Year 8 English

Reading

Reading Strategies

  • Use skimming, scanning and close reading effectively to allow you to explore personal interpretations of the text and to develop a convincing argument.

Identifying Techniques

  • Identify a wide range of language techniques, using accurate terminology consistently.
  • Explain how language techniques contribute to the overall development of texts.

Context & Theme

  • Make perceptive connections between a text and its context/themes.
  • Develop detailed explanations to show how the context or themes affect meanings of selected sections of the text and the text overall.

Evaluation & Effect

  • Make assured and thoughtful analytical comments about the intentions of the writer and the effect their language use has on the reader.
  • Demonstrate a detailed evaluative tone within responses.

Reference & Style

  • Make consistent and selective use of embedded, direct quotations.
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated and precise critical style.

Comparisons

  • Make assured and thoughtful comparisons between texts.

Writing

Spelling

  • Spell all words correctly, including more ambitious vocabulary.

Vocabulary

  • Make consistent use of a range of imaginative and ambitious vocabulary.
  • Use vocabulary which is always appropriate to audience and purpose.

Punctuation

  • Use a full range of punctuation appropriately to create desired effects on the reader.

Sentences

  • Use a full range of sentence structures to create particular effects in all pieces of writing.

Sequencing & Cohesion

  • Sequence all writing logically, showing evidence of crafting the text as a whole to create particular effects on the reader.

Paragraphing

  • Use paragraphs correctly in all writing.
  • Show regular evidence of using paragraphs to create particular effects on the reader.

Writing Development

  • Develop writing with imaginative detail, making regular crafted use of language techniques.

Audience & Purpose

  • Demonstrate a clear awareness of audience and purpose.
  • Understand the conventions of a range of writing purposes with a full range of appropriate techniques being consistently used.

Headteacher Mike Lambert

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