Year 7 English


In Year 7 English, you will explore the theme “departures”. You read and view a variety texts and learn to respond analytically and creatively. In Semester One students read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. In Semester Two the focus is on the film Paper Planes.
Throughout the year you will work with a range of other texts including short fiction, poetry, multi-media, social media and non-fiction to explore how language communicates ideas. You have the opportunity to create your own audio, visual, multi-modal and written texts and to respond creatively and imaginatively throughout the course.
You will be introduced to new aspects of grammar and literacy skills and supported to develop your ability to use language appropriately for a range of different audiences and purposes.

What do you do?

Students will complete activities including:

  • reflective writing, listening and speaking and presenting
  • viewing and creating multi-modal texts (screencasts, podcasts, vodcasts, interactive timelines, graphic short fiction, comics)
  • reading and responding to a long fictional work (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
  • viewing and responding to a feature film (Paper Planes)
  • delivering oral presentations (book reviews, opinion and analysis)
  • expressing opinions and responses to issues orally
  • expressing personal reflections orally
  • listening to classmates’ presentations and giving oral responses
  • writing essays (persuasive and analytical)
  • developing and producing creative responses to texts
  • developing vocabulary and completing grammar activities
  • classifying and summarising texts and features of texts

What skills do you develop?

Reading and viewing:

  • reading for comprehension and meaning
  • understanding of fictional and real world texts
  • summarising texts
  • making connections between texts and ideas
  • connecting texts to personal experience

Speaking and listening:

  • reflecting on learning (using audio files)
  • presenting book reviews (using video files)
  • doing PowerPoint presentations
  • presenting opinions and reflections for collaboration with classmates

Writing and presenting:

  • analysing films and books
  • expressing responses creatively (written, audio, video forms)
  • writing persuasively
  • analysing persuasive strategies
  • using grammar effectively
  • proofreading and editing
  • using rubrics to plan and self-assess




Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Paper Planes (2014, film) director Robert Connolly

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.