English Units

Grades 9-10

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

Listening & Speaking Units

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.

I Beg to Differ: Debating Icon I Beg to Differ: Debating
This unit prepares students to participate in a formal debate by giving them practice in impromptu speaking, rebuttal, defining a moot, preparing a case and delivering the debate.

Listen Up! Speak Up! Icon Listen Up! Speak Up!
This unit provides a structured approach to build students' confidence in public speaking. Students participate in a series of increasingly demanding speaking and listening activities which prepare them to deliver their speech to their 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.

What's the Problem? icon What's the Problem?
Using a range of information and communication technologies, students carry out an investigation into teenage problems to provide material for a piece of transactional writing for publication.

You're the Expert icon You're the Expert
A speaking unit in which students use their own research as the basis of a seminar to be delivered to their classmates.

Listening & Speaking / Reading / Writing

Reading Units

Paikea Icon Paikea: The Whale Rider
Ride the waves through the mists of time to the modern world exploring the novel, The Whalerider. This unit provides opportunities for personal reading, design and production of a 3D Wharenui and production of a poetic writing portfolio linked to ideas in the novel and other reading experiences.

Poetic Writing Icon Poetry Splash
A unit designed to stimulate and encourage poetry writing and publishing in a mixed-ability class.

Read Away Icon Read Away
A unit in which students choose either a fiction or non fiction book to read and use it to complete pre, during and after reading responses. Assessment focuses on the close reading of a selected passage with a model provided.

Roots Rule Icon Roots Rule
This unit focuses on word derivation based on knowledge of Greek and Latin roots. Unit activities and suggested follow-up activities support students in the acquisition of a store of word parts derived from Greek and Latin.

Thinking Critically about Research Sources Icon Thinking Critically about Research Sources
A quick-fire research unit, which could be incorporated into other units, which encourages students to critically evaluate all resources they use: print and internet, including Wikipedia.

To Kill a Mockingbird Icon To Kill a Mockingbird
A unit which makes extensive use of the internet, in which students plan and develop storyboards for key scenes from the novel.

Romeo and Juliet Icon Violent Delights and Violent Ends: Romeo and Juliet
A unit which uses a mix of traditional and very innovative approaches, including some great links, to engage students actively with the play.

Listening & Speaking / Reading / Writing

Writing Units

Formal Writing Icon Be Heard! - Through Formal Writing
This unit focuses on form, style, structure, conventions and the expression of ideas. The particular form used is a submission to a decision making body, however the skills covered can be applied to any format. This is a highly structured unit that students can progress through with a minimum of teacher input.

Destination Unknown Icon Destination Unknown
Based upon the theme of travel, this unit culminates in students producing Powerpoint presentations about their chosen destinations.

Roots Rule Icon Roots Rule
This unit focuses on word derivation based on knowledge of Greek and Latin roots. Unit activities and suggested follow-up activities support students in the acquisition of a store of word parts derived from Greek and Latin.

Take Me Seriously! Icon Take Me Seriously!
Take Me Seriously! is a formal writing unit which steps students through the process of generating thoughts in response to a chosen topic and developing a structured, coherent and formal written response, suitable for publication.

[Grades 9-10 | Grades 11-12]