TERM 1:

15 January - 28 March 2014

[45 lessons]





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Important Documents:

The Words List consists of idioms, commonly misspelled words, commonly confused pairs and vocabulary which will be tested in the control test and June exams:


G9 Words List (Term 1)

Poetry Worksheet must be completed for each poem that we study:

 

Poetry Worksheets (G9.T1)

The following rubrics will be used to assess your work this year:

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BOOK REPORT:

You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lessons 1-2:

Welcome:



[Poem # 1: For appreciation]

SCHOOLITIS
By Brian Patten

You haven’t got a cough,
You haven’t got mumps,
You haven’t got a chill
Or any funny lumps.
You haven’t got tummy-ache,
You haven’t got a fever,
You haven’t got a runny nose
Or chicken-pox either.
You don’t look a ruin,
You don’t look a wreck,
You haven’t got toothache
Or a pain in the neck.
You’re as fit as a fiddle,
You’re sound as a bell,
In fact I’ve never ever
Seen you looking so well!
You don’t fool me,
I’m no fool.
Now up out of bed
AND OFF TO SCHOOL!

Getting to know US:

Our goal is to prepare you for your future by teaching you:

  • To communicate (in speech and writing) in an effective, socially acceptable way;
  • To think creatively and to be able to interpret the creative thoughts of others;
  • To embrace hard work and be committed to excellence.

In order to achieve this we, as your teachers, commit to being:

  • Prepared and knowledgeable;
  • Positive and encouraging;
  • Fun and interesting.

We expect YOU to do your best at all times!




Introduction to EngDep

Standards:

Now complete the following comprehension relating to our standards:


UR wot U write

Getting to know YOU:

Answer the following questions in your workbook:

1.What is your full name?
2.Do you have a nickname?  If so, what is it and how did you get it?
3.When is your birthday?
4.Who do you live with?
5.Do you have any brothers or sisters who attend MHS?  Who are they?
6.Which subjects interest you the most?
7.What do you like to do on weekends?
8.Which sports / hobbies do you participate in?
9.Do you like to read?  Why / why not?
10.What is the best book you've ever read?  Explain why it captivated you so much.
11.What type of movies / TV programs interest you?
12.Do you have a computer at home?  Is it connected to the internet?
13.Do you use any social media (Facebook, Twitter, Mx-it)?  How frequently?
14.What would you like to become in the future?
15.Who is your role model?  Why?
16.Choose five words that best describe you.
17.

Where there an aspects of the English curriculum that you struggled with in Grade 8?  If so, state which aspects?
18.  
Do you experience any challenges in the classroom that we should be aware of?  (E.g. sight / hearing / concentration, etc)

Now complete the following exercise in your workbook:

  • English, as a subject, requires you to be creative so to get into the swing of things, let's look at the Rorschach Inkblot tests below. 
  • The Rorschach Inkblot test requires you to look creatively at a series of abstract paintings to ‘see what you see’
  • You can view the images from any angle, and there is no right or wrong – it’s totally dependent on your imagination.
  • Describe what you see in each of the images (± 100 words each). 









  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lessons 3-4:

Figurative Expressions:

Your Words List, which you will receive each term, contains idioms.

Idioms:

Idioms are commonly used figurative expressions.  They are figurative.  In other words, the intended meaning (figurative) is entirely different from the literal meaning:

[Poem # 2: For appreciation]

     MY DAD IS AMAZING!
     By Ian Souter 

     My dad’s amazing for he can:

     make mountains out of molehills,
     teach Granny to suck eggs,
     make Mum’s blood boil
     and then drive her up the wall. 

     My dad’s amazing for he also:

     walks around with his head in the clouds,
     has my sister eating out of his hand,
     says he’s got eyes in the back of his head
     and can read me like a book.

     But,
     the most amazing thing of all is:

     when he’s caught someone red-handed,
     first he jumps down their throat
     and then he bites their head off!

Idioms are widely understood in the English speaking world (there are about 25,000 idioms) and are often used as a way of summarizing a situation or giving advise.

Look through the list of idioms to see which ones you are familiar with:


List - Idioms

Activity:

Identify the idioms referenced in the following cartoons. What does each idiom mean?












  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lessons 5-29:

Who Killed Jimmy Valentine?

As a class, discuss these pre-reading questions before you start:

  • Have you read this novel before?  Did you enjoy it?  Why / why not? 
  • Looking at the cover and title page, what do you think this novel is about?
  • Who is the author and what do we know about him? 
  • When was the novel published? 

