What our Year 8 English students will develop

Solid foundation

Gain a thorough understanding

Learn how to weave your ideas into your writing. Gain a thorough knowledge of all topics from the NSW Board of Studies Year 8 English Syllabus.

Essential skills

Develop creative thinking skills

Read thought-provoking texts. Develop your analytical skills by answering questions that engage your in the ideas central to English

No more memorising

Boost your confidence

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

What our Year 8 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 Year 8 English Program


Oct - Dec

Journalism and Poetry

Stereotypes

Feature Articles

Poetry in-depth

 

Feb - Apr

Texts Through Time

Traditional Stories

Prose Narrative

Film

Apr - Jun

Representation and Perspective

The Military

Consumerism

Gender

Australian Fiction

Jul - Sep

Shakespeare 

Romeo and Juliet

Values in Shakespeare’s Time

Our proven formula for success

The Matrix Method for EnglishTM

Year 8 English Term Course Details

Gain critical writing and analytical skills for exam success


Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to journalism
  • Feature article on stereotypes
  • Conventions of feature articles
  • Exploring journalism

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Negative stereotypes
  • The negative impact of stereotyping
  • Stereotypes in the Australian media
  • Positive stereotypes
  • Stereotypes as a search for identity
  • Australian stereotypes

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • The writing style of Journalism
  • Objective and subjective writing
  • Conducting an interview

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • Structuring your feature article
  • Composing a headline
  • Writing an Introduction
  • The Body of your feature article
  • Conclusion: future stereotypes?

week 5

LESSON 5

  • Introduction to poetry
  • Considering descriptive techniques
  • Constructing your own poem

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • Analysing poetic techniques
  • Considering figurative techniques
  • Preparing for the in-class writing task

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • In class writing task
  • Considering contrast in poetry
  • Working with contrast

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • How to write about poetry
  • Introduction to irony
  • Considering irony in poetry

Week 9

LESSON 9

  • In class Topic Test

Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to Texts Through Time
  • Medieval Thor in prose
  • The character of medieval Thor
  • How to write a strong analytical answer

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Introduction to modern Thor
  • Modern Thor in film
  • The character of modern Thor
  • Thor in review

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • Introduction to contemporary Thor
  • Thor in the graphic novel
  • The character of contemporary Thor
  • Considering how Thor has changed through time

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • Writing a long response
  • Considering the marking criteria
  • Planning an answer
  • Drafting an long response

Week 5

LESSON 5

  • Introduction to vampires
  • Dracula in prose
  • Considering the context

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • Adapting Dracula for film
  • Comparing vampires over time
  • Watching for context

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • The modern vampire
  • Changing attitudes towards vampires
  • Allusions and vampires
  • Composing a strong analytical answer

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • Writing a long response
  • Planning an answer
  • Thinking about structure
  • Composing a long response

Week 9

LESSON 9

  • In class Topic Test

Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to perspective
  • Introduction to representation
  • Considering the influence of context in adveristing

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Representing military combat
  • The military in gaming
  • Entertainment as recruitment

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • Representations of the First World War
  • The influence of perspective and context
  • Poetry of the First World War
  • Documenting the First World War

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • Approaching analytical writing
  • Understanding the question
  • Planning an answer
  • Writing a draft

Week 5

LESSON 5

  • Reviewing teacher feedback
  • Introduction to consumerism
  • Perspectives on consumerim in poetry
  • Representations of consumerism in art

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • Gender and Society
  • Traditional representations of gender
  • Comparing traditional gender roles

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • Modern perspectives on gender
  • Superhero not Superman
  • Changing representations of gender in advertising

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • Representing the individual in fiction
  • Perspective and the individual
  • Writing as representing the self

Week 9

LESSON 9

  • In class Topic Test

Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to drama
  • The Prologue of Romeo and Juliet
  • Exploring Shakespearean language

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Characterisation in ‘The Balcony Scene’
  • Romeo’s perspective
  • Juliet’s perspective

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • How to compose a formal response
  • How to structure a body paragraph
  • Writing about performance

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • Analysing Act 2, Scene 2
  • Juliet’s monologue in focus
  • In class writing task

Week 5

LESSON 5

  • Love in Romeo and Juliet
  • Translating Shakespeare
  • Analysing Shakespeare

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • Masculinity in Romeo and Juliet
  • How to discuss the values of a text
  • Performing the opening scene

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • Femininity in Romeo and Juliet
  • Personal values versus societal values
  • The expectations Juliet faces

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • The structure of a long response
  • How to structure a long response
  • Drafting an answer

Week 9

LESSON 9

  • In class Topic Test

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 8 English Timetable

9 weekly lessons for comprehensive knowledge and understanding.

Chatswood
Fri4:30 - 6:00pm
Sun11:00 - 12:30pm
Sun4:30 - 6:00pm
Epping
Sun11:00 - 12:30pm
Hurstville
Wed4:30 - 6:00pm
Sun1:30 - 3:00pm
Strathfield
Mon6:10 - 7:40pm
Sun9:30 - 11:00am
Sun11:00 - 12:30pm

Our Year 8 English Pricing

$43.11

per Hour

x

1.5 hrs

per Lesson

x

9 lessons

per Term


=

$582.00

per Term (inc. GST)

What you'll get:

  • Classes taught by inspirational teachers

  • 9 engaging theory lessons over 9 weeks

  • 150+ pages of content designed to develop your critical English skills

  • One-to-One tutorials (Workshops) to address individual learning needs

  • Personalised and detailed feedback on written work

  • Additional online resources including textual analysis and exemplar essays

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How is Matrix different?

 
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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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