Years 7-12 English Units of Work

Ages:    11-18 

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Below is a list of the creative writing and English units of work available and details about each unit of work. Click here for the corresponding creative writing and English work ebooks. All the units of work are available to purchase individually or through an annual subscription.

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Comparative Study of Looking for Richard and Richard III

Critical Study of Sixty Lights

Close Study of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

People and Politics in WH Auden's Poetry

Creating Modernist Literary Writing

Power and Privilege in Fairytales

Re-Writing Fairytales

Spirit Matters

Cultural Representations

Stagecrafting Cultural Connections

EXISTING

Australian Stories

Ocean Dreaming

Facing Fears

Love, Glorious Love

Creating Picture Books

Scary Stuff

Ethical Issues

Protesting for Change

Humour Me

Literary Merit

Comparative Study of Looking for Richard and Richard III

For years 11-12

Concepts: Intertextuality, Values and Context, Comparative Study


Unit Focus:
In this unit of work students will explore how meanings of a pair of texts can be shaped and reshaped by considering the intertextual connections between them. It is through this exploration that students will have the opportunity to learn about the values and contexts of each text, examine implicit or explicit relationships between the texts and explore intertextual connections through direct or indirect references to contexts, values, ideas, content and the use of language forms and features. Students will also develop skills in writing a comparative essay. 

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Comparative Study of LFR and RIII Unit of Work Overview
Comparative Study of LFR and RIII Unit of Work Sample Lesson 
Comparative Study of LFR and RIII Unit of Work Link to NSW English Syllabus
Comparative Study of LFR and RIII Links to the Senior Australian English Curriculum

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Critical Study of Sixty Lights

For years 11-12

Concepts: Textual Integrity, Modernism and Context


Unit focus: 
This unit of work will assist students to critically study Sixty Lights by considering how the elements of the text work together as a whole to create textual integrity. 
Students will consider Jones’ personal context, key concepts such as photography, memory and grief, Victorian England, modernity and ‘coming of age’ novels and how intertextuality is represented in the novel. Other elements such as structure, characters, themes and setting are also addressed. Students will analyse the ideas and concepts conveyed in Jones’ theoretical influences, such as Lynda Nead’s Victorian Babylon, Eduardo Cadava’s Words of Light, Susan Sontag’s On Photography and Regarding the Pain of Others and Roland Barthe’s Camera Lucida. They will explore how these texts relate to Sixty Lights. Students will also be guided through the process of writing a critical study essay. 

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Critical Study of Sixty Lights Unit of Work Overview
Critical Study of Sixty Lights Link to NSW English Syllabus
Critical Study of Sixty Lights Unit of Work Sample Lesson 
Critical Study of Sixty Lights Links to the Senior Australian English Curriculum

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Close Study of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

For years 11-12

Concepts: Context and Narrative, Close Study of Text and Textual Integrity


Unit focus:
This unit of work will assist students to study Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by engaging in a detailed analysis of the text. Students will explore Haddon’s personal context and the distinctive qualities of the text including narrative elements such as structure, characters, themes and setting. Student will also analyse how ideas and concepts, forms and language of a text interact within the text and affect the responder as well as examine key scenes in the novel. Students will be guided through the process of writing a close study of text essay. 

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Close Study of CI Unit of Work Overview
Close Study of CI Unit of Work Link to NSW English Syllabus
Close Study of CI Unit of Work Sample Lesson 
Close Study of CI Links to the Senior Australian English Curriculum

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People and Politics in WH Auden’s Poetry

For years 11-12

Concepts: People and Politics, Representation and Text


Unit focus:
This unit of work will assist students in the study of selected poem by WH Auden and related texts that explore representation, meaning and significance of people and politics, context and content. Poems include: ‘O what is that sound which so thrills the ear’, ‘Spain’, ‘Epitaph on a Tyrant’, ‘In Memory of W.B.  Yeats’, ‘September 1, 1939’, ‘The Unknown Citizen’ and ‘The Shield of Achilles’. Also explored is how the poems and related texts represent individual, shared or competing political perspectives, ideas, events or situations. Students will be guided through the process of writing an essay that compares selected poems and related texts.

