Stage 6 Content (Yr. 11 & 12)

Stage 6 Overview

 English

By Stage 6, students are developing or have developed an understanding of themselves, and the ways that they relate to learning and the value of learning in their lives. They bring to their learning a range of perspectives and experiences. Students' choices of study are broadened to recognise their growing independence as learners and the diversity of their needs, interests, abilities, goals, pathways and intentions. Study in English at Stage 6 is characterised by students' increased awareness of the ways in which they organise and participate in learning, and by greater self-direction.

At Stage 6, students are more specific and articulate in their study of how meanings are shaped in and through texts. Students extend their skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing, by refining their imaginative and interpretive skills and by applying their analytical abilities to increasingly complex texts. They develop their awareness of personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace contexts, their notions of value and their understanding of self and others. They engage in responding to and composing texts, and consider the diverse processes involved in this through their wide reading, and through close analysis of texts. They develop knowledge and understanding of the ways that the linguistic, structural, contextual and thematic interrelationships among texts shape meaning. They develop and apply a knowledge and understanding of the role and function of literary conventions and devices. Students analyse the relationships between texts and technologies of production and evaluate the ways in which the medium itself influences.

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Year 11

Standard

Area of Study: Identity

Poetry

 

 

Speaking Task

Reading 

Module: Texts and Society – Authority and Power

V For Vendetta - Film

 

Viewing Task

Module: Close Study of Text

Novel – I am the Messenger

 

Listening Task

Exam - Reading & Writing

 

HSC Area of Study:

Discovery

TBA

 

Year 11

Advanced

Area of Study: Identity

Poetry

 

 

Speaking Task

Reading  

Module: Comparative Study "Against the Flow"

Novel and film

Hemingway & Life as a House

Viewing Task

Module: Critical Study

Macbeth

 

Listening Task

 

Exam - Reading & Writing

 

 

HSC Area of Study:

Discovery

TBA

 

Year 12

Standard

Module A: Distinctly Visual

Run Lola Run

 

Viewing Tasks 

Module B: Close Study of Text

Curious Incident

 

Listening Task

Module C: Into the World

Educating Rita

 

Speaking Task

HSC Exams

 

Year 12

Advanced

Module B: Critical Study

Speeches

 

 

Viewing Task 15%

Module A: Comparative Study

Blade Runner and Frankenstein

Speaking Task

Module C: Conflicting Perspectives

Julius Caesar

 

Listening Task

HSC Exams

 

Drama

 

Year 11

In the Preliminary Drama course students learn the skills of Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting.

In Improvisation, students learn how to work spontaneously to create characters and situations, explore ideas and issues, and use, and experiment with, dramatic elements and structures. When working with scripted material, students learn how to use improvisation to develop understanding of issues, themes, characters and dramatic forms and styles.

In Playbuilding, students learn to collaborate in devising original presentations using dramatic elements, structures and performance styles. Students learn how to use acting skills and performance spaces and how to establish an actor-audience relationship appropriate to style and purpose. Students learn to use production elements such as costume, sound and lighting. Playbuilding can lead to students learning to transform work into scripted form using appropriate conventions and directions.

In Acting, students learn to perform drama and theatre to an audience. Acting can occur in both live performance before an audience and in the media of film and video and pre-recorded radio drama.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Topic

Stanislavski and Method Acting

Theatre Company

Experiential Workshops (Realism)

HSC COMMENCEMENT

Traditions of Australian Theatre

Assessment

Scripted Monologue

Theatre Company Performance

Original Workshop

Student Guided Workshops

  

 

Year 12

In the HSC Drama course students engage in a variety of collaborative and individual projects throughout the year.

Students study set HSC texts through experiential workshops, gathering practical information in order to formulate analytical responses to conceptual questions and problems. Through these units students will develop a deep knowledge of various dramatic contexts and how they have shaped the intended purpose of theatre.

Students will also work on their Individual Projects which allows them to demonstrate their ability in one of a number of performative, creative and analytical areas. This project is sustained throughout the year and will be presented as part of the HSC examination.

The final component of the HSC course is the Group Performance where students will work collaboratively to create an original performance showcasing their understanding of various dramatic contexts, styles and conventions. This rigorous project requires students to demonstrate an ability to think conceptually and devise innovative ways to convey these concepts to an audience.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Topic

Brecht

Group Performance

Group Performance and Revision of Modules

HSC EXAMS

Assessment

Individual Project Process Check

IP and GP Progress Check

TRIAL EXAM

Performance Night

 

 

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