Home Learning – 9XH Assessment Preparation


Please complete the following by Wednesday 4th November.

Revise the following for your assessment after Half Term:


When you read, the writer often leaves gaps that you need to fill yourself. This is called making inferences. You use the clues and information you are given and read between the lines to work out what the characters are feeling and what is happening in the story.


When we look at language, we are thinking about the words the writer has chosen and working out how they effect the reader and the story itself. We are looking for ways the writer has manipulated language to influence the reader. Some ways writers use language:

  • Interesting vocabulary
  • Metaphors
  • Similes
  • Personification
  • Pathetic Fallacy

If a simile or metaphor has been used, think about why the comparison has been chosen. How does it add to the description or our understanding? If personification has been used, how does this affect the atmosphere?


When we talk about structure, we are talking about how a piece of writing has been put together. It could refer to:

  • How the writer reveals information to the reader – what do they hold back? What do they reveal?
  • Narrative voice – whose perspective is it written from and why?
  • The order of events compared to the order in which they are told
  • Foreshadowing
  • Paragraph structures – short paragraphs
  • What is happening at the start and end of a sentence / paragraph / section / chapter / book?
  • Sentence lengths





Gothic Fiction


We are currently studying a scheme of learning on Gothic Fiction in Year 9. The set books for this scheme are The Woman in Black by Susan Hill or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This particular scheme is fun to teach as students usually like the theme but it does involve you reading advanced texts which are a challenge for even the most able readers. With the changes to the GCSE, it is crucial that you experience reading texts from an earlier time period. The inclusion of pre-1900s fiction and non-fiction in the new exam means you will need to be used to reading these kinds of texts and we want to give you the best preparation for the new exams.