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WH Auden’s Poetry Unit of Work Overview 
WH Auden’s Poetry Unit of Work Link to NSW English Stage 6 Syllabus
WH Auden’s Poetry Unit of Work Sample Lesson 
WH Auden’s Poetry Links to the Senior Australian English Curriculum

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Creating Modernist Literary Writing

For years 11-12

Concepts: Modernism, Cultural Perspectives and Creative Writing


Unit focus:
This unit of work focuses on modernism as a movement in Australia and around the world and considers how the cultural significance of modernity is reflected in literature and art forms. Student will study examples of modern literature and artworks, such as Kenneth Slessor’s poetry including ‘Five Bells’ and ‘Out of Time’ and Orientalism, and use these texts as inspiration to create experimental literary pieces reflecting modernist ideas, forms and ways of writing.  

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Creating Modernist Literary Writing Unit of Work Overview
Creating Modernist Literary Writing Unit of Work Sample Lesson 
Creating Modernist Literary Writing Unit of Work Link to NSW English Syllabus
Creating Modernist Literary Writing Links to the Senior Australian English Curriculum

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Power and Privilege in Fairytales

For years 9-10

Concepts: Cultural Perspectives and Representations and Reflection


Unit focus: 
In this unit of work students will explore how power and privilege have been represented within and through fairytale texts by analysing key ideas, motifs, archetypes and cultural perspectives in fairytales. Analysis of how fairytales are reinvented in new contexts will also be explored so that students can reinvent the fairytale genre in ways that reflect their own ideas about the world we live in and their culture. Students will develop skills in reflection through reflecting on their own processes of learning and creating as well as on texts. 

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Power and Privilege in Fairytales Unit of Work Overview
Power and Privilege in Fairytales Unit of Work Link to NSW English Syllabus
Power and Privilege in Fairytales Unit of Work Sample Lesson 
Power and Privilege in Fairytales Links to the Australian English Curriculum

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Re-Writing Fairytales

For years 7-8

Concepts: Intertextuality, Genre and Creative Writing



Unit focus:
In this unit of work students will explore the fairytale genre from Europe and outside Europe and the purpose, audience and history of fairytales. Student will also examine narrative elements found in the fairytales genre, such as key ideas, motifs, plot, characters, themes, setting and narrative style. Students will also explore intextuality in fairytales and how binary oppositions position the audience to adopt certain values and beliefs. Students will create various elements of fairytales using intertextuality that challenges common binary oppositions in order to represent new ways of thinking about the world we live in. 

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Re-Writing Fairytales Unit of Work Overview
Re-Writing Fairytales Unit of Work Link to NSW English Syllabus
Re-Writing Fairytales Unit of Work Sample Lesson 
Re-Writing Fairytales Links to the Australian English Curriculum

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Spirit Matters

Years 7-8
Concepts: Textual Integrity, Argument and Reflection



Unit focus:
This unit will focus on the study of a play which explores another culture. Students will study the Indian play Daak Ghar-The Post Office, exploring the plot, symbolism, metaphors and context of the play. In reading the play and discussing its context, students will explore the how textual integrity is represented and ideas of universal human experiences. Students will write analytical paragraphs explaining how textual integrity is shown in the play.

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Spirit Matters Links to the Australian English Curriculum


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Cultural Representations 

Year 9
Concepts: Cultural Representation and Reflection 



Unit focus:
In this unit student will interpret and analyse the representations of cultural groups in Debra Oswald’s Skate. They will explore how these cultural groups are represented through script narrative elements such as language, themes, plot and setting. Students will evaluate the reasons for these representations and offer alternative viewpoints and solutions to conflicts within cultural groups. Students will also reflect on their own processes of creating texts by themselves or within groups. Students will also create the script for a scene and set design for a story about teenagers that reflects their values and ideas and challenges cultural common assumptions about teenagers. 

