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English Y8

English Y8

Fertile Questions

What is Macbeth really about?

• How does our understanding of genre affect our engagement with the play?
• How does the context in which the play was set affect our understanding?
• How can I show an understanding of the context in which the play was written?
• How does the writer present attitudes and ideas to the reader?
• How do writers present characters in the play?
• How can I analyse the language, form and structure of a text?
• How can I use textual references to support my understanding of the play?
• How can I read, understand and respond to a Shakespeare text?
• How can I develop a personal response to the text?
• How does the play engage with different audiences?

How can I explore in creative reading and writing

• How can I summarise and synthesise information from a range of texts?
• How do writers use language to interest readers?
• How do writers use language and structure to interest readers?
• How do writers use language to present different viewpoints and perspectives?
• How can I develop comparisons and make links between texts?
• How do writers’ language choices affect a reader?
• How can I apply language and structural devices to my own writing?
• How can I improve a piece of writing to achieve a specific purpose and effect?

How can we interpret Private Peaceful?

• How does context affect our understanding of the novel?
• How do writers present characters in the novel?
• How do writers reveal themes, issues and ideas in the novel?
• How do writers present different attitudes and ideas in the novel?
• How do writers develop characters in the novel?
• How do writers present the relationship between characters in the novel?

How can we understand a writer’s viewpoints and perspectives

• How can I summarise and synthesise information from a non-fiction text?
• How do writers use language to make the reader feel part of the description?
• How do writers convey different views and experiences in a text?
• How can I use textual references to support my response?
• How can I write to argue for or against?

How can we enjoy poetry?

• How does context affect our understanding of the poem?
• How can I develop a critical and informed personal response to poetry?
• How do poets use language, form and structure to create meanings and effects?
• How do poets present themes, ideas and attitudes?
• How can I compare themes, ideas and attitudes in poetry?
• How do poets present contrasting attitudes and ideas in poetry?
• How can I identify and evaluate similarities and differences in poems?

How can I bring together the skills I have gained this year?

• How can I summarise and synthesise information from a range of texts?
• How do writers use language to interest readers?
• How do writers use language and structure to interest readers?
• How do writers use language to present different viewpoints and perspectives?
• How do writers convey different views and experiences in a text?
• How can I use textual references to support my response?
• How do writers’ language choices affect a reader?
• How can I apply language and structural devices to my own writing?