Now ...

REDIRECT TO: Who Killed Jimmy Valentine?

Answers:

[Insert answers]


CAS Task: Unprepared Reading



  • One by one, learners will read ± ½ a page out aloud from Who Killed Jimmy Valentine?
  • Learners MUST read clearly and fluently, with expression, and look up at the audience intermittently.


CAS Task: Who Killed Jimmy Valentine? Test 



This test will assess how much you know about Who Killed Jimmy Valentine?


WKJV - Test




  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lessons 30-33:

CAS Task: Transactional Writing



Background:

The word 'blog' comes from 'web log', and it is a dedicated webspace for a writer (blogger) to post regular entries (articles) about a specific topic.

A blog functions as a type of online diary, a place to publish your thoughts and experiences including:

  • Descriptions of events
  • Commentary on social or political issues
  • Motivational messages

A blog can be personal or business related.

Read through the following blog post and answer the questions:

 

Back of a Bollywood Bus

  • In what country is Dave travelling?
  • What mode of transport is he using?
  • Using your own words, characterize his journey.
  • Provide a dictionary definition for “rickety”.
  • Why would it be an advantage to be far away from the Hindi musicals?
  • What figure of speech is employed when he says: “I could only see the screen when I was in mid air”
  • What does it mean to watch something “piecemeal”?
  • In what way is the ugly man’s outfit symbolic?
  • Provide a dictionary definition for “cahoots”.
  • Why do you think they pause to sing a song when “the ugly girl pulls out a box of matches”?
  • Describe the tone of the following sentence: “Just then, fifty blokes in black jump out from behind a bush that wasn’t there until they jumped out from behind it and start shooting at the hero, who hides behind a small wooden box.”
  • What does it mean to give your “blessing to their marriage”?
  • What is indicated by shaking your fist?
  • Provide a dictionary definition for “seduce”.
  • Why did the ugly girl change her mind about the man in the lonely hut?
  • What does it mean to “hatch a plan”?
  • Write your own brief climax to the movie.
  • How would you characterize the movie?
  • What is so entertaining to Dave?
  • What is “Bollywood”?      

Answers:


Answers G9,T1,L30-33

Teen Bloggers:

You too can start a blog.  Here are some other examples of teen bloggers:


Teen Bloggers

To get a better idea about blogging, browse through the winning blogs at The International Weblog Awards:




Instructions:

You are required to create your own blog then write and upload 2 blog posts (100 words each).  Copies of these blog posts must be emailed to your teacher.

Click HERE to submit your assignment online.

Step 1:

Choose a blog genre from the following list to blog about:

  • Beauty
  • Culture
  • Current affairs
  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Hobbies
  • Inspirational
  • Movies
  • Religion
  • Sport
  • Teenage Experience
  • Travel

Step 2:

  • Your teacher will schedule time in the Computer Lab.
  • Go to Blog.com and set up your own blog by following the instructions.



  • Inform your teacher, in writing, of your blog's name and genre.

Step 3:

  • Between now and the deadline (negotiated with your teacher) you are to write and upload two posts (of no less than 100 words each) to your blog.
  • If you do not have internet access at home, you may post your blog at break or after school in either Ms Mutlow's lab or in the library. 
  • Your teacher will mark your blog directly from the internet.
  • Please note that it's two posts or NOTHING! 

We hope you continue to blog loooong after this task is done!






  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lessons 34-36:

Cartoons



REDIRECT TO: Cartoon Analysis Notes

Now complete the following comprehension on Tintin:

Option 1:


Tintin 1

Answers:


Tintin 1 (Memo)

Option 2:


Tintin 2


Tintin 2 (Memo)




  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lesson 37:

Introduction to Poetry

Write a selection of poems according to the instructions below:

Class Poem:

  • Divide the class into as many teams as their are rows of desks.
  • The learner in the front desk of each row will compose a line of poetry on a piece of A4 paper, and then pass the paper to the second learner in the row.
  • Each learner in the row will write a line of poetry, following on from the previous line.
  • Your teacher will judge which row has the best poem.
  • Extra marks will be given for use of figurative language and sound devices.

Ezra Pound Couplet:

  • Line 1 = Visual statement
  • Line 2 = Metaphor of that image

Example:

               A bicycle winding in and out of traffic;
               A pilot fish in a school of sharks.

