The Year 9 Curriculum provides a foundation for higher-level academic study, involving reading and analysis of a range of stimulating texts grouped around the theme of ‘Identities in Conflict’. We have designed a challenging and varied course which encourages students to nurture and develop their critical thinking skills while encouraging them to reflect on and discuss some of the crucial themes and issues playing out in modern society. To support our Year 9 course, we have compiled our own anthology of poetry, prose, drama and nonfiction; this anthology underpins a large part of study and discussion in Year 9.
Our Year 9 curriculum consists of the following:
- Whole-text study of the classic Young Adult novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton;
- Whole-text study of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice;
- Study and comparison of the literary short stories The Destructors by Graham Greene and Eveline by James Joyce;
- Creative prose writing;
- Study and comparison of the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Henrik Ibsen’s classic 19th century play A Doll’s House;
- Reading, analysis and discussion of excerpts from Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal 20th century play A Raisin in the Sun;
- Ongoing classroom discussion, debate and presentation based on texts from our Year 9 anthology;
During Year 9, students will compile an ‘Academic Portfolio’, which will consist of a range of analytical pieces, including essays, responding to the various texts that they have studied. Throughout the year, students will refine, redraft and edit their academic work with a view to producing final pieces that showcase the very best of their skills.