In year 9, students begin to present their own arguments based on an analysis of a text. They write imaginative, informative, and persuasive texts which may involve the use of images and sound. Students investigate and experiment with language features such as extended metaphors and symbolism in a variety of text forms such as poetry and plays. Using interaction skills, students discuss an idea using techniques such as persuasive language, changing voice tone, music and sound effects in order to persuade the audience. In year 9, students review their own and others’ texts, looking at how to improve the organisation, paragraphing, vocabulary, and sentence structure.
A common challenge at this year level is being able to put forward a point of view based on an interpretation of a text. Knowing how to structure an essay of this kind with the right amount of detail and evidence is a common area of difficulty.
In year 9, your child needs to move beyond text analysis to begin formulating their own arguments based on ideas and information found in the text. This sets the foundation for senior years English where students will need to put forth their own point of view in text response essays.
Another important foundational skill your child needs to develop is being able to respond to issues and current affairs. This includes being able to understand the different viewpoints involved, being able to summarise the information, as well as having an opinion on the issue and persuasively presenting this opinion.
Ezy Maths tutors should help your child become an independent learner. Look for a tutor that can show your child how to do the specific task, such as find important ideas in a text, and then allows the child to have a go as well.
Encourage your child to read a variety of texts. While it is important that they read whatever they enjoy, exposing your child to books, magazines, or newspapers they wouldn’t normally read would help broaden their knowledge base. Also, watching current affairs programs and discussing issues will help your child develop understanding and form opinions.
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