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Cultural Representations Links to the Australian English Curriculum


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Stagecrafting Cultural Connections

Years 7-8

Concepts: Code and Convention, Stagecraft, Cultural Perspectives & Cultural Representation  


Unit focus:
In this unit students develop skills in and knowledge of stagecrafting through an exploration of cultural connections in Honey Spot by Jack Davis. Students will explore all aspects of stagecrafting such as lighting, performance space, props, set, sound effects, music, costumes and actors’ performances. Students will analyse characters and plot in Honey Spot and learn how to stage a scene for a live audience. They will experiment with reading and performing scenes from the play as a group of actors, and reflect on the process. 

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Stagecrafting Cultural Connections Unit Overview

Stagecrafting Cultural Connections Books Lesson

Stagecrafting Cultural Connections Links to Australian English Curriculum

Stagecrafting Cultural Connections Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


 
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Australian Stories

Years 9-10

Concepts: Voice, Perspectives and Creative Writing

Unit focus:

In this unit students will develop skills in exploring and creating Australian stories through analysis and interpretation of perspectives and voice in creative and nonfiction texts such as prose poetry, narratives, documentaries and YouTube clips. Students will consider Australia’s identity and explore multicultural, Aboriginal and historical Australian stories and use these as inspiration to create their own stories that represent their perception of Australian culture and life. Students will create YouTube clips that represent their contribution to a 21st century Australian voice and an Australian story documentary. 

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Australian Stories Unit of Work Overview

Australian Stories Links to NSW English Syllabus

Australian Stories Unit of Work Lesson

Australian Stories Links to the Australian English Curriculum

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Ocean Dreaming

Years 9-10

Concepts: Interconnectedness, Rhetoric and Imagery


Unit focus:

In this unit students will look at various texts about marine conservation to develop and awareness of how they can contribute to conserving the marine environment. Students will analyse various media texts, such as posters and video advertisements in order to determine messages conveyed and how the responder is positioned to adopt certain ideas and take action. Students will learn how to create texts that borrow from other texts and use stimulus to create imaginative texts, such as Dreamtime stories and manga that convey possibilities in relation to marine conservation.

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Facing Fears

Years 7-8

Concepts: Characterisation, Voice and Transformation


Unit focus:
In this unit students will focus on a study of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness to develop skills in analysing and writing about how the author uses characterisation, voice and transformation to tell an engaging and meaningful story. The unit is framed by the idea of ‘facing fears’. Students will develop empathetic skills by relating experiences of characters in the novel to personal experiences. They will develop speaking and listening skills and create texts that reflect their understanding of key issues in the novel. Students will also reflect on their own fears and hopes and create texts that challenge their own assumptions about themselves. Students will write and deliver a speech about how the author uses characterisation, voice and transformation to create a compelling story. 

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Facing Fears Unit Overview

Facing Fears Lesson

Facing Fears Links to Australian English Curriculum

Facing Fears Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


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Love, Glorious Love

Years 9-10

Concepts: Comparative Study and Critical Thinking


Unit focus:

This unit of work focuses on a comparison of Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story. Students will learn about the narrative elements of each text, including the plot, characters, setting, themes and language and stylistic features. Students will also learn to write about the relationships between texts from different time periods and develop an appreciation for the value in comparing texts in an academic sense. Students will write a comparative essay about the two key texts.

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Love Glorious Love Unit Overview

Love Glorious Love Lesson

Love Glorious Love Links to Australian English Curriculum


Love Glorious Love Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


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Creating Picture Books

Years 7-8
Concepts: Genre, Code and Convention and Creative Writing



Unit focus: 

Creating Picture Books Unit of Work provides students with the opportunity to explore the genre of picture books for both adults and children. Students learn about the definitions, features, styles, genres and types of picture books. Students develop an understanding of and skills in creating the various written and visual elements of picture books, including the front and back cover and narrative elements such as characters and settings. They read, listen to, view and speak about various picture books from different times and places. Students apply their knowledge and skills about these written and visual elements by creating their own picture book for either a child or adult audience.

