Year 9 – Nova Fiction

Please note: There will be changes to this scheme for 2015-2016. Watch this space!

Spring Term Two -
The exact date of the assessment is dependent on the individual student’s timetable; however, this will be circa the week commencing Monday 23rd March 2015.

What is the assessment task?
Students write two nova fiction stories on the theme of Charity, Homelessness or Poverty. Each story should have a distinctly different style and be told from a different narrative perspective (e.g. one first-person, one third-person).

How will the task be assessed?
Assessment Foci: Writing 1 ,5, 6, 7 & 8. Please click on the below for details of each assessment focus.


What students can do to prepare:
Master key spellings and their meanings: Audience, Author, Purpose, Register, Tone, Paragraph, Apostrophe, Tension, Character, Setting, Concise, Affect, Effect, Subordinate Clause, Compose, Semi-colon, Colon, Direct Speech, Composition, Structure, Formal, Informal, Entertain, Inform, Persuade.

Practice using spelling, punctuation and grammar correctly and successfully for the desired effect: Tighten up your skills by having a go at the interactive quizzes at

“What a difference a word makes!” Read the following text which could be the opening of a short story.  Identify which word type (noun, verb, adjective or adverb) is missing from each gap.  Choose an atmosphere that you would like to create, and a tone that you would like to set for your story opening: fill in the gaps!  An example for the first gap has been done for you.  Aim to create 3 very different story openings.  See what a difference a word makes!

As I ________ (VERB:  skipped, stumbled, crept) along the pavement I heard a voice _________ out.  I stopped.  My eyes _______ and my heart _______.  I had heard that voice before.  It couldn’t be.  Could it?  “Beth!” I __________.  I had no idea where it was coming from.  “Beth!”  I __________ again.  It had been 3 years since we’d last seen each other.  Memories came flooding back like __________ from a __________.  ‘Now I am _________,’ I thought.




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