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Empowering English
  Empowering English Textbook Series
  Empowering English is the right choice
  IGCSE Checkpoint matching
  Samples from Teachers Manuals
  How to Order 'Empowering English'
Writing with Ease
  Unique Refrence Book
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Gifted / Learning Disabled
  Identifying and Educating the Gifted
  Identifying and Educating the Learning Disabled
IGCSE Checkpoint matching with EE
The following table summarises how completely, and effectively, the Empowering English series addresses the English objectives set out in the IGCSE curriculum, as a benchmark. 
We have also provided a detailed example of one objective in the Checkpoint: “Conversations on Familiar Subjects”, showing how Empowering English not only delivers the objective, but also scales the complexity through the successive years from grade 3 to 7.
For further information, by grade, with details on how the Empowering English series addresses each objective, please contact us using the link provided on this site. 
CHECKPOINT ENGLISH CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES EMPOWERING ENGLISH  GRADE 3 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 4 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 5 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 6 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 7
Reading
Range of genres All Genres: Descriptive, Narrative, Imaginative, Discussion, Reporting, Argumentative, Persuasion, Procedural All Genres All Genres All Genres All Genres
Recognise and demonstrate explicit meaning, select, collate, summarise facts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Understand vocabulary and diction, style Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Implied meaning inference in texts and images Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Features of character setting theme Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Features of media texts and narratives and advertisement Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Writing          
CHECKPOINT ENGLISH CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 3 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 4 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 5 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 6 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 7
For all genres inform explain describe imagine argue entertain persuade imagine instruct analyse review explore and comment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Write in a wide range stories poems plays autobiographies letters diaries, formal letters, adverts, newspaper sheets, notes, leaflets Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Begin to develop a sense of audience and engage the readers attention Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Structure; paragraph, sequencing supporting details and key ideas Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Styles of writing appropriate for forms Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Usage
Spelling & Punctuation. School Spelling Programme School Spelling Programme School Spelling Programme School Spelling Programme School Spelling Programme
CHECKPOINT ENGLISH CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 3 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 4 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 5 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 6 EMPOWERING ENGLISH GRADE 7
Vocabulary Word lists for descriptions, connectives, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, target vocabulary for stories Word lists for physical appearance and clothes. splendid descriptions, sense descriptions, synonym power, vocabulary of persuasion and protest, target vocabulary for a fantasy story, onomatopoeic words, and more Words to create mood and meaning; magic of moods; vocabulary of shades, colour, textures and fabric;
vocabulary of word pictures and imagery; advanced vocabulary in all story selections and book study
Developing high quality descriptive vocabulary ; describing location using pleasant and hostile vocabulary; using analysis grid; vocabulary prediction; diction and homophones ???
Fluency  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grammar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speaking and listening
Speak in order to inform, explain, describe, imagine, argue, entertain, persuade, imagine, instruct, analyse, review, explore, and comment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Participate to discuss and prepare assignments ( group work) Group discussions and presentations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Conversations on familiar subjects Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Listen actively, courteously, turn taking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pace and volume Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sentence structure, vocabulary in speech. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notes:
  • Grammar is done as daily grammar and includes parts of speech, plurals, tenses, spelling and punctuation, structure and functional grammar.
  • ‘Empowering English’ has a Book study segment for literature and for all parts of reading, writing, usage and speaking and listening exercises and opportunities
  • ‘Empowering English’ is supported by ‘Writing with Ease’ by Usha Pandit, a student reference book that has how to, strategies and word lists for all the above outcomes which makes teaching and learning simple and clear.
  • Junior classes have a spelling programme with dictation. The class must have a word wall for vocabulary. Middle year classes have an advanced spelling programme. The class must have a word wall for vocabulary.
  • A reading programme is important where children read at their own levels everyday with an adult who keeps reading records.  A reading programme is done by the librarian in school and reading records are kept.  
  • A  timetabled speech and drama period that will take care of articulation, pace, volume, pitch, timing, pausing, emoting, contexts and meaning.  Poetry reading, speaking opportunities can be factored in here.
  • Teachers give additional externally sourced comprehension and creative writing assignments for testing. Rubrics and marking schemes must be made available to the child before all tasks.  Feedback sessions for teaching common errors must be part of units. 
  • Additionally children do journal writing once a week which is parent supervised and teacher monitored.
    Drama for each grade 
    Grade 3 and 4: School resource: ‘Folk Tale Plays From Around The World’ by Marci Applebaum and Jeff Catanese. This is a book of 8 small plays with activities. 
    Grade 5 and 6: School resource: ‘ Mystery Plays’ 8 plays for the classroom based on stories by famous writers like Arthur Conon Doyle, Natheniel Hawthorne, Ellery Queen, Dashiel Hammett, O. Henry.  Adapted by Tom Conklin. 
    Assessment
    Internal assessment should be in various forms for marks. Examinations may be set to formal and traditional patterns and must not be scaled down – this ensures that rigour is maintained. The referencing must be criterion based. 
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