Year 9 English

Boost confidence and develop skills in critical thinking and essay writing

The Prime Philosophy

At Prime, our philosophy of teaching English focuses on reasoning skills. We want our students to be independent thinkers who can apply critical thinking to texts, and to life. We know that an ability to express yourself clearly and powerfully, both in written and spoken ways, is important in all career pathways. It is also an essential aspect of personal development.

In our friendly classes and workshops, our tutors use the Socratic method of asking difficult questions to make you think. We encourage you to have a guess - it is okay to be wrong, but in English, you should never say 'I don't know' or leave an answer blank.

We work with you to set goals, and focus on a "how-to" approach rather than merely memorising and rote leaning. We favour a structured approach to English study via personal annotation and writing 'study paraphs' to synthesise your own knowledge of the text. We also provide a range of practice essay, exam and creative tasks to help you focus on building skills needed for the HSC.

We expect our students to continue self-directed study at home. Study is like exercise and you can't cram exercise. If you expect to tone and build musle, you have to do some work every week. For Junior years, this work should involve a minimum of 4 hours personal reading a week, and for seniors, 2 to 4 hours of writing study paragraphs at home.


Course Components


Weekly Theory Classes

In class, literacy and writing skills are honed by focusing on a new themed unit each term. Each module is relavant to students' future HSC requirements, as well as promoting the Stage 5 NESA literacy outlines.


Skills Development Workshops

In workshops, students practice their skills, with tutors on hand to help them if they require it. Students can work on study paragraphs for texts provided by Prime or prescribed texts from school.  Individual feedback and marking is a key feature of the workshops.



Students are given homework to consolidate the content they have learned in class. This may include short-answer questions or extended writing tasks. This homework is marked by the class teacher with individual feedback, enabling the students to improve on a weekly basis. 

Course Topics

Prime's Year 9 English Course Program commences in Term 4 of Year 8 and is designed to meet the NESA syllabus requirements for schools in NSW, with a focus on literacy and critical thinking. Each term is a themed unit focusing on a genre study like Crime Fiction, or a skill based unit like analysing Speeches. 

Term 4

Oct - Dec

  • Genre Studies
  • Crime Fiction Genre
  • Creative, Essay and Persuasive Writing
  • Comprehension
Term 1

Jan - Mar

  • Media and Representation
  • NAPLAN Preparation
  • Creative, Essay and Persuasive Writing
  • Comprehension
Term 2

Apr - Jun

  • Text and Culture
  • Creative, Essay and Persuasive Writing
  • Comprehension
Term 3

Jul - Sep

  • Getting to Know Shakespeare
  • Creative, Essay and Persuasive Writing
  • Comprehension

Class structure

Theory Class
10 mins
Homework Revision 

Receive marked homework with feedback 

70 mins
Theory Lesson

Study prescribed texts and learn key concepts through class discussion and exam-style questions

10 mins

Ask questions about the class work and receive answers before leaving the class room

60 mins
Choose a workshop that suits your schedule

Come at any one hour between 10am or 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays (weeks 2 to 9).

Study paragraphs

Students are provided with a selection of texts to work on their study paragraphs, with guidance and feedback from tutors. Students can also work on their school prescribed texts. 

Assist with school work

Get help with school work and receive additional resources.

Course Pricing

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Weekly Topic Schedule

Term 4 Date Topic Class Workshop Homework
Week 1 14 Oct - 20 Oct Genre Studies and Crime Fiction  
Week 2 21 Oct - 27 Oct Crime Friction Literature: The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
Week 3 28 Oct - 3 Nov Crime Friction Literature: Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity (1892)
Week 4 4 Nov - 10 Nov Crime Friction Literature: The Case of the Perfect Maid (1942)
Week 5 11 Nov - 17 Nov Crime Friction Literature: Black Coffee (1930)
Week 6 18 Nov - 24 Nov Hard Boilded Crime Fiction:The Big Sleep (1939)
Week 7 25 Nov - 1 Dec Hard Boiled Crime Fiction: A Man Called Spade (1945)
Week 8 2 Dec - 8 Dec In Cold Blood: The First True-crime Novel
Week 9 9 Dec - 15 Dec End of Term Exam  
Term 1 Date Topic Class Workshop Homework
Week 1 27 Jan - 2 Feb Media and Representation: How to Analyse Images  
Week 2 3 Feb - 9 Feb Media and Representation: Analysing Magazine Ads
Week 3 10 Feb - 16 Feb Media and Representation: Analysing Comic Panels
Week 4 17 Feb - 23 Feb Media and Representation: Analysing Picture Books
Week 5 24 Feb - 1 Mar Media and Representation: Analysing Website
Week 6 2 Mar - 8 Mar Media and Representation: Analysing Films
Week 7 9 Mar - 15 Mar Media and Representation: Analysing Memes
Week 8 16 Mar - 22 Mar Term Revision
Week 9 23 Mar - 29 Mar End of Term Exam  
Term 2 Date Topic Class  Workshop Homework
Week 1 27 April - 3 May Introduction to Texts and Culture  
Week 2 4 May - 10 May Texts and Culture: Media Presentation of Culture
Week 3 11 May - 17 May Texts and Culture: Case Study- Pop Culture and Youth
Week 4 18 May - 24 May Texts and Culture: Case Study- Australian Culture
Week 5 25 May - 31 May Texts and Culture: Case Study- Aboriginal Culture
Week 6 1 Jun - 7 Jun Texts and Culture: Case Study- 1950s America
Week 7 8 Jun - 14 Jun Texts and Culture: Case Study- Translations
Week 8 15 Jun - 21 Jun Texts and Culture: Case Study- Cultural Bias
Week 9 22 Jun - 28 Jun End of Term Exam  
Term 3 Date Topic Class Workshop Homework
Week 1 20 Jul - 26 Jul Getting to Know Shakespeare: King Lear  
Week 2 27 Jul - 2 Aug Getting to Know Shakespeare: Hamlet
Week 3 3 Aug - 9 Aug Getting to Know Shakespeare: Macbeth- The Scottish Play
Week 4 10 Aug - 16 Aug Getting to Know Shakespeare: The Stabbing of Julius Caesar
Week 5 17 Aug - 23 Aug Getting to Know Shakespeare: As you like it
Week 6 24 Aug - 30 Aug Getting to Know Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Week 7 31 Aug - 6 Sep Getting to Know Shakespeare: Henry V
Week 8 7 Sep - 13 Sep Revision 
Week 9 14 Sep - 20 Sep End of Term Exam  


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