Haiku:

  • Line 1 = 5 syllables
  • Line 2 = 7 syllables
  • Line 3 = 5 syllables

Example:

               Sunrise comes like paint,
               Pinks and blues - watery hues,
               Smudging out the night.

[Poem # 3: For appreciation]

THE HAIKU MONSTER
By Paul Cookson

The haiku monster
Gobbles up the syllables
Crunching words and CHOMP!

The haiku monster
Slurps the ‘s’ in _pahetti
Bites ‘b’s for _reakfast.

The haiku monster
Jumbles all the telrets pu
Makes       disappear.

The haiku monster
Nibbles on the v w ls  nd
Chews consonants u .

The haiku monster,
Alphabet joker, plays with
The lettuce and worms.

The haiku monster
Hides rude words in the poem
And spoils bum snog vest.

Mixes up the lines
The haiku monster
Ruining all the layout.

Cinquain:

  • Line 1 = one word (noun), the topic
  • Line 2 = two words (adjectives) describing the topic
  • Line 3 = three words (verbs) describing an action related to the topic
  • Line 4 = four words describing a feeling about the topic (a coherent sentence / phrase)
  • Line 5 = one word referring back to the topic of the poem

Example:

                Cheetah
                Spotted black
                Bounding, leaping, chasing
                Wild feline of Africa
                Runner




  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lessons 38-39:

Poem # 4

CORNER
By Ralph Pomeroy

The cop slumps alertly on his motorcycle,
Supported by one leg like a leather stork.
His glance accuses me of loitering.
I can see his eyes moving like a fish
In the green depths of his green goggles.

His ease is fake.  I can tell.
My ease if fake.  And he can tell.
The fingers armoured by his gloves
splaying and clenching, itching to change something.
As if he were my enemy or my death,
I just standing there watching.

I spit out my gum which has gone stale.
I knock out a new cigarette - 
which is my bravery.
It is all imperceptible:
The way I shift my weight,
The way he creaks in his saddle.

The traffic is specific though constant.
The sun surrounds me, divides the street between us.
His crash helmet is whiter in the shade.
It is like a bull ring as they say it is just before the fighting.
I cannot back down.  I am there.

Everything holds me back.
I am in danger of disappearing into the sunny dust.
My Levis bake and my T shirt sweats.

My cigarette makes my eyes burn.
But I don’t dare drop it.

Who made him my enemy?
Prince of coolness.  King of fear.
Why do I lean here waiting?
Why does he lounge there watching?

I am becoming sunlight.
My hair is on fire.  My boots run like tar.
I am hung-up by the bright air.

Something breaks through all of a sudden,
And he blasts off, quick as a craver,
Smug in his power; watching me watch.

Pre-Activity:

  • Read through the poem and determine, for yourself, what the poem is about.  Discuss.

Vocabulary:


Vocab Quiz - Poetry (G9)

Poetry Analysis:

Fill out the poetry worksheet as you analyse the poem together, line-by-line, in terms of (a) what the poet is saying and (b) how the poet says it.

Questions:

This poem must be visualized so, before answering the questions, re-read the poem with two learners providing actions.

Stanza 1:

  • Explain the contradiction in "slumps alertly".
  • Identify the figure of speech in line 2.  What is being compared to what?
  • Why is the cop interested in the boy? 
  • Provide an appropriate dictionary definition of "loitering".
  • Draw a cartoon of the cop in his goggles, as described by the poem.

Stanza 2:

  • If their ease is fake, then how do they really feel?
  • How does the use of the word "armoured" contribute to the image of the cop?
  • What does the cop want to change?
  • How does the boy react to the cop?

Stanza 3:

  • How does the boy try to play it cool?  Why does he do this?
  • Provide an appropriate dictionary definition of "imperceptible".
  • What does he mean when he says: "It is all imperceptible"?  To what is he referring?

Stanza 4:

  • Explain the image of the bull ring.
  • Why can't the boy back down? 
  • Have you ever felt that way?  Explain.

Stanzas 5-6, 8:

  • What is ridiculous about him standing there?
  • Why does he dare not drop the cigarette?

Stanza 7:

  • The boy experiences a moment of insight in stanza 7. Explain the insight.
  • Who is the Prince of Coolness?
  • Who is the King of Fear?
  • Apply the same insight to your own life.

Stanza 9:

  • What breaks the two apart?
  • What is a "craver"?
  • Why is the cop so smug?



