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Close reading notes: Robert Gray 'Description of a Walk'
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Close reading notes: Robert Gray 'Description of a Walk'

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‘Description of a Walk’ by the Australian poet Robert Gray, is a set text for HSC Standard English study. This set of notes gives a full analysis of the poem with a relevant image and a handy grab-box explaining the poem’s significance and poetic techniques. A simple, one-stop analysis of this complex poem which students can work through in class or take home for private study.
HSC Standard English Module B: Truman Show Sample Essay and Essay Analysis
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HSC Standard English Module B: Truman Show Sample Essay and Essay Analysis

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This is a three-part resource for students undertaking the NSW HSC Standard English Module B: Close Study of a Text. A generic essay plan shows students how to compose an essay suitable for Stage 6, progressing them from the simpler PEEL/TEAL models of Stage 4 and 5. A sample essay for the prescribed text, The Truman Show, answers the 2019 HSC question: Literature reinforces or challenges our understanding of ordinary situations. Discuss this statement, making detailed reference to your prescribed text. There is also a second copy of the essay, marked up to show how it follows the plan, and with five short questions which require students to engage critically with the essay and its form.
HSC Advanced English Mod B: Good Night & Good Luck Sample Essay & Essay Analysis
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HSC Advanced English Mod B: Good Night & Good Luck Sample Essay & Essay Analysis

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This is a three-part resource for students undertaking the NSW HSC Advanced English Module B: Close Study of a Text. A generic essay plan shows students how to compose an essay suitable for Stage 6, progressing them from the simpler PEEL/TEAL models of Stage 4 and 5. A sample essay for the prescribed text, Good Night, and Good Luck, answers the 2019 HSC question: No one changes; no one grows. A disturbing paralysis prevails. To what extent does this view align with your understanding of Good Night, and Good Luck? There is also a second copy of the essay, marked up to show how it follows the plan, and with five short questions which require students to engage critically with the essay and its form.
Unit of Work: Metropolis and 1984
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Unit of Work: Metropolis and 1984

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Comparative units are a great way to examine how the same preoccupations appear in different times, styles, and forms. This senior unit of work invites students to compare Fritz Lang’s 1927 expressionist sci-fi extravaganza Metropolis with George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel 1984. They consider the two texts’ handling of themes, narrative strategies, and representational techniques through a side-by-side reading and viewing of the text pairing. The unit has been designed for a 10-week term, and this resource includes: A brief list of useful websites and readings which students should research to gain a sense of the film’s context and to give them time to read the first chapters of the novel. A breakdown of the text-pairing over seven task-sheets corresponding to 7 weeks of a school term. Each week contains A nominated section of the film and novel for study Topics and questions for class discussion which students should prepare either verbally or in writing. A writing task to consolidate the week’s work The final weeks of term can be given over to an assessment task, which will be put up on this shop.
HSC Standard English Module A Sample Essay & Analysis: Asian Australian Poets
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HSC Standard English Module A Sample Essay & Analysis: Asian Australian Poets

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This is a three-part resource for students undertaking the NSW HSC Standard English Module A: Language, Identity and Culture. A generic essay plan shows students how to compose an essay suitable for Stage 6, progressing them from the simpler PEEL/TEAL models of Stage 4 and 5. A sample essay for the prescribed text, Contemporary Asian Australian Poets, answers the 2019 HSC question for this text choice: Poetry relies primarily on symbolism to create cultural tension. To what extent do you agree with this statement? There is also a second copy of the essay, marked up to show how it follows the plan, and with five short questions which require students to engage critically with the essay and its form.
Talking Points - HSC Advanced Mod A: Keats/Bright Star
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Talking Points - HSC Advanced Mod A: Keats/Bright Star

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Memorized essays betray a lack of confidence and an unwillingness to commit to authentic answers. Examiners have always advised students to prepare ‘talking points’ instead - a selection of ideas that they can draw on and which convey solid analysis and interpretation of the text. These talking points can be used by teachers, to focus discussion on higher-level or less-noticed features of the text and context. They also form effective student revision materials for formal assessment. Each point is supported by a piece of evidence from the text, and there are sufficient points to generate solid responses to almost any essay question. The Talking Points also model how students can articulate more complex thoughts about the text, and adduce evidence in natural and well-integrated writing.
What Even Is...Voice?
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What Even Is...Voice?

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The What Even Is… series of worksheets explains some of the key concepts in literary analysis, with examples from familiar and popular books and films. There is a double page explanation, with appropriate images and graphics, followed by a question which exercises students’ knowledge and understanding of the concept. Two short texts aimed at different abilities and levels are given for the question. This handout explains the components of voice and asks students to examine how they come to characterise a narrator’s voice, using examples from The Catcher in the Rye and David Copperfield.
HSC Advanced English The Craft of Writing: Module C Eliot (Journey of the Magi)
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HSC Advanced English The Craft of Writing: Module C Eliot (Journey of the Magi)

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This resource offers an answer to the Sample Paper HSC Advanced English Module C question: Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dealer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts. Use this warning as a stimulus for a piece of persuasive, discursive or imaginative writing that expresses your perspective about a significant concern or idea that you have engaged with in ONE of your prescribed texts from Module A, B or C. This answer uses T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘Journey of the Magi’ in an imaginative way, reflecting on the possible listener to the Magus’ dramatic monologue. Check out more creative writing resources at https://thecraftofwriting.org/
HSC Advanced English The Craft of Writing: Module C T.S. Eliot Rhapsody
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HSC Advanced English The Craft of Writing: Module C T.S. Eliot Rhapsody

