Students are provided with the opportunities to study how language is created to influence and persuade readers, listeners, and viewers in different text types, for different contexts, purposes and audiences. These include:
• different forms of media text types in print, non-print and online publications
• application letters and resumes
• different types of speeches in different contexts, for different purposes and audiences
• poetry from different historical periods and cultures
• non-fiction narratives
• documentary and mockumentary
• fiction and non-fiction texts through the wide-reading program, Literature Circles
Integrated within all these units, students will continue to consolidate their reading, language and literacy skills which foster consolidation and knowledge
about English language through the processes of listening, speaking, reading, viewing and writing related to their study of the novel, media texts, and the theme. They will continue to consolidate their understanding of persuasive language and read a range of multimodal texts with a focus on understanding the methods of how writers and speakers present a point of view (contention, main and supporting arguments, use of evidence, reasoning). Students will consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the techniques of persuasion and appeals and be able to identify these in persuasive multimodal texts and explain how they persuade and position the audience.
Summative Assessment 1: Letter of Application for a Job and a Curriculum Vitae
Convince an appropriate employer of their suitability for employment through a convincing letter of application, a resume, and an oral interview role-play.
Summative Assessment 2: Creative Written or Oral Response
• An original creative piece of writing arising from a range of stimuli (approximate length: 800 words).
• Plan, rehearse and deliver an individual or group oral performance (individual speaking time is 6 minutes).
• Justify choices made in a written explanation (approximate length: 200–300 words).
Students consolidate and further develop their learning and understanding from their Year 9 study of literature, specifically Shakespeare
and his ‘world’, by reading and studying Othello.
Students will explore and refine their understandings of how language and imagery is used to create meaning through characterisation, plot, setting, issues and themes, the nature of destiny and fate, literary devices implied views and values (etc.).
A viewing of one film adaptation of Othello for the reinforcement of visual literacy skills and understanding of how texts are adapted and interpreted, will also inform the study of the core text.
Summative Assessment 3: Reading and Viewing
An extended analytical interpretation of the play that fully addresses the question-topic, employing appropriate metalanguage and supported with apt textual evidence. Approximate length: 800 words.
Throughout semester 1 and 2, students will read, analyse, interpret and compare a range of poems from different historical and cultural periods. Coursework will focus on how poets create meaning through poetic devices such as language register, imagery and symbolism, structure and form, rhythm and rhyme and how these stylistic features, and the ideas and themes of poems can be compared. The study of comparative poetry will be assessed in the term 3 examination.