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Smith's Hill High School

Smith's Hill High School

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English

The study of English in Years 7–10 aims to develop students' knowledge, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the English language and to develop their skills as effective communicators. Students develop their control of language by reading and viewing a range of texts and by writing imaginative, interpretive and critical texts with clarity and accuracy for a range of purposes and audiences. Students engage with and explore literature of past and contemporary societies, as well as a range of spoken, visual, media and multimedia texts.

Stage 4 - Years 7 and 8

Year 7

Year 7 English aims to provide a positive and enjoyable learning experience. Units covered include exploration of personal experiences, public speaking, the world of fantasy, film, poetry and Shakespeare. The framework has been designed to engage and challenge all students to maximise their individual talents and capabilities. They will be able to express themselves through creative activity as well as working collaboratively with others to demonstrate course outcomes. Students will experiment with ideas and expression to become active and reflective independent learners. Composing and responding with imagination, feeling and logic and conviction will assist students to develop an understanding of themselves and the human experience. Year 7 English aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing along with their knowledge and understanding of language forms, features and structures of texts.

Year 8

In this course students engage with a variety cultural experiences through their study of fiction and non-fiction texts with the view of developing an appreciation of cultural expression in texts. Students are introduced to the concept of intertextuality and the way that cultural stories are transmitted through literature. Students will develop skills in expressing considered points of view and arguments on areas such as sustainability and the environment accurately in speech and writing with confidence and fluency. Through their study of literary and media texts students will evaluate how language forms and features, dramatic devices and structures of texts relate to purpose and audience. Students will be provided with the opportunities to extend their essay writing skills along with experimentation of language forms and features to develop a sense of personal style in creative composition.

NESA link: https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/english-year-10/english-k-10

Year 8 Electives

Intro to Drama

This course focuses on students being introduced to the exciting world Drama. An emphasis of this course is the development of confidence when performing in front of a live audience. This is achieved by studying the forms of mime, clowning and improvisation in order to develop an understanding of how dramatic meaning is created. This course also serves as an introduction to the topic of playbuilding where students refine their improvisational skills and utilise them to create electrifying, original theatre. Students will also have the opportunity to perform at a biannual junior Drama showcase night.

NESA link: https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/creative-arts/drama-7-10-syllabus

Stage 5 - Years 9 and 10

Year 9

The Year 9 course builds on skills developed in Stage 4 and aims to provide opportunities for students to compare and critically respond to ways in which spoken, written and visual texts are shaped according to personal, historical, cultural, social, contexts. The course has a focus on evaluating the moral and ethical positions represented in texts with students analysing the ways in which creative and imaginative texts explore human experience, including Aboriginal and multicultural, universal themes and social contexts. Students will respond to and compose increasingly sophisticated and sustained texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis and imaginative expression. Throughout the course opportunities will be provided for students to reflect on their learning experiences.

Year 10

In this course students will continue to develop essential skills such as how language makes meaning in texts, the connection between texts and context, appreciation of the similarities and differences between more demanding texts, integration of responses, analysis and reflection of values, reflecting on own writing processes, reading visual texts and composing creative responses. Tasks undertaken throughout the course have particular skills development focus and will assess the relevant outcomes for the units as well as providing meaningful grades for both the RoSA and semester reports.

Stage 5 - Years 9 and 10 - Electives

Advanced Creative Writing

This course is designed to extend students skills in the craft of creative writing. Students will manipulated the basics of narratives to create imaginative pieces of writing with the intention of taking the reader beyond the traditional forms of story telling. Students will explore how texts gain meaning through their referencing or evocation of other texts by examining how intertextual referencing of texts such as, Harry Potter, mythological stories and fairy tales have been used to create highly original texts. Opportunities will be provided for students to experiment with intertextuality within their own writing. A study of different genres with a focus on common archetypes, themes and genre conventions will also be undertaken to facilitate the overall process of students’ own storytelling.

Film and TV

This elective is designed to provide students with an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the film production process. Students will critically examine film and television products in terms of their production qualities with the view of applying this knowledge to the creation of their own video product. The elective will develop student knowledge in areas such as scripting, storyboarding, cinematography, mise-en-scene, sound mixing and film editing.

Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12

Senior students extend and refine their imaginative and interpretative skills and abilities through studying increasingly more complex texts. They develop knowledge and understanding of the role and function of literary conventions and mediums and how these influence the shape and nature of meaning. Students apply this knowledge to develop communication skills in post-secondary contexts for personal, academic, workplace and social purposes.

All students must study two units of either English Advanced or Standard in Year 11 and Year 12, a course designed for students to undertake the challenge of higher-order thinking.Students apply critical and creative skills in their composition of and response to texts in order to develop their understanding of the nature and function of complex texts.

Students wishing to undertake study at a more intensive level may also choose English Extension, a one unit course. This course engages students with complex level of conceptualisation as well as independent learning.

Successful Extension Year 11 students may choose to study English Extension 2 in Year 12, a higher level course of independent study and research. This course is for students with a special interest and aptitude in English and involves the composition of an extensive major work.

English Standard

English Standard is designed for all students to increase their expertise in English and consolidate their English literacy skills in order to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives. Students learn to respond to and compose a wide variety of texts in a range of situations in order to be effective, creative and confident communicators.

Preliminary course

  • Common Module - Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English Central to this module is developing student capacity to respond perceptively to texts through their own considered and thoughtful writing and judicious reflection on their skills and knowledge as writers
  • Module A: Contemporary Possibilities
  • Module B: Close Study of Literature

Students must study a range of types of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts.

The Year 11 course requires students to support the study of texts with their own wide reading.

HSC course

Common module - Texts and Human Experiences

  • Module A: Language, Identity and Culture
  • Module B: Close Study of Literature
  • Module C: The Craft of Writing

Students are required to closely study three types of prescribed texts, one drawn from each of the following categories:

  • prose fiction
  • poetry OR drama
  • film OR media OR nonfiction

Students must study ONE related text in the Common module: Texts and Human Experiences.

NESA syllabus link: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-english/english-standard-2017

English Advanced

English Advanced is designed for students to undertake the challenge of higher-order thinking to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives. These students apply critical and creative skills in their composition of and response to texts in order to develop their academic achievement through understanding the nature and function of complex texts.

Preliminary course

Common Module - Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English

  • Module A: Narratives that Shape our World
  • Module B: Critical Study of Literature

Students must study a range of types of texts drawn from:

  • prose fiction
  • drama
  • poetry
  • nonfiction
  • film
  • media and,
  • digital texts

The Year 11 course requires students to support their study of texts with their own wide reading.

HSC course

Common module - Texts and Human Experiences

  • Module A: Textual Conversations
  • Module B: Critical Study of Literature
  • Module C: The Craft of Writing

Students are required to closely study four prescribed texts, one drawn from each of the following categories:

  • Shakespearean drama
  • prose fiction
  • poetry OR drama

Students must study ONE related text in the Common Module – Texts and Human Experiences

NESA syllabus link: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-english/english-advanced-2017

English Extension

English Extension provides students who undertake Advanced English the opportunity to extend their use of language and self-expression in creative and critical ways along with pursuing areas of interest with increased independence. They engage with complex texts that intellectually challenge them to think creatively and critically about the way that literature shapes and reflects the global world. The course is designed for students with an interest in literature and a desire to pursue specialised study of English.

Preliminary course

Pre-requisite: English Advanced Course, Preliminary English Extension course is prerequisite for Extension Course 1,  Extension 1 course is a prerequisite for Extension Course 2

The course has one mandatory module: This course has one mandatory module: Texts, Culture and Value which requires students to examine a key text from the past and its manifestations in more recent cultures. Students research a range of texts as part of their research project. Students will also undertake a related research project.

HSC course

HSC Extension 1: Common module: Literary worlds with one elective option. This course requires the study of at least three texts selected from the prescribed text list. Students are also required to study at least two related texts (texts of their own choosing)

HSC Extension 2: The composition process, Major Work, Reflection Statement, the Major Work Journal. The course requires extensive independent investigation involving a range of complex texts during the composition process and document this in their Major Work Journal and Reflection Statement. The selection of texts will depend on the Major Work form.

NESA syllabus link: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-english/english-extension-2017