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Year 8 English


Common Unit

Unit Description

Students are encouraged, through the study of literature, to think critically about challenging ideas and issues, and to respond to texts both personally and in an objective way. They also consolidate their understanding of the formal structures and conventions of analytical essay writing. They become aware of the power of language in everyday texts and some of the ways it can be used in society. A continued focus on the appropriate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar conventions forms part of this study.

During the year, students explore the relationship between language and argument in advertising texts. They also study novels, short stories and poetry in order to develop the breadth of their understanding of text conventions. Students explore the specific stylistic features of each text type, with a particular focus on understanding the writers’ decisions. Throughout the year, emphasis is given to the Wide Reading program, which encourages students to develop an independent reading habit. Students undertake a range of creative, persuasive, informative and analytical written tasks, as well as building their oral communication skills in both formal and informal settings. Students are supported to learn how to collaborate effectively with others, as well as developing their ability to learn independently.


Students are assessed in a range of ways, including:
  • Text response essays.
  • Written passage analyses.
  • Comparative essays.
  • Persuasive and imaginative writing.
  • Oral text responses.