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​Overview
 
Programs of study in English at Tully State High School are based on the National Curriculum for English. C2C material is used as a resource to support the implementation of the National Curriculum. We also have a very strong program of explicitly teaching literacy basics, reading strategies, and we have an increasing focus on vocabulary acquisition. Teaching is based on the theoretical frameworks of Archer and Hughes, as well as other researchers.

Staff & Facilities

 
English has a balance of beginning and experienced teachers delivering the program. Teaching of English occurs in modern, comfortable general teaching areas in the Junior and Senior Precincts.  

English – Junior – 7, 8 , 9 

Year 7 English

  
Topic 1: Life Writing – biographies and memoirs
 
Topic 2: “Don’t you agree?” – analysing persuasive texts in the media
 
Topic 3: Australians in Australian Literature
 
Topic 4: Poetry of protest
 

Year 8 English

 
Topic 1: My Place – poetry and multimodal
 
Topics 2,3 and 4 will occur in a different sequence with different classes to maximise resource use.
 
Cultural Voices - analytical essay
 
Novel Study – Flash Jack – imaginative short story based on themes of novel
 
Media Studies –news article reading comprehension and advertising pitch
 

Year 9 English

  
Year 9 English is offered in three streams – extension, core and foundation. It is a school data-based decision that determines the class students are placed in. All classes work with the same broad concepts:
 
Topic 1: Persuasive texts – developing written argument
 
Topic 2: Narrative texts – writing short stories from stimulus material
 
Topic 3: Selling Australia – spoken persuasive (core and foundation) – Themes in international literature (extension)
 
Topic 4: Novel study – analytical essay
 
Topic 5: Media – writing / shaping news reports 

English – Senior – 10 FLI, 10 English, 10 Extension, Senior Communication, Senior English

Year 10 English

 
Year 10 English is offered in three streams – extension, core and foundation. It is a school data-based decision that determines the class students are placed in. All classes work with the same broad concepts. At times, units are done in different sequences to maximise resource use.
  
Topic A – Novel Study – Tomorrow When the War Began - imaginative intervention and multimodal
 
Topic B – Shakespeare study – one of: Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet – analytical essay
 
Topic C – Poetry – analytical – short answer test
 
Topic D – Media – short answer test; political cartoon oral
 

Foundation Literacy

  
Topic A – Novel Study – Two Weeks with the Queen
 
Topic B – Work readiness (folio of documents); reading for pleasure and vocab
 
Topic C – Film study - review
 
Topic D – Media – photojournalism; reading for life – driver’s licence
 

English Communication:

 
This course is taken by just over half the students who are focused on a trade or job pathway. It is based on the three strands: Community, Leisure and Work. 

Year 11

 
Unit 1: The Power of Language (Community)
 
Unit 2: Your Road to Success Employability Skills (Work)
 
Unit 3: Tell me a story: Film unit (Leisure)
 
Unit 3: Tell me a story Based on Of Mice and Men, Saving Franscesca, Looking for Alibrandi, Old man and the Sea or Lord of the Flies. (Leisure, Work)
 
Unit 4: Express yourself – Body art and identity.(Leisure and Community)
 
Your Road to Success part 2 (Work) Operation of a team 

Year 12

 
Unit 1: Cultural excursion and pamphlet (community)
 
Unit 2: Comparative review film and novel (leisure)
 
Unit 3 Managing Conflict (work)
 
Unit 4 Media – Control of opinions Panel discussion (community/ leisure)
 
Unit 5 Persuasive speech Civic Investigation

English

Year 11

 
The Power of Language: Advertising submission and Editorial
 
Justice and the Human Condition – Shakespeare imaginative intervention, novel analytical essay
 
The Poetic Perspective – poetry pitch
 

Year 12

 
What Shapes us – power of one hero award speech; narrative intervention in film
 
All voices are equal but some are more equal than others – Reflective poetry (Victorian era), Media seminar, studies of plays – A Man for all Seasons or The Crucible
 
Representations - Beyond the Obvious – gender construction in short stories