Creating & Presenting
Investigate and experiment with different styles and forms of writing.
Refine and enhance your own writing craft in response to a set context.
Be stimulated by a set prompt.
Portfolio containing a variety of planned, refined pieces written in response to the
Reading & Responding
Study of one major text in depth.
SAC - “well structured and reasoned text response essay”
Several minor text response tasks
Using Language to Persuade
Study of how persuasive media texts (e.g. opinion pieces, letters to the editor
and visual texts in newspapers) use language and other techniques to
persuade their readers.
SAC – well structured essay analysing an author’s use of persuasive language.
Area of Study Work required for the
award of an ‘S’ for
Graded SAC Task/s
1-2 practice text response
essays submitted to your
teacher for feedback prior
to the SAC.
A well structured text
response essay presenting a
reasoned perspective on the
A student Reading &
Writing Journal (see
A structured context writing
piece completed under SAC
conditions in response to the
set context and prompt.
A folio of annotated
persuasive media articles
and 1-2 practice language
analysis essays submitted
to your teacher for
feedback prior to the SAC.
A well structured language
analysis essay explaining
how a set media text uses
language to persuade the
Students must complete all set work in order to achieve an ‘S’
for each outcome and pass the semester.
Your teacher will notify you of dates for your SAC tasks and
you need to be present to sit each SAC.
Students not present for a SAC will require a documented
reason (e.g. medical certificate). Otherwise they may not be
awarded a grade (refer to the page in the Senior School diary
regarding graded assessment tasks).
To meet course requirements and in line with
English Faculty policy, 80% attendance is
required in all English classes.
In an A4 folder you will need to maintain organised collections of
course work, including:
◦ course outline and weekly planner
◦ ideas, plans, drafts and completed essays
◦ notes and completed exercises on the texts studied and any resource
materials and handouts
This folder should not contain work from other subjects.
Your folder is to be set up with coloured file dividers for General,
Text Response, Context Writing, Language Analysis and Reading
& Writing Journal.
Students are to keep all practice tasks and SAC pieces in their
folder after it has been marked and returned to them. They
should not be disposed of until the end of the year.
As a major focus of their Writing in Context work students
will maintain a Reading & Writing Journal throughout each
This will include the student’s collected models of different
writing styles and forms, inspirations for their own writing, as
well as practice pieces and plans. It will also include student
responses to novels and other texts they have chosen to read
over the semester.
In Semester 2 students will keep their journal from Semester
1 and continue to develop it as an ongoing project.
Oral Communication is an important aspect of the
Achievement in this area will be conducted over the
three major areas of study in each semester.
Students will complete a number of oral
communication activities over each semester.
Grammar, spelling and vocabulary will be
developed within the context of other aspects of
Teachers will set language tasks relevant to the
specific needs of their individual students and
At the end of each semester all students will sit a
Exams will include writing tasks covering aspects
of the three areas of study covered throughout the
The exam is completed under test conditions with
the aid of a dictionary only.
One class set text studied in depth in each
◦ Semester 1: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
◦ Semester 2: Romeo & Juliet (William Shakespeare)
Other minor tasks relating to students’ own wider
reading of novels and other texts of their choice.
You are encouraged to have a dictionary/thesaurus
with you at all times in your English classes.
◦ Writing in Context – ‘Australian Identity’
◦ Issues/Language Analysis
◦ Text Response – To Kill a Mockingbird
• Oral Communication tasks will occur in both Term 1 and Term 2.
• A Semester Exam will occur at the end of Term 2.
Use the stimulus given by the teacher to create a
written piece using your choice of form from:
Your writing should be about 300 – 400 words in
length (a poem could be shorter)