What our Year 7 English students will develop

Solid foundation

Gain a thorough understanding

Engage with all the topics from the NSW Board of Studies Year 7 English Syllabus.

Essential skills

Develop reading and writing skills

Expand your analytical and creative skills. Read stimulating texts and answer challenging questions in a supportive classroom environment.

No more memorising

Boost your confidence

Apply your English skills to school assessments. With the best tools and support on your side there’s nothing to fear!

What our Year 7 English students receive

English Theory Book

English Homework

English Quizzes

English Workshops

End of Term English Topic Test

Matrix is one term ahead of the NSW school curriculum

Our 2018 Year 7 English Program

 

Oct - Dec

Introduction to Reading Texts

Graphic Novels

Fables

Prose – Fantasy

Feb - Apr

Introduction to Analysing Texts

Poetry

Prose – Science Fiction

Film

Apr - Jun

Persuasive Language

Advertising

Speeches

Reviews

Opinion Pieces

Jul - Sep

Introduction to Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s World

The Elizabethan Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew

Our proven formula for success

The Matrix Method for English

  • Understanding (60% of Course Time)
  • Step 1. Comprehension
    Reading for understanding is the first step in building towards to great written submission. Read the set text once to appreciate it.
  • Step 2. Meaning
    Reading and annotating a text is fundamental preparation for your written submission! You're looking for themes, symbols, and moments of ambiguity.
  • Step 3. Analysis
    This third reading will take the longest. This is your close reading where you mark up the important examples and identify techniques based upon your intimate understanding of the text.
  • Writing (40% of Course Time)
  • Step 4. Plan and scaffold
    Consider the question, consult your text, and plan your answer. A written scaffold will save you time and allows you to check your logic!
  • Step 5. First draft
    This is your first write up – and it will be rough! Have the text close by to check the evidence. Let your draft sit for a day and edit your writing with fresh eyes.
  • Step 6. Seek feedback
    Once you’re satisfied with your first draft, it’s time to get your teacher to read your work. Consider their comments and corrections carefully.
  • Step 7. Polished work
    Return to the text (yes, more reading!). Rewrite your draft incorporating feedback and your own expanded understanding.

Year 7 English Term Course

Develop Essential Reading and Writing Skills

 

Week 1

LESSON 1: INTRODUCING THE GRAPHIC NOVEL


    • Introduction to the course
    • Comics versus graphic novels: What’s the difference?
      • Comics
      • Graphic Novels
    • Introducing Nimona

 

Week 2

LESSON 2: READING A GRAPHIC NOVEL


  • Lesson 2 Writing Exercise
  • Reading graphic novels:
    • Words and images
    • Gutters
  • Extension: Writing Graphic Novels

Week 3

LESSON 3: SEQUENCING


  • Revision of panels and gutters
  • What is sequencing?
    • Sequencing in Nimona
    • Putting sequence into practice
  • Extension: Sophisticated Sequence

Week 4

LESSON 4: TRANSLATING SOUNDS


  • Revision: What is a graphic novel?
  • A text type for everyone
    • Or, no words at all
    • Bam! Onomatopoeia in action!
  • Extension: Onomatopoeia

Week 5

LESSON 5: READING FABLES


  • Vocabulary
  • Storytelling
  • Narrative structure
  • Morals and maxims
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Writing your own fable

Week 6

LESSON 6: READING MODERN FABLES


  • Vocabulary
  • Modern fables
  • Introduction to Animal Farm
    • The characteristics of fables
  • Reading Animal Farm
  • Write your own modern fable

Week 7

LESSON 7: READING FANTASY


  • Proofreading exercise
  • What is fantasy?
  • J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit
  • The protagonist
  • The setting
  • Evocatively describing monsters

Week 8

LESSON 8: COMPARING TYPES OF TEXTS


  • Writing exercise
  • Comparing texts
  • Reading graphic novels
  • Reading fables
  • Reading modern fables
  • Reading fantasy
  • Comparative exercise
  • Topic Test Preparation for Lesson Nine

Week 1

LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION TO POETRY


  • Vocabulary
  • Close study of texts
  • What is poetry?
  • Poem: The Raven
    • Edgar Allen Poe
    • Studying The Raven
    • Extension: The Raven continues

