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English in Upper School 2

US2 English develops the essential skills of inference and deduction and critical analysis, laying the foundations for the successful interpretation of literary texts. In the first semester, students read a range of prose and poetry from across time and place relating to the theme of Growing Up, authors include: Anne Frank, Langston Hughes, Nina Bawden, Ashley M. Jones, and Maya Angelou. Following this, the theme Heroes and Villains includes the study of "A Christmas Carol" and "Macbeth." Among other concepts, students explore the extent to which characters determine their own fate and whether or not Dickens and Shakespeare deserve the praise bestowed upon them by previous generations. Finally, all is not what it seems when students explore the theme of Language and Power taking a deep dive into forms of rhetoric through polemical writing, propaganda, and Orwell’s "Animal Farm."

Students will:

  • Read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from across place and time, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism.
  • Read in depth, critically and evaluatively and make comparisons between texts.
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • Summarize and synthesize information or ideas from texts.
  • Use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.
  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately.
  • Use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately.
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.
  • Cultivate the habit of reading widely and often for pleasure.
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