Year 8 English
Pupils in this year group will read the following texts:
- Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
- Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
- The Tempest – William Shakespeare
- Suicide in the Trenches- Siegfried Sassoon 1917
- Green Beret by Ho Thien
- The Sorrow of Sarajevo Goran Simic
- Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen
- Exposure by Wilfred Owen
- Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen
- ‘The Man he Killed’ by Thomas Hardy.
- Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson
- War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy
- La Belle Dame Sans Merci – John Keats
- The Raven – By Edgar Allen Poe
- The Red Room – HG Wells
- The Tell-Tale Heart – Edgar Allen Poe
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
- Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde– RL Stevenson
- The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
Stories/Texts extracts used:
- Story – Lydia Davis
- Jamil Ahmad – The Sins of the Mother
- Ernest Hemingway’s six word story
- There will Come Soft Rains – Ray Bradbury
- The Pedestrian – Ray Bradbury
- A selection of famous opening sentences with narrative hooks from novels
- When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Nawabdin Electrician by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Pupils who meet age related expectations will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Their writing is shaped and organised competently.
- They consistently set out their writing in paragraphs correctly.
- In their writing, effective links between paragraphs are evident.
- Their sentences are varied and ideas are developed in paragraphs using a variety of devices.
- They are able to use a range of conjunctions within and between paragraphs.
- Their writing shows a wide range of punctuation marks used correctly.
- They are able to use tenses are accurately.
- Their spelling is mostly accurate although a dictionary may have to be used for complex spelling patterns.
- Their writing matches the purpose of the task with vocabulary and sentence lengths chosen for effect.
- They use an appropriate style when writing with figurative language used effectively.
- Their writing engages the reader.
- They are able to embed quotations in sentences when answering a question about a text.
- Their responses often show inference and deduction has been used to show a greater understanding of a text.
- They can give some reasons for the overall structure of a text and explain its impact on different readers.
- They can comment on the structural features of a text.
- They can explain the effect of vocabulary and sentence structures in a studied text.
- They are able to identify and comment on a variety of stylistic features.
- They can understand and explain a writer’s main purpose for writing a text.
- An awareness of the effect a writer is trying to create is evident in their responses to a text.
- They are able to compare and deconstruct texts from different eras and show an awareness of contextual features that may have influenced the writing of a text.