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VCE English – Units 1 & 2. Kambrya College 2013/2014. Welcome to VCE Year 11 English. Assessment tasks, SACs, Exams Expectations of each student this year Course outline and required texts. Missing SACs.

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Vce english units 1 2

VCE English – Units 1 & 2

Kambrya College 2013/2014


Welcome to vce year 11 english
Welcome to VCE Year 11 English

  • Assessment tasks, SACs, Exams

  • Expectations of each student this year

  • Course outline and required texts


Missing sacs
Missing SACs

  • SAC dates are set in advance and you will be told of them well before. Mark them in your planner.

  • If you are absent on a SAC day, you must provide a medical certificate and complete the SAC at the next available opportunity to get a mark.

  • No certificate = only a mark of S or N for that outcome, once you

    have completed the SAC.


How to pass a unit
How to pass a unit

  • To successfully pass a unit (semester) you must successfully demonstrate all outcomes.

  • Failure of any outcome will result in failure of that unit

  • Studies at a VCE level require a 80% attendance rate.


Unit 1 course content
Unit 1 Course Content

  • Outcomes are set by VCAA and are set out in the VCE English Study Design

  • There are three outcomes

  • Each outcome covers an Area of Study

  • AoS1 – Reading and Responding

  • AoS2 – Creating and Presenting

  • AoS3-Using Language to Persuade


Aos1 reading and responding
AOS1 – Reading and Responding

  • Identify and discuss key aspects of a set text and to construct a response in written form.

  • You must demonstrate the following skills:

    • Understanding of ideas, characters and themes

    • Understanding of the ways that the author constructs meaning

    • The structures features and conventions used by authors to construct meaning in relation to the above

    • Cont.


Demonstrating outcome 1 cont
Demonstrating outcome 1 cont.

  • Strategies for preparing, constructing and supporting a response to a text in the chosen form

  • Show the ways that the text can be open to different interpretations

  • Use of appropriate metalanguage to discuss the structures and features of narrative texts

  • The conventions of small group and whole class discussion, including ways of developing constructive interactions and building on the ideas of others

  • Conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English


Outcome 1 at kambrya college
Outcome 1 at Kambrya College

  • The text chosen to allow you to demonstrate outcome 1 in 2014 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


Book thief
Book Thief

  • Interview with Markus Zusak

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7B8ioiZz7M


Aos 2 creating and presenting
AOS 2 – Creating and Presenting

  • Create and present texts taking account of audience, purpose and context

  • The chosen Context at Kambrya College is ‘Identity and Belonging’ in Semester 1 and ‘Encountering Conflict’ in Semester 2.

  • For this outcome, you will read a text which will help you to understand ideas of the context, and will be a basis for your own response.

  • You are required to write a detailed plan and a practice piece in response.


Outcome 2 at kambrya college
Outcome 2 at Kambrya College

  • The chosen text at Kambrya College for Semester 2 in 2012 is a collection of stories titled ‘Growing up Asian in Australia’ and the context is ‘Identity and Belonging’ this Semester.

  • Again, you will be responding to the text and using it as a basis for your own writing on the context.


Aos3 using language to persuade
AOS3 – Using Language to Persuade

  • 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. This will be undertaken under exam conditions.

  • The issue for Unit 1 will be chosen by your teachers.


Meeting outcome 3
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
Unit 2

  • There are three Areas of Study and three outcomes in unit 2

  • AOS 1 is a Reading and Responding outcome

  • AOS 2 is a Creating and Presenting outcome

  • AOS 3 is Using Language to Persuade


Aos 1 reading and responding
AOS 1 – Reading and Responding

  • Discuss and analyse how texts convey ways of thinking about the characters, ideas and themes, and construct a response in written or oral form

  • You also need to demonstrate an understanding of the structures, features and conventions used by authors to construct meaning in a range of text types and genres, including print, non-print and multimodal texts

  • Strategies for identifying the point of view and values of the author of a text


Aos 2 creating and presenting1
AOS 2 – Creating and Presenting

  • You will be responding to the film text ‘Freedom Writers’, using this as a basis for your own writing on the context of ‘Encountering Conflict’.


How to meet the outcome
How to meet the outcome

  • Understanding of features of texts that affect interpretation; for example, language, form and context

  • Strategies and techniques for constructing and supporting a response to a text, including knowledge of an appropriate metalanguage to discuss the structures and features of the text

  • The Text chosen at Kambrya College in 2014 will be Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’


Aos 3 using language to persuade
AOS 3 Using Language to Persuade

  • You need to be able to identify and analyse how language is used in a persuasive text and to present a reasoned point of view in oral or written form

  • You will present this to your peers using a variety of modes (spoken, visual and written)


Skills and knowledge unit 1 and 2
Skills and Knowledge- Unit 1 and 2

  •  An ability to explore texts in depth

  • An ability to comment on the ways that texts have been constructed

  • An understanding of the ways that texts present their main ideas and concerns to the reader

  • An ability to write about the texts in detail through well ordered and clear essays

  • An ability to work independently and to undertake independent reading and research

  • An ability to participate in class discussions

  • Good note taking skills

  • Good oral presentation skills

  • Maintaining a well organised workbook

  • Adherence to deadlines

  • Good organisational skills

  • An ability to understand implicit and explicit values in texts

  • An understanding of theme, character, plot and setting in narrative

  • A good understanding of persuasive techniques and their influence on an audience


Holiday homework year 11
Holiday Homework – Year 11

  • TASK ONE: READ the Novel for Unit 1:

    • The Book Thiefby Markus Zusak

  • TASK TWO: Book Thief tasks

    • Character summary

    • Short answer questions


How the school will help
How the school will help

  • See a teacher if you need assistance

  • Your first stop should always be your classroom teacher

  • All teachers at Kambrya work in teams and you may seek assistance from any teacher

  • That teacher will then inform your classroom teacher about any assistance they have given

  • Seek help as soon as possible if you are having difficulty understanding something


What you need to do
What you need to do

  • Make sure you are thoroughly organised for learning

    • Bring all necessary equipment: folder, book/paper, dictionary, textbook and text, resource book

    • Diary/calendar for due dates

  • Create folders for each area of Study

  • Take class notes in every class and for every discussion

  • Make sure you do all of the required class work, weekly homework and holiday homework.

  • Annotate your texts and highlight key quotes and passages

  • READ YOUR TEXTS OVER THE HOLIDAYS!!


What you need to do1
What you need to do

  • Make sure you have a quiet place to study at home

  • READ WIDELY – this is crucial to your success in English

  • Record all sources where you find and use information – there are very strict rules about using work that is not your own - plagiarism


What we expect from you
What we expect from you

  • Maximum commitment to your studies

  • Organisation

  • Exemplary behaviour in class

  • Attendance

  • Contributions to discussions

  • Proactive communication


Help from the school
Help from the school

  • Extra classes will be offered at lunchtimes on demand (once a week)

  • 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 else
What else?

  • You need to work hard to reach your goals

  • Use all of the resources available to you

  • What else do you think you can do?


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