Year 7 - Year 7 English ALP

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Year 7 English in the Accelerated Learning Program allows you to further develop and enhance your skills in thinking, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Although a separate class from mainstream Year 7 English and Humanities (‘Making Connections’), you will explore much of the learning in the ‘Making Connections’ classes. You will complete the tasks at a faster pace, and will have additional tasks and activities to complete as well as digging deeper into the ideas with some tasks.

Understanding how to develop, and communicate, an interpretation about different kinds of texts is at the heart of this course. You learn how to use a range of thinking routines to make claims about different kinds of texts and ideas, learn how to support these claims with evidence, find what ‘spoke to me’ in a text and capture the essence of a text’s ideas and messages in a variety of ways.

The year begins with you reflecting on your identity and the factors that have shaped it. You will create an ‘i-imagine’ Digital Story – a multimedia production that communicates your imagined journey, 20 years into the future, and you are encouraged to think about your ‘future self’. The task focuses on how to generate ideas, the craft of writing a narrative and the development of a range of multimedia skills.

Throughout the year the you will study a selection of novels, short stories and poetry. In Semester One, you will read and respond to Tim Winton’s novel ‘Blueback’ in a range of ways including narrative writing, fable writing and a text response essay. You will also explore a selection of his short stories. In Semester Two you will study the novel ‘Chinese Cinderella’, a poetry unit and explore a film in depth.

Some of the essential questions you will consider and explore include:

  • Who am I and who will I be? What factors influence or shape our identity, our values and our principles?
  • What is thinking? How can we become better thinkers?
  • What do good writers do?
  • Why study a novel? How do we go about thinking about a creative work like a novel?
  • Is breaking the law ever justified?
  • Is the killing of any animal ever justified?
  • How do writers use written and visual language to persuade?

MAIN ASSESSMENT TASKS:

A variety of writing styles will be explored this year, including short stories, descriptive writing, text responses and persuasive texts including advertising. You will be encouraged to think about how written and visual language is used to present different points of view and persuade an audience. You will participate in a weekly wide reading session and learn how to make observations and interpretations about your reading. You also learn about the conventions of the English language – spelling, grammar and punctuation – and complete a variety of tasks exploring these conventions and explore your own questions. Oral presentations are also a feature of Year 7 ALP English, particularly during semester two, and you learn about the conventions of oral language and learn how to give an engaging and structured presentation.

Main assessment tasks:

  • ‘i-imagine’ digital story
  • Writing folio
  • Tasks related to the novel and film studies
  • Text response essays
  • Formal presentations

RESOURCES AND EQUIPMENT:

  • Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
  • Blueback by Tim Winton
  • Pearson English Activity Book- Year 8
  • Dictionary

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Year 8 English ALP

SUBJECT DESCRIPTION Year 8 ALP English will challenge you to develop into a dynamic communicator that can use language creatively, persuasively and analytically. You will be exposed to…

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