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English Year 7 and 8

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​Subject description

The study of English requires students to engage with a variety of texts to interpret, create, evaluate and discuss meaning in a wide variety contexts. These include literary texts and various types of media texts, ​films, poems, no​vels and plays. Abstract themes and issues are explored through higher order reasoning, critical analysis,​ and creative expression.

Out of class requirements

In an average week, students will need to complete 1-2 hours of homework and/or revision of in-class content. During assessment weeks, some class time will be used for drafting and conferencing but students will need to complete additional drafting and prepare their final submission at home.

What’s important for this subject

The Australian Curriculum determines three important strands of knowledge in the study of English:

Language: knowing about the English language.
Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature.
Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.

​​Year 7​
​Year 8
​Unit 1 - Perspectives in Texts​
​Cultural experiences are explored through myths and legends. Students write a narrative recount that reveals more information about a character in a myth or legend studied in class.​
​​Cultural experiences are explored through literary appreciation. Students will write and present a persuasive speech exploring representations in texts.​
Unit 2 - Texts in Culture​​​
​​In this unit, students explore music as a tool for social change. The assessment for this unit is a short response exam where students will analyse and interpret how songs create​ social change.​
​​Ideas of marginalisation, displacement and belonging will be explored through studying a literary work. Students will produce a narrative photo story that explores an event from a minor character’s perspective.
​​Unit 3 - Text Connections
​A study of human experiences will culminate in students producing a personal reflection in the form of a literary monologue.​​
​​Through film, students explore the elements of cinematography, and will present a persuasive pitch.
​Unit 4 - Literary Texts​
​​Through engaging with a novel, students will explore the art of persuasion culminating in the creation of a persuasive letter to the editor.​
​In this unit, students explore the literary hero, hero’s journey, hero archetypes and qualities of a hero, through various text types. Students will write an analytical essay to an unseen question.



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Last reviewed 04 May 2021
Last updated 04 May 2021