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Year 11 English Standard & Advanced Course - Common Module: Reading to Write

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This two-day course prepares students for the compulsory module for Year 11: Reading to Write. In this module students learn and polish essential skills for Years 11 and 12 English – reading complex, quality texts and writing in response to them.

After an introduction to the Syllabus the course combines close reading skills with detailed practice in writing. The texts studied include selections from novels, drama and poetry – the kinds of texts included in the module and compulsory for study in Year 12. The selections include Australian ballads, novels for young adults, classic fiction, modern drama, and graphic novels. Other texts include an essential range into critical essays and journalism. This intensive two day course is designed to be interesting, involving and rewarding.

The text selections chosen for reading cover a range across Australian history and Australian identity and values. An extensive course booklet and interactive teaching and learning provide a high level of understanding of the key issues of style, meaning, context and values. Writing practice ranges across discursive essay writing and imaginative writing, and students gain from teacher reading and comment on their writing as well as interactive student discussion that explores issues and encourages genuinely individual responses. The course provides high quality training for Year 11 English as a basis for confident transition to Year 12.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • undertake close reading of quality texts including prose fiction, drama and poetry
  • analyse and evaluate textual complexity
  • respond to texts with a wide range of writing including critical and imaginative writing
  • apply critical thinking to texts, identity and the world
  • increase pleasure in reading quality texts
  • apply critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation in relation to the style and form of texts including your own written texts
  • increase your skills in writing with an individual and complex individual written voice for a range of purposes.


  • Reading and writing complex texts with critical analysis, evaluation and pleasure: an introduction, including group discussion to form individual responses.
  • Analysing textual style and form in relation to meaning, audiences and context, and applying this knowledge in writing; evaluating personal and public identity and cultural assumptions: The Australian National Anthem and Australian ballads with critical and imaginative responses.
  • Reading selections from novels for young adults and writing imaginative and critical, analytic responses including critical comparison and analysis of identity and cultural assumptions.
  • Reading and critical writing about drama texts in relation to form, style, representation, context and identity.
  • Reading classic fiction in relation to genre, context, style, ideas, values and identity, and writing critical and imaginative responses.
  • Reading a range of writing that includes essays, journalism and graphic novels and responding with critical analysis and writing.
  • Reading Australian poetry and responding with critical, analytic writing about it in relation to style, context, meaning, values and connections with other texts.
  • Reading and writing about complex Australian fiction with a focus on society and culture, including gender and Aboriginal identity, and making connections with other texts.

References are to the NESA 2017 English Syllabus Objectives and Outcomes and NESA English Standard and Advanced Prescriptions 2019 – 2023 Reading to Write.

Intended audience

Year 11 Standard and Advanced English students and Year 9-10 students preparing for Year 11.

Delivery style

Delivered by teacher presentation; reading and writing by students in relation to the course booklet and close study of the text selections; interactive discussion; and teacher reading and comment on student writing. Students should be prepared for reading, writing and interactive learning.


You will be provided with:

  • a course booklet with the Syllabus, comment on general issues and extensive guides to reading of the texts
  • a second course booklet with all the selections from the texts.


You will be provided with two course booklets (electronic copies):

  • one with the Syllabus, comments on general issues and extensive guides to reading of the texts
  • one with all of the selections from the texts.

Bring your own device

You are required to bring your own device (Windows or Mac) and a power chord. Please ensure your device is fully charged as access to power is limited.

Please note that University does not carry any responsibility for your lost, stolen, or damaged devices whilst on the University premises.


NESA English Standard and Advanced Prescriptions 2019 – 2023 Reading to Write.

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