Level 3 English
Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Ryan
On completing this course students should be able to:
• Show understanding of the messages and techniques of literary language;
• Show understanding of the messages and techniques of contemporary (non-literary) language;
• Demonstrate ability to write effectively, appropriately, logically and accurately;
• Communicate effectively orally or visually.
Written work carried out throughout the year is collected in a portfolio, from which two pieces are chosen and submitted for final assessment at the beginning of Term Four. Other internal assessments for this course are completed at the end of Term One and Term Three.
The goal in this course is to achieve University Entrance in English (at least 14 credits).
Week 1 - 2: Course Introduction – set up Writing Profiles. Goal-setting.
Week 3 - 8: Begin first Literature study – Seamus Heaney poetry study – go over background to 20th century Ireland; analyse language, style, setting, themes, etc.
On-going comprehension and language analysis exercises; in-depth poetry analysis, theme analysis, language discussion. Language and writing tasks.
Individually choose poem for study towards Pecha Kucha presentation for AS3.5; check-pointing with teacher.
Develop oral language presentation skills for AS3.5
Practice assessment AS3.1 (91472) – also forms first formative piece for Writing Portfolio – AS3.4 (91475);
Complete AS3.5 (91476) in Week 8
Weeks 9 – 11: Travel Writing genre - develop and practise towards AS3.5
Travel writing genre – reading unfamiliar text; exploring genre techniques and style; develop own writing. Complete second formative piece for Writing Portfolio – AS3.4 (91475)
Week 1 - 5: Literature Study: Film – “The Constant Gardener” – examination question practice essays In-class viewing; revision and discussion of film techniques; background; character studies; setting; themes; style, etc.
Go over guidelines for AS3.2 (91473) – response to visual text.
Practice AS3.2 essay in class; Formative in-class essay test for AS3.2 – also forms third formative piece for Writing Portfolio – AS3.4 (91475)
Weeks 6 – 10: Introduction to colonialism and post-colonialism; working on finding and studying texts connected thematically
Reading essays, poetry, cartoons, non-fiction extracts about colonialism and post-colonialism;
Read primary text – “Mr Pip” – for novel study - theme, character, setting, historical background, etc - study looks specifically at how this text is a post-colonial text – linked to thematic study on post-colonialism Complete essay on “Mr Pip” – forms fourth formative piece for Writing Portfolio AS3.4 (91475);
Complete passage analysis and close reading exercises; complete critical thinking exercise – fifth formative piece for Writing Portfolio – AS3.4 (91475)
Week 1 – 5: Refer back to colonialism and post-colonialism; working on finding and studying texts connected thematically
Begin individual research task finding connections with “Mr Pip” – using personally-selected texts and texts studied in class to develop awareness of thematic connections.
Week 6 - 7: English Research assignment – AS3.7 (91478) – working on finding and studying texts connected thematically
Complete individual connections assignment for AS3.7 (91478) – due Week 8 (Wednesday, Sept 9th)
Week 8: Writing Portfolio work
Select, redraft and complete two pieces towards completion of AS3.4 (91475) Final submission for AS3.4 (91475) – due Wednesday, Sept 16th
Weeks 9 - 10: Examination Revision
Preparation towards Derived Grade Examinations – practising essay responses; essay question analysis; style, structure, etc.
Formative AS3.1; AS3.2 for examinations
Week 1: Derived Grade Examinations
Formative AS3.1, AS3.2, AS3.3 for examinations
Week 2: Final Examination Revision – AS3.1, AS3.2, AS3.3
Intensive language study – discussion and exercises on style, structure, meaning, language features, etc Practise literary essays
Examination study leave begins Friday October 30th.
NCEA examinationss begin Friday, November 6th.
$15 contribution to online homework programme
1 x 1B832 Exercise book
1 x 4B8 refill
1 x Ring binder
Recommended Prior Learning
At least 12 credits in NCEA English Level 2, with at least Achievement in AS91100
(2.3) and at least one literature topic, or with approval of the HoD. University
Entrance Literacy must have been gained in Year 12.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 25 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Term: 4, Week: 1
Term: 1, Week: 11
Term: 3, Week: 11
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 25
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.