So apparently, the rubric for English Advanced Module B: Critical Study of Texts has now changed in 2009.
You can see the English Advanced Paper 2 rubrics here. This is somewhat important for both students and particularly tutors to realise.
The differences are set out below.
1. Demonstrates understanding of the ideas expressed in the text.
2. Evaluates the text’s reception in different contexts.
3. Organises, develops and expresses ideas using language appropriate to audience and purpose.
1. Demonstrates an informed understanding of ideas expressed in text.
2. Evaluates the text’s language, content and construction.
3. Organises and develops ideas using language appropriate to audience and purpose.
So what does this mean? Well…really, these changes only confused us more!
What I have gathered is that, with the new rubric:
- You write about what you think the text is about (which should be informed by knowledge about the context and its various receptions).
- You focus more on evaluating the text’s ideas and techniques (rather than how it was received in different contexts).
It is important to consider how this affects the coming HSC questions and how they will be different from past HSC questions, which I have discussed in another post (Speeches).
In that post, I talked about:
As you’ll see, each question falls into a certain “type” of question:
- Question about the enduring power of the speeches (remain relevant over time)
- Question about relating speeches to particular audiences/contexts
- Question about rhetorical (speech) techniques and ideas in the speech
What must generally be covered (no matter what the question is) in your response are:
- What are the ideas and values expressed in the speech?
- What techniques (rhetorical and language) are used?
- How do the above 2 points relate to the speech’s original context, different contexts or continuing context (its continuing value over time).
I’ve struckthrough the parts that are now no longer a focus, because of the changes to the rubric.
Thus, the coming HSC questions (for Module B: Critical Study of Texts – Speeches) are unlikely to be similar to the past 2002 – 2004 HSC questions, or the 1st of Questions used by school (as seen in this post).