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Text-Based Year 12 English Advanced Term Course Program

 

Oct - Dec

Area of Study: Discovery

Short Answer, Creative Writing, and the Discovery Essay

 

Feb - Apr

Module A: Comparative Study

Elizabeth Barrett Browning / The Great Gatsby

Julius Caesar / The Prince

Metropolis / Nineteen Eighty-Four

Pride and Prejudice / Letters to Alice

Richard III / Looking for Richard

 

Apr - Jun

Module B: Critical Study

Citizen Kane

Hamlet

T. S. Eliot

Speeches

 

Jul - Sep

Module C: Representation and Text

Brave New World

The Crucible

The Art of Travel

 

HSC Revision Course

Year 12 English Advanced Term Course Details

Text-based classes provide in-depth textual understanding, explanations of critical analysis, and essay writing skills

 

Area of Study: Discovery

Short Answer, Creative Writing, and Discovery Essay

Lesson 1
• Breakdown of the major syllabus points for AOS
• Approaches to unseen texts
• Engaging with unseen texts
• Writing Task: Crafting study notes

Lesson 2
• How to build strong responses in to unseen texts
• Exploring concepts: physical discoveries
• Writing Task: Developing critical analysis and structuring body paragraphs

Lesson 3
• Exploring concepts: emotional discoveries
• Making connections between the syllabus and your prescribed text
• Writing Task: How to compose thesis statements and refining body paragraphs

Lesson 4
• Exploring concepts: creative discoveries
• Choosing effective related material
• Writing Task: Creating essay scaffolds

Lesson 5
• Exploring concepts: intellectual discoveries
• Making connections between the syllabus and your prescribed text
• Writing Task: Essay conclusions and essay composition

Lesson 6
• Exploring concepts: spiritual discoveries
• Making connections between the syllabus and your prescribed text
• Writing Task: Strengthening your body paragraphs

Lesson 7
• Approaching the creative writing task
• Generating ideas for creative writing in line with the syllabus
• Writing Task: Planning character and setting

Lesson 8
• Developing creative inspiration from engaging with texts
• Connecting your imaginative ideas to the syllabus
• Writing Task: creative composition with focus on plot and use of language

Lesson 9
• Review of the AOS syllabus
• Returning to your study notes
• Writing Task: developing your areas of weakness

Module A: Comparative Study

Elizabeth Barrett Browning / The Great Gatsby

Lesson 1
Breakdown of the major syllabus points for Module A
Introduction to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poetry
Introduction to The Great Gatsby
Writing Task: Crafting study notes

Lesson 2
Love in the Victorian Age
Love in the Roaring Twenties
Writing Task: Comparing Love
Thinking about Context

Lesson 3
Approaching Sonnets
The Amatory Sonnet
The ‘Authentic’ Victorian Sonnet
Writing Task: Thinking about Values

Lesson 4
Approaching Prose
Fitzgerald and Modernism
Writing Task: Prose Analysis
Module A Essay Structure

Lesson 5
Gender in the 1920s
Women in The Great Gatsby
Victorian Love
The Gender of Silence
Writing Task: Body Paragraphs

Lesson 6
Transformation in The Great Gatsby
Transformation in Sonnets from the Portuguese
Writing Task: Comparing Transformation

Lesson 7
Perspective in the Sonnets
Barrett Browning’s Authorial Perspective
Writing Task: Module A Essay Scaffolds

Lesson 8
Perspective in The Great Gatsby
Fitzgerald’s Authorial Perspective
Writing Task: Thesis Statements
Writing Task: Module A Essay

Lesson 9
Love and Politics
Ambiguity and the American Dream
Exam Expectations for Module A
Writing Task: Module A Essay

 

Julius Caesar / The Prince

Lesson 1
Breakdown of the major syllabus points for Module A
Introduction to The Prince
Introduction to Julius Caesar
Writing Task: Crafting Study Notes

Lesson 2
The Prince in Context
Machiavelli’s Italy
Machiavelli’s Career
Writing Task: Incorporating Context

Lesson 3
Julius Caesar in Context
Shakespeare’s England
The Politics of Queen Elizabeth
The Late Roman Republic
Writing Task: Discussing Values

