11th December. We began our study of the importance of structure and form in poetry with an analysis of the sonnet, ‘My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun’ by Shakespeare, with a focus on how the content relates to the structure. We followed this up with an analysis of another sonnet by Shakespeare, ‘Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day’. By comparing the two sonnets, i.e. number of lines, rhyme scheme, rhythm and relation to content, we were able to formulate a ‘recipe’ for a Shakespearean sonnet. We then tested our knowledge by reassembling a ‘cut up’ version of a Shakespearean sonnet, ‘The Parting’ by Michael Drayton, based on our understanding of form and structure.
For next lesson, you must prepare an an analysis of the Petrarchan sonnet, ‘How do I Love Thee?’, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Can you come up with a different recipe?
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on December 11th,2011 Grade 9
11th December. We have now completed our study of fairy tales. Our final assessment task was a comparative essay analysing two fairy tales. Points covered were archetypes and the influences of the cultural, historical and social backgrounds in which the fairy tales were created, as well as comparative essay writing skills.
15th November. We have now read and discussed an extract from ‘Jane Eyre’, which we have compared with the traditional Fairytales. We have also compared more modern and humorous versions of the story by James Thurber and Roald Dahl and drawn some interesting conclusion about how the different versions are representative of the time in which they were created. Tomorrow, with your partner, you should be ready, or nearly ready, to present your analysis of your assigned fairytale to the rest of the group with your partner.
2nd November. Read the first three versions of ‘Little Riding Hood’. How are they different? Why do you think this might be?
October 10th. After completing the myth comparison poster, I would like you to write an original myth. Please find the directions and criteria here. Due date – 17th October.
In the first part of this unit, you will study a selection of creation myths from different cultures. What questions do people from very different backgrounds and different times ask about the nature of existence? What can you learn about their environment and the nature of their societies from the myths they created? Does their environment influence the questions they ask or what they seek to explain?
August 22nd. Listen to the Ugandan Myth? What conclusions can you draw?
24th August. Homework. Create a family tree for the characters in the Greek Myth. What conclusions can you draw about the people who created this myth? Prepare the vocabulary for the Mayan Myth.
26th August. Hwk. Compare the Greek, Mayan and Iroquois Myths. What are similarities? Differences? What conclusions, if any, can you draw about the differnt environments and societies?
1st September. Hwk. Analyse the ‘Rig Veda’ for concrete and abstract terms and answer the questions.
2nd September. Prepare the vocabulary for the Genesis Creation Story.
5th-9th September. Keep up your comparison tables of the myths and find a myth of your own.
12th-16th September. With your partner, prepare your storytelling and analysis presentation. Remember to make the storytelling part of your presentation as entertaining as possible in the oral tradition.
26th September - 10th October. With your partner, choose two myths and prepare a myth comparison poster. You must include short summaries of your myths, similarities, differences and conclusions you can draw about the environment, societies and concerns of the creators of your myth.
Welcome back, grade 9. This year, you will continue to study literature and begin to prepare for the IGCSE First Language English Examination which will take place at the end of grade 10. You will continue to develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also learn a variety of functional language skills in preparation for the IGCSE Examination, including summarising, letter writing, script writing and persuasive writing. You will complete a range tasks, which will be assessed according to the English Department Assessment Criteria.