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English Units:NCEA Level 1

These units were developed for English Online in 2007 or earlier. They continue to be provided so that teachers can access teaching and learning resources. They should not be regarded as valid assessment materials. They do not align with the new curriculum and several assess expired or expiring standards.

AS90052 (English 1.1): Produce creative writing

Writing for publication (NCEA version)
A unit in which students are encouraged to explore their language options in the process of crafting a piece of poetic writing to publication standard. This version of the unit is designed to assess AS90052 (English 1.1): Produce creative writing.AS90053 (English 1.2): Produce formal writing

Take me seriously!: Produce formal writing
Take Me Seriously! is a formal writing unit to prepare students for AS90053 (English 1.2): Produce formal writing. The unit steps students through the process of generating thoughts in response to a chosen topic and developing a structured, coherent and formal written response, suitable for publication in an online student newspaper.

Write all about it: newspapers
Students analyse the structure and style of news writing, editorials, letters to the editor and editorial cartoons before creating their own group newspaper which includes an original news story to be assessed for AS90053 (English 1.2): Produce formal writing.

AS90054 (English 1.3): Read, study and show understanding of extended written text(s)

Tomorrow When the War Began
Tomorrow, When the War Began, by John Marsden, is the first in an enormously popular series that has been voraciously read by teenagers around the world. This unit explores some of the issues and ideas that make it such a challenging and compelling read. This unit provides a formative assessment opportunity for AS90054 (English 1.3) Read, study and understand an extended written text.

Worth reading
Students independently read and study self selected [and teacher approved]extended texts. They then plan and write about their responses to ideas, issues or themes from their texts. Through their writing, students show the understandings they have developed that go beyond their texts. Their writing is in preparation for the externally assessed achievement standard AS90054 (English 1.3): Read, study and show understanding of extended written text(s).

AS90055 (English 1.4): Read, study and show understanding of a number of short written texts

Poetry for pleasure
A unit aimed at year 11 students which is intended to encourage enjoyment of poetry. It begins with a broad overview of different types of poetry and progresses to individual student choice of a poem to analyse. This may be used to prepare students for the external assessment of AS90055 (English 1.4): Read, study and understand a number of short written texts.

Probing New Zealand poetry
In this unit students read and analyse a range of New Zealand poems prior to presenting a reading and producing webpages based upon a poem they have selected. The unit is assessed using AS90059 (English 1.8): Produce a media or dramatic presentation. It may also be used to prepare students for the external assessment of AS90055 (English 1.4): Read, study and understand a number of short written texts.

AS90058 (English 1.7): Deliver a speech in a formal situation

I beg to differ: debating
This unit prepares students to participate in a debate by giving them practice in impromptu speaking, rebuttal, defining a moot, preparing a case and delivering the debate. It is assessed using AS90058 (English 1.7): Deliver a Speech in a formal Situation.

AS90059 (English 1.8): Produce a media or dramatic presentation

Every picture tells a story: Static images
In children's books, film posters and cartoons, static images convey meaning in a variety of ways. Having the tools to unlock these meanings is vital in today's increasingly visual world. This unit is designed to be used in conjunction with AS90059 (English 1.8): Produce a media or dramatic presentation.

Pacific pride
A unit in which students research a Pacific person who they consider to be a role model before producing a multimedia or dramatic presentation about that person. The unit can be used to prepare and assess students for English AS90059 1.8: Produce a Media or Dramatic Presentation.

Picture the times
Students will explore ways in which static images have been used to reflect and communicate historical and current themes through the combination of visual and verbal techniques. This leads to student production of a static image which reflects current events, which may be used to assess AS90059 (English 1.8): Produce a media or dramatic presentation.

Probing New Zealand poetry
In this unit students read and analyse a range of New Zealand poems prior to presenting a reading and producing webpages based upon a poem they have selected. The unit is assessed using AS90059 (English 1.8): Produce a media or dramatic presentation. It may also be used to prepare students for the external assessment of AS90055 (English 1.4): Read, study and understand a number of short written texts.

The all-purpose multimedia poetry beast
In this activity teachers can learn as much as students in technological terms, while exploring new ways of teaching poetry. This process will, however, readily adapt to the teaching of any literary form. This unit provides summative assessment for AS90059 (English 1.8): Produce a media or dramatic presentation but can be adapted for Year 10 students.

The publishing team
In this unit students assume a role as part of a production team to prepare and publish a small, illustrated poetry anthology. The unit enables dual assessment of AS90059 (English 1.8) Produce a media or dramatic presentation and AS90033 (Information Management 1.4) Apply a decision-making model to produce a solution from a given brief. Unit delivery assumes close collaboration with the teacher responsible for AS90033 (Information Management 1.4).

To Kill a Mockingbird
A visual language unit which makes extensive use of the Internet, in which students plan and develop storyboards for key scenes from the novel. The storyboards may be used for assessment of AS90059 (English 1.8): Produce a media or dramatic presentation.

AS90060 (English 1.9): Research, organise and present information

The Whole of the Moon
This unit, based on the NZ novel The Whole of the Moon, focuses on the issue of living with child cancer. Students research the subject to produce a considered piece of transactional writing to meet the requirements for AS90060 (English 1.9): Research, organise and present information..

Unit Standards

Read to succeed: Unit Standard 2977
This unit covers the reading of simple texts to achieve a practical purpose. It looks at the purpose of the text, the parts or sections of the text, locating of information within text, interpreting language and abbreviations, and making links between the text and existing knowledge. This is a highly structured unit that students can progress through with a minimum of teacher input. Covers unit standard 2977: Read texts for practical purposes.

To the letter: Unit Standard 10792
The aim of this unit is to prepare students for unit standard 10792 version 2: Write formal Correspondence, which is one of the unit standards which has been designated as able to generate credits for the minimum 8 literacy credits for NCEA. The unit of work is based around theme of travel to provide students with an authentic context when writing their correspondence.

Heroes, Aotearoa: Unit Standard 12411
This unit allows students to work towards assessment for Unit Standard 12411 Explore language and think critically about transactional written text. The students work through a series of activities based on the biographies of famous New Zealanders, to co-construct exemplar responses before completing a summative assessment.

City life: Unit Standard 12412
This unit allows students to work towards assessment for Unit Standard 12412 Explore language and think critically about poetic written text. The students work through a series of activities, based on New Zealand short stories exploring city life, to co-construct exemplar responses before completing a summative assessment.

Other NCEA Level 1 Resources

Units Standards Activities
8808 (RTF 305KB)
A resource designed to help students achieve unit standard 8808: Read an Inclusive Range of Written Texts and Record the Reading Experience.

8809 (RTF 251KB)
A resource designed to help students achieve unit standard 8809: Read an Inclusive Range of Oral Texts and Record the Reading Experience.

8810 (RTF 249KB)
A resource designed to help students achieve unit standard 8810: Read an Inclusive Range of Visual Texts and Record the Reading Experience.

ListeningAndResponding (Word 88KB)
 A resource designed to help students achieve unit standard 8817: Listen attentively during and interact in discussion.




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