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 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 • 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 ONE UNIT TWO Outcome One: Text response The Book Thief Oral Presentation Outcome One: Text response Macbeth Outcome Two: Creating and Presenting – ‘Growing Up Asian in Australia’ (Identity and Belonging) Outcome Two: Creating and Presenting – ‘Freedom Writers’ (Encountering Conflict) Outcome Three: Using Language to Outcome Three: Using Language to Persuade- Language Analysis Persuade- Language Analysis & Oral presentation 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 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. 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 The text chosen to allow you to demonstrate outcome 1 in 2014 is Markus Zusak’s The 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 Interview with Markus Zusak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7B8ioiZz7M 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TASK ONE: READ the Novel for Unit 1: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak TASK TWO: Book Thief tasks Character summary Short answer questions 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 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 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 Maximum commitment to your studies Organisation Exemplary behaviour in class Attendance Contributions to discussions Proactive communication 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? 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?