English Units

Grades 11-12

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[Grades 9-10 | Grades 11-12]
Listening & Speaking / Reading / Writing

Listening & Speaking Units

Advertising Icon Advertising
This unit uses research and a seminar presentation to engage students in an indepth study of the language of advertising.

Poetry Beast Icon The All-Purpose Multimedia Poetry Beast
In this unit teachers can learn as much as students in technological terms, while exploring new ways of teaching poetry. This process will readily adapt to the teaching of any literary form.

Arguing a Point Icon Arguing a Point
This activity provides opportunities to develop critical thinking skills through responding to a range of texts that present a range of differing points of view.

The Crucible Icon The Crucible
Students study the socio-historical contexts in which this play was written, set and is read today. They then actively engage with the language, themes and characters prior to presenting in groups, their interpretation of a scene from the play.

Julius Caesar Icon Et Tu Brutè: Performing Julius Caesar
A unit focusing students on the directorial decisions needed in the production of the play. Analysis of text and viewing of a range of interpretations lead to performance of extracts.

The Language of Oratory Icon The Language of Oratory
This unit outlines a possible study of the Language of Oratory. After close analysis of the content and technniques employed in a variety of public speaking contexts, students present findings from their own research about speech-making in a seminar to classmates.

Shakespeare's England Icon Shakespeare's England
A research assignment on the life and times of Shakespeare in Elizabethan England, which will be presented as a seminar to the class, and precede a study of a Shakespearean play.

Listening & Speaking / Reading / Writing

Reading Units

The Bell Jar Icon The Bell Jar: Swimming in Text
This unit is designed to develop the personal engagement of students with the novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath which is investigated both as it stands and in the context of its own literary tradition.

Julius Caesar Icon Et Tu Brutè: Performing Julius Caesar
A unit focusing students on the directorial decisions needed in the production of the play. Analysis of text and viewing of a range of interpretations lead to performance of extracts.

Heart of the Apocalypse Icon Heart of the Apocalypse
Civilisation versus savagery in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.

Poetry for Pleasure Icon Poetry for Pleasure
A unit which is intended to encourage enjoyment of poetry. It begins with a broad overview of different types of poetry and progresses to individual student choice of a poem to analyse.

Listening & Speaking / Reading / Writing

Writing Units

Advertising Icon Advertising
This unit uses research and a seminar presentation to engage students in an indepth study of the language of advertising.

Poetry Beast Icon The All-Purpose Multimedia Poetry Beast
In this unit teachers can learn as much as students in technological terms, while exploring new ways of teaching poetry. This process will readily adapt to the teaching of any literary form.

The Bell Jar Icon The Bell Jar: Swimming in Text
This unit is designed to develop the personal engagement of students with the novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath which is investigated both as it stands and in the context of its own literary tradition.

Heart of the Apocalypse Icon Heart of the Apocalypse
Civilisation versus savagery in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.

Poetry for Pleasure Icon Poetry for Pleasure
A unit which is intended to encourage enjoyment of poetry. It begins with a broad overview of different types of poetry and progresses to individual student choice of a poem to analyse.

The Rotten State of Denmark Icon The Rotten State of Denmark - a Study of Shakespeare's Hamlet
In this unit, students focus on the immoral forces at the heart of Elsinore, and the way in which the tragic events, characters' motivations, themes, motifs and aspects of language reflect this immorality. Students work through a range of activities before delivering a seminar and writing an essay.

King Lear Icon Seeing, Storms and Madness: King Lear
A play often described as 'the best work of literature ever' could be a little daunting to teach. This unit offers strategies to bring the play to life, both in the classroom and in the minds of students.

Write All About It: Newspapers Icon Write All About It: Newspapers
Students analyse the structure and style of news writing, editorials, letters to the editor and editorial cartoons before creating their own group newspaper which includes an original news story to be assessed.

[Grades 9-10 | Grades 11-12]