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19th Century novel for Year 9?

Discussion in 'English' started by jo.milkins, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. jo.milkins

    jo.milkins New commenter


    I am looking to study a 19th century novel with year 9 this year and was wondering if anyone had any tried and tested suggestions. For a bit of context, we are a girls' grammar school with (generally) motivated and high-achieving students.

    Thank you in advance
  2. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    My colleague taught 'Wuthering Heights' to her top set Year 9 last year - I was a bit sceptical, but it seemed to go very well.
    pepper5 likes this.
  3. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    We teach a Victorian Lit unit in year 8 and we use Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Oliver Twist.
  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    How about Little Women
  5. jo.milkins

    jo.milkins New commenter

    Thank you for the ideas. I'll re-acquaint myself with some of your suggestions! Many thanks
  6. pianopete

    pianopete Occasional commenter

    We don't do a 19th Century novel, but we do a Gothic unit in Y8 and a Crime Fiction unit in Y9 during which we look at some short stories using the texts: 19th Century Short Stories and/or Mystery Stories of the 19th Century. For us, this is adequate prep for a 19th century novel and also helps with the AQA new GCSE language paper 1 which could contain unseen pre-20th century prose.
  7. jo.milkins

    jo.milkins New commenter

    Thank you - that's really helpful
  8. purplecarrot

    purplecarrot Senior commenter

    You could introduce extracts at Ks3 buy I'm just wary of turning KS3 into mini-GCSE. We've already lost breadth at KS4 with new rules on text choices. KS3 could be a great place for world literatures or 20th century fiction etc. Sadly lots of schools have gone down this cram '19c route' with KS3.
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  9. thethiefoftime

    thethiefoftime Occasional commenter

    I've done key chapters from Oliver before and compared it to A Christmas Carol. Worked really well.
  10. Best_Newcomer_2009

    Best_Newcomer_2009 New commenter

    Another vote for doing either a genre study or a time period study. I've done a Victorian Literature study, Crime, and a Gothic literature study which all went really well and would fit the bill for you. I prefer this method as you can adapt faster when you have extracts to look at, so if some students really love something in particular you can stick with that text or similar ones and if they hate it, it's only one or two lessons and then you're on to something else.
  11. Nead2604

    Nead2604 New commenter

    Call of the Wild and Robinson Crusoe are fun. Short stories work too. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, anything by Edgar Allan Poe
  12. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    For some reason I find Poe way less dated than other literature of the same era. And there are some fantastic resources out there.
    I agree about the short story option offering something for everyone without committing to a novel some may find really unenjoyable.
  13. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Wuthering Heights is too wonderful a flush to bust on Year 9!

    I used to find Year 9 loved A Tale of Two Cities - and it's different. New BBC version coming up later in the year, too, on the scale of the fabulous War and Peace.
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  14. aspiringteacher95

    aspiringteacher95 New commenter

    I agree with above A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, or Oliver! Can't beat a bit of Dickens.

    My guilty pleasure is J. Meade Falkner's 'Moonfleet'! Enjoyable for all.
  15. manc

    manc New commenter

    I can't reply owing to extreme jealousy about your class of biddable bespectacled bluestockings bringing you an apple every day. I picture the Marcia Blaine Academy. Oh to have such fortune! Was 'Moonfleet' written in 19th century? I'm thinking not. It's gotta be 'Pride and Prejudice', surely.
  16. gingerella

    gingerella New commenter

    Just did 'Hound of the Baskervilles' with my mid set mixed Y9 and it went down extremely well. I strongly focused on structure and context and it is a very good text for both.
  17. lucchese

    lucchese New commenter

    We do Victorian short stories: Dickens, Poe, H.G. Wells -crime or ghost stories maybe. Students enjoy The Red Room, The Stolen Bacillus in particular.
  18. manc

    manc New commenter

    I strongly focused on structure and context and it is a very good text for both.

    Hmmm. Bit sad that comment in a way, since it seems to treat all literature as a sort of means to an end. Doesn't everything have 'structure' - even Tristram Shandy?
  19. Urbanfaerie

    Urbanfaerie Occasional commenter

    Edgar Allan Poe or Arthur Conan Doyle are quite good, as they are lots of short stories rather than a long one.
    Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, Dracula or Jekyll and Hyde are all pretty good because the students are usually a little familiar with the story, so it helps them to decode the text.
    I usually teach extracts from A Christmas Carol in the Autumn 2 term, even with my SEN students, as it's accessible.
  20. manc

    manc New commenter

    Ah yes, the joys of literature - "decoding the text". What larks, Pip. Is it just me or is Frankenstein really a bit rubbish albeit a good story?

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