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The Area of Study requires you to examine and consider the concept of Discovery and how it has been presented in a variety of texts.


Set-text: The Board of Studies sets a list of texts from which must be chosen 1 text. These are:




  • POETRY (selected poems from the following poets)

    • Rosemary Dobson

    • Robert Frost

    • Robert Gray



    • Frank Hurley - The Man Who Made History, Simon Nasht

    • Go Back to Where You Came From, Ivan O'Mahoney


Your teacher will choose a text based on a number of factors:


  • Their knowledge and expertise

  • Their interest

  • Their perception of the ability of the class

  • Availability of the text

  • The structure of the overall course


In addition to the set-text you will need to examine the concept of Discovery in other texts. These have been called additional, related and supplementary texts/material. In the HSC paper they are referred to as 'texts of your own choosing'. The purpose of this is to allow you to:

(i) examine the concept in other texts by other composers

(ii) illustrate your understanding of the concept and how it is used by other composers


You will also have to have 'texts of your own choosing' for your Module C study.


There will be lists of related texts throughout the internet. The lists will be comprehensive and it will be up to you to decide which is the best option. When looking for additional material you are not limited to what you find on the internet lists. If you find something else you can use that.


Related texts:


  • Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Short Story

  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes



  • Son of Man by Phil Collins

  • Easy Does It by Bruce Dawe

  • At Seventeen by Janis Ian


TV Shows

  • LOST by JJ Abrams




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Some things to consider:


  • Pick texts that you are comfortable with

  • Have a variety of texts

  • Your analysis is on the concept and how the text presents it, you do not have to relate back to your set-text (although it is good if you can)

  • Technique, technique, technique

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