DAA English KS3 Bulletin- WEEK 3

Weekly ideas and reminders

What's currently being studied?

Year 7: Me, Myself and I- identify, culture with a core novel.

Year 8: Gothic Fiction, with a core novel or play.

Year 9: Conflict- Shakespeare's Macbeth

Key Reminders and Messages for Each Year

Year 7

  • Making sure the RESPECT mnemonic is stuck into the book
  • Making sure students are aware of the presentation standards of their books- this is vital in light of 'progress over time' measures now!
  • Use the big picture slide each lesson!
  • Now we are beginning to mark and feedback as the term is underway- please refer to the Dixons Standards in books
  • PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEME HAS BEEN READJUSTED! YOU CAN RUN THIS OVER TWO WEEKS IN LIGHT OF THE BRIDGE TRAINING AND READING TESTS


THIS WEEK:

This week, students are stepping into a character's shoes from your class reader and describing using a range of techniques, such as-

WOW words

Senses

Sentence Openers

Punctuation

Simile

Metaphor

Personification


THINGS TO TRY:

  • Pupils to draw around their hand- label each finger with a sense and the palm with feelings- watch a video clip and ask them to assume a character's role noting down ideas to describe it
  • Use stations to circulate and build ideas- this is one I did for Macbeth, for example
  • Use the grade descriptors to peer assess and assess examples that you create
  • Set up a range of 'inspiration stations' around the room for students to move and get ideas from- perhaps one student per table can go and get information to bring back to build a descriptive pice of writing
  • Use any of ASA's GCSE descriptive writing scheme here

Year 8-

  • Making sure the RESPECT mnemonic is stuck into the book
  • Making sure students are aware of the presentation standards of their books- this is vital in light of 'progress over time' measures now!
  • Use the big picture slide each lesson!



  • Given that this week is seeking to build on students' abilities to see how events can be put together, this might be a useful opportunity to use any one of the short stories already being circulated or available in the office- ask students to read and report back, commenting on Gothic Features
  • Ask students to look back over your story so far- plot events/quotes and changes in character and so forth
  • For stretch, ask students to analyse and comment on the structures of Gothic poetry- maybe even compare with stories and so on

Year 9

  • Making sure the RESPECT mnemonic is stuck into the book
  • Making sure students are aware of the presentation standards of their books- this is vital in light of 'progress over time' measures now!


  • Use whichever author you want for the Autobiographical transition unit for 21st century text. AKM has a range of earlier texts for you to use.