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English SCITT Interview Monday - Help! watch

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    Hello, first post here - apologies it's immediately asking for help.

    I have an interview for a SCITT place on Monday and as part of the interview have been asked to prepare a short lesson as follows:

    Bring in a novel which you feel would be suitable to use as a stimulus for a Year 8 group (about 6 to 8 students).

    Be prepared to talk through how you would use this with a middle ability class.

    Prepare a short teaching episode (15 minutes) using an extract from the text or theme from the text. This should be directly linked with the ideas you have already considered about the novel you have chosen. You could consider character development, descriptive writing, language use, theme or an area of your choice. Provide a lesson plan for this task.

    We will be looking for confidence in subject knowledge and the ability to inspire students in their learning. We would expect to see active learning from students.

    I'm thinking of using the book Wonder by RJ Palacio, and looking at the way the author sets the scene at the start of the book. They use short and punchy sentences to do this and it's really written quite powerfully.

    The book is about a child with a facial disfigurement and their journey through adolescence which is punctuated with prejudice. The most powerful part of the intro is when the central character and narrator describes themselves thus: "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse."

    I wanted to use this as a stimulus to look at writing styles and scene setting.

    The exercise I'm thinking of setting is for the students to look at the introduction to the book and discuss how the writer uses sentence length to add drama. Then I'll set them the task of writing an alternative introduction to the book where they are describing themselves.

    I'm using the all, many and some principle to make sure all pupils achieve progress. I want all to be able to write at least a paragraph introducing themselves, many to use a variety of sentence lengths and some to be able to directly address the reader as RJ Palacio does.

    My question is, does this seem a bit complex for a year 8 mixed ability group, and is it a bit ambitious for a 15 minute piece of work?
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