Year 10 English Pathways Remember… …to receive your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) you must meet a literacy requirement. You must pass an English subject or the QCS Test in Senior in order to do this. For more information… Contact the Head of Department Senior English Katrina Hundt [email protected] Our Vision CULTURAL AGILITY To equip students with the knowledge and skills to confidently negotiate the rapidly changing, culturally and socially diverse communities in which Brisbane State High School students live. English English Communication English Literature Studies English Q: Who should choose English 1 and 2? A: Anyone who plans on going for an OP score for tertiary entrance in Years 11 and 12. English Communication Q: Who should choose English Communication? A: Anyone who is NOT going for an OP score in Years 11 and 12, or anyone who struggles with the literary component of English. Q: How is it different from English? Q: What do students learn? Units of Study Unit 1: Representing Histories – analysing and responding imaginatively to literary texts that reflect particular historical settings; Unit 2: Visual Satire – inferring meaning from visual language used in satirical texts. There is a focus on the practical use of language to perform tasks, use technology, and interact in groups, work places and the wider community. This is different to English which has a more academic, literary focus. Q: What do students learn? A: Skills that are highly valued by employers or vocational training institutions, such as, literacy, technology, planning and organisation, problem solving, and working with others. Students will develop the language and literacy skills required to comprehend and create texts that inform, persuade and entertain. Examples of text purposes studied: Informing – reports, procedures, auto/biographical recounts Evaluating – arguments, expositions, speeches Unit 3: The Canons of War – celebration and protest in canonical war poetry; Unit 4: Deep and Dark Desires – evaluation of the historical, social and cultural factors influencing the tragedy of Macbeth. Unit 5: Facts Vs. Fiction – analysing and evaluating news media texts. English Literature Studies Q: Who should choose English Literature Studies? A: Anyone who is interested in a rigorous study of literature and reading practices. Anyone who has completed Aspire English in Years 8 and 9 and wants to continue with an enrichment course for literature. Q: How is it different from English? A:The English Literature course offers different approaches to reading texts and explores the literary theories that underpin them. Students then apply these reading practices to a range of texts (such as novels, films, or hypermedia texts). Q: What do students learn? A: The English Literature course is based on a framework which draws on contemporary and historical approaches to reading and constitutes them as: author-centred, text-centred, reader-centred and world-context-centred. Units of Study Unit 1: Easy Targets – text, author and worldcentred approaches to reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Engaging – personal recounts, narratives, news stories Students will engage with topics and resources similar to those offered in the English 1 and 2 courses, however, in abridged or visual forms. For example, students may use excerpts from the novel and the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird to examine persuasive language in speeches. Q: How is student work assessed? A: In English Communications there is an equal emphasis on written and spoken language skills. The time and word length requirements are lower than English assessment tasks. Unit 2: The Creation of the Teenager – reader and world-centred approaches to reading canonical young adult literature. Unit 3: Rebel Girl – text and world-centred approaches to reading and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. Unit 4: Words of Wisdom – author and text-centred approaches to reading canonical poetry. . Unit 5: Literature of Social Comment – world-centred approaches to reading literature such as Animal Farm and Of Mice and Men.
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