VCE English – Units 1 & 2 Kambrya College 2010
The Basics: • An English is compulsory in VCE: English, Literature, English Language. • You must pass 3 out of 4 Units of English to qualify for your VCE. • You must pass both Unit 3 and 4 in order to get an ATAR. • It must be one of the first four subjects in calculating your ATAR. • To satisfactorily pass English in Unit 1 and 2, you must meet all outcomes by completing to an acceptable standard: • Homework Tasks • practice SACs • SACs
What skills do you need? • You need to be able to: • Independently read, interpret and analyse texts. • Analyse and explain how language persuades • Speak clearly in formal oral presentations. • Write sustained text response essays • Write for different purposes and styles, based on designated topics and texts. • Write fluently, expressing complex ideas with a varied vocabulary and correct grammar and spelling. SUCCESS IN VCE ENGLISH IS ALL ABOUT WRITING!
Unit 1 • Outcomes are set by VCAA and are set out in the VCE English Study Design • There are Areas of Study, each with its own outcome • AoS1 – Reading and Responding • AoS2 – Creating and Presenting • AoS3-Using Language to Persuade
AOS1 – Reading and Responding • You must: Identify and discuss key aspects of a set text and to construct a response in written and oral form. • You must demonstrate : • Understanding of ideas, characters and themes • Understanding of how the author constructs meaning • The ability to prepare, construct and support a response to a text • Use of appropriate metalanguage to discuss the structures and features of narrative texts • Use of conventions of small group and whole class discussion • Use of conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English
Outcome 1 at Kambrya College • The text chosen to allow you to demonstrate outcome 1 in 2010 is Markus Zusak’sThe Book Thief. • This novel explores the experiences of a young girl living in Nazi Germany during WWII. • You are required to read this book over the holidays and complete the related holiday homework. • Prepare to read your text more than once and highlight key ideas, themes and character or plot events • You will be introduced to this novel later in the orientation program.
AOS 2 – Creating and Presenting • You must: Create and present texts taking account of audience, purpose and context • You must demonstrate: • Knowledge of the structures, features and conventions of a range of texts created for different purposes. • The effect of form, context, audience and purpose on the writer’s choice of structure and language. • strategies for planning and revising writing • Knowledge of metalanguage to discuss writing choices • the conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English.
AOS 2 – Creating and Presenting • The chosen Context for Unit 1 is ‘Family and Society.’ • For this outcome, you will read a text which will help you to understand ideas of belonging to Family and Society, and will be a basis for your own response. • You are required to write 3 -5 short pieces in response to this outcome.
Outcome 2 at Kambrya College • The chosen text at Kambrya College in 2010 is Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. • This novel is written as a diary detailing the experiences a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome as he investigates the murder of the neighbour’s dog. • You are required to read this over the holiday period. • You will also examine other short texts that represent concepts of “Family and Society”.
AOS3 – Using Language to Persuade • You must: Identify and discuss, either in writing and/or orally how language can be used to persuade readers and /or viewers. • To meet this outcome, you will complete an analysis of persuasive texts. • The issue for Unit 1 will be chosen by your teachers.
Meeting Outcome 3 • You need to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge to meet this outcome: • Understanding point of view presented in persuasive texts • How texts work to influence readers • Examples of verbal and non-verbal language used by authors of texts to persuade readers and viewers to share the point of view/s presented • Use of appropriate metalanguage and features and conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English
Unit 2 • The Areas of Study for Unit 2 are the same as Unit 1 • AOS 1 Reading and Responding • AOS 2 Creating and Presenting • AOS 3 Using Language to Persuade
AOS 1 – Reading and Responding • In Unit 2, you will be studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth • A play about ambition, greed, murder and madness.
AOS 2 – Creating and Presenting • The Context for this Unit will be “Future Worlds” • You will be responding to the film text “Gattaca”, using this as a basis for your own writing on the context.
AOS 3 - Using Language to Persuade • You need to be able to identify and analyse how language is used in a persuasive text andpresent a reasoned point of view in oral form • Your main assessment will be an oral presentation of your point of view on an issue. • You will choose the issue you wish to present • You will present to your class using visual aids
How the school will help • See your teacher if you need assistance • Seek help as soon as possible if you are having difficulty understanding something • At exam times extra assistance is offered to students to help with revision • You will be given a clear timeline with the dates of class activities, SACs and exams • It is your responsibility to keep this and refer to it • If there are changes to SAC times you will be notified at least a week in advance
What you need to do • Make sure you are thoroughly organised for learning • Take class notes in every class and for every discussion • Make sure you do all of the required class work and homework • Purchase your English novels in advance. Waiting until the start of next year will be too late. • READ YOUR NOVELS OVER THE HOLIDAYS!!
What you need to do • Make sure you have a quite place to study at home • READ WIDELY – this is crucial to your success in English • Research your topics in depth – find a variety of sources • Record all sources where you find and use information – there are very strict rules about using work that is not your own - plagiarism
Holiday Homework • Your homework will be to: • Read The Book Thief and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. • Complete the activities about The Book Thief • Prepare for you oral Presentation on The Book Thief that you will give in Week 3. • These novels are available to purchase at most book suppliers and retail stores. • More details to come in your orientation class.