VCE preparation: Years 10-11
(Check times this weekend)
We will focus on persuasive texts (reasoning and persuasive skills and the development of an analytical vocabulary) and key passages from a range of significant texts (development of concepts/key ideas and an awareness of creative strategies/brilliance).
Persuasive texts: (from a range of sources)
- in-depth development of persuasive and reasoning skills/techniques (Green and Orange Workbooks plus online support)
- focus on metalanguage in order to write clear and sophisticated analytical sentences (based on a series of sentence models)
- essay-writing tasks on current issues (persuasive and creative) (newspaper texts etc.); focus on sophisticated planning techniques (students will apply their knowledge of persuasive and reasoning techniques)
- advanced Grammar (Australian Curriculum: Years 9 – 11); we will use this knowledge to improve sophistication of written expression; we will focus on key grammatical pitfalls; we will also study grammatical constructions in sophisticated texts such as short stories and newspaper editorials
- close passage analysis from a range of significant texts: with a focus on key ideas, views and values (structure); and a keen analysis of author’s word choices and their implications (depth of analysis); and an analysis/awareness of an author’s creative strategies (creative essays)
- focus on skills of comparison: analytical awareness of shared concepts (of issues, of themes, of characters) based on a variety of prompts
- in-depth work on creative writing and stimulation of ideas: in-depth character and thematic analysis/characterisation (please bring folders.)
- intensive practice of vocabulary extension and sophisticated turn of phrase (grammar and expression). (tone words from workbooks)
Notes; reminders and homework
- Please bring plastic sleeve folders to the class to organise the handouts- particularly on people stories/themes/characters.
- Please summarise/analyse the “people” stories we have been discussing/ working on in class (2-3 stories);
we must include precise details/quotes to show a deep and accurate understanding of people, places and events; (discuss the difference between “storytelling”, “summarising” and “analysing”)
we must also practice linking and explaining these examples; comparing and contrasting their stories to each other
- Please bring 2-3 paragraphs: short analysis of articles in the Green Book using appropriate metalanguage.
- Each week; please keep learning the tone words we have been using – as an adjective and as an adverb. (Also see tone tests)
Please see the Slide Show: this includes the skills that you need to do well in Year 12.
In addition to the workbook activities, here’s some more Language Analysis exercises
- A summary of Students’ Tasks (extra homework activities)
- Also extra (short) homework examples to work on for Language Analysis
- Please keep going over the people stories and practice writing comparative analysis pieces. Example: people grow through conflict.
- Return to: English Works Classes