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Year 9 and 10

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Subject description

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


Year 9
Year 10
Unit 1 - Perspectives in Texts
​A novel study – applying knowledge and skills gained throughout the year, students write a literary analysis in response to an unseen question.​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.
Unit 2 - Texts in Culture
Students evaluate representations of Australian identity in literary and non-literary texts in order to understand how social change impacts on the relevance of traditional Australian mythologies.​​A study of power dynamics in social media culture, this unit questions the social, economic and political impact of new media and social networking on individuals and groups.
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 novel study – applying knowledge and skills gained throughout the year, students write a narrative intervention that reveals and challenges a cultural assumption present in the novel.
Unit 4 - Literary Texts
Cultural experiences 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.​​An introduction to Shakespeare that focuses on how modern texts borrow narrative elements from the love tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Students produce an innovative response in the form of a podcast.

Year 11 Courses and Pre requisites

English (B semesters 1 & 2, year 10)​Essential English (no pre requisite)

Extra-Curricular Opportunities
Various short story writing competitions
Premier’s Reading Challenge ​ ​

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Last reviewed 18 June 2020
Last updated 18 June 2020