Year 7 English

Rationale

Students are introduced to many new and exciting areas of study which aim to develop their God given ability to communicate effectively and which build on the language skills developed in their junior years.  The study will help develop and extend written, aural and oral skills with emphasis given on engaging students in a variety of learning outcomes.

Course Objectives

  • The Year 7 English Curriculum at Oxley provides students with opportunities to develop their God given creative and linguistic abilities within a Christian context.  Students produce, study and respond critically to texts created for a wide range of purposes and audiences.  They will engage and explore complex texts, themes and issues from both biblical and secular views.
  • Students are able to speak in a variety of formal and informal situations exploring different perspectives on complex ideas and issues.  They listen critically, examine the subtle ways in which language influences audiences and explore persuasive techniques.
  • Students read classic, contemporary and popular literary texts, media and multi-media texts and develop more critical ways of reading and responding to them.  Students analyse how different texts are interpreted by different audiences and why.
  • Students’ writing explores more complex themes and issues for specific and general audiences.  They use and control complex linguistic structures and features to convey meaning for audience and purpose.

Content

  • In Semester 1, students will study the craft of writing in a variety of forms and styles, including creative, persuasive and poetry. They will also participate as a member of a Literature Circle, studying one of a variety of selected texts. During the course of this semester, students will complete a range of writing and speaking activities. These will be based on the texts studied, wider reading and personal experiences.
  • In Semester 2, students will study ‘Wolf on the Fold’ by Judith Clarke, a collection of six inter-connected stories set in Australia spanning more than 60 years in the life of a family. They will then conclude the year by exploring a chosen context to further develop their understanding of how they write. This will be supported by the study of a film text. During the course of this semester, students will complete a range of writing and speaking activities. These will be based on the texts studied, wider reading, the media and personal experiences.

Assessment

  • Students will be assessed in a variety of ways under the broad categories of ‘Reading & Responding’, ‘Writing in Context’ and ‘Oral’ Assessment.  Students will complete assessment tasks formally and informally.  Some will be completed at home, others in class.  Some will be handwritten whilst others will require computer use. The assessment is carried out within the normal teaching and learning and leads to the satisfactory completion of the ‘Outcomes’.  There is an end of semester examination.