Lesson 4
Tyranny
Machiavelli on Tyranny
Shakespeare on Tyranny
Writing Task: Comparing Representation of Tyrants
Module A Essay Structure

Lesson 5
Conspiracy and Power
Writing Task: On Conspiracy and Power
Module A Body Paragraphs

Lesson 6
Humanism in Italy and England
Machiavelli’s Politics
Shakespeare’s Politics
Writing Task: Module A Essay Scaffolds

Lesson 7
Virtue and Glory
The Struggle for Virtue
When Glory becomes Vainglory
Writing Task: Thesis Statements

Lesson 8
The Expense of Virtue
The Funeral Orations in Julius Caesar
Writing Task: Module A Essay

Lesson 9
Exam Expectations for Module A
Writing Task: Module A Essay

 

Metropolis / 1984

Lesson 1
Introduction to Metropolis
Introduction to Nineteen Eighty-Four
Breakdown of the major syllabus points for Module A
Writing Task: Crafting Study Notes

Lesson 2
Freder’s Journey
Winston’s Failed Rebellion
Maria’s Metropolis
Julia’s Oceania
Writing Task: Character Comparison

Lesson 3
German Industrialisation
Totalitarianism
Writing Task: Context Comparison

Lesson 4
The Nature of Surveillance
Surveillance in Metropolis
Surveillance in Nineteen Eighty-Four
Writing Task: Surveillance Compared
Module A Essay Structure

Lesson 5
Style and Form
The Weimar Republic
Newspeak
Writing Task: Style and Form Comparison
Module A Body Paragraphs

Lesson 6
Manifestations of Power in Metropolis
The Seeds of Nazi Germany
Lang’s Legacy
Writing Task: Module A Essay Scaffolds

Lesson 7
Representation and Power in Nineteen Eighty-Four
Historical Alteration
Comparing Power
Writing Task: Thesis Statements

Lesson 8
The Crisis of Modernity
The Worker’s Uprising in Metropolis
Goldstein’s Book
Exam Expectations for Module A
Writing Task: Module A Essay

Lesson 9
Visions of the Future
Writing Task: Module A Essay

 

Pride and Prejudce / Letters to Alice
Lesson 1
Breakdown of the major syllabus points for Module A
Introducing Jane Austen
The Regency Period
Writing Task: Crafting Study Notes
Lesson 2
Introducing Fay Weldon
Weldon and Feminism
Feminist Perspectives on History
Writing Task: Thinking about Context
Lesson 3
The Novel as Genre
The Marriage Plot
Elizabeth Bennet in Focus
Writing Task: Values at Play
Lesson 4
The Epistolary Form
The (Un)reliable Narrator?
Setting and Character in Pride and Prejudice
Writing Task: Form and Analysis
Module A Essay Structure
Lesson 5
Women and Marriage in Pride and Prejudice
Feminism and Literature
Alice’s Relationships
Writing Task: Comparing Gender Roles
Module A Body Paragraphs
Lesson 6
The Value of Literature
Reading in the Regency Period
The Women’s Writing Movement
Writing Task: Module A Essay Scaffolds
Lesson 7
Individualism and Social Order
Pride and Prejudice in Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice in Letters to Alice
Writing Task: Thesis Statements
Lesson 8
Economics in Austen
Power, Agency, and Capital
Late Capitalism in Weldon
Writing Task: Module A Essay
Lesson 9
Exam Expectations for Module A
Impressing and Delighting Your Reader
Writing Task: Module A Essay
Richard III / Looking for Richard

Lesson 1
Breakdown of major syllabus points for Module A
Introduction to Richard III
The War of the Roses
Shakespeare’s Context
Writing Task: Crafting Study Notes

Lesson 2
Introduction to Looking for Richard
The Political Context of the 1990s
The Context of Al Pacino
Writing Task: Comparing Richards

Lesson 3
The Nature of Evil
Evil in Richard III
Evil in Looking for Richard
Writing Task: Comparing Representations of Evil

Lesson 4
Appearances and Reality in Elizabethan England
Appearances and Reality in Looking for Richard
Writing Task: Comparing Appearances
Module A Essay Structure

Lesson 5
Fate in Shakespeare
Fate in Looking for Richard
Writing Task: The Transformation of Fate
Module A Body Paragraphs

