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HSC English Preparation Course - Standard (Part 1) (January)

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Area of Study: Discovery

This course covers the Area of Study: Discovery, for HSC Examination Paper 1. It begins with close study of the Syllabus and the Prescriptions. This is followed by close study of set texts and representative selections suitable as related texts. Learning includes teacher demonstration of analysis of Discovery in texts in relation to ideas, context, style and structure. Guides to set texts in the course booklet support group discussion. Students practice their own critical essay and imaginative writing with individual feedback from the teacher. Work on previous examination papers and answers is a major part of the course. Students have the advantage of close, interactive study of the concept of Discovery, close critical reading of texts about Discovery, and writing practice.

This course is part of a 3-part series covering key areas from within this subject’s syllabus. Other courses include HSC English Preparation Course – Standard (Part 2) and HSC English Preparation Course – Standard (Part 3). Students do not need to attend all three parts in order to benefit.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyse and respond to the Syllabus and Prescriptions and the concept of Discovery in relation to its representation in texts.
  • Analyse texts about Discovery with close attention to medium, style, context and audience as well as ideas.
  • Compare the representation of Discovery in different text.
  • Analyse the representation of Discovery in detail in relation to different contexts and values.
  • Analyse complex texts about Discovery.
  • Enhance their own critical essay and imaginative writing about Discovery and the representation of concepts with the advantage of detailed advice in a collaborative learning environment.
  • Study and explore previous examination papers, questions and answers about Discovery and the Area of Study.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

  • 1.2.3. Analysing how relationships between composer, responder, text and context shape meaning in texts about Discovery; including set texts such as: The Motorcycle Diaries, Away, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Robert Frost’s poetry and Simon Nashi’s Frank Hurley; composing texts to explore this learning.
  • 1.2.3. Analysing the relationships between set texts and other texts about the concept of Discovery including form, style and context, and different mediums such as prose, drama and film; composing texts to explore this learning.
  • Critical analysis and writing about texts about Discovery that extends students' command of relevant language and enhances analysis of how language and structure shape texts, meaning and responses.
  • Engaging with complex texts about Discovery in order to explore personal responses to social, cultural and historical significance, and develop skills in critical and imaginative responses from a range of perspectives.
  • Developing critical and imaginative writing skills about Discovery and the idea of concept in a collaborative learning situation – developing sustained and logical argument and questioning and exploring ideas and the process of writing.

Intended Audience

Only current Year 12 students should attend this course in 2018. Changes to the Year 12 syllabus will be introduced in 2019. This course content is therefore not suitable for current Years 10 – 11 students.

Delivery Style

The course will use a variety of learning activities to cater for different learning styles. These will include lecture style presentations, audio/visual material, interactive discussion of relevant texts, sample HSC questions and answers, analysis of past student responses and opportunities for students to ask questions about the topic. What worked for past top/Band 6 students will be provided, with advice about learning the course material and study techniques. These lessons will incorporate both group and individual student participation, as well as teacher reading and comment on student writing.


Students will receive all the materials they will need for the course. This will include a course booklet containing extracts and a second booklet with previous questions and answers.

Course Evaluation

This course will be evaluated via an online student questionnaire delivered in class.

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