Year 11 English Course Overview

General – Unit 1 and 2

2019

(updated 21/2/2019)

Week Descriptors / Outcomes Teaching and Learning Assessment / Resources

Term 1,

Week 1-3

Course outline, assessment tasks and WACE requirements.

WA Curriculum

⦿ Summarise ideas and information presented in texts.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response.

⦿ Consider the effects of media types of texts and text structures on audiences.

⦿ Identify facts, opinions, supporting evidence and bias.

⦿ Understand how texts are structured to organize and communicate information.

⦿ Consider the ways in which main ideas, values and supporting details are presented in everyday texts.

1. The purpose of documentaries:

⦿ What is a documentary?

⦿ What is a conspiracy? (Conspiracy theory as a pejorative term).

⦿ Watch the Truth Behind the Moon Landing and Did we Land on the Moon?

⦿ Persuasive writing SEEK structure: ‘Did the moon landings happen?

⦿ OLNA Preparation.

⦿ Conventions of documentaries.

⦿ Credibility/ authority and the Milgram Experiment.

o Notes: How have documentary conventions been used in the Truth Behind the Moon Landing and Did we Land on the Moon? To persuade the audience to adopt a point of view.

Task 1: Students compare and contrast the ways that two directly opposing documentaries, the Truth Behind the Moon Landing and Did we Land on the Moon?, seek to persuade their audience and write an opinionative paragraph on their own opinion on the topic, providing evidence to back up their position.

Due: Term 1, Week 3

10%

Week 4-5

WA Curriculum

⦿ Summarise ideas and information presented in texts.

⦿ The use of narrative techniques.

⦿ Identify similarities and differences between own responses to texts and responses of others.

Film Study: The Dead Poets Society

⦿ Film Codes (SWAT).

⦿ Themes/ Messages.

⦿ Symbolism (pre-suicide scene).

⦿ Character studies (Neil/ father and Principal Nolan/ Mr Keating).

⦿ Todd Anderson- Character development.

⦿ You are Todd Anderson. Write a letter to Mr Keating about what you learned about life and poetry from his classes.

Film Reviews:

⦿ Informal vs formal writing.

⦿ Gaining and holding reader interest.

⦿ Structure and content.

⦿ Opinion and evidence.

Task 2: Students write a review of The Dead Poets Society for a newspaper column. They then critique the review of another of their classmates, identifying similarities and differences between their opinions, before arguing for or against their peer’s perspective on the film.

Due: Term 1, Week 5

5%

Week 6-7

WA Curriculum

⦿ Identify poetic devices and the themes found in poetic text.

⦿ Consider how different poetic devices are used to construct meaning in poetic texts.

⦿ Communicate and interact with others.

⦿ Consider the ways in which texts communicate ideas, attitudes, and values.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response

What is poetry? (Ambiguity, aesthetics, interpretation).

Interpreting poetry. Read and interpret the Road not Taken.

Poem analysis: ancient/ modern:

⦿ Psalm 1

⦿ When I became a Christian

⦿ Ozymandius

Topic and theme.

Form and meter.

Poetic techniques in Hip Hop.

Poetry in music:

⦿ Analysis of poetry in Rock (Don’t Fight it by the Panics and Roll Away your Stone by Mumford and Sons)

⦿ Analysis of poetry in Rap (What would you do? by City High, and Best of Times by Sage Francis.

⦿ Analysis of examples of poetry and music

⦿ Music as entertainment, music as poetry/art.

Types of questions that can be asked of texts.

Task 3: Students pose and answer various questions about the songs Roll Away your Stone and Don’t Fight it and write a journal entry that compares the messages of Roll Away your Stone and Don’t Fight it, explaining how these songs relate to their personal spiritual journey.

Weighting: 10%

Week 8-10

WA Curriculum

⦿ Identify poetic devices and the themes found in poetic text.

⦿ Consider how different poetic devices are used to construct meaning in poetic texts.

⦿ Communicate and interact with others.

⦿ Consider the ways in which texts communicate ideas, attitudes, and values.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response

Writing poetry:

⦿ Limerick about the moon landings.

⦿ Prose (Picture and poetic response).