Lesson 6
Power in Richard III
The Machiavel
Writing Task: Module A Essay Scaffolds

Lesson 7
Pacino and Power
Pacino’s Authority
The Blurred Line Between Richard-Pacino
Writing Task: Thesis Statements

Lesson 8
Metatheatricality
Shakespeare and Metatheatre
Pacino and Metatheatre
Writing Task: Module A Essay

Lesson 9
Revision of Richard III
Revision of Looking for Richard
Writing Task: Module A Essay

 

Module B: Critical Study

Speeches

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Module B
  • Introduction to Textual Integrity
  • Close Reading of Paul Keating’s ‘Redfern Speech’
  • Writing Task: Rhetoric in Keating

Lesson 2

  • Requirements of the Module B Essay
  • The Three Genres of Rhetoric
  • Close Reading of Noel Pearson’s ‘An Australian History for Us All’
  • Writing Task: Close Analysis of Pearson

Lesson 3

  • Module B Essay Structure
  • Close Reading of William Deane ‘It is Still Winter at Home’
  • Writing Task: Connections between Speeches

Lesson 4

  • The Politics of Speeches
  • Close Reading of Anwar Sadat ‘Speech to the Knesset’
  • Scholarly Perspectives on Sadat
  • Writing Task: Analysing Sadat

Lesson 5

  • Close Reading of Doris Lessing ‘On Not Winning the Nobel Prize’
  • How to Analyse Speech Structure
  • Scholarly Perspectives on the Nobel Prize
  • Writing Task: Module B Essay Planning

Lesson 6

  • Close Reading of Margaret Atwood ‘Spotty-Handed Villainesses’
  • Building Analysis into an Argument
  • Writing Task: Analysing Atwood

Lesson 7

  • Close Reading of Geraldine Brooks
  • How to Meaningfully Compare Speeches
  • Writing Task: Body Paragraphs

Lesson 8

  • Reviewing Module B
  • Connections between Speeches
  • Writing Task: Speeches and Textual Integrity

Lesson 9

  • Revision of Module B Essay Structure
  • Revision of the Speeches
  • Writing Task: Module B Essay
The Poetry of T. S. Eliot

Lesson 1
• Introduction to the major syllabus points for Module B
• Introduction to Eliot ‘Preludes’
• The literary movements of the nineteenth century
• Writing Task: Reflecting upon meaning in ‘Preludes’

Lesson 2
• Eliot’s personal context
• Introduction to ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’
• Eliot and modernism
• Writing Task: Comparing ‘Prufrock’ with ‘Preludes’

Lesson 3
• Consideration of textual integrity
• Close reading of ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’
• Modernism and ‘Prufrock’
• Literary allusion and ‘Prufrock’
• Writing Task: Analysis of literary allusion and ‘Prufrock’

Lesson 4
• Consideration of Module B essay structure
• Close reading of ‘Rhapsody on a Windy Night’
• Writing Task: Drafting a Module B introduction

Lesson 5
• Developing understanding of body paragraph structure
• Introduction to ‘The Hollow Men’
• Considering symbolism in ‘The Hollow Men’
• Writing Task: Analysis of symbolism and motif in Eliot

Lesson 6
• How to refine the structure of body paragraphs
• Close reading of ‘The Hollow Men’
• Writing Task: Evaluation of the role of isolation in Eliot

Lesson 7
• How to integrate evidence into your argument
• Introduction to ‘Journey of the Magi’
• Writing Task: Module B essay composition

Lesson 8
• Close reading of ‘Journey of the Magi’
• Biblical allusion in Eliot
• Writing Task: Module B essay composition

Lesson 9
• Review of the syllabus requirements
• Evaluation of textual integrity in relation to Eliot’s poetry
• Writing Task: Module B essay composition

Hamlet

Lesson 1
• Introduction to Hamlet
• Introduction to the major syllabus points for Module B
• Examining the character of Hamlet
• Writing Task: Reflecting upon Hamlet’s character

Lesson 2
Hamlet in context
 Exploring Elizabethan culture and religion
 Writing Task: Discussing Elizabethan content in connection with Hamlet

Lesson 3
 Closing Reading of ‘To be or not to be’
 Exploring Hamlet’s relationships
 Writing Task: Analysing the role of the soliloquy

