Year 8A English

Hi Year 8A’s

A review of our novel reading plan and homework due.

1) Please make it a priority to click “follow” on my blog so that you receive automatic email notification of any updated homework.

2) Grammar homework due tomorrow 31st October: find and highlight TEN clauses on the extract of Boy in The Striped Pyjamas that I handed out to you today. Be prepared to find the Circumstance/Participant/Process in each of them. Refer to the handout sheet given in class today.

3) Drafts for your Persuasive Film Review due in tomorrow at the latest. There are 5 students left to hand in this work. Well done to the rest of you who have diligently worked on this 🙂

4) Novel to be read by Friday 9th November
Dates for Novel Reading Plan and Chapter Tests
Tonight have read chapters 1 & 2
Tomorrow 31st October Test on Chapters 1 & 2
Fri 2nd Nov Read chapters 3, 4, 5, 6
Tues 6th Nov Have read Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10 and Test on this day
Wed 7th Nov Have read 11, 12, 13, and Test
Fri 9th Nov Finished novel and Major Test.

5) Words Their Way will be up and running tomorrow so remember to bring in scissors, word study books etc.

See you tomorrow everyone 🙂
Mrs. Still


A thought about your homework

I have some examples of the types of questions I am looking for. We discussed a couple of them in class today:

1. How does the use of present tense influence the plot? (A. a sense of immediacy/drama/tension which drives along the plot)
2. What tense does the narrative shift to when some backstory is revealed? (past)
3. Why does the Claudius Templesmith change the rules to allow both tributes from the same district to be declared winners if they are the last to stay alive? (A. To make the viewing more interesting for the Capitol audience and to hook the reader in with the “love interest” angle of the story.
4. How does each chapter end?

1. What theme is introduced in the shift in setting from District 12 to the train as Katniss and Peeta leave for the Capitol?
(A. gluttony/unequal distribution of wealth and food resources)
2. Rather than predict the future, the sic-fi genre can be said to critique the present. What does this say about the futuristic setting of The Hunger Games?
3. Why do you think the novel is set in America?

1. How does the construction of Effie connected to the themes of the novel? (A. She is represented as frivolous and self-centred, just as the people of the Capitol are).
2. What did Peeta mean when he said to Katniss “Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their games”? (He represents the rebellion to the dictatorship OR the fight for the plight of the poor to be recognised by those in power etc).
3. How old is Katniss?

** You can do some basic questions like #3 in the Character section above, if you’re REALLY stuck.

Have fun!

Year 9 Homework

Write one question PER SECTION on the handout you were given today.

For instance, write one question and answer for PLOT, one question and answer for SETTING, and one question and answer for CHARACTERS.

See you tomorrow.

Dear Year 9 students

Hello everyone 🙂 I hope your last week of term went well, I’ve heard great reports about you all!

I apologise for not getting your exam preparation notes to you during that week. I hope this will help you to prepare for week one, term four. As you know, I will be on the Bali mission trip.

Year 9 Exam:

Short Story:

You will need to be able to read a passage of a short story and identify some elements that work to convey meaning. Some examples might be:







You will need to discuss some elements of “The Highwayman.” Consider:


Language (definitions)

Imagery (Similes, Metaphors, personification)



Rhythm & Rhyme

Persuasive Writing

You will be required to write a short persuasive essay in response to a given topic. For example: “Books are better than TV.”

Novel Study

Consider some of the themes we have been looking at so far in The Hunger Games, particularly: power, dysfunctional families, the role of reality TV and camera surveillance in today’s society. What have been the themes in the feature articles we have looked at this term and how do they relate to the world around us? (This will not apply to all students). Also consider some elements of the novel:





You will be asked some comprehension questions from the novel between chapters 1-10.


Review the ideas we discussed regarding dust jackets. You will have to apply your understandings to an unseen dust jacket or two.