In first, second and third year, most high school students in Scotland work within Level 3 and Level 4 of the Curriculum for Excellence.

CfE Fact File (Young Scot): Course information (learners / parents)
CfE Fact File / Support Guide (LTS): Course information (parents)

Close Reading
Close Reading KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Summarising a Text

Critical Essay: General Resources
Reading for Enjoyment (Guardian Unlimited): Books for Children & Teenagers
Shakespeare (BBC Learning Video): Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Critical Essay: Drama

The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice (Complete Works of Shakespeare): Full Text of the Play
The Merchant of Venice (BBC GCSE Bitesize): Context / Plot / Character / Themes
The Merchant of Venice (Shmoop): Summary / Themes / Characters / Quotes
The Merchant of Venice (RSC): Synopsis / Quotes / History
The Merchant of Venice (Sparknotes): Context / Summaries / Analysis

General Writing Resources
Writing Accuracy (Education Scotland): Knowledge of Language
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Preparing, Planning and Checking
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Formal and Informal Writing
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Sentences
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Structure and Paragraphs
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Tone and Style
Grammar and Spelling KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Constructing Sentences video
Grammar and Spelling KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Punctuation video
Grammar and Spelling KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Speech Marks video

Creative Writing
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Explore, Imagine and Entertain
Creative Writing (Channel 4 BookBox): Writer's Toolkit (Index Page)
Writing Tips (National Short Story Week): Write Short Stories
Writing Tips (Joe Craig): Write Short Stories 

Functional Writing
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Inform, Explain and Describe
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Analyse, Review and Comment
Writing KS3 (BBC Knowledge): Argue, Persuade and Advise

Q: What will we do in English?
A: Reading, writing, talking & listening
You will be reading a variety of texts, at times including media, both to enjoy these texts and to improve your understanding and appreciation of them.

You will be producing various types of writing – personal, imaginative and factual – and these pieces will take various forms – reports, accounts, stories, poems, newspaper articles, letters, diary, - and others.

Talking & Listening
Talking is another activity in English – discussing a text or a topic in a group and speaking on your own to the class.

Finally, you will build your listening skills – when talking in groups or when responding to texts you have heard or watched.

Q: How will my work be assessed? 
A: You will be assessed using the Experiences & Outcomes for Literacy and English. Most pupils in S1/S2 should be working at Level 3 and heading towards Level 4 as they progress to S3. S3 students should aim to become "Secure" at Level 4 by the end of the course.
Curriculum Levels (LTS): A useful guide to the stages of learning.
Experiences & Outcomes (LTS): Literacy and English Assessment

Q: What about homework?
A: You will be given lots of different types of homework: it might be reading a chapter from a book being studied in class; you might be asked to prepare a talk; maybe you will have written work to finish off at home; perhaps you will be asked to do some research on a topic that is being discussed or written about in class.

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