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

Poems studied:

  • 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

Short stories:

  • The Red Room – HG Wells
  • The Tell-Tale Heart – Edgar Allen Poe

Extracts from:

  • 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.


Reading comprehension:

  • 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.