In year 8 we are currently revising schemes of work to include a Poetry Slam Unit which will be geared towards entering the National Poetry Slam Competition. This unit will analyse poetry, looking at performance poetry conventions and then moving on to create our own performance poetry.
Current Schemes of Work include:
Pupils, in groups, analyse and create their own magazine. ICT is embedded into this scheme as pupils write, design, publish and sell their own magazine. After several weeks, researching, writing and editing their publication, they have to sell it in a Dragon’s Den scenario.
Pupils read about Dickens’ life and produce a potted biography. They read extracts from a variety of novels looking at character creation and narrative style. They produce a piece of descriptive writing and role play utilising a theme from one of the readings.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Students will study ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, reading for meaning and analysing the literary devices, as well as language change. They will study persuasive writing before writing a persuasive letter of their own. Students will watch ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and compare the ways in which the transformation scenes are created in the poem and the film. The students will write a substantial comparative essay about the poem in film and in timed conditions. There will be a final End of Unit Test, which tests their reading and writing.
The Cult of Celebrity – Non Fiction Unit
Pupils will explore a variety of media texts and techniques, looking at format, language and style. Once they have studied and analysed a range of media texts, they will produce their own magazine article, newspaper report, webpage template, TV interview, advertising campaign and group presentation.
Pupils will read “The Unsinkable Titanic” and extract information utilising comprehension skills, inference and deduction. They will study Broadsheet and Tabloid articles establishing the conventions of news reporting. They create their own leaflets and front pages. They read a survivor’s story as well as undertaking media study using extracts from the film. Drama and script work is incorporated into the scheme and pupils perform their own work.
Media and Film Study (mini-scheme)
After analysing filmic techniques, pupils undertake personal writing in role (diary, letter or monologue), produce a film review (Out) and pupils perform a group presentation which provides an opportunity for speaking and listening assessment.
Pupils will study a novel with a view to understanding how authors use narrative devices to engage the reader. As they become more sophisticated in their reading they will learn how to deconstruct a character, plot and setting through a variety of activities. These may include: hot-seating, role play, text annotation and undertaking writing of their own, such as writing diary entries, letters and newspaper articles.
Dracula can be studied in year 8 and pupils will look at the literary heritage of the play, studying a variety of interpretations of the Dracula story before moving onto the play itself. Pupils will then undertake a variety of activities including character study, role play, adapting the play to perform mini productions of particular scenes. They will understand how staging also influences drama. They will understand the conventions of the gothic genre and transform the play into different written genres.