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


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
Last reviewed 07 April 2020
Last updated 07 April 2020