Year 10 English


This course is designed around the concept of discovery. Students will be discovering the world of the young adult by examining contemporary films and literature, classic novels, short stories, philosophical ideas and political ideology.

In Semester 1, the focus is on the student’s identity, place and heritage in Australian contemporary society. Australia’s past, present and future are examined through film, current issues based research and fictional and creative texts.

Semester 2 moves into the wider world where students discover and learn about why Shakespeare and other writers’ insight and wisdom are still significant today. Students will read texts about personal adventures of discovery and challenge, sport and explorations in space. Futuristic worlds and dystopian societies are a feature of Semester 2 as students consider the future of society in an increasingly technological and robotic age.

What do you do?

Students will complete a variety of analytical, research and creative activities, including:

  • writing creative and non-fiction texts
  • making a photo story and a short film
  • constructing info graphics
  • writing articles.

Students will also develop their oral skills by reading sections of a play and delivering a speech.

What skills do you develop?

Reading and viewing

  • improving skills and competencies in the areas of literacy, language usage and responding to literature
  • interpreting, analysing and evaluating a range of different text types


  • improving skills in sentence construction, essay and creative writing
  • grammar
  • constructing a variety of texts for personal, public, social, scholarly and contemporary audiences

Speaking and Listening

  • improving skills and competencies in oral presentations and persuasive language techniques and
  • communicating confidently with others in a variety of different situations

Critical thinking

  • improving critical thinking, which is an important skill for the 21st century learner and in the workplace
  • making reasoned, logical decisions and judgements through analysing, assessing and developing reflective practices when examining information. This is incorporated in a variety of assessment tasks and activities in this course.




Semester 1
Cloudwish Fiona Wood

Semester 2
Macbeth:The Graphic Novel (Plain Text Version )

You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.