Wyong High School Standard English hsc course



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Modules and Electives


In the HSC course, students must choose one of the prescribed electives from EACH of the HSC Modules A, B and C.
The electives and text list will be prescribed in an English Stage 6 support document.
Electives and texts will be subject to periodic evaluation and review.
Each module shows how content and/or texts function within it. Modules are:
Module A – Experience Through Language

Module B – Close Study of Text

Module C – Texts and Society

Electives

Each elective requires:



  • the integration of the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate

  • responding to and composing texts

  • the integrated study of language and text

  • examination of a variety of textual forms.



Module A: Experience Through Language

This module requires students to explore the uses of a particular aspect of language. It develops students’ awareness of language and helps them to understand how our perceptions of and relationships with others and the world are shaped in written, spoken and visual language.


Each elective in this module requires study of a prescribed text through a key aspect of language. This provides the basis for the study and use of this aspect of language in other texts, including texts drawn from students’ own experience.
Students examine particular language structures and features used in the prescribed text and in a range of situations that they encounter in their daily lives. They explore, examine and analyse how the conventions of textual forms, language modes and media shape meaning. Composition focuses on experimentation with variations of purpose, audience and form to achieve different effects. These compositions may be realised in a variety of forms and media.


Module B: Close Study of Text


This module requires students to engage in detailed analysis of a text. It develops students’ understanding of how the ideas, forms and language of a text interact within the text and may affect those responding to it.
Each elective in this module involves close study of a single text from a list of prescribed texts.
Students engage with the text to respond imaginatively, affectively and critically. They explore and analyse particular characteristics of the text, considering how these shape meaning. They also consider the ways in which these characteristics establish the text’s distinctive qualities. Composition focuses on meaning shaped in and through the text. These compositions may be realised in a variety of forms and media.

Module C: Texts and Society


This module requires students to explore and analyse texts used in a specific situation.
It assists students’ understanding of the ways that texts communicate information, ideas, bodies of knowledge, attitudes and belief systems in ways particular to specific areas of society.
Electives in this module are designed around a specific social context and the texts that are characteristic of and valued within it. Prescribed texts will be drawn from a variety of professional and social contexts. Students are also required to supplement this study with texts of their own choosing related to the module.
Students explore the role of textual features in the shaping of meaning in specific contexts. They develop the communication skills necessary for a wide variety of personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace contexts. Composition focuses on analysing and experimenting with textual forms characteristic of the specific contexts. These compositions may be realised in a variety of forms and media.

English (Standard) Objectives
Students will develop knowledge and understanding of:


Students will develop skills in:

  • responding to and composing a range of texts

  • effective communication

  • individual and collaborative learning

  • investigation, imaginative and critical thinking, and synthesis of ideas

  • reflection as a way to review, reconsider and refine meaning and learning.


Students will come to value and appreciate:

  • the role of language in developing positive interaction and cooperation

  • their developing skills as users of English

  • the pleasure and diversity of language and literature

  • the role of language and literature in their lives

  • the study and use of English as a key to learning

  • reflection on their own processes of learning

  • English as a language of communication and culture

  • appropriateness, subtlety and aesthetics in language use.




English (Standard) Objectives

HSC English (Standard) Outcomes

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the contexts, purposes and audiences of texts.



  1. A student demonstrates understanding of how relationships between composer, responder, text and context shape meaning.

  1. A student demonstrates understanding of the relationships among texts.

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the forms and features of language and structures of texts.



  1. A student develops language relevant to the study of English.

  1. A student describes and analyses the ways that language forms and features, and structures of texts shape meaning and influence responses.

  1. A student describes the ways different technologies and media of production affect the language and structure of particular texts.

Students will develop skills in responding to and composing a range of texts.



  1. A student engages with a wide range of texts to develop a considered and informed personal response.

  1. A student selects appropriate language forms and features, and structures of texts to explore and express ideas and values.

Students will develop skills in effective communication.

  1. A student articulates and represents own ideas in critical, interpretive and imaginative texts.

Students will develop skills in individual and collaborative learning.

Students will develop skills in investigation, imaginative and critical thinking, and synthesis of ideas.

Students will develop skills in reflection as a way to review, reconsider and refine meaning.


  1. A student assesses the appropriateness of a range of processes and technologies in the investigation and organisation of information and ideas.

  1. A student analyses and synthesises information and ideas into sustained and logical argument for a range of purposes and audiences.

  1. A student draws upon the imagination to transform experience and ideas into text demonstrating control of language.

  1. A student reflects on own processes of responding and composing.

  1. A student reflects on own processes of learning.


HSC Standard English

Scope and Sequence

This scope and sequence maps the approximate timing for each unit to commence and end.



  • Assessment task 2 will take place at the beginning of week 8, term 1.

  • Assessment task 3 will take place at the end of week 5, term 2.

  • Assessment task 4 will take place at the end of week 4, term 3.




Week

Term 4 - 2014

Term 1 - 2015

Term 2 - 2015

Term 3 - 2015

1



Area of Study:

Discovery

12S1 – Robert Gray



12S2&3 - Away

Module A:

12S1: Summer of the 17th Doll



12S2: Douglas Stewart

Module C:

The Story of Tom Brennan




Module B:

A Beautiful Mind

2



Assessment Task 4

Module B:

Listening Task



Revision


3



4



5



Assessment Task 3

Module C:

Written Response

+

Portfolio



Module B:

A Beautiful Mind

Assessment Task 5

Trial HSC






6



7



Revision

+

Skills Work






8



Assessment Task 2

Module A:

Panel Discussion



9



Assessment Task 1

Area of Study:

Creative Writing



+

Speech


Skills Work

Module C:

The Story of Tom Brennan



10






11













Course Assessment - The components, weightings and tasks for the HSC Standard English course are detailed below.


Task

What will be assessed?

How will it be assessed?

When?

Where?

Weight


Outcomes Assessed

1

Area of Study: Discovery

12S1: Poetry of Robert Gray

+

Additional Material



12S2&3: Drama

Michael Gow: Away

+

Additional Material




Speech:
Creative Writing

Week 9


Term 4, 2014

Home/School


25%


3, 7, 8, 9, 11

2

Module A:

12S1: Drama

Ray Lawler: Summer of the 17th Doll

12S2: Poetry of Douglas Stewart




Written Response:

Panel Discussion

Week 8


Term 1, 2015

School

15%

1, 2, 3, 4,

5, 6, 10, 11


3

Module C: Prose Fiction

J.C. Burke: The Story of Tom Brennan

+

Additional Material




Written Response

+

Portfolio


Week 5


Term 2, 2015

Home/School


15%

1, 4, 7,

9, 10, 13



4

Module B: Film

Ron Howard: A Beautiful Mind




Listening Task

Week 2


Term 3, 2015

School

15%

2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

8, 10, 11, 12


5

Area of Study

Module A

Module B


Module C


Trial HSC Exam

Week 5-6 Term 3, 2015



School

30%

1, 2, 5, 6,



8, 9, 12, 13




TOTAL










100



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