English

The English curriculum at CESC focusses on developing excellent reading and writing skills. We believe in children experiencing as many texts as possible, and support them to make links between what they read and what they can write.

Students are given the tools they need to access texts, with a clear emphasis on the comprehension strategies that are the step above being able to read the words in the texts aloud. The students are encouraged to read a ‘Just right book’, using the five word test – if there are more than five words on a page that are unknown or too difficult to decipher, the text is too hard. The students are then supported to further understand the text they’ve chosen using these comprehension strategies:

  • Activating and connecting (linking our thinking, memories and knowledge to what we are reading)
  • Determining importance (knowing what to look for in texts and how to use the structure to give us clues)
  • Inferring (working out what the writer is hinting at in the text)
  • Predicting (looking for evidence with regards to what will come next)
  • Visualising (creating a mental picture of the text)
  • Monitoring (checking ourselves for understanding, confusion, fluency in reading)
  • Questioning (wondering what will happen next, where the text goes to from here, why things are done in the text the way they have been done)
  • Summarising and synthesising (converting the text and ideas into our own words and linking them to knowledge we already have)This is then linked to how our students are taught writing. We have three basic writing types: Expository (instructional and informative), persuasive and creative. Students are taught to think of their writing in terms of SIX writing traits, which are:
  • After this has become a part of the process students use to access texts, we introduce a deeper analysis of the ideas the writer shows, why the writer might be showing them, and how their ‘craft’ (writing techniques, style, structure and language) is used to put across the ideas.
  • Ideas (what you’re going to say and show)
  • Organisation (the form and expectations of that form)
  • Word Choice (the types of words you use)
  • Sentence fluency (the sentence types of which there are three)
  • Voice (how authentic your ‘persona’ is)
  • Conventions (grammar, punctuation, spelling – all the rules)Students at the college are exposed to a variety of texts and (historical, social, political and cultural) contexts. It is important that students are exposed to ideas from texts from a range of eras and cultures. The Victorian Curriculum also expects that students are exposed to texts from a wide range of cultures, as well as Australian texts. Students complete analyses of films as text in years 7 – 9, and plays as texts in year 10. The following is a breakdown of the units studied at the college:Curriculum overview ENGLISH
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  • Reading and writing is supported by literature circle texts, where students are able to read a variety of fiction texts and discuss the ideas in groups. Students in years 7 and 8 are grouped according to need. At times this is an ability grouping, and other times mixed grouping, or specific groups based on learning updates that are needed. Years 9 and 10 also have opportunities to group students across class groups. Year 9 has a mainstream and enrichment curriculum, whereas year 10 has mainstream, essential and enrichment curriculum. Students in years 9 and 10 are also supported in an online learning environment.
  • This basic premise is seen throughout the curriculum, and is underpinned by Victorian Curriculum documents. This curriculum is comprised of three main areas: Reading and Viewing, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. All of this is designed to give the students a broad experience and develop essential literacy skills required in senior studies, tertiary experiences and life itself.
 

T1

T2

T3

T4

7

Introductory activities - testing

Show box oral

Persuasive Writing

Reader’s Notebook

Literature Circles – Strength in Adolescence

Expository Writing - Analytical Writing

Language analysis

Expository – multimodal and creative writing

CAMP

NAPLAN testing

Narrative Writing

Reader’s Notebook

Spirited Away text analysis

Asian Text

Reader’s Notebook

 

               

8

Narrative Writing

Reader’s Notebook

Expository Writing

Literature Circles – The land, culture and its people

Whale Rider Text analysis

Pasifika Text

Persuasive writing block (3 weeks)

Language analysis

Weekly Reader’s notebook

Analytical writing

 

               

9

 

Main

Narrative Writing

Reader’s Notebook

Persuasive Writing - speeches

Reading – Language analysis

Literature Circles – Relationships with self and others

Expository writing – thematic essay

Graphic novel text analysis

Expository writing - review

NAPLAN testing

Red Dog Text analysis

Australian Text

Reader’s Notebook

 

               

9

Enr

Narrative Writing

Reader’s Notebook – Short stories

Persuasive Writing - debate speeches

Reading – Language analysis

Study of a play

Frankenstein (Pullman)

Graphic novel text analysis

Persepolis

Expository writing - review

Persuasive Writing – debate speeches

NAPLAN testing

Film as text

Edward Scissorhands

Curious Incident of the dog in the night time

Western literature - United Kingdom Text

Reader’s Notebook

Expository writing – adaptations of literary texts & Comparison of adaptations of Gothic literature.

 

               

10

Reader’s Notebook

Creative writing

Expository Writing

Twelve Angry Men text analysis

Comparative unit – To kill a Mockingbird and TAM

Western literature – American Texts

Reader’s Notebook

Shakespeare

Classic Literature

Literature Circles – The Human Condition

Language analysis

Persuasive writing

10

Enr

Reader’s Notebook

Creative writing

Expository Writing

The Crucible text analysis

Comparative unit – The Crucible and GATTACA

Western literature – American Texts

Reader’s Notebook

Shakespeare

Classic Literature

Literature Circles – The Human Condition

Language analysis

Persuasive writing

10 Ess

Reader’s Notebook – short stories

Creative writing

Expository Writing

Twelve Angry Men text analysis

Adaptations of text – Twelve Angry men (play versus original film)

Western literature – American Texts

Reader’s Notebook

Shakespeare – Graphic novel (MacBeth)

Classic Literature

Language analysis

Persuasive writing

When the students are in the literature / reading circle groups they have access to a range of text choices that suit their interests and needs. These texts cover a range of genres, eras and cultures.

VCE

 

Semester One

 

 Semester Two 

 

Reading and Responding

Reading and Creating

Analysing and presenting arguments 

   

Comparison

Analysing and presenting arguments 

 11

Medea (play)

Montana 1948

(Novella)

Analysis of media texts AND Oral presentation

 

The Shepherd’s Hut (Novel) AND Hunt for the Wilder People (film)

Analysis of Media texts

 12

Women of Troy (play)

Nine Days

(Novel)

Analysis of Media texts

 

Invictus (Film) and Ransom (Novel)

Oral Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

EAL

 

Semester One

 

 Semester Two 

 

Reading and Responding

Reading and Creating

Analysing and presenting arguments

   

Comparison

Analysing and presenting arguments

 11

Medea (play)

Hunt for the Wilder People (film)

Analysis of media texts AND Oral presentation

 

The Shepherd’s Hut (Novel) AND Hunt for the Wilder People (Film)

Analysis of Media texts

 12

Women of Troy (play)

Invictus (Film)

Analysis of Media texts

 

Invictus (film) and Ransom (novel)

Oral Presentation

EAL also has an additional outcome which is a series of LISTENING tasks

The following VCE texts are Australian texts: The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton), Nine Days (Toni Jordan) and Ransom (David Malouf).

 

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