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PUPILS AND THEIR PARENTS
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THE ENGLISH STUDY

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English - Mr McIlvanney S2

CLASS 2's ENGLISH ZONE



Year Plan 2014/2015       S2  Mr McIlvanney

Throughout the year you will be covering a wide range of English Activities. You may not understand what a few of the activities listed below actually involve but don't worry, that's why we are going to spend time learning them. If you can't wait that long, just ask and I'll answer.


ON-GOING ACTIVITIES
These will run throughout the session:

Developing Library and Research Skills
Personal Reading and Reading for Gold
Close Reading Development using the Close Reading - Fiction book
Developing knowledge of Language using the S2 Homework Booklet
Writing for your personal K.A. webpage and Writer's Notebook
Class/Group Discussion and Individual Talk
Official Homework exercises - these will be issued by different subjects in turn
Regular use of Homework Diary
Routine set homework (eg completing and checking class assignments)
Self-help, voluntary homework activities




Reading Focus - Development of Personal Reading (including time, location, choosing                           a text)
                          Range of non-fiction (including on-line resources - magazines,                           newspapers, texts)

Writing Focus  - Planning, structure, organisation and selection
                         Developing accessibility of (each pupil's) existing vocabulary

Talking Focus  - Art of discussion (including effective listening and note-taking skills)


Personal Focus - Listening skills, interacting and body language


 



Research Focus - Festivals and Traditions

Reading Focus - The Art of the Short Story with Miss Ewing
                          
Writing Focus - expressing your views
                         writing for a specific audience - children's Christmas Story

Talking Focus  - the art of persuasion/ expressing your views


Personal Focus - Note-taking skills




 


Reading Focus - The Novel
                          Poetry and Figures of Speech
                          
Writing Focus  - Poetry
                         Writing a Letter

Talking Focus  - Relating Personal Experiences


Personal Focus - Organising a study regime and preparing for exams



 


 Researching a Topic - Pupil's Choice


 Reading Focus -  Drama

 Writing Focus - Planning, Structure and Organisation
                         Functional Writing

Talking Focus  - Personal Talk/ providing information on a topic


Personal Focus - Motivation and self-discipline





 






S2 Homework (Advanced)

This is your English Language Homework booklet. You will use it this year to help you to develop the skills you need to improve your English. As you will be using it all year, you must take care of it.
Complete one exercise a week as directed by your English teacher. Each exercise contains an explanation of a grammar point and a few questions to check that you have understood what has been explained. You should copy out the note at the front of your jotter and complete the exercise at the back.
If you do not understand one of the exercises, you must let your teacher know so that it can be explained in more detail.

Good Luck!

1. Gender Nouns 11. Types of Text 1
2. Types of Verbs 1 12. Types of Text 2
3. Types of Verbs 2 13. Homophones
4. The Definite & Indefinite Article 14. Homonyms
5. Phrases, Sentences and Clauses 15. Euphemism
6. Complex and Compound Sentences 16. Figures of Speech: Revision
7. Syllables 17. I/Me Confusion
8. Affixes 18. Use of the Colon
9. Synonyms and Antonyms 19. Use of the Semi-Colon
10. Types of Narrator 20. Revision





Enterprising People

by Mr S Sutton

Thanks to a former member of the English Department we have a useful feature on KA Web to help your general knowledge and your close reading skills. Mr Sutton - who is himself quite an enterprisingindividual - created a series of articles on Enterprising People. His intention was only to use the articles with third year English classes but I managed to persuade him that they would also be of real interest to other people. He has covered a wide range of enterprising people, someless well-known than others. Part of Mr Sutton's thinking in creating this series for KA Web was to let pupils see how having an enterprising attitude and a positive outlook can increase your chances of achieving success and personal fulfilment. Thanks again to Mr Sutton.                                                                                  N.McI 3.8.2014


J. K. Rowling
Billy Connolly
Mother Teresa
Paul McCartney
Susan Boyle
Sir Alexander Fleming
Coco Chanel
Barack Obama
Dorothy Paul
Arthur Conan Doyle




Enterprising: (adjective).  Showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects.

 




 READ ALL ABOUT IT !
 
 In case you didn't make it to the  newsagents' this morning, you can  catch up on all the news and  headlines here on KA Web. Click  the picture on the left to access  everything from the Daily Record  to the Guardian.

