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Year 9 English


Overview

In Year 9 English students explore a wide range of texts and media in print and electronic form, including imaginative literature, popular fiction, non-fiction, film and other multimedia texts.

Students extend their skills in writing, speaking and listening and there is a particular focus on improving reading skills. This is supported by an extensive list of novels and ebooks to choose from for the Wide Reading Program.

The course aims to develop clear communication of feelings, ideas and opinions, with a theme of “Awakening”. It aims to encourage students to become curious and independent learners. Students will produce a variety of written and spoken responses to texts and issues.

What do you do?

Students will complete a variety of tasks including:

  • creating a character
  • writing a short story
  • investigating language choices
  • creating a symbol
  • exploring indigenous cultures
  • preparing and delivering a formal talk.

What skills do you develop?

Reading and viewing
Students analyse the ways that text structures can be manipulated for effect. They analyse and explain how images, vocabulary choices and language features distinguish the work of individual author. They evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form their own interpretations. They select evidence from the text to analyse and explain how language choices and conventions are used to influence an audience.

Speaking and listening
Students listen for ways texts position an audience. They understand how to use a variety of language features to create different levels of meaning. They understand how interpretations can vary by comparing their responses to texts to the responses of others. In creating texts, students demonstrate how manipulating language features and images can create innovative texts. They create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from texts. They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and evaluating responses to ideas and issues.

Writing and presenting
Students understand how to use a variety of language features to create different levels of meaning. They understand how interpretations can vary by comparing their responses to texts to the responses of others. In creating texts students demonstrate how manipulating language features and images can create innovative texts. They create texts that respond to issues interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts. They edit for effect, selecting vocabulary and grammar that contribute to the precision and persuasiveness of texts and using accurate spelling and punctuation.

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Requirements

 

  • Deadly Unna, by Phillip Gwynne
  • The Lorax, by Dr Seuss
  • What now, Tilda B? by Kathyrn Lomer

You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.


Things you can do now

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