|Year 9: The Human Condition
Detective Fiction & Sherlock Holmes
Students will learn about the detective and mystery genre. They will read a range of Sherlock Holmes stories and begin to recognise the patterns and common features in them.
‘The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle’
‘The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb’
‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’
‘The Man with the Twisted Lip’
Poetry Anthology: Students will read a range of poems that link together by theme. The unit is designed to take students through different ideas and devices and to develop their skills in analysis. Students will also develop their comparison skills required for GCSE.
Power and Protest: The Novel
Through their study of a 20th century canonical novel, students will explore big ideas connected with discrimination, oppression, and identity.
‘Of Mice and Men’ – John Steinbeck
‘Animal Farm’ – George Orwell
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – Harper Lee
The Art of Rhetoric
In this unit, students will explore the art of rhetoric and how it is used in different contexts to powerfully persuade. Students will read a range of speeches both fiction and non-fiction. Students will be given the opportunity to apply what they learn about rhetoric to their own writing by creating a persuasive speech of their own.
‘Climate Change address to the UN’- Greta Thunberg
‘Education, Education Education’- Tony Blair
‘I have a Dream’- Martin Luther King
‘Yes We Can’- Barack Obama
‘Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech’ Malala Yousafzai
‘We Shall Fight on the Beaches’- Winston Churchill
‘Freedom or Death’- Emmeline Pankhurst
‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’ Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare#
‘St Crispin’s Day Speech’ Henry V – William Shakespeare
Diversity and Tolerance: Short stories & Non Fiction Throughout the year, students will read a range of texts designed to develop their understanding of and empathy towards a range of issues and all people within society.
‘Loose Change’ – Andrea Levy
‘The Colour of Humanity’- Bali Rai
‘May Malone’- David Almond
‘This Changes Everything’- Naomi Klein
‘Becoming’- Michelle Obama
‘The Good Immigrant’ – Nikesh Shukla
‘Black, Listed’ – Jeffrey Boakye
‘Humankind- A Hopeful History’- Rutger Bregman
‘The Lonely Century’ – Noreena Hertz
Love and Conflict: Shakespeare
The Y9 Shakespeare play will focus on how his characters help us to understand universal human experiences – such as love, desire, anger, and conflict.
‘Romeo and Juliet’
‘Much Ado About Nothing’