Stage 5 Content (Yr. 9 & 10)

Stage 5 Overview

English

By the end of Stage 5 students respond to and compose a comprehensive range of imaginative, factual and critical texts using different modes and technologies. They enjoy, reflect on, critically assess and articulate processes of response and composition. They respond to and compose a wide range of simple and complex texts for pleasure, critical analysis and information-gathering, varying their approach according to a text's purpose, audience and context. They focus on details of texts to analyse meaning, perspective, cultural assumptions, ideologies and language.

Students use varying technologies to compose texts. They apply their knowledge of the elements that shape meaning in texts. They use a range of strategies to shape their texts to address purpose and audience in different contexts. They conform to or challenge an audience's preconceptions and expectations about content and form, and they evaluate the effectiveness of each approach. Students display a developing personal style in their personal, imaginative, critical and analytical compositions. They work through the composing process, including planning, researching, drafting, conferencing, editing and publishing. Students reflect on their composing process and how it has affected the final version of their text.

Students respond to texts from different cultures that offer a range of perspectives. In considering possible meanings, they develop sustained interpretations supported by evidence and think creatively beyond the text. They infer and interpret, and investigate the similarities and differences between and among texts. Through close and wide engagement with texts students extend their imaginations and engage with images of their real and imagined worlds. They respond imaginatively and critically to verbal and visual imagery and iconography, considering how these and other features reflect the cultural context of the text. By critically evaluating texts, students identify strengths and weaknesses and are able to articulate coherent responses. From their responses to individual texts they generalise about views of the world and strategies that are used to communicate and sustain such views.

Students reflect on their own and others' learning, assessing learning strategies and purposes to adapt their knowledge, understanding and skills to new contexts.

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Year 9

Representations of War

Hana's Suitcase, posters, war footage, war poetry and songs

 

Speaking and Reading 

NAPLAN PREPARATION

NAPLAN PREPARATION

Documentaries

Documentary Handbook and various documentaries

 

Reading & Writing

Half Yearly Exam

Novel Study

To Kill A Mockingbird, Hunger Games,

 

Representing & Writing

 

Drama/Comedy

Drama Scripts, Parody Booklet, YouTube clips, movies, articles, cartoons

 

Writing - Yearly Exam

Listening  

Year 10

Representations of Shakespeare

Macbeth or R&J and a modern appropriation

 

Speaking

Close Study of Poetry

Faculty Poetry Handbook

 

Reading & Writing – Half Yearly Exam and in class

Analytical Essay

Close Study of an Author

Of Mice and Men

 

Raw

 

 

Listening and Reading

Creative & Essay Writing/Popular Culture

 

Film study – Mean Girls/Breakfast Club

Puberty Blues

Viewing

Yearly Examination

 

Drama

 

Year 9

The Stage 5 Drama pattern of study provides students with a diverse range of practical and theoretical experiences that will develop a range of skills. The course is structured around the fundamental Elements of Drama that underpin the learning across all units. Through participation in Drama students will engage in experiential studies of concepts and styles that have been develop across multiple historical and contemporary contexts.

Assessment throughout the course will require students to use their new knowledge creatively to devise original works that conform to learned styles and conventions. Through these experiences students will consistently develop their ability to work collaboratively to find creative solutions to problems.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Topic

Elements of Drama and Theatre Sports

Melodrama

Playbuilding

Scripted Drama

Assessment

Theatre Sports Competition

Group Devised Performance

Group Devised Performance

Yearly Exam

 

Year 10

The Year 10 course extends the skill and knowledge development from the previous year of study. The units studied in this year are increasingly complex and require students to expand their understanding of the origins of Drama and how these historical influences are reflected in modern performances.

Assessment in Year 10 has an increasing emphasis on independent work and           individual performance in order to best prepare students for the demands of senior studies.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Topic

Commedia dell'Arte

Shakespeare

Pantomime

Showcase

Assessment

Original Monologue

Group Devised Performance

Scripted Performance

Yearly Exam

 

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