NCEA Level 1 English
In this course, we will engage in the study of a novel and a film (each chosen by the class) and these will determine the topics that we'll delve into. Likely possibilities include sci-fi, technological advancements and human nature and behaviour. Poetry, short stories, short films, videos, articles and other things will fall out of the novel/film studies we complete, and these will give students significant content to aid in the completion of their assessments.
The course will be split into two segments each term: the learning phase and the assessment phase:
The learning phase phase will take between 6 and 7 weeks, and will be purely content - we'll discuss things, share stories, watch stuff, read stuff and deeply explore into the topics the texts bring to the surface.
In the assessment phase, students will choose an NCEA English achievement standard (also a couple of media standards available), and the context through which they will engage in the assessment. There will be LA help and guidance throughout the assessment phase, but it is the responsibility of the student to choose the assessment path they wish to take. Most students will complete one internal achievement standard per term, worth 3 or 4 credits, with the option of also working towards external assessments in Term 4.
This course will be very engaging and interactive, but will also require the ability to self-direct and self-motivate.
Megan W's Class - Coming of Age Stories
In this NCEA level one English class we will do some creative and formal writing, we will read a novel, we will read some short stories, and we will watch some films.
The theme this year will be 'coming-of-age' stories. That is, stories about young people going through challenging experiences as they leave childhood behind and enter the world of young adulthood.
This class is suitable for students who can read independently (for example, who can read Harry Potter, a Roald Dahl novel, or a David Walliams novel, without help).
Some of the films and television shows we watch will be suitable for mature audiences, so students should be at least 13 years old, and preferably 14 years or older.
Assessment Information (Megan's Class)
Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), using supporting evidence, 4 credits, External (Material covered in terms 1 and 2)
Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), using supporting evidence, 4 credits, External (Material covered in terms 3 and 4)
Produce formal writing, 3 credits, Internal (Term 1)
Produce creative writing, 3 credits, Internal (Term 1)
Construct and deliver an oral text, 3 credits, Internal (Term 2)
Explain significant connection(s) across texts, using supporting evidence 4 credits, Internal (Term 2)
Form personal responses to independently read texts, supported by evidence 4 credits, Internal (All year, submit term 3).
Show understanding of visual and/or oral text(s) through close viewing and/or listening, using supporting evidence, 3 credits, Internal (Term 3 or 4).
Total credits: 28 (8 EXT; 20 INT)
Courses offered per block.