English Year 10

 

Curriculum Subject: English

Year 10

Exam Board: Edexcel

What are we learning this term?

The skills to analyse and evaluate Nineteenth Century fiction and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

 

Autumn Term:

  1. Nineteenth Century Fiction – We will be looking at a range of texts written in the Nineteenth Century including extracts from ‘Jayne Eyre’, ‘Bleak House’ and ‘The Speckled Band’. Lessons will focus on deducing meaning, analysing the language used and considering how tension is built in a text.
  2. ‘Macbeth’ – Following introduction lessons covering the plot and key ideas within the play, we will study a number of key scenes with a focus on character presentation and development.

 

Useful Websites:

 

A list of Nineteenth Century novels students can read to gain insight and understanding into the type of literature being written at the time. Goodreads.com allows students can link this site up to Facebook to share and discuss what they are reading:

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/19th-century-fiction

 

No Fear Shakespeare (the original text and a modern translation): http://nfs.sparknotes.com/macbeth/page_2.html

 

‘Macbeth’ Sparknotes for a comprehensive overview of the play:

http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth/

 

 

OneNote: Practise exam materials will be accessible to students.

 

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

 

 

 

What are we learning this term?

The skills to analyse poetry and to understand and produce 20th and 21st Century texts.

 

Spring Term:

  1. Poetry – We will be studying an anthology of 15 poems. You will be able to explain the meaning of poems and how the poet communicates these ideas through language and structure. You will also consider what the poet is aiming to achieve in the poetry that they write.
  2. 20th and 21st Century Texts – You will student a range of extracts from different forms of writing from the 20th and 21st century. You will be able to comment on the writer’s craft and discuss how the writers meet the needs of purpose and audience in the language that they use. You will also practise writing texts with a focus on persuasive writing.

 

Useful Websites:

 

Useful information on writing about poetry. You can use this information to help you complete OneNote tasks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/writingcomparingpoetry/writingabpoetryrev1.shtml

 

This website has lots of English based quizzes; great for poetry, 20th and 21st Century texts and writing skills.

http://www.educationquizzes.com/gcse/english/

 

 

OneNote: Practise exam materials will be accessible to students.

 

 

 

 

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.

 

What are we learning this term?

The skills to write about ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens and to produce Transactional texts.

 

Summer Term:

  1. ‘Great Expectations’ – Following a short introduction to plot, settings and themes, you will study key extracts from the novel focusing on the use of language to communicate the author’s ideas and intentions. You will also consider the context around the writing and how this influences choices made by Dickens.
  2. Transactional texts – You will learn how to produce a range of non-fiction texts based on a theme.

 

Useful Websites:

 

Sparknotes on ‘Great Expectations’ offers a useful revision tool, giving a full overview of the novel:

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/greatex/

 

To be a successful writer, you should have a clear idea of what texts look and sound like. Reading newspaper articles, letters, advice leaflets and magazines will help you to do this. Newspaper articles can be accessed through the following websites:

www.theguardian.co.uk

www.thetimes.co.uk

www.thetelegraph.co.uk

www.themirror.co.uk

 

OneNote: Practise exam materials will be accessible to students.

 

How will we be assessed?

Reading and creative writing assessments based on the materials and tasks you will complete in the exam.