English Secondary 3

Aestral Private School students will continue during their Secondary 3 year to read and write literary texts, and sharpen their ability to analyse material which may include descriptive, narrative, expository, and argumentative texts. Students learn to compare different types of texts (e.g., literary vs expository, narrative vs factual recount) based on general or specific given criteria.

Students will be taught how to address MOE curriculum such as:

  • Compare written and visual texts
  • Identify the meaning conveyed by the interplay of what is written and the visuals in a text
  • identifying themes that help them pick out the underlying messages of the text.
  • distinguishing the elements of fiction (e.g. plot, conflict, setting) which encourage a critical response.
  • detecting and analysing points of view and writers’ intentions.

Students will identify and analyse organisational structures, text features and language features in texts comprising a mixture of types and forms.

Informational texts (such as procedures, factual recounts, information reports and explanations) are included to present main ideas and supporting details; and expositions present coherent lines of argument which ties in to academic writing. Such texts are found in biographies and articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. In reading and viewing a range of informational texts, pupils will learn to identify and understand the organisational structures that define the authors’ line of thinking or argument, with evidence from the text to support their interpretation or a specific argument.

  • Students evaluate the relevance and soundness of arguments by identifying the claim of the author, what evidence the author has, whether the evidence is sufficient and if the claim is logical and true. In addition, care is taken to analyse a mixture of textual types and forms, e.g. a personal recount in a debate
  • Use appropriate skills and strategies to process meaning from texts