Mainstream English Curriculum for Year 12 Students in 2017

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Unit 4, Area of Study 1, Reading and Comparing Texts

For those students studying Year 12 English in 2017 for the first time the new curriculum does not include a study of Context in Unit 3, Area of Study 2, Creating and Presenting.  This context assessment now consists of studying a pair of texts from the VCAA’s Text List 2 in Unit 4, Area of Study 1, Reading and Comparing Texts.  In the SAC and the final exam assessment you are required to write an analytical response to a pair of texts, comparing their presentation of ideas, issues and themes.

List 2 from the VCAA’s Text List Pairs is below:

Pair 1 = Non-Fiction Text = Tracks, by Robyn Davidson & Multimodal Text – Film = Into the Wild, Sean Penn (director)

Pair 2 = Multimodal Text – Film =  Invictus, Clint Eastwood (director) & Novel = Ransom, by David Malouf

Pair 3 = Non-Fiction Text = Stasiland, by Anna Funder & Novel = Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell

Pair 4 = Non-Fiction Text = Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home, by Kent & Lemer MacCarter & Novel = The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Pair 5 = Play = The Crucible, by Arthur Miller & Novel = Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks

Pair 6 = Play = Bombshells, by Joanna Murray-Smith & Novel = The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus, by Margaret Atwood

Pair 7 = Play = Black Diggers, by Tom Wright & Novel = The Longest Memory, by Fred D’Aguiar

Pair 8 = Non-Fiction Text= I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb & Multimodal Text – Film = Made in Dagenham, Nigel Cole (director)

Comparative Texts Summary Text Features

Right from the start when you read and/or watch your set text for comparison it is a good idea to construct a comparative list that summarises the main similarities and differences in your texts.  The pair of texts may have a number of shared ideas, issues and themes but it may also have different settings, contexts, variations in the plot, characters, narrative point of view, language and obvious differences in form and genre for example between a film and a non-fiction text.

Here is a simple comparative list that you can start with to develop your pair of texts main similarities and differences:

Text Features for Both Text 1 & Text 2

1.             Setting & Context

2.             Main Characters & their Challenges & Choices

3.             Text Features & Narrative Structure & Voice

4.             Ideas, Issues & Themes

5.             Different Perspectives & Views

6.             Author’s Message & Author’s Construction of Meaning

7.             Conclusions Drawn by the Authors & Characters in their Endings

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