KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 English
Term 1Of Mice and Men   
Students will begin this term reading 'Of Mice and Men'. 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 a range of activities which will enable them to develop their close analytical skills across a range of text types.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 a range of tasks that enable them to develop their imaginative writing, with a focus on structural aspects.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 a range of tasks developing their ability to evaluate both fiction and non-fiction, with a focus on developing a critical overview. They will complete an extended 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, exploring how the playwright has developed ideas. They will also complete transactional writing tasks based around the play.
Assessment: Students will complete a range of 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 an End-of-Year examination paper. They will 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 comparative essay assessment on two poems.Key Words and Terms