What our Year 9 English students will develop

Not just theory

Understanding that shows on the page

Strengthen your written answers by knowing how to best apply the theory. Gain a thorough knowledge of all topics from the NSW Board of Studies Year 9 English Syllabus.

Essential skills

Develop critical writing skills

Read texts that push your ideas further. Be equipped with the skills to compose strong responses to English questions.

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 9 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 9 English Program


Oct - Dec

Reading Novels

Building Reading Skills

Characterisation

Setting

Plot

 

Feb - Apr

Poetry

Shakespearean Poetry

Emily Dickinson

Modern Poetry

Australian Poetry

Apr - Jun

Critical Film Studies

Complex film techniques

The role of the director

How to analyse film

Jul - Sep

Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Strategies for reading Shakespeare

Approaching Macbeth

Writing analytically and imaginatively

Our proven formula for success

The Matrix Method for EnglishTM

Year 9 English Term Course Details

Gain critical writing and analytical skills for exam success


Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to reading novels
  • Introduction to Major Work: Reading Journal
  • How to read, why keep a journal
  • What is a novel?
  • Introduction to To Kill A Mockingbird
  • How to keep a reading journal

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Reading your novel
  • Characters in novels
  • Exploring characterisation
  • Characterisation and choice

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • Reading your novel
  • Analysing language techniques
  • Patterns for writing about techniques

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • Reading your novel
  • Introduction to setting
  • Thinking about the setting
  • Connections between setting and context
  • Reading To Kill a Mockingbird

Week 5

LESSON 5

  • Reading your novel
  • Exploring your perspective through writing
  • Reading To Kill a Mockingbird

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • Reading your novel
  • To Kill a Mockingbird so far
  • Puns and allusions in the novel form

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • Themes in to Kill a Mockingbird
  • Reading for a theme
  • Considering the meaning of themes

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • Writing essays in English
  • Revision of the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Essay planning using dialogue mapping
  • Topic test preparation

Week 9

LESSON 9

  • In class Topic Test

Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to poetry
  • Why study poetry?
  • What is poetry?
  • Poetic metre
  • Rhyme

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Introduction to Shakespeare’s sonnets
  • Shakespearean poetry
  • Metre and rhyme in Shakespeare
  • Scholarly perspectives

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • Revision of Shakespeare
  • Symbolism
  • How to write about poetic techniques
  • Making a judgement

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • Introduction to Emily Dickinson
  • Exploring poetic techniques

Week 5

LESSON 5

  • The rules of the short response
  • The rules of the long response
  • Essay structure
  • How to address the question

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • Introduction to Imagism
  • The Imagist movement
  • The poetry of H. D.
  • Writing an Imagist poem

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • Exploring poetic connections between Australia and Asia
  • Poetic analysis
  • Musical qualities
  • Intertextual perspectives

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • Rethinking poetry
  • Contemporary rap
  • Connections to musical qualities
  • Topic Test outline and preparation

Week 9

LESSON 9

  • In class Topic Test

Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to film
  • Thinking about film analysis
  • Considering film techniques

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Cinematography and editing
  • Rear Window
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Writing about film techniques  

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • Sound and lighting
  • Creating atmosphere in film
  • Diegetic and non-diegetic sound
  • Writing essays on film

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • In-class writing assessment
  • Introduction to mise-en-scène

Week 5

LESSON 5

  • Special effects
  • Digital versus practical effects
  • The uncanny valley

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • Short films in focus
  • Form and style
  • Comparative writing

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • Personal engagement with short film
  • Stop-motion
  • Short film analysis

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • Extended response composition
  • Unpacking the question
  • Planning an answer
  • Composing a draft

Week 9

LESSON 9

  • In class Topic Test

Week 1

LESSON 1

  • Introduction to Macbeth
  • Who is Macbeth
  • Witches and prophecy

Week 2

LESSON 2

  • Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
  • The consequences of prophecies
  • Becoming familiar with Shakespeare

Week 3

LESSON 3

  • On the nature of ambition
  • The divine right of kings
  • Macbeth and Lady Macbeth on ambition

Week 4

LESSON 4

  • Murder in Macbeth
  • Shakespearean form: the soliloquy
  • Exploring performance

Week 5

LESSON 5

  • Expressions of guilt
  • Exploring guilt in Macbeth
  • Macbeth’s tyranny

Week 6

LESSON 6

  • The motif of sleep
  • The ghost of Banquo
  • Lady Macbeth’s character arc

Week 7

LESSON 7

  • The end of Macbeth
  • Essay planning
  • Creating an essay scaffold

Week 8

LESSON 8

  • Macbeth reimagined
  • Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
  • The witches reimagined

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 9 English Timetable

9 weekly lessons for comprehensive knowledge and understanding.

Chatswood
Wed6:10 - 7:40pm
Fri4:30 - 6:00pm
Sat9:30 - 11:00am
Sat1:30 - 3:00pm
Sun11:00 - 12:30pm
Sun3:00 - 4:30pm
Epping
Mon6:10 - 7:40pm
Thu4:30 - 6:00pm
Sun1:30 - 3:00pm
Sun4:30 - 6:00pm
Hurstville
Mon6:10 - 7:40pm
Wed4:30 - 6:00pm
Sat6:10 - 7:40pm
Sun9:30 - 11:00am
Sun3:00 - 4:30pm
Strathfield
Tue4:30 - 6:00pm
Fri4:30 - 6:00pm
Fri6:10 - 7:40pm
Sun1:30 - 3:00pm
Sun3:00 - 4:30pm
Sun4:30 - 6:00pm
Town Hall
Thu6:10 - 7:40pm

Our Year 9 English Pricing

$43.11

per Hour

x

1.5 hrs

per Lesson

x

9 lessons

per Term


=

$582

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

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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

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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.

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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

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No additional support outside the lesson.

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