⦿ Theme and structure

Short stories

⦿ Conventions of short stories.

⦿ Using tense consistently.

⦿ Style and tone.

⦿ Showing not telling.

⦿ Various creative writing skills.

Task 4: Students take a piece of poetry or a song that has been studied and transform it into a short story about the same topic while also communicating a similar theme.

Weighting: 5%

Term 1

Week 11

to

Term 2,

Week 1-2

WA Curriculum

⦿ Consider the ways in which texts communicate ideas, attitudes, and values.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response.

⦿ The use of narrative techniques.

Purpose of fiction:

⦿ Entertain.

⦿ Persuade.

⦿ Short biography of Orwell

Purpose of writing Animal Farm and the context in which this text was written.

Worldview cycle:

⦿ Writing is produced out of a worldview.

⦿ Writing communicates a worldview.

⦿ Readers interpret writing through their own worldview.

⦿ Writing builds a worldview.

Narrative conventions revision:

⦿ Characterisation (STEAL, stereotypes, direct/indirect, rounded/ flat, dynamic/static).

⦿ Setting (Time, place, mood).

⦿ Plot (events/ conflict/ structure/ character development).

⦿ Audience, culture, and language use.

⦿ Symbolism/ motifs.

⦿ Point of View.

⦿ Topic and theme.

Task 5: Students write an essay that explores how Animal Farm critiques Bolshevik Communism via allegory.

Due: Term 2, Week 2

5%

Term 2

Week 3

WA Curriculum

⦿ which texts communicate ideas, attitudes, and values.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response.

⦿ The use of narrative techniques.

Animal Farm Analysis:

⦿ Plot, Conflict, and Character development chart for two characters

⦿ 2x Character studies

Essay writing revision:

⦿ Why essays?

⦿ Different types of essays

⦿ Understanding the question

⦿ Introduction

⦿ Body paragraph (SEEK)

⦿ Conclusion

⦿ Practice essay writing

 

Term 2

Week 4-5

All outcomes

Exam preparation and Examinations

⦿ Study techniques

⦿ Layout of the exam

Revision of Exam

Revision of concepts from Unit 1 –Language, Ideas and Identity

Task 6:

Mid Semester Test (10%)

All texts from Unit 1

Week Descriptors / Outcomes Teaching and Learning Assessment / Resources

Term 2,

Week 6-9

WA Curriculum

⦿ Consider the ways that context, purpose, and audience influence meaning.

⦿ Consider the effects of media, types of texts and text structures on audiences.

⦿ Use persuasive, visual, and literary techniques to engage audiences in a range of modes and media.

Advertising

1. Purpose of advertising (to persuade people to change their actions and beliefs)

2. Types of advertising:

⦿ Audio

⦿ Print

⦿ Film

3. Target audiences (age, ethnicity, interests, gender, and religion).

4. Placement or advert (to reach target audience)

5. Products/ services and appeal.

6. Visual codes (SWAT).

7. Advertising analysis:

⦿ Gender and Racial Stereotypes.

⦿ Age.

⦿ Copywriting.

⦿ Visual Code use.

⦿ Creating an advertisement.

Task 7: Creating an advertisement for a product of service of their choice (5%)

⦿ Summarise ideas and information presented in texts

⦿ Use persuasive, visual and literary techniques to engage audiences in a range of modes and media

Term 3,

Week 1-2

WA Curriculum

⦿ Summarise ideas and information presented in texts.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response.

⦿ Consider the effects of media types of texts and text structures on audiences.

⦿ Identify facts, opinions, supporting evidence and bias.

⦿ Understand how texts are structured to organize and communicate information.

Consider the ways in which main ideas, values and supporting details are presented in everyday texts

Introduction to the Media:

⦿ The purpose of the media (to entertain in order to make money/ to persuade in order to propagate ideas).

⦿ Types of Media:

– Magazines

– Newspapers

– News Programs ( nightly news and current affairs)

– Internet based (podcasts, blogs, social media sites, internet news sites).

