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Area of Study

In the Area of Study, students explore and examine relationships between language and text, and interrelationships among texts. They examine closely the individual qualities of texts while considering the texts’ relationships to the wider context of the Area of Study. They synthesise ideas to clarify meaning and develop new meanings. They take into account whether aspects such as context, purpose and register, text structures, stylistic features, grammatical features and vocabulary are appropriate to the particular text.

Area of Study: The Journey

This Area of Study requires students to explore the ways in which the concept of the journey is considered and expressed in and through texts.

In their responses and compositions students examine, question and reflect on:

• their observation and understanding of the portrayed events, people, ideas and societies that they encounter in and through the prescribed texts and texts of their own choosing related to the Area of Study

• the assumptions underlying the representations of journeys

• the ways in which they perceive the world through texts and speculate about it • the ways they consider and express their own journey experiences.

They consider texts contained in the prescribed stimulus booklet Journeys (Board of Studies, 2003), which offers various points of view from which the Area of Study can be introduced. They also consider at least one of the texts prescribed for study and additional texts of their own choosing.

Students explore the concept of the journey through one of the three following focuses.

Focus: Physical Journeys
Through this focus, students explore the ways in which texts depict physical journeys and their impact. Physical journeys involve different types of obstacles and movement to new places. They provide opportunities for travellers to extend themselves physically, intellectually and emotionally as they respond to challenges and learn more about themselves and the world around them. Students examine the underlying assumptions about these physical journeys and consider the power of the physical journey to challenge their thinking. In their responding and composing, students reflect on the ways these physical journeys broaden their understanding of the world and themselves.

This focus on the journey is explored through at least one of the following:

Prose Fiction
Twain, Mark, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Penguin Classics, 1986, ISBN 0140430180

Drama
Gow, Michael, Away, Currency Press, 1988, ISBN 0868192112

Poetry
Skrzynecki, Peter, Immigrant Chronicle, University of Queensland Press, 1975, ISBN 0702210528 ‘Immigrants at Central Station, 1951’, ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’, ‘Crossing the Red Sea’, ‘Leaving home’, ‘Migrant hostel’, ‘A drive in the country’, ‘Post card’

Nonfiction
Martin, Jesse, Lionheart, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2001, ISBN 1865085707

Film
Noyce, Phillip, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Magnum Pacific, 2002

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Focus: Imaginative Journeys
Through this focus, students explore the ways in which texts depict imaginative journeys. These journeys take us into worlds of imagination, speculation and inspiration. Students explore a range of imaginative journeys, from journeys of intellectual discovery to those of pure imagination. Students examine the underlying assumptions about these imaginative journeys and consider the power of the imagination to challenge their thinking. In their responding and composing, students reflect on the ways imaginative journeys broaden their understanding of the world and themselves.

This focus on the journey is explored through at least one of the following:

Prose Fiction
Card, Orson Scott, Ender’s Game, Orbit, 1998, ISBN 185723720X

Drama/Shakespeare
In order to satisfy the text requirements of the different English courses, The Tempest is classified as a Drama text for the Standard course and as a Shakespearean drama text for the Advanced course.
Shakespeare, William, The Tempest, Cambridge University Press, New Cambridge Shakespeare, 2002, ISBN 052129374X, or Cambridge School Shakespeare, 1995, ISBN 0521479037

Poetry
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Complete Poems, Penguin Classics, 1997, ISBN 0140423532
‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1834)’*, ‘This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison’, ‘Frost at Midnight’, ‘Kubla Khan’
*In this edition there are two versions of this poem. The prescribed version is as listed.

Nonfiction
Bragg, Melvyn, 'On Giants’ Shoulders', Sceptre, 1999, ISBN 0340712600

Film
Zemeckis, Robert, Contact, Warner Bros, 2001

OR

Focus: Inner Journeys
Through this focus students explore the ways in which texts depict journeys of the mind and spirit. Inner journeys involve the exploration of the self, as individuals review their growth and development in the light of experiences which challenge and inspire them. Students examine the underlying assumptions about these inner journeys and consider the power of the inner journey to challenge their thinking. In their responding and composing, students reflect on the ways these inner journeys provide new insights and understanding of the world and themselves.

This focus on the journey is explored through at least one of the following:

Prose Fiction
Ballard, J G, Empire of the Sun, HarperCollins, 1994, ISBN 0006547001

Drama
Nowra, Louis, Così, Currency Press, 1994, ISBN 0868194034

Poetry
Watson, Ken (ed), Imagined Corners, St Clair Press, 1999, ISBN 0949898937
Sujata Bhatt, ‘The One Who Goes Away’; Ivan Lalic, ‘Of Eurydice’; Gwyneth Lewis, ‘Fax X’; Mudrooroo, ‘A Righteous Day’; János Pilinszky, ‘The French Prisoner’; Vittorio Sereni, ‘A Dream’; Xuan Quynh, ‘Worried Over the Days Past’

Nonfiction
Morgan, Sally, My Place, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1987, ISBN 0949206318

Film
Benigni, Roberto, Life is Beautiful, Roadshow, 1999

Specific editions of the set texts are listed. Schools, however, may use any suitable edition of the text selected, if the specified edition is unavailable. Where a text is quoted in an examination it will be from the listed edition.

English Stage 6, Prescriptions: Area of Study Electives and Texts, Higher School Certificate, 2004 – 2005,pp.9-11

 
 
 
 

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