English – Year 10

Staff Contact

Judy Hickey jhickey@navigator.sa.edu.au


Course Outline

In Year 10 English, students engage with a range of literature – analysing how the authors make language choices and use style features to shape ideas and perspectives. The aim of the course is to encourage and enable students to use language as vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, self-expression, analysis and social interaction. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, viewing and presenting a variety of contexts are fostered, as well as developing a critical and creative voice. Each unit of work is underpinned by a conceptual understanding and line of inquiry for the student to engage with.


Course Content

In 2016, students undertook tasks within the following units of work:

  1. Voices from the Past


Novel Study: John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas OR Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose

Poetry Study: Chinua Achebe, Nissim Ezekiel, Pastor Niemoller, Wilfred Owen, Kenneth Slessor.

  1. Love’s Fickle Fortune


Play Study: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Film Study: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet

  1. The History of Mystery


Short Story Study: a range of authors including Roald Dahl, Ian Rankin, Agatha Christie, etc.

TV Episodes: Alfred Hitchcock Presents

  1. Independent Novel Study


Novel Study: Independent choice of novel.

  1. Why do We Laugh?


Comparative Film Study: Peter Faiman’s Crocodile Dundee and Jamie Uys’ The Gods Must Be Crazy



In 2016, students demonstrated evidence of their learning through the following assessment tasks:

Semester 1:

Original Poems

Critical Essay- Novel

Transformation Narrative

Analytical Essay – Romeo & Juliet

Semester 1 Examiantion


Semester 2:

Original Mystery Narrative

Multimodal Presentation – Analysis of Independent Novel

Comparative Essay – Film Study

Semester 2 Examination