  

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Creating Picture Books Unit Overview

Creating Picture Books Lesson

Creating Picture Books Links to Australian English Curriculum

Creating Picture Books Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

 

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Scary Stuff

Years 7-8
Concepts: Transformation and Narrative



Unit focus: 

Scary Stuff Unit of Work provides students with the opportunity to explore the genre of horror. Students learn about the features of horror stories, including the gothic mode. Students develop an understanding of and skills in creating horror short stories for a teenage audience, including narrative elements such as characters, settings, themes and structure. They develop skills in adapting and transforming existing horror text into different forms for a variety of purposes and audiences. They read, listen to, view and speak about various horror stories and gothic graphic novels from different times and places, including multimedia horror texts. Students apply their knowledge and skills about these narrative elements by creating their own horror short story for a teenage audience that adapts existing horror stories into new contexts.  
 

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Scary Stuff Unit Overview

Scary Stuff Lesson Content

Scary Stuff Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Scary Stuff Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

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Ethical Issues in Tomorrow When the War Began

Year 8
Concepts: Style, Ethics and Interpretation


Unit focus:

In this unit students will explore ethical issues in Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden and other texts about war such as poetry, short stories, and historical speeches and images. Students will assess the representation of ethical issues in texts and compare them to their own ethical values. They will critically analyse the language features and forms of various war texts and reflect personally on war texts. Students will examine the relationships between various war texts and explore the similarities and differences between ethical issues in various war texts.

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Ethical Issues Unit Overview

Ethical Issues Lesson Content

Ethical Issues Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Ethical Issues Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

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Protesting for Change 

Years 9-10
Concepts: Perspective, Point of view and Cultural Perspective



Unit focus:
In​ this​ unit​ students​ will​ be​ looking​ at​ ideas​ about​ social​ issues​ and​ change​ and​​ how to​ empower​ themselves to​ create​ protest​ texts​ that​ bring​ about​​ 'a​ better​ world'​ to​ live​ in.​ The​ following​ social​ issues​ will​ be​ investigated​ and​ researched:​ what​ is​ social​ protest,​ the​ history​ of​ social​ protest,​ motivations​ for​ social​ protest,​​ non-violent,​ group​​ and​ individual forms​ of​ ​social​ protest​ and​ social​ protest​ as​ a​ form​ of​ agency.​ ​Student will​ be​ exploring​ a​ range​ of​ protest​ songs,​​​ lyrics​ and poetry​​ by​ a​ variety​ of​ composers​ to​ critically​ analyse​ the​ use​ of​ language​ features​,​ text​ forms​ and​ structures​ of​ protest​ texts. The​ unit​ is​ framed​ by​ the​ key​ question:​ What​ do​ we​ desire​ our​ future​ to​ look​ like?​ Students create a suite of protest poetry and song lyrics and write a personal reflection.
  
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Protesting for Change Unit Overview

Protesting for Change Lesson Content

Protesting for Change Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Protesting for Change Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


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Humour Me 

Years 9-10
Concepts: Critical Thinking and Style



Unit focus: 
In the Humour Me Unit of Work students will analyse a variety of visual and written humourous texts from different time periods.  They will analyse and evaluate short stories, poetry, media texts, television shows and film extracts for their comic effects. Students will develop an understanding of how the audience and purpose of humourous texts affects meaning and how humourous texts make social commentary. Students will become familiar with types of humour and how humour is created in and through texts through visual and written techniques. Students will develop skill in listening and complete a listening task as an assessment as well as write a script for either an existing or new sitcom. 


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Humour Me Unit Overview

Humour Me Lesson Content

Humour Me Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Humour Me Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


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Literary Merit in To Kill a Mocking Bird

Year 10
Concepts: Literary Merit, Aestheticism and Appreciation    



Unit focus: 
Literary Merit Unit of Work looks at the meaning and significance of literature in our world today. Students will analyse narrative elements, such as plot, characters, themes, settings, narrative viewpoint and writing style in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee in order to determine the literary merit of the text. Students will consider ethical issues in the novel and evaluate ideas in the novel against their own values and attitudes. Students will compare ideas and techniques in the film and novel versions of the text. Students will learn about the nature of literary critiques, and develop skills in using the language and structural features of essay writing. Students will write an essay assessing literary merit in the novel. 

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Literary Merit Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Literary Merit Links to NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


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