Spring Term 1


All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I’m not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are.
Mark Haddon


Main Project: Extended Reading
Christopher Boon is a teenager in a world that he doesn’t understand.  When he discovers the murder of his neighbour’s dog, Christopher takes it upon himself to solve the mystery.

Assessment Focus:
You will develop your reading skills, focusing on understanding, deduction, interpretation and analysis.  You will have to present your findings to your class in any mode, written, verbal or presentational.  There will also be an essay – 500 – 800 words.

Critical Thinking Focus and Extension:
Rhetoric through informal debate, We will build on our work from the Spring term, investigating the representation of teenagers across a range of media and then comparing them to our protagonist, Christopher.   Through Socratic Circles, we will explore the themes of the play and then consider our own interpretations of the text.

Depth We will undertake close textual analysis exploring character, representation, plot and themes.  Ho might an author shape a text and construct character?  How are ideas and themes developed?  How is representation constructed to show a believable character?  As audiences, why might we react differently to a text?

Ambiguity Through choice, students will be given the opportunity to progress at their own pace; choosing the challenge suitable for them.

Wider Reading:
We will look at a range of non-fiction texts in tandem with our set text to explore the representation of teenagers (and other groups) across a range of media.  You may also choose to some protagonists from critically established Young Adult novels such as: Submarine; The Knife that Killed Me; The Catcher in The Rye; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; The Chocolate War or I am the Cheese.

You will be given the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills throughout the forms of informal debate and a presentation that you will be responsible for.

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