NCEA L1 English - Fight Club

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. McLeod

Recommended Prior Learning

This course is open entry.

Fight Club!

Why is our society so obsessed with violence? From war and other conflicts, gang fights right through to a full team fight halfway through a rugby game, young men often have a distorted understanding of how to show their manliness. Mana is not muscles and strength is not bullying. 

School shootings are on the rise in the US as they struggle with gun laws and unprecedented levels of violence. How much is our obsession with economic success pushing this? Is the concept of 'toxic masculinity' driving more young men to question their place in society?

This English course focuses on key aspects of critical thinking, research, and communication around the key question of violence in society.

This course will explore what it means to be tough through a range of different texts (both written and visual) and develop a range of core English skills useful in the workplace. We will be reading Dennis Wright's Violence 101, delving into some war poetry and researching violence in society in a NZ context as a starting place.

English as a subject area focuses on the two key strands – making meaning and creating meaning. We focus on communication through a range of texts and mediums to reflect societal changes and 21st Century learning foci. English encompasses learning the language, using the language and thinking beyond the language through authentic learning contexts.

Specifically, this involves learners being willing to have their ideas challenged; to developing their own ideas and opinions through critical literacy and working on the skills required to be confident using their own personal voice.

Course Overview

Term 1
We start the year by developing our theme by using a range of different texts and text types. This term we also develop our research skills through the Information Literacy assessment and look at language through a range of texts.

Term 2
This term we look at making connections between some of the texts we have been exploring and deepen our critical thinking. We also brush up on our technical accuracy and proof reading skills.

Term 3
Close viewing will be student-driven as you choose a film or trailer of your choice to close view. How you present your findings back to me is also open to discussion, so feel free to bring your creativity to the fore. We also need to prepare for our DGE exams which is a written text study of your chosen text and unfamiliar text.

Term 4
Revision, revision, revision! Like any good sporting fixture, we practice our core skills to ensure we are ready and confident about our external exam.

Learning Areas:

Languages - Ngā Reo, NCEA Level 1, NCEA Level 1 Literacy Requirement