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This resource offers an answer to the Sample Paper HSC Advanced English Module C question: Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dealer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts. Use this warning as a stimulus for a piece of persuasive, discursive or imaginative writing that expresses your perspective about a significant concern or idea that you have engaged with in ONE of your prescribed texts from Module A, B or C. This answer uses T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘Rhapsody on a Windy Night’ in a discursive piece about living up to your interpretations. Check out more creative writing resources at https://thecraftofwriting.org/
Close reading notes: analysis of Yu Ouyang, 'New Accents'
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Close reading notes: analysis of Yu Ouyang, 'New Accents'

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‘New Accents’, by the Chinese-Australian poet Yu Ouyang, is a set text for HSC Standard English study. This set of notes gives a full analysis of the poem with a relevant image and a handy grab-box explaining the poem’s significance and poetic techniques. A simple, one-stop analysis of this complex poem which students can work through in class or take home for private study.
Close reading notes: analysis of Maureen Ten, 'Translucent Jade'
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Close reading notes: analysis of Maureen Ten, 'Translucent Jade'

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‘Translucent Jade’, by the Malaysian-Australian poet Maureen Ten, is a set text for HSC Standard English study. This set of notes gives a full analysis of the poem with a relevant image and a handy grab-box explaining the poem’s significance and poetic techniques. A simple, one-stop analysis of this complex poem which students can work through in class or take home for private study.
Close reading notes: analysis of Merlinda Bobis, 'This is where it begins'
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Close reading notes: analysis of Merlinda Bobis, 'This is where it begins'

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‘This is where it begins’, by the Philippino-Australian poet Merlinda Bobis, is a set text for HSC Standard English study. This set of notes gives a full analysis of the poem with a relevant image and a handy grab-box explaining the poem’s significance and poetic techniques. A simple, one-stop analysis of this complex poem which students can work through in class or take home for private study.
Close reading notes: analysis of Jaya Savige, 'Circular Breathing'
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Close reading notes: analysis of Jaya Savige, 'Circular Breathing'

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‘Circular Breathing’ by the Australian poet Jaya Savige, is a set text for HSC Standard English study. This set of notes gives a full analysis of the poem with a relevant image and a handy grab-box explaining the poem’s significance and poetic techniques. A simple, one-stop analysis of this complex poem which students can work through in class or take home for private study.
HSC Advanced English Mod B: Great Expectations Sample Essay and Essay Analysis
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HSC Advanced English Mod B: Great Expectations Sample Essay and Essay Analysis

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This is a three-part resource for students undertaking the NSW HSC Advanced English Module B: Close Study of a Text. A generic essay plan shows students how to compose an essay suitable for Stage 6, progressing them from the simpler PEEL/TEAL models of Stage 4 and 5. A sample essay for the prescribed text, Great Expectations, answers the 2019 HSC question: Almost anybody can be reformed, but not everybody can be redeemed. To what extent does this view align with your understanding of Great Expectations? There is also a second copy of the essay, marked up to show how it follows the plan, and with five short questions which require students to engage critically with the essay and its form.
Close reading notes - analysis of Oodgeroo, 'Lake within a lake'
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Close reading notes - analysis of Oodgeroo, 'Lake within a lake'

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‘Lake within a lake’ by the Australian poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal, is a set text for HSC Standard English study. This set of notes gives a full analysis of the poem with a relevant image and a handy grab-box explaining the poem’s significance and poetic techniques. Important points are in red. A simple, one-stop analysis of this complex poem which students can work through in class or take home for private study.
HSC Texts and Human Experience Sample Essay with Essay Analysis: Rosemary Dobson
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HSC Texts and Human Experience Sample Essay with Essay Analysis: Rosemary Dobson

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This is a three-part resource for students undertaking the NSW HSC Common Module Texts and Human Experience. A generic essay plan shows students how to compose an essay suitable for Stage 6, progressing them from the simpler PEEL/TEAL models of Stage 4 and 5. A sample essay for the prescribed text, the poetry of Rosemary Dobson, answers the 2019 HSC question: To what extent does the exploration of human experience in Dobson’s poetry invite you to reconsider your understanding of ageing? There is also a second copy of the essay, marked up to show how it follows the plan, and with five short questions which require students to engage critically with the essay and its form.
John Wyndham's The Chrysalids: Workbook
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John Wyndham's The Chrysalids: Workbook

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This unit of work brings John Wyndham’s vivid novel to life for students of all abilities, aimed at Year 9-10/Stage 5 students. The program provides clear differentiation for three levels of student: higher ability, lower ability, and Gifted and Talented, and clearly indicates core and differentiated tasks. Activities accompany each chapter, and relevant secondary texts such as Edwin Muir’s ‘The Horses’ are included. There are a selection of news articles on genetic mutation and ‘post-human’ or far-future people which will engage students of different levels and persuasions. Brief and cogent discussions of how societies have treated difference develop students’ general and historical knowledge and sharpen their critical thinking.