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JSS2 Literature in English Scheme of Work

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About JSS2 Literature in English Scheme of Work

In Junior Secondary School 2 (JSS2), Literature in English introduces students to a wider range of literary forms- prose, poetry, and drama, studied in JSS1. This allows them to analyze the intricate narrative techniques as well as poetic and literary devices present in these works. Through such exploration, students not only sharpen their critical thinking skills but also develop a deeper understanding of human experiences and cultural diversity.

By studying Literature in English at this level, students gain valuable insights into the complexities of society and human nature. They equally gain an immersive journey through literary works, enabling them to appreciate the beauty of language, the richness of cultural heritage, and the depth of human experience.

Assessment Guide

In junior secondary schools, how students are assessed in Literature in English studies can differ from school to school. However, typically, they are evaluated through tests or quizzes (Continuous Assessment Tests) and end-of-term exams.

Grading follows a scale from A to F, with A representing excellent performance, typically scoring around 70% or 80%, and F indicating failure, usually below 50% or 45%.

JSS2 First Term Scheme of Work for Literature-in-English

 LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION: UNIFIED SCHEMES OF WORK FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
 Literature in English Scheme of Work for Junior Secondary School 2(JSS2)
 ClassJ.S.S 2
 SubjectLiterature in English
 TermFirst Term
WeekTopicBreakdown
1REVISION ON LAST SESSION’S WORK 
2SHORT STORIES/NOVELETTES BASED ON EFFECTS OF CLIMATE, e.g. FLOOD, DEPLETION OF OZONE LAYER, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION e.t.c 
3SHORT STORIES/NOVELETTES ON ANY RELEVANT TOPIC OR INCIDENCE 
4FOLKTALE: NIGERIAN AND AFRICAN FOLKTALESi. Meanings and examples ii. Features
5POPULAR MYTHS AND LEGENDS: AFRICAN AND NON AFRICANi. Meanings and examples ii. Features
6-8READING OF BOOKS FOR THE TERM: PROSE 
9-11READING OF BOOKS FOR THE TERM: DRAMA 
12-13REVISION/EXAMINATION 

JSS2 Second Term Scheme of Work for Literature-in-English

 TermSecond Term
WeekTopicBreakdown
1-3READING OF THE DRAMA TEXTS FOR THE TERM 
4 i. Background of the dramatists of the read drama texts ii. Background and setting of the drama texts iii. Plot summary iv. Themes
5-7PROSE: READING OF NOVEL(S) FOR THE TERM 
8 i. Background of the novelists of the read novels. ii. Background and setting of the novels. iii. Plot summary iv. Themes
9-10POETRY: ANALYSIS OF POEMS FOR THE TERMi. Background/Thematic Preoccupation. ii. Setting. iii. Poetic Devices
11-12REVISION/EXAMINATION 

JSS2 Third Term Scheme of Work for Literature-in-English

 TermThird Term
WeekTopicBreakdown
1REVISION/RESUMPTION TEST 
2TYPES OF POETRYi. Epic ii. Lyric iii. Ballads iv. Dirge
3LANGUAGE OF POETRYi. Concise ii. Unique iii. High
4POETRYi. Narrative Poem ii. Ballads
5DRAMAi. Types (Comedy and Tragedy) ii. Features of Drama:Theme, Stage, Costumes, e.t.c
6READING OF THE RECOMMENDED DRAMA TEXTSi. I dentifying the message of the texts ii.Roles of the Characters (Minor & Major)
7READING OF THE RECOMMENDED PROSEi. Identifying the message of the texts ii.Identifying the type of Prose iii.Discuss the features of the prose text: Plot, characterisation, style, setting, language, and theme.
8READING OF DRAMA TEXT (SHORT PLAY)i. Identify the essential language features of the play. ii. Identify the major characters iii. Act out the play
9IRONYi. Definition ii. Identify Irony in Literature text iii. Construction of Correct Sentences with Irony
1oFIGURES OF SPEECH (HYPERBOLE)i. Identification of hyperbole in literature text. ii. Construction of correct sentences with hyperbole.
11CHARACTERISATION AND SUMMARY OF THE LITERATURE TEXTS 
12-13REVISION/EXAMINATION 

Recommended Literature-in-English Textbooks for Junior Secondary School 2

The following are the recommended Literature in English textbooks for JSS2. Note that these are subject to change and/or revision.

  • Iye  – Julie A Omeike – WABP Ltd 
  •  Personal Worries – Nze J. C Maduekwe -UCHAC
  •  The Web Conspiracy – Eucharia N. Nwosu – Noble Resources Ltd

   PROSE

  1. Eze Ofia  (by Linda Okpara)
  2. The First Son (by Chinedu Akubueze)
  3. Mature Minor (by Esther Uzoma-Amadi)
  4. Secret Affairs – Uche Nnyagu
  5. Tears of the Wealthy  (by Inno Ejike)

DRAMA

  1.  Sons and Daughters (by  C. DeGraft)
  2.  Behind Every Beautiful Woman – Okeke Chika Jerry.
  3.  The Irony of Life – Rev. Sis. Clarise
  4.  Turned Stone – Chima Eze.
  5.  Hearts of Venom  (by ThankGod Chibueze)

POETRY

  1. The Heresy of Gossip – Onyekachi Peter Onuoha
  2. Literature for JSS – Oayo Oguniyi
  3. Sun rise in Africa – Benedita Mbamuzue.
  4. Collected poems for Secondary School
  5. Songs of Mother Inspiration (by Gabriel Oche Ukah

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