English – Stage 1

Students study either Stage 1 Essential English or Stage 1 English depending on ability and achievement.  Please contact the appropriate staff member to discuss which course is most suited.

Staff Contact

Judy Hickey jhickey@navigator.sa.edu.au

 

Stage 1 Essential English

SACE Credits

10 Credits per Semester (20 weeks).  Students may study both Semester 1 and 2 as the courses cover different content.

 

Required Background

Year 10 English.

 

Course Outline

Stage 1 Essential English allows students opportunities to consider how and why texts are created for different purposes. The students respond to and create texts in and for a range of different contexts. In Stage 1 Essential English the students will understand and interpret information, ideas, and perspectives in texts and consider ways in which language choices are used to create meaning.

Students who obtain a C grade or better can count their credits towards the literacy requirement of the SACE.

 

Course Content

Students undertake tasks within the following:

  1. Responding to Texts
  2. Creating Texts

 

  1. Responding to Texts

Students consider a variety of ways in which texts communicate information, ideas, and perspectives. Students read a range of texts in order to locate and extract information and ideas. Students examine and respond to how language is used in a variety of contexts, and review texts to discover their specific purposes.

Semester One: Red Dog film study and J. C. Burke’s  The Story of Tom Brennan.

Semester Two: Sean Tan’s The Rabbits and read a dystopian novel.

 

  1. Creating Texts

Students develop their skills in communicating effectively, and create a range of texts for different purposes, audiences, and contexts.

Semester One: Biographical writing and a Heywire recount of life in a small community.

Semester Two: Transformation narrative and advocacy speech.

 

Assessment

Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

 Assessment Type 1:            Responding to Texts

Two responses: at least one must be written (500 words or 5 minutes).

Assessment Type 2:            Creating Texts

Two responses: at least one must be written (500 words or 5 minutes).

 

Stage 1 English

SACE Credits

10 Credits per Semester (20 weeks).  Students may study both Semester 1 and 2 as the courses cover different content.

 

Required Background

Satisfactory achievement grades in Year 10 English.

 

Course Outline

Stage 1 English has an equal focus on both the analysis of literature and the production of creative texts. The students analyse the interrelationship of author, text, and audience, with an emphasis on how language and style features shape ideas and perspectives. The students explore how the purpose of a text is achieved through application of textual conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. In Stage 1 English the students have opportunities to reflect on their personal values and those of other people by responding to aesthetic and cultural aspects of texts from a range of times and cultures.

 

Students who obtain a C grade or better can count their credits towards the literacy requirement of the SACE.

 

Course Content

Students undertake tasks within the following:

  1. Responding to Texts
  2. Creating Texts
  3. Intertextual Study

 

  1. Responding to Texts

Students explore the human experience and the world through reading and examining a range of texts and making intertextual connections. In doing so, students come to understand the connections between purpose, audience, and context, and how these are achieved through language and stylistic choices.

Semester One: Poetry and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Semester Two: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

 

  1. Creating Texts

Students create imaginative, interpretive, and/or persuasive texts for different purposes, audiences,  and contexts.

Semester One: Narrative Writing (Transforming texts).

Semester Two: Persuasive Speeches and Autobiographical Writing.

 

  1. Intertextual Study

Students reflect on their understanding of Intertextuality by analysing the relationship between texts and demonstrating how their knowledge of other texts has influenced the creation of their own texts.

Semester One: A comparative study of Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones and Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Semester Two: An independent comparative study of Tim Winton’s The Turning and a text of the student’s choice.

 

Assessment

Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

 Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts (800 words or 5 minutes)

Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts (800 words or 5 minutes)

Assessment Type 3: Intertextual Study (1000 words)