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If you are reading a text for English, you may like to check out the resources we have found to support this text.

Follow this link to the  path finders O:\Faculty curriculum research assignments and support material\VCE\English\2012\Texts\Units 3 and 4


The Education Age also has interesting articles on all the English texts, and ABC Melbourne has great podcasts from their Sunday School program, so watch this space.

Sunday School: exam prep    15 July, 2012

While we’ve nearly knocked off all the texts, it’s a good idea to make sure we’re going into the exam (just around the corner) with the best possible chance.

Paul Grover is a former English teacher and education lecturer at Charles Sturt University.

He joins Libbi Gorr to talk about how you can best prepare for the exam.

This episode is one of our longest (a tad over 19 minutes) and worth a listen.


Sunday School: Section C of the exam: 1 July, 2012

Section C requires students to analyse the ways in which language and visual features are used to present a point of view. Section C is worth one-third of the total assessment for the examination. Read the opinion piece Chickens Range Free and then complete the task below. Write your analysis as a coherently structured piece of prose.

Think you’re going to nail section C and want to find another text your studying? See Sunday School with Libbi Gorr.


    Education Age Henry IV Part One: February 27, 2012

In Henry IV (Part One) Shakespeare sets the action at a crucial moment in British history, the end of the War of the Roses — the rise and fall of the House of Lancaster, which led to Elizabeth. Henry Bolingbroke, of the Plantagenet family, returned from banishment and deposed the failing King Richard II (the subject of an earlier play),  breaking the hereditary line to begin a new lineage. The question of true, legitimate and worthy power is at the core of  Henry IV (Part One). Click on the title to access the article.

Sunday School:Henry IV Part One: 22 July, 2012

Nick Franich is an English teacher at Xavier College and covers Shakespeare’s play Henry IV part 1.

Expect dynastic rivalries, succession play and a plot to over throw the king.

  Education Age One Night the Moon: May 7, 2012

The external plot is simple, encompassing the viewpoints and ‘‘landscapes’’ of three characters — the Father, the Mother and the Tracker. The narrative is straightforward, yet the symbolism is rich and the emotional experience potent throughout the film. Click on the title to access the article.

    Education AgeThe Imaginative Landscape: June 27, 2011

This material is designed to get you thinking conceptually about what landscape means, our relationship with our landscape and the factors that can ‘shape’ our internal landscape.


Sunday School: Imaginative landscape

podcast from ABC radio Sunday School: English teacher Marissa Pinkas chats with Libbi Gorr about The Imaginative Landscape (focussing on Island by Alistair McLeod, April 8, 2012.

Sunday School: The Context in VCE English

 This week’s podcast  focuses on “the context”, a potentially confusing but creative component of the year 12 curriculum. English teacher Alistair Forge chats with Libbi Gorr about Context, February 19, 2012.

year of wonders Education Age Year of Wonders:  March 15, 2010

”A Novel of the Plague” is Geraldine Brooks’ subtitle for Year of Wonders and, like the recent swine flu pandemic, the Great Plague of 1666 (”annus mirabilis”) carried off the young before the old in England. Does this novel about the mid-17th century have anything to say that may be allegorical and useful about our present challenges? Click on the title to access it.

Penguin is the publisher. Click on it for more great resource for this text.

Sunday School: Year of Wonders

podcast from ABC radio Sunday School: English teacher Kate Dullard chats with Libbi Gorr about Year of Wonders, March 24, 2012.

Education Age Finding the power in words: February 06, 2012

A careful study of the course description highlights the potential for great depth and insight into our society today:
 “The focus of this area of study is on the analysis and comparison of the use of language in texts that debate a topical issue which has appeared in the Australian media since 1 September of the previous year.

Education Age The power of persuasion:  April 12 2010

PERHAPS the most provocative part of the English course, and without doubt the most relevant in today’s world, is Area of Study 3 – using language to persuade. In this section of the course, students are taught the skills of understanding the ways in which language has been employed to influence thinking. Click on the title to see the article.

Education Age Reading between the lines:  Feb 1, 2010

The best way to ensure both success and satisfaction is by engaging with the text and enjoying the challenge of exploring the messages and ideas the author or director presents. Click on the title to see the article.

Education Age Good writing requires good ideas:  Feb 8 2010

”Creating and Presenting”, it seems to have developed into an informative, challenging and satisfying area of study. The result of this is a variety of insightful and provocative writing in a range of approaches. Click on the title to see the article.

Sunday School: The Rug-Maker of Mazar-E-Sharif: 30 June, 2012

          Mr Luciano Di Gregorio, Year 12 English Team Leader at Methodist Ladies’ College, takes us through The Rug-Maker Of Mazar-E-Sharif by Robert Hillman, Mr Di Gregorio and Michael Veitch discuss:-

-How can we narrow down such a broad discussion?

– Two threads in the text: events in Woomera detention centre and Melbourne / life in Mazar-e-Sharif and the conflict of Afghanistan. How can both threads be drawn together to discuss conflict?

– Students need to draw on the fact that at the centre of conflict is identity: is it transportable? Can we take it with us from one culture to another?

– Writing style: how can the students draw on this in a discussion of conflict?


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