Lesson 4
 Reality and Appearances in Hamlet
 How to connect your analysis to textual integrity
 Writing Task: ‘The Mousetrap’ as Case Study

Lesson 5
 Exploring the role of fate in Hamlet
 Considering Shakespearean ideas of providence
 Writing Task: HSC Style Essay

Lesson 6
 How to approach Module B essays
 Evaluating the end of Hamlet
 Writing Task: Planning and drafting a Module B essay

Lesson 7
 Ophelia and Hamlet
 Ophelia as a foil to Hamlet
 Writing Task: Module B essay composition

Lesson 8
 Reconsidering Hamlet in light of the syllabus
 Developing understanding of metatheatre
 Writing Task: Module B essay composition

Lesson 9
 Review of the syllabus requirements
 Evaluation of textual integrity in relation to Hamlet
 Writing Task: Module B essay composition

Citizen Kane

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Module B
  • Introduction to Orson Welles
  • Close Reading of the Opening Scenes of Citizen Kane
  • Writing Task: Thinking About Character

Lesson 2

  • Requirements of the Module B Essay
  • Introduction to Characterisation in Citizen Kane
  • Introduction to Textual Integrity
  • Writing Task: Critical Reception of Citizen Kane

Lesson 3

  • How to Analyse Film
  • Close Reading of Key Scenes
  • Writing Task: The Cinematic Form

Lesson 4

  • Mortality in Citizen Kane
  • The Mystery of Rosebud
  • Scholarly Perspectives on Rosebud
  • Writing Task: Symbolism in Citizen Kane

Lesson 5

  • Love, Power, and Disintegration
  • The Universal Appeal of Citizen Kane
  • Scholarly Positions on Citizen Kane as a Classic
  • Writing Task: Module B Essay Planning

Lesson 6

  • The Requirements of the Module B Essay
  • Building Analysis into an Argument
  • Writing Task: Themes in Citizen Kane

Lesson 7

  • Memory and Fallibility
  • How to Meaningfully Include Context
  • Writing Task: Body Paragraphs

Lesson 8

  • Reviewing the Legacy of Citizen Kane
  • Citizen Kane and Textual Integrity
  • Writing Task: Module B Essay

Lesson 9

  • Revision of Module B Essay Structure
  • Revision of Module B Syllabus
  • Writing Task: Module B Essay

Module C: Representation and Text

Brave New World

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Representing People and Politics
  • Introduction to Brave New World
  • Mass Production, Politics / Power
  • Analytical Writing

Lesson 2

  • Characters and Perspectives
  • Character Study of Bernard Marx
  • Character Study of Lenina Crowne
  • Character Study of Mustapha Monday
  • How to Choose Related Material

Lesson 3

  • Taylorism and Fordism
  • Efficiency and Mass Production
  • Scientific Management
  • Module C Essay Planning

Lesson 4

  • Competing Perspectives
  • The Introduction of John ‘The Savage’
  • The Reservation Versus The World State
  • Essay Writing: Body Paragraphs

Lesson 5

  • Our Ford; Our Freud
  • The Wisdom of “Our Ford”
  • Connections to Freud
  • Essay Writing: Body Paragraphs Continued

Lesson 6

  • Utopia, Dystopia, Soma
  • The Utopian / Dystopian Paradox
  • The Literary Utopia
  • Analytical Writing

Lesson 7

  • Shakespeare in Brave New World
  • John’s Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare and Rebellion
  • Module C Essay Composition

Lesson 8

  • Huxley’s Prophecy
  • A Brave New Prediction?
  • A Satire of the Present?
  • Mond’s Compromise

Lesson 9

  • Module C Essay Composition
The Crucible

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Representating People and Politics
  • Introduction to The Crucible
  • How to Discuss Textual Evidence

Lesson 2

  • Characters and Perspectives
  • Abigail, Betty, and Mercy
  • John Proctor and Abigail
  • Reverend Hale
  • Analytical Writing

Lesson 3

  • Puritanism and Witchcraft
  • John and Elizabeth Proctor
  • Module C Writing: Creating an Argument

Lesson 4

  • Danforth and the Hearing
  • Close Reading of the Hearing
  • Writing Task: How to Be Specific