Answers:

[Insert answers]

Activity:

Answer the following questions based on the cartoon:


Grass

  • Who / what does the cow represent?
  • What gives us the impression that he's a shady character?
  • What, in your own words, is he asking the man?
  • What is the man's reaction? Substantiate your answer by referencing the visual clues.
  • Explain the pun.

Answers:

[Insert answers]




  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lesson 40-42:

CAS Task: Listening Comprehension



This task will assess how carefully you listen for specific information.

Instructions:

Your Educator will read you a passage about The Chain Gang, followed by 10 questions.  Listen carefully because you may NOT take notes or write down the questions. The process will be repeated. After the second reading, you will be required to answer the questions, using FULL SENTENCES, as your Educator asks them, one-by-one.


G9 - Listening Comprehension
 

What happens next?  You decide … ! 

In groups of ± 4, create the next episode (which must also end on a cliff-hanger).  Your episode must be recorded as a radio drama using the Voice Notes Recorder function on a cellphone.

For more on The Chain Gang, visit:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio7/chaingang/




  • Finish your Chain Gang episode.
  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.

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Lessons 43-44:

Poem # 5

LEATHER-JACKETS, BIKES AND BIRDS
By Robert Davies

The streets are noisy
with the movement of passing motors.
The coffee bars get fuller.
The leather-jacket groups begin to gather,
stand, and listen, pretending they are
looking for trouble.
The juke box plays its continuous
tune, music appreciated by Most.
The aroma of Espresso
coffee fill the nostrils and
the night.
Motorbikes pull up.
Riders dismount and join
their friends in the gang.
They stand, smoking, swearing,
playing with the girls;
making a teenage row.
They pretend not to notice the drizzle
falling out of the dark,
because you’re got to be hard to be a leather-jacket.
A couple
in a corner, snogging,
hope the motor lights will not be
dipped too much,
so that the others will see them.
They must all have recognition;
there must always be enough
leather-jackets around them,
the same as theirs.
The street lamp on the side
of the street shows the rain
for what it is – wet and cold.
But it does not show their faces
for what they are.

Pre-Activity:

  • Read through the poem and determine, for yourself, what the poem is about.  Discuss.

Vocabulary:


Vocab Quiz - Poetry (G9)

Poetry Analysis:

  • Fill out the poetry worksheet as you analyse the poem together, line-by-line, in terms of (a) what the poet is saying and (b) how the poet says it.

Questions:

  • What exactly are leather-jacket groups?
  • Why do they only pretend to look for trouble?
  • Why is "Most" written with a capital letter?
  • What, according to the poem, does a teenage row consist of?
  • What kind of teenage row have you caused?  Be honest now!!!
  • Why would they pretend not to notice the drizzle?  Answer using your own words.
  • Why do the kissing couple hope that the lights are not dimmed too much?
  • Why do they want to be seen by others?
  • How important is recognition by your peers to you?
  • Why must there always be enough leather jackets around them, the same as there's?
  • Explain the last five lines.
  • How are they different to the image that they're trying to portray?
  • How much of this poem can YOU relate to?

Answers:

[Insert answers]

Activity:

  • Which leather-jacket group do you belong to?  Design a tattoo for your group of friends.



Additional Resources:

[Poem # 6: For appreciation]

TATTOOED
By William Plomer

On his arms he wears
Diagrams he chose
A snake inside a skull
A dagger in a rose

And the muscle playing
Under the skin
Makes the rose writhe
And the skull grin 

He is who acts his dreams
And these emblems are a clue
To the wishes in his blood
And what they make him do 

The signs are truer
Than the wearer knows
The blade vibrates
In the vulnerable rose 

Anthers bend, and carmine curly
Petals kiss the plunging steel
Dusty with essential gold
Close in upon the thing they feel 

Moistly once in bony sockets
Eyeballs hinted at a soul,
In the death's head now a live head
Fills a different role 

Venomous resilience sliding
In the empty cave of though
Call it instinct ousting reason
Or a reptile's indoor sport 

The flower's pangs, the snake exploring
The skull, the violating knife
Are the active and the passive
Aspects of his life 

Who is at home with death
More than he guesses
The rose will die, and a skull
Gives back no caresses




  • Work through your Words List for the term. You will be tested on them.
You are required to read an age-appropriate book of your choice and write a Book Report on it.  Please note: you may NOT read a book based on a movie!!

Click HERE for the Book Report questions and to submit it online.

The due date is 21 March 2014.


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Lesson 45:



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