 If you have time, you should also  check out the MAGAZINE RACK  (right) where you will be sure to  find something to appeal to - or  develop - your interests.



S2 Reading List



Stuck for ideas?
Use this list to get started.
You will find these books in the Junior Fiction section
.

Compiled by Miss Black
Librarian

 

Adventure Stories

Ellis Dillon                         The Lost Island
Bear Grylls                        Gold of the Gods
Catherine MacPhail            Run, Zan, Run
Michael Morpurgo              Kensuke’s Kingdom
Celia Rees                        Pirates!
R.L. Stevenson                 Treasure Island
Jules Verne                     Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Animal Stories

Nina Bawden                       The Peppermint Pig
Don Conroy                         On Silent Wings
Zizou Corder                       Lion Boy
Roald Dahl                          Fantastic Mr. Fox
Lucy Daniels                       Animal Ark Series
Kenneth Grahame                The Wind in the Willows
Michael Morpurgo                Kaspar – Prince of Cats
Michael Morpurgo                War Horse
Anna Sewell                       Black Beauty
Lauren St. John                  The White Giraffe
E.B. White                         Charlotte’s Web
Henry Williamson                 Tarka the Otter
 

Classic Stories

Louisa May Alcott                 Little Women
Francis Hodgson Burnett        The Secret Garden
Lewis Carroll                        Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Arthur Conan Doyle              The Hound of the Baskervilles
Ian Fleming                         Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Jack London                        The Call of the Wild
E. Nesbit                            The Railway Children
Jonathan Swift                    Gulliver’s Travels
J.R.R. Tolkien                      The Hobbit
Mark Twain                         Huckleberry Finn

Crime/Spy Stories

Colin Bateman                    Reservoir Pups
Lauren Child                      Ruby Redfort
Terry Deary                      True Spy Stories
Siobhan Dowd                   The London Eye Mystery
Jonathan Harlen                 Fletcher Smith Sports P.I.
Robert Muchamore             CHERUB series
Andrew Fusek Peters          Diamonds are Evil
Alan Temperley                  Harry and the  Wrinklies
Ceri Worman                     The Secret Life of Jamie B

Family Stories

Ann Bryant                       Billie and the Parent Plan
Cathy Cassidy                   Dizzy
Sharon Creech                  Walk Two Moons
Teresa Doran                    Running Home
Anne Fine                         Flour Babies
Kathryn Lamb                    Honestly Mum!
Hilary McKay                     Casson Family Series
Jean Ure                           Fortune Cookie
Jacqueline Wilson               The Illustrated Mum
Jacqueline Wilson               Lily Alone

Fantasy Stories

Lynne Reid Banks                The Indian in the Cupboard
J.M. Barrie                         Peter Pan
Frank Beddor                     The Looking Glass Wars
Theresa Breslin                  The Dream Master
Roald Dahl                        James and the Giant Peach
Michael Ende                     The Neverending Story
C.S. Lewis                        Chronicles of Narnia
Garth Nix                          Keys to the Kingdom Series
J.K. Rowling                       Harry Potter series
Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell  The Edge Chronicles
Kate O’Hearn                      Pegasus

Funny Stories

Tom Angleberger                   Origami Yoda
Frank Cottrell Boyce               Millions
Roald Dahl                            The Twits
Jimmy Docherty                     The Ice Cream Con
Jeff Kinney                            Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jonathan Meres                     The World of Norm
James Patterson                    I Funny
Liz Pichon                            Tom Gates
Dav Pilkey                            Captain Underpants
Francesca Simon                   Horrid Henry
David Walliams                      Gangsta Granny
David Walliams                      The Boy in the Dress
Jeremy Strong                      Beware! Killer Tomatoes
Jacqueline Wilson                  Bad Girls

Historical Stories

Gary Blackwood                    Shakespeare’s Scribe
Sally Gardner                        I, Coriander
Jamila Gavin                         Coram Boy
Francis M. Hendry                 Chains
Judith Kerr                           A Small Person Far Away
Katherine Langrish                 Troll Fell
Alice Leader                         Power and Stone
Philip Reeve                         Here Lies Arthur
Rosemary Sutcliff                 The Eagle of the Ninth
Theresa Tomlinson               The Moon Riders
Siobhan Parkinson                No Peace for Amelia
Jacqueline Wilson                 Hetty Feather
Jacqueline Wilson                 Queenie

