The study of English requires students to engage with a variety of texts to interpret, create, evaluate and discuss meaning in a wide variety contexts. These include literary texts and various types of media texts, including newspapers, film, fiction, poetry, dramatic performances and multimodal texts. Abstract themes and issues are explored through higher order reasoning and critical analysis.
Out of class requirements
In an average week, students will need to complete 1-2 hours of homework and/or revision of in-class content. During assessment weeks, some class time will be used for drafting and conferencing but students will need to complete additional drafting and prepare their final submission at home.
What’s important for this subject
The Australian Curriculum determines three important strands of knowledge in the study of English:
Language: knowing about the English language.
Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature.
Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.
Course Outline & Assessment
Unit 1 - Perspectives in Texts|
|Through engaging with texts, students will explore the variance in perspective between novels and their film adaptation. Students will produce a film review.||Through film, students understand that identities and cultures have been, and are, a source of strength and resilience for First Nations Peoples against historic and contemporary impacts of colonisation. Students will produce an analytical essay to an unseen question.
| Unit 2 - Texts in Culture|
|Students explore Australian texts and create a blog contributing to the conversation around what it means to be an Australian. ||An introduction to Shakespeare that focuses on how modern texts borrow narrative elements from The Taming of the Shrew. Students produce a feature article exploring the variance of cultural representation.|
Unit 3 - Text Connections|
|In this unit, students compare interpretations of poetry to evaluate meaning. With analysis of figurative language at its core, the unit has a literary focus that is essential for success in future study.||A study of power dynamics in social media culture, this unit questions social, economic and political impact of new media and social networking on individuals and groups. Students will produce a multimodal persuasive response to the task.|
|Unit 4 - Literary Texts|
|Cultural experience are explored through literary appreciation. In 12 Angry Men, values, attitudes and beliefs are represented through the words and deeds of characters in the fictional world. Students will produce a narrative intervention in the form of an audiobook.||Through exploring a novel, students will write a narrative intervention that reveals and challenges a cultural assumption present in the novel.|
English (B semesters 1 & 2, year 10)||Essential English (no pre requisite)|
Various short story writing competitions
Premier’s Reading Challenge