Area of Study - Mr Sowaid`s Virtual Classroom


Area of Study


What you need?

• Prescribed Text – ‘Away’

• Folder – for handouts

• 4 exercise books (one of each unit)

Please note:

• Folders and exercise books will be collected every Wednesday.

• There will be fortnightly quizzes

• There will be mandatory homework

• Attendance is vital

• You need to care and do your best.

Mr Sowaid’s Virtual Classroom


Assessment Schedule and Scope and


• Will be posted on Mr Sowaid’s Virtual


Area of Study

• What is an ‘Area of Study’?

– An Area of Study is the exploration of a concept that affects our perceptions of ourselves and our world.

– Students explore, analyse, question and articulate the ways in which perceptions of this concept are shaped in and through a variety of texts.

• What is our central concept?

– Our central concept is ‘discovery’.

Area of Study

• What is a prescribed text?

– A prescribed text is a text you must study.

– In the Area of Study, you must study one prescribed text.

– Our prescribed text is ‘Away’ Michael Gow

• What is a related text?

– A related text is a text studied along side the prescribed text.

– We will study a number of related text in class.

– You will be required to select a number of texts to study yourself. These are known as ‘texts of your own choosing’.

HSC Examination

• There are two English examinations

– Paper 1 – Area of Study

• Section 1: Unseen Text

• Section 2: Imaginative Writing

• Section 3: Extended Response

– Paper 2 – Modules

• Section 1: Module A

• Section 2: Module B

• Section 3: Module C

Introducing Discovery

• Understanding the rubrics

– What is a rubrics?

– A rubric is a statement that outlines the focus of an Area of Study and outlines what you will be assessed on.

Introducing Discovery



Introducing Discovery

• The rubric is big and will mean covering a lot of territory with students.

• It’s a bit like journey - why did you set off, what did you find, what were the results?

• For discovery it’s: What necessitated the search?

What kind of discovery emerged and What was the impact of that discovery?

• It’s personal, social, historical and cultural.

• It’s emotional, creative, intellectual, physical and spiritual, but also confronting, transformative and provocative.

Introducing Discovery

• Activity 1: Complete Worksheet 1

• Activity 2: Complete Worksheet 2