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Semester One — Exploring and Reflecting: Literature, Language and Literacy

1. Our World, Our Language
Students engage in a range of short units across both semesters that provide students with the opportunities to study how language is created to entertain, inform, influence and persuade readers, listeners, and viewers in different text types, for different contexts, purposes and audiences. These units include:

  • personal and autobiograhical text types structured in different forms
  • forms of media text types, including advertising, in print, non-print and online publications
  • comedy, satire, spoofs and parodies (in sketches, sitcoms, stand-up comedy, cartoons, caricatures)
  • poetry from different historical periods and cultures
  • fiction and non-fiction texts through the wide-reading program, Literature Circle

Integrated within these units, students will learn about the nature and functions of English language, focusing on language variation and change (e.g. changes in English over the centuries); language for interaction (e.g. speech and idioms); text structure and organisation (e.g. how texts are structured to achieve particular purposes and how language is used to create texts that are cohesive and coherent); expressing and developing ideas (e.g. patterns and purposes of English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation, origins of words, word endings, Greek and Latin roots, base words and affixes). Students will continue to study and learn the most common techniques of persuasion and appeals, and be able to identify these in persuasive multimodal texts and explain how they are intended to persuade and position an audience.

Summative Assessment Task 1:
• Creation of a sustained written personal reflection that draws on a significant experience or the impact of a significant or memorable experience to show how the experience has shaped the person into who they are today (approximate length: 600–700 words).
• Justify choices made in a written explanation (approximate length: 150–200 words).

Summative Assessment Task 2:
• Draw on a range of stimuli material to craft a sustained written text in either the analytical, expository or persuasive mode and shape it in a suitable form / text type for a specified purpose and audience (approximate length: 600–700 words).
• Justify choices made in a written explanation (approximate length: 150–200 words).

2. Write Your World – Study of Short Stories
Students will study or a range and variety of short stories that include indigenous and Asian literature with a focus on the key elements of short story writing (exposition, character, setting, theme, plot, action, conflict, climax and resolution) and creation of their own original short story for publication.

Summative Assessment Task 3:
• Create and present an original short story for publication Craft an original short story for a specific purpose and audience, drawing upon the appropriate narrative elements for short story writing (approximate length: 1000 words).
• Justify choices made in a written explanation (approximate length: 200–300 words).

The website for the short story unit can be found here.

Semester Two — Consolidating and Creating: Literature, Language and Literacy

3. The World of Poetry
Study of selected poetry
Students continue to read, analyse and interpret a range of poetry, including indigenous and Asian poets. Learning and understanding how poets create meaning through poetic devices, language, imagery and symbolism, structure and form, rhythm and rhyme, will form the basis of coursework. Students will analyse and interpret selected poems and individually or in a small group, they will create original poetry for performance on an issue they feel strongly about.

Summative Assessment Task 4: Slam Poetry
• Create and perform an original slam poem using appropriate oral language conventions to engage the audience, either individually, in pairs or small group
• Justify choices made in a written explanation (approximate length: 150–200 words).

4. The World of Shakespeare
Study of a Shakespearean play
Students will be introduced to Shakespeare and his ‘world’, and will read and study Twelfth Night.

The main focus of study will concentrate on characterisation, plot, setting, issues and themes, language and imagery, with close attention to literary devices (e.g. puns, alliteration, oxymoron, etc.).

A key focus is on close reading of selected passages, analysing how meaning is created through the language regarding characterisation, themes and ideas, point of view, authorial voice, implied views and values, and so on.

A viewing of one film adaptation for the consolidation of visual literacy skills and understanding of how texts are adapted and interpreted, will also inform the study of Twelfth Night

Summative Assessment Task 5:
• Construct a detailed analytical interpretation of the text Twelfth Night that fully addresses the question-topic, employing appropriate metalanguage and supported with apt textual evidence text (approximate length: 700 words).

Summative Assessment Task 6:
• Construct a series of short written and oral responses that compare selected scenes from two or more performance adaptations of the play Twelfth Night, employing appropriate metalanguage and supported with apt textual evidence.

Examination

The exam will test each student’s understanding of different text types and their writing skills through an expository or persuasive or imaginative written text in response to a chosen set prompt and/or stimulus material.

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