Specialist English

Specialist English classes run for an hour per class each week. Specialist classes support classroom literacy programs through the provision of engaging texts for students to read/view, with follow-up discussion aimed at improving vocabulary and contextual understandings. Students develop deep understandings of the narrative elements of character, setting and plot, focusing on the Literature strand of the Australian Curriculum: English to facilitate improved skills in Speaking & Listening, Reading/Viewing and Writing.

Genre identification activity

Students who prove to be enthusiastic readers and writers may be invited to join the Beechboro Novelists specialist Writing group. They meet for one hour per week for an in-depth study of writing skills. They plan for their participation in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in which they write every day for the month of November on an extended text. Previous students have written between 1,000 to 30,000 words on their novels. Students are also given the opportunity to attend excursions/incursions with published authors and illustrators, such as the Scribblers Festival, Write a Book in a Day, and The Literature Centre. Costs for these activities varies, however students are expected to attend as they form a basis of instruction for lessons.

The NaNoWriMo Young Writers’ Program website