1. Newspaper articles:

⦿ 5 W’s

⦿ Techniques

⦿ Comparison of two articles on the same event

2. Change in the news because of the internet.

3. Social Media and its effect on people.

4. Social Media research.

Task 8: Create a digital or print feature article.(5%)

Summarise ideas and information presented in texts

Use persuasive, visual and literary techniques to engage audiences in a range of modes and media

Term 3,

Week 3-4

WA Curriculum

⦿ Summarise ideas and information presented in texts.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response.

⦿ Consider the effects of media types of texts and text structures on audiences.

⦿ Identify facts, opinions, supporting evidence and bias.

⦿ Understand how texts are structured to organize and communicate information.

Consider the ways in which main ideas, values and supporting details are presented in everyday texts

Introduction to the Media:

⦿ The purpose of the media (to entertain in order to make money/ to persuade in order to propagate ideas).

⦿ Types of Media:

– Magazines

– Newspapers

– News Programs ( nightly news and current affairs)

– Internet based (podcasts, blogs, social media sites, internet news sites).

Newspaper articles:

⦿ 5 W’s

⦿ Techniques

⦿ Comparison of two articles on the same event

Change in the news because of the internet.

Social Media and its effect on people.

Social Media research.

 

Term 3,

Week 5-9

WA Curriculum

⦿ Consider the effects of media types of texts and text structures on audiences.

⦿ Identify facts, opinions, supporting evidence and bias.

⦿ Plan, organise, draft and present information for particular purposes and audiences.

⦿ The use of narrative techniques.

Biography Text- The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

Introduce key text, by showing Kochie’s interview with Anh Do and ABC 7:30pm report of Anh being honoured with the major literary prize.

Introduce the elements are associated with the genre of “autobiography’

There is a focus on the ways in which the autobiographical form allows for diversity to be expressed through language forms and features, the visual text inclusions and the ability to corroborate content features of the text through other sources. Students are encouraged to independently research other sources of information on the life of Anh Do.

Introduce the concept of “voice” in literature

Voice is the characteristic speech and thought patterns of a first-person narrator; a persona. Because voice has so much to do with the reader’s experience of a work of literature, it is one of the most important elements of a piece of writing.

Weighting: 10%

Task 9: Essay  Students write an essay that explores how Anh Do uses different stylistic choices such as humour in The Happiest Refugee to engage the reader. (10%)

⦿ Consider the ways in which texts communicate ideas, attitudes, and values.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response.

⦿ The use of narrative techniques.

Term 4

Week 1-2

WA Curriculum

⦿ Summarise ideas and information presented in texts.

⦿ Consider how texts are constructed to engage and shape audience response.

⦿ Consider the effects of media types of texts and text structures on audiences.

⦿ Identify facts, opinions, supporting evidence and bias.

⦿ Understand how texts are structured to organize and communicate information.

Consider the ways in which main ideas, values and supporting details are presented in everyday texts

Life Skills (Business and Civil Life)

1. Research useful life/ job skills (Finding and evaluating information).

2. Useful skills discussion (What is most important?):

⦿ Team work

⦿ Commercial awareness

⦿ Communication (verbal, written, body language)

⦿ Negotiation, persuasion, and taking criticism

⦿ Problem solving

⦿ Leadership

⦿ Organisation (time management)

⦿ Motivation and perseverance

⦿ Ability to work under pressure

⦿ Confidence

3. Essay writing on what are the most important skills

4. Writing a formal letter/ email.

5. Making a presentation.

6. Multiple intelligence theory.

7. Public Speaking skills.

8. The Australian political system (what average voters need to know).

⦿ Machiavellianism (political realism) and why politicians lie.

9. Current big issues in Australian politics discussion.

10. Controversial issue in Australian politics research.

How to write a formal response to a letter to the editor.

Task 10: Students research a controversial political issue and create a multimodal presentation using appropriate language and content to inform and persuade an audience.

Weighting: 10%

Task 11: Students respond to a range of letters to the editor on current political issues.

Weighting: 10%

Term 4,

Week

3-5

All Outcomes

Exam preparation and Examinations

⦿ Study techniques

⦿ Layout of the exam

⦿ Revision of Exam

Revision of concepts from Unit 2

Task 12:

Mid Semester Examinations (10%)

All texts from Unit 2