Week 2

LESSON 2: PERFORMANCE POETRY


  • Vocabulary
  • What is performance poetry?
  • Poem: True blue, Didgeridoo
  • Writing task: Australia and you

Week 3

LESSON 3: IMMIGRANT POETRY


  • Vocabulary
  • Immigration in Australia
  • Poem: Mr Wong’s Children
  • Immigration and refugees
    • Ahn Do’s refugee experience
    • Writing immigration experience
    • Writing immigration poetry
    • Prose extract: The Happiest Refugee

Week 4

LESSON 4: CONCRETE POETRY


  • Grammar exercise
  • Introduction to concrete poetry
    • Poem: Concrete Cat by Dorthi Charles
    • Poem: The Mouses Tale
    • Poem: Kitty
    • Poem: r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r

Week 5

LESSON 5: INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE FICTION


  • Vocabulary
  • Introduction to Science Fiction
  • Themes in Science Fiction
    • Film: Big Hero 6
    • Prose: 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Looking at context
    • Big Hero 6 and Generation Z
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Space Race

Week 6

LESSON 6: PROSE - THE HUNGER GAMES


  • Vocabulary
  • What is Prose?
  • Prose: The Hunger Games
    • Characterisation in The Hunger Games
    • Themes in The Hunger Games
  • Constructing PEEL paragraph

Week 7

LESSON 7: DIGITAL MEDIA - NOT FROM SPACE


  • What are digital texts?
  • Radio drama: Not From Space
    • Sound techniques in Not From Space
    • Literary Techniques in Not From Space
    • Themes in Not From Space
  • Constructing a critical analysis

 

Week 8

LESSON 8: FILM - JURASSIC PARK


  • Vocabulary
  • Film: Jurassic Park
  • Film techniques in Jurassic Park
    • Scale and sound
    • Angled shots
    • Lighting
  • Composing an extended response
  • Topic Test preparation for Lesson 9

week 1

LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION TO PERSUASIVE TEXTS


  • Why study persuasive language?
  • The language of persuasion
    • Extension: Create your own advertisement
    • Design your advertisement

week 2

LESSON 2: ANALYSING ADVERTISMENTS


  • Vocabulary
  • Analysing Advertisements
    • Holden Colorado advertisement
    • Honda City advertisement
  • Persuasive writing
    • Extension: Paragraph writing

week 3

LESSON 3: VIRAL MARKETING


  • Grammar
  • Marketing in the digital age
    • The evolution of advertising
  • Viral marketing
    • Dumb Ways to Die
    • Scaffolding your PEEL response

week 4

LESSON 4: SPEECHES


  • Vocabulary
  • Speeches
  • September 11, 2001
    • The speech transcript
    • Televised footage of the speech
    • Video and montage of the speech
    • Extension: Scaffold exercise

week 5

LESSON 5: REVIEWS


  • Vocabulary
  • Film reviews
    • The language of positive reviews
    • The Language of negative reviews
    • Extension: From good to bad

week 6

LESSON 6: STRUCTURING AND WRITING REVIEWS


  • Punctuation
  • Objective and subjective writing
  • Structuring a review
  • Reviewing a short film

week 7

LESSON 7:OPINION PIECES


  • Vocabulary
  • What is an opinion piece
    • Extension: Writing an opinion piece

week 8

LESSON 8:STRUCTURING OPINION PIECES


  • The structure of an opinion piece
  • Writing an opinion piece
    • Brainstorming freedom
    • Composing your response
  • Topic test preparation for Lesson 9

Week 1

LESSON 1: WHO IS SHAKESPEARE?


  • Shakespwho?
  • Inventing words?
    • Word maths
    • How did Shakespeare invent words?
  • Shakespeare facts
  • What kinds of plays did Shakespeare write?
    • Comedy, Tragedy, History
  • Using Shakespeare’s words

Week 2

LESSON 2: SHAKESPEARE'S TIME


  • Writing practice
  • Elizabethan England
  • Everyday life in Elizabethan England
    • Sports
    • Clothing
    • Food

Week 3

LESSON 3: THE SHAKESPEAREAN THEATRE


  • Speaking Shakespearean English
  • Going to the theatre
    • Class and space at The Globe Theatre
  • Tudoring English
  • Plays within plays!
    • Extension: popular phrases from Shakespeare!

