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How to Plan and Implement the 2018 English Stage 6 Curriculum and Survive Auditing Part II

June 2, 2017


Where does one start?


The enormity of the project can be overwhelming.


Be comforted by following these instructions; it will help relieve your stress.


Starting points can be different for all teachers.


I like to begin with the English Stage 6 Prescriptions: Modules, Electives and Texts 2019- 2023.


You need to choose the Year 12 texts first, I believe. Then you can complement them with your chosen Year 11 texts.


Look at page 5 of the PDF. Choose the Standard English Course first and follow the text requirements.


HSC English Standard text requirements

  • Close study of THREE TYPES OF PRESCRIBED TEXTS, one drawn from EACH of the following categories:

    • prose fiction

    • poetry OR drama

    • film OR media OR nonfiction.

  • At least TWO short prescribed texts must be studied for Module C: The Craft of Writing but do not contribute to the required pattern of prescribed texts for the course.

  • Students must also study ONE related text in the Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences.


Page 9 of the PDF has a handy table for you to fill out so that you don’t forget anything.


This is where it gets tricky…


Do you choose your prose fiction from the Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences?


Prose fiction

Doerr, Anthony, All the Light We Cannot See, Fourth Estate/HarperCollins, 2015,

ISBN: 9780007548699

Lohrey, Amanda, Vertigo, Black Inc, 2009, ISBN: 9781863954303

Orwell, George, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Penguin Classics, 2004, ISBN: 9780141187761

Parrett, Favel, Past the Shallows, Hachette Australia, 2013, ISBN: 9780733630491



Or would you prefer a text from the Module A: Language, Identity and Culture?


Prose fiction

Lawson, Henry, The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories, Penguin, 2009, ISBN: 9780143180128

‘The Drover’s Wife’, ‘The Union Buries Its Dead’, ‘Shooting the Moon’, ‘Our Pipes’, ‘The Loaded Dog’

Levy, Andrea, Small Island, Headline Publishing Group, 2004, ISBN: 9780755307500



Or is your prose fiction within the Module B: Close Study of Literature?


Prose fiction

Anderson, MT, Feed, Candlewick Press, 2012, ISBN: 9780763662622

Haddon, Mark, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Red Fox/Random House, 2014, ISBN: 9781782953463



What might help you make the decision?


  • Texts in the current book room

  • Favoured texts of the English Faculty

  • Student cohorts and their likes/dislikes/contexts

  • Cost


You may choose a novel and then decide that the other choices that you made for ‘poetry or drama’ or ‘nonfiction or film or media’ are affected.


It becomes a puzzle that you need to work out.



Do you choose your poetry or drama from the Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences?


Poetry (p) or drama (d)/Shakespearean drama (S)

  • Dobson, Rosemary, Rosemary Dobson Collected, University of Queensland Press, 2012, ISBN: 9780702239113 (p)

‘Young Girl at a Window’, ‘Over the Hill’, ‘Summer’s End’, ‘The Conversation’, ‘Cock Crow’, ‘Amy Caroline’, ‘Canberra Morning’,

  • Slessor, Kenneth, Selected Poems, A & R Classics/HarperCollins, 2014,

ISBN: 9780732299361 (p)

‘Wild Grapes’, ‘Gulliver’, ‘Out of Time’, ‘Vesper-Song of the Reverend Samuel Marsden’, ‘William Street’, ‘Beach Burial’

  • Harrison, Jane, Rainbow’s End, from Cleven, Vivienne et al, Contemporary Indigenous Plays, Currency Press, 2007, ISBN: 9780868197951 (d)

Miller, Arthur, The Crucible, Penguin Classics, 2000, ISBN: 9780141182551 (d)

Shakespeare, William, The Merchant of Venice, Cambridge University Press, 2014, ISBN: 9781107615397 (d/S*)


*In order to satisfy the text requirements of the different English courses, The Merchant of Venice is classified as a drama text for the Standard course and as a Shakespearean drama text for the Advanced course.



Or would you prefer a text from the Module A: Language, Identity and Culture?


Poetry (p) or drama (d)

Aitken, Adam, Boey, Kim Cheng and Cahill, Michelle (eds), Contemporary Asian Australian Poets, Puncher and Wattmann, 2013, ISBN: 9781921450655 (p)

Merlinda Bobis, ‘This is where it begins’; Miriam Wei Wei Lo, ‘Home’; Ouyang Yu, ‘New Accents’; Vuong Pham, ‘Mother’; Jaya Savige, ‘Circular Breathing’; Maureen Ten (Ten Ch’in Ü), ‘Translucent Jade’

Cobby Eckermann, Ali, Inside my Mother, Giramondo Publishing, 2015,

ISBN: 9781922146885 (p)

‘Trance’, ‘Unearth’, ‘Oombulgarri’, ‘Eyes’, ‘Leaves’, ‘Key’

Lawler, Ray, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Currency Press, 2012, ISBN: 9780868199672 (d)

Shaw, Bernard, Pygmalion, Penguin Classics, 2003, ISBN: 9780141439501 (d)

Valentine, Alana, Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah, Currency Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780868198828 (d)



Or is your poetry or drama choice within the Module B: Close Study of Literature?


Poetry (p) or drama (d)

Gray, Robert, Coast Road, Black Inc, 2014, ISBN: 9781863957021 (p)

‘Journey, the North Coast’, ‘Flames and Dangling Wire’, ‘Harbour Dusk’, ‘Byron Bay: Winter’, ‘Description of a Walk’, ‘24 Poems’

Noonuccal, Oodgeroo NESA NSW Syllabus website (p)

‘The Past’, ‘China…Woman’, ‘Reed Flute Cave’, ‘Entombed Warriors’, ‘Visit to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall’, ‘Sunrise on Huampu River’, ‘A Lake Within a Lake’

Rankin, Scott, Namatjira from Namatjira & Ngapartji Ngapartji – Two plays by Scott Rankin, Currency Press, 2012, ISBN: 9780868199221 (d)

Shakespeare, William, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cambridge University Press, 2014, ISBN: 9781107615458 (d)


Don’t forget about nonfiction or film or media…