Scary Stories

Theresa Breslin                   Whispers in the Graveyard
Cathy MacPhail                   Out of the Depths
Margaret Mahy                   The Haunting
Peter J. Murray                   Bonebreaker
Magdalen Nabb                   Twilight Ghost
Garth Nix                           The Ragwitch
Sebastian Rook                   Vampire Plagues
R.L. Stine                          Goosebumps series
Robert Swindells                 Room 13
Gerard Whelan                   Dream Invader

School Stories

Enid Blyton                       Second Form at St. Clare’s
Gillian Cross                      The Demon Headmaster
Anthony Horowitz              Groosham Grange
Jill Murphy                        The Worst Witch
Jerry Spinelli                     Loser
Jacqueline Wilson              The Lottie Project
Henry Winkler                   Hank Zipzer Series

 

Science Fiction Stories

Steve Cole                       Astrosaurus series
Nell Coleman                    The Osmid Version
Terrance Dicks                 The Mars Project
Eric Johns                        Long Live Olly Hacker
Madeleine L’Engle              A Wrinkle in Time
D.J. MacHale                    Pendragon
Terry Pratchett                Only You Can Save Mankind
Robert Swindells               World Eater
Jean Ure                         After the Plague
H.G. Wells                       The Time Machine
Gerard Whelan                 Out of Nowhere

Sport Stories

Neil Arksey                      Sudden Death
Jon Blake                        The Beautiful Game
Bob Cattell                      Down the Wicket
Rob Childs                       County Cup
Michael Coleman              Shocking Shooting
Dan Freedman                 The Kick Off
Dan Freedman                 Shoot to Win
James Killgore                 Soldier’s Game
Donna King                     Double Twist
Jerry Spinelli                   The Mighty Crashman

 

Thriller/Mystery Stories

Bernard Ashley                Tiger Without Teeth
Malorie Blackman             Deadly Dare
Tim Bowler                     River Boy
Sandra Glover                 The Girl Who Knew
Pete Johnson                  Avenger
Cathy MacPhail               Another Me
Cathy MacPhail               Wheels
Philip Pullman                  Clockwork
Lauren St. John               Dead Man’s Cove

 

War Stories

Nina Bawden                   Carrie’s War
John Boyne                     The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Walter Buchignani            Tell No One Who You Are
Anne Frank                     The Diary of a Young Girl
Yankev Glatshteyn           Emil and Karl
Judith Kerr                      When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Michelle Magorian             Goodnight Mr. Tom
Michael Morpurgo             An Elephant in the Garden
Ian Serralier                    The Silver Sword





The Ghaist o ‘A' Flair

The following is the remarkable story of the ghost that is said to haunt the ‘A' floor of Kilmarnock Academy. Not only is it a chilling tale of death at the hands of a teacher, but it also gives interesting insights into society some half a century ago. The social divisions it describes and the barbarity of life at school will seem primitive to the modern ear.

This account was recorded by myself from a former pupil of Kilmarnock Academy who wishes to remain anonymous and I had to swear to keep his name secret before he agreed to talk (I suspect that this is because he was the boy who attempts to kiss the girl near the end of this account. The level of descriptive detail at this point in his story suggests an eyewitness).

My informant spoke in the broad language of the Kilmarnock streets. I tried to put his account into proper English, but after several failed attempts, thought it best to reproduce it in the old Scottish tongue giving as far as possible his pronunciation as that, I feel, gives the story a certain local charm. However, to help the reader, those words which might give particular difficulty are in black type and their meaning is given at the end.

Dr N Dickson

If you feel brave enough to read that account click here.




Discussion and Research Topics

Keeping Animals in Captivity

Preparing Drama Scripts for Television

Rewards for Pupils

Computers and Gadgets - benefit or curse?

Kilmarnock Academy - now and 100 years ago

The definition of "cool".

Ways to improve our school

Retail and Leisure in Kilmarnock

Local Tourist Attractions

The Music Industry - how it works and the problems it faces

The Decline in Reading

The Influence of Television

Football - Sport or Business

Teenage Pressures

(For more Discussion & Research topics click here.)



EXPLORING THE PAST

Click on the maps below to see what Kilmarnock was like in days gone by.