

Finals

Social Studies
Teacher Neill

Term 1

 

Week Objective Keywords
1 Only one day for 8A and 8B

Get acquainted and rules, 5-minute self portrait

Ten minute test – draw own world map with continents, oceans, rivers, highest mountains, etc

 

2 Intro to Africa south of the Sahara (Unit 7)

20/1 The Land: maps, Great Rift Valley, water systems, landforms, natural resources

Escarpment, cataract, rift valley, fault, delta, estuary
3 20/2  Climate and Vegetation: desert, tropical rain forest, savanna, steppe Leach, savanna, harmattan
4 The Cultural Geography of Africa South of the Sahara

21/1 Population patterns

Sanitation, urbanization, service center
5 21/2 History and government: first civilizations, European colonization, slave trade, Colonial Rule, independence, Domesticate, apartheid, universal suffrage
6 21/3  Cultures and lifestyle: languages, religions, education, arts Mass culture, lingua franca, oral tradition, extended family, clan, nuclear family
7 22/1 Living in Africa south of the Sahara

A geographic view:  agriculture, logging, fishing, mining, industrialization, transportation and communications

Subsistence farming, shifting farming, sedentary farming, commercial farming, cash crop, conservation farming, infrastructure, e-commerce
8 22/2 People and their environment:  starvation, desertification, conflict and hunger, deforestation, endangered animals Habitat, extinction, poaching, ecotourism
9 Africa project – TBA
10 Review
11 Midterms
12 Intro to North Africa

17/1 The land:  Nile, Mediterranean, Gibraltar, Sahara, Suez Canal

Alluvial soil, wadi, kum, phosphate
13 17/2 climate and vegetation:  desert and scarcity of water, steppe climate, Oasis, pastoralism, cereal
14 18/1 Cultural Geography: Population patterns Ethnic diversity, infrastructure
15 18/2 History and government:  Nile, early civilizations, empires and trade, Hieroglyphics, nationalism, nationalize, embargo
16 18/3 Cultures and lifestyles:  religion and language, art, literature, architecture Bedouin, bazaar
17 19/1 North Africa today: Living in North Africa

19/2 People and their environment: need for water, population growth, desalination, Aswan Dam,

Arable, aquifer, desalination
18 North Africa project – tba
19 Review
20 Finals

Social Studies

Term 2

21 Intro to Latin America!!

The land and geographic features

Cordillera, atiplano, escarpment, llano, pampas, gaucho, hydroelectric power, estuary
22 Climate and vegetation in Latin America

Chapter test

Canopy, tierra caliente, tierra templada, tierra fria
23 Population patterns in Latin America

History and Government

Indigenous, dialect, patois, urbanization, megacity, primate city, glyph, chinampas, quipu, conquistador, viceroy, caudillo
24 Culture and lifestyles

Chapter Test

Syncretism, mural, mosaic, extended family, malnutrion, futbol, jai alai
25 Living in Latin America

People and their Environment

Export, campesino, latifundia, minifundia, cash crop, developing country, service industry, maquiladora, NAFTA
26 Biodiversity at Risk

Chapter Test

27 Review
28 Midterms
29 Special topic
30 Christmas Holiday
31 Intro to Australia, Oceania and Antarctica

Why is it a region?

32 The land and geographic features in A,O,A Artesian well, coral, atoll, lagoon krill
33 Climate and vegetation in A,O,A

Chapter Test

Wattle, doldrums, typhoon, manuka, lichen, creavasse
34 Australia Marsupials, aboriginals, outback,
35 New Zealand Auckland, Canterbury Plain, Cook Strait, Christchurch, Mt. Cook
36 The Pacific Islands Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
37 Antarctica
38 Climate change and

Antarctica

Chapter Test

39 Review
40 Finals

 

Writing

Teacher Matthew

Academic Year 2017/2018

Below is a list of units that shall be worked on this semester.  Work is taken from a mixture of online resources, course books and some is also self-created. The target is a 50/50 balance of academic writing and creative writing.

 

• Free Writing: The first 10 minutes of every class is spent free writing so that by the end of the semester each student has a portfolio of written work that has been graded.  In each class we also work on error correction in some of the written pieces of work.  Students work together to sport errors and correct them.

By way of stimulating the students in free writing, writing prompts are given.  These range from pictures, what happened next, and questions that encourage critical thinking.  Sometimes the students’ are also given the opportunity to write whatever they like or a journal entry.

Vocabulary: Students’ are taught new words throughout the semester and are then tested on their ability to incorporate the word into a sentence correctly.

• University applications / job applications: Personal statements, how to promote yourself without being over indulgent, good vocabulary to use in applications, what aspects of your life to write about and how to catch the attention of potential universities and employers.

•  Essay Writing: How to structure and plan a coherent essay. The focus with the older Grades will be sourcing reliable material to back up your argument as well as how to reference “in essay” correctly.

1.    Use a range of drafting and composing strategies while writing and representing.

1.1  Use a variety of sources to collect ideas and information

1.2  Organize ideas and information

1.3  Analyse  writing samples or models creating and consulting criteria

1.4  Set a purpose

1.5  Gather and summarize ideas from personal interest, knowledge, and inquiry

• Error Correction: How we can be mindful of errors in our own work (punctuation, verb tenses, verb usage, word order etc) and spot mistakes quickly in order to help our writing flow.

** Please note that this unit is on-going and usually takes shape at the start of every class based on the previous class’s writing task.  It is part of the larger, overall unit – editing our work.

• Correct Punctuation Usage: Full stops, commas, apostrophe, capital letters, question marks, colons, semi-colons, dashes)

– We will look at the various punctuation marks usable in written English, learn some of their rules, and also how to implement them effectively in order to enhance our writing.

• Speech Marks:

Correctly using speech marks in written English and the rules we must abide by when using them.

• Creative Writing: Solo & group work – writing stories, letters, invitations based on various themes and modern ideas.

• Persuasive Writing / Newspaper reports.

– To encourage students to maintain an open mind when reading from a variety of sources, before formulating and writing their own opinion.

• Unit to emphasise the benefits of “showing not telling” in creative writing. Engaging the senses through writing by way of enhancing our work and creating an emotional response in the reader.

• A study of alternative writing forms.  For example Author Jack Kerouac – a closer look at spontaneous prose.

• The importance of editing our work.

– How to spot errors quickly and using fewer words to say the same thing in order to get our point across in a more effective and appropriate manner.

• Creating a real life character and writing them into a fictional story.  Character development / creating believable back-stories.

** This unit is part of a larger overall creative assignment on script writing.  Students will learn how to write a short movie script

• Current affairs and writing.  Students will discuss a current global affair, read a series of texts about the situation and then write a paper, coherently giving their opinion.

• Correct writing format when typing.  Proper use of paragraphs, spacing etc.

• Brainstorming and encouraging students to use a wide variety of vocabulary and phrases. Understanding that there are multiple ways of saying the same thing through using more advanced, emotive, and effective vocabulary.

• Brainstorming ideas prior to writing – diagrams / topic areas / examples – by way of organising thoughts.

• Taking notes at an academic level (whether it be through reading or listening) and then formulating ideas based on notes.

• Linking ideas – cause and result (for example: because, as a result, therefore, so, consequently, thereby)

• Writing in the passive voice

 

 

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