Topic  3 Year 9 English

Topic  Against All Odds 
No of lessons  16
When is it happening  Half Term 3 Year 9
What will students learn Students will explore the work of a selection of seminal female authors from a variety of different historical periods.  Students will explore extracts from plays, prose and whole poems.  Students will learn about the concept of a patriarchal society in order to explore the struggles of female authors through the ages.  Students will write a narrative essay and take part in structured discussions.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic  Extracts from seminal work of:- the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Jane Austen, Monica Ali, Imtiaz Dharker, Kate Chopin, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, Charlotte Perkins Gilmore, Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Deborah Lessing, JK Rowling; patriarchal society; biographical and contextual information relating to the core authors.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding 

Regular retrieval of the knowledge described above will be retrieved as well as:

Female 19th century seminal authors
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic Students will focus on acquiring the following skills: Write like a short story writer.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Making inferences; referring to evidence; purpose; vocabulary choice; characterisation; expressing own ideas; clear inferences; judicious evidence; audience; figurative language and grammar; setting; comparing; short speeches and keeping to the point.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand

Feminism, Plath, Equality, Oppression, Symbolism

The Big Question  Why is it important to study female writers?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'


How did women in Britain challenge the patriarchy?
Which female author created Frankenstein?
How does Shelley use Vocabulary to create a gothic atmosphere?
How can I create a gothic atmosphere in my writing?
How does Bronte use her setting to create an atmosphere of oppression?
How can contemporary female writers use the novel as a means of expression?
How can the short story be used as a critique of contemporary society?
How does Chopin use symbolism to explore the theme of freedom in her short story?
Who was Sylvia Plath and how far was her writing considered to be autobiographical?
How are women presented in Greek mythology?
How does Duffy create sympathy for the speaker in the poem Medusa?
How can poetry give the oppressed a voice?