Year 10 English
The concept of discovery is at the core of the Year 10 English course. Year 10 is an important educational landmark you prepare to enter the senior years. You will discover the world of the young adult in this course. We do this by examining contemporary films and literature, classic novels, short stories, philosophical ideas and political ideology.
In Semester One, the focus is on your identity, place and heritage in Australian contemporary society. We examine Australia’s past, present and future through film, current issues-based research and fictional and creative texts. The novel for this semester is Cloudwish by Fiona Wood.
You will complete a range of creative tasks including writing a short story and poem, and also making a short film. An important element of this semester is a module on Indigenous Australians. You will study the film The Sapphires and then write and present a speech on current Indigenous Australian issues.
Semester Two moves into the wider world. You will discover why Shakespeare and other writers’ insights and wisdom are relevant today. To open your world views about the past, present and future, we will read non-fiction texts about personal adventures of discovery and challenge, short texts and excerpts about sport and explorations in space.
Because we live a society increasingly using technology and robotics, futuristic worlds and dystopian societies are a feature this semester. You will study Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Animal Farm by George Orwell.
What do you do?
You will complete a variety of analytical, research and creative activities. This will include:
- writing creative and non-fiction texts
- making a photo story and a short film
- constructing infographics and writing articles
- writing and recording a speech
- reciting a soliloquy from Macbeth
- develop and improve your essay writing
- writing poetry and song lyrics
- forming opinions about issues like space exploration and football’s role in society
- learning about dystopian societies
- blog and forum responses on texts and current issues
- thinking challenges and self-reflection
- participating in online lessons.
You will also develop your oral skills by reading sections of a play and delivering a speech.
What skills do you develop?
Reading and viewing
- improving skills and knowledge in literacy
- learn to interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of different text types
- watching and analysing film as text.
- improving skills in sentence construction
- essay and creative writing
- grammar and constructing a variety of texts for various audiences.
Speaking and Listening
- improving skills in oral presentations
- utilising persuasive language techniques
- communicating confidently with others in a variety of different situations.
Improving critical thinking is an important skill for the 21st-century learner and in the workplace. Making reasoned, logical decisions and judgements through analysing, assessing and developing reflective practices when examining information is incorporated in a variety of assessment tasks and activities in this course.
Oxford Australian Paperback Dictionary, Fifth Edition, Bruce Moor
Cloudwish, Fiona Wood
Macbeth: The Graphic Novel, plain text version, Classic Comics
Animal Farm, George Orwell