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Year 9 English


Overview

In Year 9 English, you will 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.
You will extend your 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. The theme of “Awakening” is aimed at encouraging you to become a curious and independent learner. You will produce a variety of written and spoken responses to texts and issues.

What do you do?

You will complete a variety of tasks including:

  • creating a character
  • writing a short story
  • investigating language choices
  • creating a symbol
  • digital storytelling
  • exploring indigenous cultures
  • preparing and delivering a formal talk on an issue of your choice
  • reading and responding to a variety of texts
  • exploring language features including rhyme and invented words.

What skills do you develop?

Reading and viewing
You will:

  • analyse the ways in which text structures can be manipulated for effect
  • analyse and explain how images, vocabulary choices and language features distinguish the work of individual authors.
  • evaluate and integrate ideas and information from texts to form your own interpretations.
  • select evidence from the text to analyse and explain how language choices and conventions are used to influence an audience.


Speaking and listening
You will:

  • listen for the ways in which texts position an audience.
  • develop your understanding of how to use a variety of language features to create different levels of meaning.
  • understand how interpretations can vary by comparing your responses to texts with the responses of others.
  • demonstrate how manipulating language features and images can create innovative texts.
  • create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from texts.
  • make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, comparing and evaluating responses to ideas and issues.


Writing and presenting
You will:

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

 

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Requirements

 

Semester 1
Deadly Unna, by Phillip Gwynne (film text The Eagle Huntress is supplied in VSV Online)

Semester 2
The Lorax, by Dr Seuss
What now, Tilda B? by Kathryn Lomer
Green Monkey Dreams by Isobelle Carmody

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

You will also need a headset microphone or a computer with speakers and microphone in order to participate in online lessons.

You are required to read two texts as part of the Wide Reading Program in Semester 1. These texts may be Fiction or Non-Fiction and are chosen by you.

If you are looking for places where you can access texts for wide reading, please consult your local library or sites such as https://insideadog.com.au/


Things you can do now

You will be able to access a copy of Eagle Huntress in the course once you have access to it, but you may wish to obtain your own copy and view it prior to starting.

Eagle Huntress, (film, 2016), director Otto Bell

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