English Prescriptions / Texts for 2015 – 2020

Come Term 4 of 2014, we will have a brand new cohort of HSC students heading towards the new 2015 to 2010 English prescriptions. These, by the way, can be read here along with annotations for a number of new texts.

However, to give a summary, this is what’s coming up and new (or old). I have highlighted the new texts in blue. Many texts are new and equally many have been swapped around to different modules (e.g. the widely written-about Frankenstein and Blade Runner is gone from Advanced Mod A, but they’re still in the syllabus…).

After the 2014 HSC, I will readjust the post categories for the texts to reflect any changes for 2015 going forward.

Area of Study: Discovery (new)

Long gone is Belonging! I’ve previously tutored Discovery as a Preliminary (Yr 11) Area of Study, so please this post for ideas and quotes to get you started.

  • Wrack by James Bradley
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin (see prior post on this)
  • Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch (previously in Belonging AOS)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
  • Away by Michael Gow
  • Rainbow’s End by Jane Harrison (previously in Belonging AOS)
  • Life of Pi by Ang Lee
  • The Tempest by Shakespeare
  • Poetry by Rosemary Dobson (previously under Adv Mod A)
  • Poetry by Robert Frost
  • Poetry by Robert Gray
  • Frank Hurley – The Man Who Made History by Simon Nascht
  • Go Back to Where You Came From – Series 1, Episodes 1, 2 and 3 and The Response by Ivan O’Mahoney

Standard English

Module A: Experience Through Language

Elective 1: Distinctive Voices

  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler
  • Poetry by Komninos
  • Poetry by Banjo Paterson
  • Speeches – the same, except for these additions:
    • Paul Keating – Funeral Service of the Unknown Australian Soldier, 1993 (but previously under Adv Mod B)
    • Aung San Suu Kyi – Nobel Lecture, 2012
    • Barack Obama – Inaugural Address, 2013
  • One Night the Moon by Rachel Perkins

Elective 1: Distinctively Visual

  • Henry Lawson’s short stories
  • Vertigo by Amanda Lohrey
  • The Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto
  • Poetry by Douglas Steward
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Ang Lee
  • Run Lola Run by Tom Tykwer

Module B: Close Study of Text

  • The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender by Marele Day (but previously under Standard Mod A)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Namatjira by Scott Rankin
  • The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
  • Poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal
  • Poems by Wilfred Owen (some new poems)
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder
  • A Beautiful Mind by Ron Howard
  • Australian War Memorial website

Module C: Texts and Society

Elective 1: Exploring Interactions (NEW)

This replaced the previous Prescription’s “The Global Village”, which focused on how individuals/communities live in a global context. The new “Exploring Interactions” appears to focus more broadly on interactions in a range of social contexts – home, cultural, friendly, sporting, workplace and digital – and how these are shaped by communication and can shape perceptions.

  • Feed by MT Anderson
  • A Man with Five Children by Nick Enright
  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller
  • Poetry by Sujata Bhatt in At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners (previously part of Elective 2: Into the World)
  • Romulus My Father by Raimond Gaita
  • The Black Balloon by Elissa Down

Elective 2: Exploring Transitions (new name, but basically the same)

  • The Story of Tom Brennan by JC Burke
  • Educating Rita by Willy Russell
  • Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah by Alana Valentine
  • The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick (but previously part of Belonging AOS)
  • Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung
  • Billy Elliot by Stephen Daldry

Advanced English

Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Context

Elective 1: Intertextual Connections (new name, but basically the same)

  • Looking for Richard and King Richard III
  • Mrs Dalloway and The Hours
  • Pride and Prejudice and Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson and Tirra Lirra by the River
  • John Donne and W;t

Elective 2: Intertextual Perspectives (new name, but basically the same)

  • Julius Caesar (previously part of Mod C Conflicting Perspectives) and The Prince
  • The Great Gatsby and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Dubliners and Seamus Heaney
  • Nineteen Eighty Four and Metropolis

Module B: Critical Study of Texts

  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte
  • Sixty Lights
  • In the Skin of a Lion
  • Cloudstreet by Winton
  • The Seagull
  • Citizen Kane
  • Poetry by TS Elliot
  • Poetry by Christina Rossetti
  • Poetry by Yeats
  • A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf
  • Speeches (some new ones):
    • Paul Keating – Redfern Speech, 1992
    • Doris Lessing – ‘On not winning the Nobel Prize’, Nobel Lecture, 2007
    • Geraldine Brooks – ‘A Home in Fiction’, Boyer Lecture 4, 2011

Module C: Representation and Text

Elective 1: Representing people and politics (NEW)

This module appears largely the same as the previous “Conflicting Perspectives” but with a narrower focus on politics.

  • King Henry IV, Part 1 by Shakespeare
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (previously part of English Extension 1 Mod A, and even further back, part of Adv Mod A)
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (previously part of Belonging AOS)
  • Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson
  • Poetry by WH Auden
  • Why Weren’t We Told? by Henry Reynolds

Elective 2: Representing People and Landscapes (NEW)

I’m a bit sad that “History & Memory” has been replaced as it was one of the most interesting modules. This new module appears to look at the relationship between people and the real, remembered, imagined landscape, which I suppose has ties with the previous H&M ideas of “memory”.

  • Clay by Melissa Harrison
  • Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  • The Tree of Man by Patrick White
  • Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer (previously part of Belonging AOS)
  • Poetry by Judith Wright (some poems previously part of Standard Mod B)
  • The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

Extension 1

Module A: Genre

Elective 1: Life Writing

  • The Orchard by Drusilla Modjeska
  • Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
  • Poetry by Robert Lowell
  • Unfolding Florence by Gillian Armtstrong

Elective 2: Comedy (NEW)

Wow, they’ve gotten rid of Crime Writing completely and replaced it with…Comedy. LOL?

  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  • The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • Blackadder The Third

Elective 3: Science Fiction

  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
  • Galaxy Quest by Dean Parisot
  • Blade Runner by Scott Ridley (previously part of Adv Mod A) – see my post on context here.

Module B: Texts and Ways of Thinking

Elective 1: After the Bomb

  • An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John Le Carre
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Poetry by Sylvia Plath
  • Good Night, and Good Luck by George Clooney

Elective 2: Romanticism

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (previously part of Adv Mod A) – see my post on context here.
  • Poetry by Coleridge
  • Poetry by William Wordsworth
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Bright Star by Jane Campion

Elective 3: Navigating the Global

  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller
  • Poetry by Denise Levertov
  • Lost in Translation
  • Tropic of Cancer

Module C: Language and Values

Elective 1: Textual Dynamics

  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
  • Summertime by Coetzee
  • Night Letters by Robert Dessaix
  • Poetry by Wallace Stevens
  • Orlando by Sally Potter

Elective 2: Language and Gender

  • An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  • Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
  • The Floor of Heaven by John Tranter
  • Elizabeth by Shekhar Kapur

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