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KS3 novels

Discussion in 'English' started by daz2813, May 1, 2012.

  1. Is there an actual list of recommended KS3 reading texts or can teachers choose whatever they like?
  2. Is there an actual list of recommended KS3 reading texts or can teachers choose whatever they like?
  3. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    Pretty much choice. Need to cover requirements of the National Curriculum.
  4. There's a list of recommended authors in the NC but this is quite extensive and not fully prescriptive as far as I know.
  5. Thanks, any idea where I can find this list and the guidelines?
  6. You'd probably be able to find the KS3 programme of study if you did an internet search but to help you I've uploaded this in my resources. It will take up to an hour from now to appear but after that if you just click on my name it should appear at the top. I've also attached the summary sheets I made, based on the POS, for a staff meeting I held in which we checked we were covering everything we needed to. I was told by our LA consultant not to worry about the authors too much though as this is guidance. I'd read the POS carefully to see which bits are mandatory.
  7. gloucesterroad

    gloucesterroad New commenter

    I know there is a recommended list, but we don't use it at all in our school; we teach what we like.

    As long as the text is engaging for kids, loved by the teacher, is good enough to allow comment on language, structure, imagery, character and theme, then I think anything goes. Of course, the more well taught the text is, the more resources there will be on it on the internet!
  8. manc

    manc New commenter

    I'd say the more often taught
  9. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    Well my HOD has told me she is getting in a set of Hunger Games for me to teach next year - hurrah!
  10. manc

    manc New commenter

  11. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    You don't like The Hunger Games manc?
  12. manc

    manc New commenter

    At KS3????
  13. But not Skellig?
  14. Joannanna

    Joannanna New commenter

    I simply don't get Skellig. And I find a lot of my students don't either and I can't actually help them out. I can get that we're not necessarily supposed to know what Skellig is - but I don't understand the point.
  15. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    A somewhat abridged version but still substantial enough.
  16. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    That sounds good - can you remember the exact edition/publisher?
  17. My lot all decide that he's an angel as soon as the wings appear - no room for discussion, especially by the time the baby gets cured!
  18. manc

    manc New commenter

    I can't imagine discussing Tess's assault in the woods by Alec with Year 7 !
  19. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    No - year 9 and then the focus was on Prince's death being the catalyst for other events in Tess's life.
  20. manc

    manc New commenter

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes the interesting discussion on teaching a Thomas Hardy novel to year 9s. Hope you enjoyed it.

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