Lesson 5

  • The Trial
  • (In)justice
  • The Use of Spectral Evidence
  • Writing Task: How to Include Evidence

Lesson 6

  • Major Themes
  • The Red Scare
  • Miller and HUAC
  • McCarthyism
  • Module C Essay Composition

Lesson 7

  • Proctor’s Execution
  • The Push for a Confession
  • Essay Writing: Body paragraphs

Lesson 8

  • Truth and Judgement
  • The Use of Evidence
  • The Use of Coercion
  • Authority and Interpretation
  • Analytical Writing: Reflection on the Crucible Analogy

Lesson 9

  • Module C Essay Composition
The Art of Travel

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Representing People and Landscapes
  • Exploring Language Choice in ‘On Anticipation’
  • The Iconotext
  • How to Create Study Notes

Lesson 2

  • Intertexts and Spaces of Transit
  • Exploring Textual Forms
  • How to Choose Related Material
  • Analytical Writing Practice

Lesson 3

  • The Exotic
  • Orientalism and the ‘Exotic’
  • Essay Writing: Introducing a Related Text

Lesson 4

  • The Sublime Response
  • Transcendentalism and the Sublime
  • Essay Writing: Writing Introductions

Lesson 5

  • Art and Its Objects
  • The Art of Seeing
  • Defamiliarisation Practice

Lesson 6

  • Seeing and Possessing
  • ‘On Possessing Beauty’
  • Essay Writing: Body Paragraphs

Lesson 7

  • The Metropolis
  • ‘On Habit’
  • Related Text Analysis in Practice
  • Essay Writing: Conclusions

Lesson 8

  • de Botton and the Liberal Arts
  • The Humanities in the 90s
  • Philosophy as Self-Help
  • The Style of the Art of Travel
  • Evaluative Writing Practice

Lesson 9

  • Module C Essay Writing
HSC Revision Course

Lesson 1

  • The Structure of Paper One
  • Revision of the AOS Syllabus
  • Approaching the AOS Short Answer Questions
  • Writing Task: Paper One Section I

Lesson 2

  • AOS Creative Writing
  • How to Address Creative Writing Criteria
  • Revision of the Creative Requirements
  • Writing Task: Paper One Section II

Lesson 3

  • AOS Extended Response
  • How to Structure Your AOS Essay
  • Examination Techniques
  • How to Write to the Marking Criteria
  • Writing Task: AOS Extended Response

Lesson 4

  • Revision and Drafting Session for AOS
  • Considering Related Texts
  • Writing Task: Practice Paper One

Lesson 5

  • Revision of Module A Syllabus
  • How to Structure Your Module A Response
  • Thinking about Context and Values
  • Writing Task Essay Planning

Lesson 6

  • Revision of Module B Syllabus
  • How to Structure Your Module B Response
  • Thinking about Textual Integrity
  • Writing Task: Module B Essay

Lesson 7

  • Revision of Module C Syllabus
  • How to Structure Your Module C Response
  • Thinking about Representation
  • Writing Task: Module C Essay

Lesson 8

  • Examination Practice: Paper Two

Lesson 9

  • Review and Feedback Session on Paper Two

3 Hour Lesson Breakdown

9 weekly lessons in the school term for in-depth learning

 

10 min

Introduction

Overview of lesson

Teachers explain objectives and outcomes of each lesson.

60 min

Theory Lesson Part 1

Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding

Students are guided through detailed textual analysis by teachers.

10 min

Break

40 min

Theory Lesson Part 2

Develop your English skills

Students learn how to develop and express your own ideas for insightful responses.

60 min

In-Class Writing & Feedback

Perfect your writing skills

Students perfect your critical and creative writing skills with personalised and insightful feedback from teachers!

Year 12 English Advanced Holiday Timetable

Strathfield

Monday

4:30 – 7:40pm

The Crucible

 

Tuesday

4:30 – 7:40pm

The Art of Travel

 

Saturday

9:30am – 12:30pm

Brave New World

HSC Revision Course

Chatswood

Thursday

4:30pm – 7:40pm

The Art of Travel

 

Saturday

9:30am – 12:30pm

The Crucible

Hurstville

Saturday

9:30am – 12:30pm

Brave New World

Town Hall

Friday

4:30pm – 7:40pm

HSC Revision Course

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