Annie John is an incredible coming-of-age story set in the Caribbean. In this first lesson of the unit, we'll learn about the novel, its author and its setting. Let's get started!
Unit: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
When Annie turns ten years old, there's something that terrifies and fascinates her in equal measure. In this lesson, we'll find out what it is.
If you've ever had a disagreement with a parent or carer, you will empathise with Annie in the section we're going to read today. We're going to explore how relationships become strained in Annie's household.
How did you feel when you started your last school? In this lesson, the author brings to life Annie's first day at high school with rich and vivid imagery.
When Annie is asked to share a personal story at school, her whole class is captivated. Today we'll find out what she writes about, and how it is both happy and sad.
When Annie makes friends with the dirty, barefooted Red Girl, she has to keep her a secret from her family. Today we'll find out just why Annie likes her so much.
In this lesson we'll read about Annie's rebellion! We'll explore how - and why - Annie rebels against authority as she grows older.
Have you ever disagreed with something you've been taught? Today we'll see how Annie questions her school curriculum and challenges the colonial narratives imposed upon her.
Annie grows older, and she is experiencing overwhelming emotions. In this lesson, we'll analyse the language Kincaid uses to bring Annie's changing feelings to life.
Tensions increase in Annie's household, leading to the moment that will change everything. Today we will explore an argument between Annie and her mother that will lead to a dramatic turning point.
Annie is miserable, and it just won't stop raining. Can Annie overcome her problems and fly away? In today's lesson, we'll find out.
In the dramatic ending to the novel, we'll explore how growing up is both exciting and painful. Can Annie make it on her own?
We know the characters, the story and the vocabulary. Today we will put all our knowledge of Kincaid's novel together in writing an impressive essay about coming-of-age.
Units in English
- The Oral Tradition
- Epic Poetry
- The Canterbury Tales: ‘General Prologue’
- The Refugee Tales: ‘Prologue’, ed. Anna Pincus and David Herd
- The Canterbury Tales: ‘The Knight’s Tale’, Chaucer
- Telling Tales, Patience Agbabi
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Introduction and Act 1)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Act 2)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Act 3)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Act 4 & 5)
- The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
- Sweetness by Toni Morrison
- Introduction to poetry
- Introduction to the sonnet
- ‘Sonnet 18’, Shakespeare
- ‘Death, be not proud’, Donne
- ‘If thou must love me’, Barrett-Browning
- ‘If we must die’, Claude McKay
- ‘The sonnet-ballad’, Gwendolyn Brooks
- Creative writing: short stories
- Creative writing: poetry
- Recapping the basics: simple sentences, statements, paragraphs, capital letters and past simple verbs
- Complex sentences, avoiding fragments and run-ons, capital letters
- Past simple tense, subordinate clauses, punctuating conjunctions and lists
- Writing accurate, correctly punctuated and paragraphed dialogue, using personal pronouns
- Avoiding fragments, fused sentences and comma splices. Using capital letters and writing in the past tense. Using multiple subordinate clauses, punctuating lists correctly when in a complex sentence.
- Paragraphing narratives for clarity, using possessive pronouns, using apostrophes accurately, structuring, writing and editing genre-specific narratives
- Introduction to Tragedy
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 1
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 2
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 3
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 4 and 5
- Introduction to the Romantics
- Romanticism and Nature
- Nature poetry: 'Sycamore Gap' Zoe Mitchell, 'A Sunset' Ari Banias, 'California Dreaming' Lachlan Mackinnon, 'Causeway' Matthew Hollis.
- Romanticism and Revolution
- Revolutionary and Protest poetry: ‘America’ Claude McKay, ‘Rosa’ Rita Dove, ‘Torture’/ ‘We alone can devalue gold’ Alice Walker, ‘Good Bones (2016)’ Maggie Smith, 'To the Indifferent Women' Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘Caged Bird’ Maya Angelou
- Oliver and the Workhouse
- Oliver Heads to London
- Oliver is Caught
- Oliver, Bill & The Maylies
- Oliver and the Consequences
- Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
- Creative writing: memoir
- Introduction to rhetoric
- Injustice: Pankhurst & Sojourner Truth
- Change: Michelle Obama & Lennie James
- Motivate: Churchill & Gandhi
- Writing rhetoric
- Shakespearean Comedy - The Tempest
- Language Skills - Fiction - Reading
- Language Skills - Fiction - Writing
- Language Skills - Non-Fiction - Reading
- Language Skills - Non-Fiction - Writing
- Grammar for Writing
- The Short Story
- Gothic Literature
- Fiction: Reading and Descriptive Writing
- Non-Fiction Texts and View Point Writing