Hsc (Standard) English Course Outline 2004 / 2005



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ASSESSMENT #1 – HSC (Standard) and (Advanced) English


Area of Study: The Journey
An Area of Study is the exploration of a concept that affects our perceptions of ourselves and our world.

Students explore, analyse, question and articulate the ways in which perceptions of this concept are shaped in and through a variety of texts.


The Area of Study is based on The Journey. Students explore and examine relationships between language and text, and interrelationships among texts. Students examine closely the individual qualities of texts while considering the texts’ relationships to the concept of The Journey. They synthesise ideas to clarify meaning and develop new meanings. They take into account whether aspects such as context, purpose and register, text structure, stylistic features, grammatical features and vocabulary are appropriate to the particular text.
In their responses and compositions students examine, question and reflect on:-

  • Their observation and understanding of the portrayed events, people, ideas and societies that they encounter in and through the prescribed texts and texts of their own choosing related to the Area of Study

  • The assumptions underlying the representations of journeys

  • The ways in which they perceive the world through texts and speculate about it

  • The ways they consider and express their own journey experiences


Type of Text to be Assessed Speech
Assessment weighting 15%
Task Length 3 minutes (speech)
Task Conditions In-class speech
Modes Listening and Speaking
Due Date Term 4, Week 7, 2004
Board of Studies Outcomes 1, 2, 2a, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12a
Assessment Task
Choose a written piece of ‘other related material’ which is related to the Area of Study: ‘Physical Journeys’ or ‘Imaginative Journeys’, being taught in class. It must be a piece of your own choosing and must link with one text from the Stimulus Booklet. The talk is to address your understanding of ‘Physical Journeys’ or ’Imaginative Journeys’ within the Area of Study showing how different composers convey their ideas.
Instructions


  • Each student is to prepare and present a talk of 3 minutes only.

  • The talk will analyse the texts in relation to ‘Physical Journeys’ or ‘Imaginative Journeys’ and will discuss how the writers have achieved their purpose.

  • At the time of the talk each student is to hand the examiners a copy of the ‘other related material’

Assessment Criteria




  • Demonstrate your understanding of the concept of Journeys in the context of your study

  • Analyse, explain and assess the ways Journey’s are represented in your choice of texts

  • Organise, develop and express ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose and context.
ASSESSMENT #2 – HSC (Standard) and (Advanced) English


Area of Study: The Journey
An Area of Study is the exploration of a concept that affects our perceptions of ourselves and our world.

Students explore, analyse, question and articulate the ways in which perceptions of this concept are shaped in and through a variety of texts.


The Area of Study is based on The Journey. Students explore and examine relationships between language and text, and interrelationships among texts. Students examine closely the individual qualities of texts while considering the texts’ relationships to the concept of The Journey. They synthesise ideas to clarify meaning and develop new meanings. They take into account whether aspects such as context, purpose and register, text structure, stylistic features, grammatical features and vocabulary are appropriate to the particular text.
In their responses and compositions students examine, question and reflect on:-

  • Their observation and understanding of the portrayed events, people, ideas and societies that they encounter in and through the prescribed texts and texts of their own choosing related to the Area of Study

  • The assumptions underlying the representations of journeys

  • The ways in which they perceive the world through texts and speculate about it

  • The ways they consider and express their own journey experiences


Type of Text to be Assessed A variety of unseen texts
Assessment weighting 10%
Task Length Short answer responses to a series of unseen texts in 50

minutes
Task Conditions In-class written responses


Modes Reading and Writing
Due Date Term 1, Week 4, 2005
Board of Studies Outcomes 1, 2, 2a, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12a
Assessment Task
Area of Study – ‘The Journey’ Reading Task
Students will be required to examine a number of text types related to the Area of Study – The Journey. They will then be required to respond to a range of questions on each of these texts.
Assessment Criteria


  • Demonstrated understanding of the way journeys are shaped in and through texts

  • Describe, explain and analyse the relationship between language, text and context



ASSESSMENT #4 – HSC (Advanced) English



Module B: Critical Study of Text

This module requires students to explore and evaluate a specific text and its reception in a range of contexts. It develops students’ understanding of questions of textual integrity.


Students explore the ideas expressed in a text through analyzing its construction, content and language. They examine how particular features of a text contribute to textual integrity. They research others’ perspectives of the text and test these against their own understanding and interpretations of the text. Students discuss and evaluate the ways in which the set work has been read, received and valued in historical and other contexts. They extrapolate from this study of a particular text to explore questions of textual integrity and significance.
In 2005 Year 12 students will study the following text:-
The Collected Works, W B Yeats (Poetry)

Type of Text to be Assessed Radio Interview
Assessment weighting 15%
Task Length 1500 words
Task Conditions Research task to be handed in
Modes Reading and Writing
Due Date Term 2, Week 4, 2005
Board of Studies Outcomes 1, 2a, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 and 13
Assessment Task
An interview is being conducted on ABC Radio National as part of their ongoing series, Times Change but Literature doesn’t.
You are the host of this program and have been asked to conduct an interview with an authority on the poetry of W B Yeats. In the interview you will question your guest about the textual integrity of Yeats’ poetry, and the ways in which it has been received by critics in various contexts. Your interview is aimed at an audience.
Compose the transcript of the interview.
Assessment Criteria


  • Demonstrate understanding of the main ideas and features of Yeats’ poetry

  • Evaluate the reception of Yeats’ poetry in a range of contexts

  • Organise, develop and express ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose and form.



ASSESSMENT #5 – HSC (Advanced) English



Module C: Representation and Text

This module requires students to explore various representations of events, personalities or situations. They evaluate how medium of production, textual form, perspective and choice of language influence meaning. The study develops students’ understanding of the relationships between representation and meaning.


Each elective in this module requires the study of one prescribed text offering a representation of an event, personality or situation. Students are also required to supplement this study with texts of their own choosing which provide a variety of representations of that event, personality or situation. These texts are to be drawn from a variety of sources, in a range of genres and media.
Students explore the ways in which different media present information and ideas to understand how various textual forms and their media of production offer different perspectives for a range of audiences and their purposes.
In 2005 Year 12 will study the following text:-
Frontline, Rob Sitch et al

Type of Text to be Assessed Feature Article
Assessment weighting 15%
Task Length 40 minutes writing
Task Conditions In-class task
Modes Listening, Reading, Viewing and Representing
Due Date Term 2, Week 10, 2005
Board of Studies Outcomes 1, 2, 2a, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10
Assessment Task
Students will view an unseen text and will be asked to respond in the form of a feature article writing task.
Assessment Criteria


  • Evaluate and show understanding of the relationship between the representation and meaning

  • Organise, develop and express ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose and form.


Epping Boys’

High School

HSC
(Standard)


English Course

2005



Epping Boys’

High School

HSC
(aDVANCED)


English Course

2005
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