Week 4

LESSON 4: THE POETIC LANGUAGE OF SHAKESPEARE


  • Speaking Shakespeare’s English
  • Shakespeare’s language is poetic
  • Introduction to metaphor
    • Metaphor in focus
    • Poetic language in Shakespeare
    • Oxymoron
  • Poetic insults
    • Creating a Shakespearean insult

Week 5

LESSON 5: INTRODUCTION TO THE TAMING OF THE SHREW


  • Speaking Shakespeare’s English
  • Revision exercise
  • Taming of a what?
    • What is a shrew?
    • Two very different sisters
  • Baptista’s deal
    • Extension visualising Katherina

Week 6

LESSON 6: KATHERINA AND PETRUCHIO


    • Speaking Shakespeare’s English
    • Revision exercise
    • Introducing Petruchio
      • One million puns
      • Assessing Petruchio
    • Katherina and Petruchio meet
      • Extension: Make your own pun

 

Week 7

LESSON 7: KATHERINA AND PETRUCHIO SPAR


  • Speaking Shakespeare’s English
  • Revision exercise
  • The battle of wits and violence
  • Petruchio’s plan to ‘Tame’ Katherina
    • Acting as if
    • Extension: Acting as if

Week 8

LESSON 8: WRITING ABOUT THE PLAY


  • Speaking Shakespeare’s English
  • Revision exercise
  • Power and social status
    • Petruchio’s soliloquy
  • The T.E.E. Structure
    • Choosing a strong example
    • Describing the effect of examples and techniques
  • Katherina stands her ground
  • The Taming O The Shrew 2.0?
  • Topic test preparation for Lesson Nine

1.5 Hour Lesson Breakdown

9 weekly lessons in the school term

 

5 min

Introduction

Overview of lesson

Teachers explain objectives and outcomes of each lesson.

80 min

Theory Lesson

Gain in-depth understanding through textual study and develop your English skills.

Students are guided through detailed textual analysis by teachers and learn how to write effectively.

5 min

Conclusion

Guide to Homework

Teachers provide a clear understanding of how to complete your homework.

Year 7 English Timetable

9 weekly lessons for comprehensive knowledge and understanding.

Chatswood
Sun1:30 - 3:00pm
Epping
Sun1:30 - 3:00pm
Hurstville
Wed6:10 - 7:40pm
Sun11:00 - 12:30pm
Strathfield
Mon4:30 - 6:00pm
Sun9:30 - 11:00am
Sun11:00 - 12:30pm

Our Year 7 English pricing

 

$43.11
per Hour
x
1.5 Hrs
per Lesson
x
9
per School Term
=
$582
per School Term

Our English course includes:

 

Classes taught by inspirational teachers

9 theory lessons per term

Theory Book

One-to-One tutorials (Workshops)

Online homework and personalised feedback

Dedicated customer service support

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How is Matrix different?

 


    Matrix Others

Teachers

Matrix

Vast classroom teaching experience, HSC and/or university teaching experience with an ability to explain concepts clearly

Others

Have little or no actual teaching experience, cannot explain difficult concepts in a manner that students can understand

Program

Matrix

Teaching program that covers the NSW board of studies syllabus. Structured learning system that allows students to develop sound study habits every week

Others

Most private tutors and other tuition centres do not follow a set structure; rather they have an ad-hoc approach without considering timing and outcomes

Resources

Matrix

A full set of resources written by academics and education researchers. Online access to Supplementary exam papers / texts with top responses.

Others

Only address content that students raise, use generic textbooks.

Assessments

Matrix

Short quizzes and topic tests held under strict exam conditions to ensure students have a solid understanding of the subject

Others

No exam style quizzes and test that assess the student’s weaknesses, hence not being able to identifying their learning needs

Reporting

Matrix

Weekly tracking of Grades, Quiz and Topic Test results so student and parents can monitor their progress.

Others

No measured tracking process so they cannot tell if the student is struggling or improving.

Learning Management System

Matrix

Share information, academic resources and advice with classmates from over 220 schools.

Others

Do not have the library of resources or past exams that can help students excel

One-to-One Workshops

Matrix

Free workshops to target individual learning needs

Others

No additional support outside the lesson.

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