This Year’s Line of Inquiry
Choosing Rebellion, Activism and the Voice of the Anti-Hero as your English programme for Year 10 means that, you probably found the darker, more dystopian aspects of your Key Stage 3 programme attractive; you’re somehow inexorably drawn to the unusual and deep down you sense that something is rotten in the state of… This programme will take a media-savvy journalistic approach. You’ll need to think fast, question everything and be willing to speak up. You will be asked to challenge yourself, take risks and show ambition.
We’ll be reading the work of some of the 20th Century’s greatest satirists, poets and activists. We’ll explore modern text communication, political and online language and compare this with your own speech to learn how the wool can be so easily pulled over our eyes. We’ll look at the grammar and style of a range of journalistic writing and publish our own. We’ll read Hamlet and explore modern anti-heroes such as Donnie Darko and A Clockwork Orange’s Alex De Large. Throughout, you will be practising the key skills required to succeed in the GCSE examinations. In parallel to this everyone will be completing for homework their own longitudinal journalistic inquiry by investigating links between self-selected books, films and art and presenting these in documentary form.
You chose this class, you have made a commitment to me as a teacher and this programme of learning and as always your feedback about the content of this, or the English department’s over-arching scheme, is most welcome. It’s going to be a brilliant year.
You homework, which is due Monday 18 January: Read to the end of Chapter 1 of Touching the Void Write a very short entry in your blog summarising 3 key events from this chapter and including one interesting quotation that helps explore the narrative devices used by...read more
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