English standard

The English Standard Stage 6 Syllabus outlines the purpose of the Year 11 and 12 HSC English standard course.

Support materials

Support materials were developed by NSW public school teachers as part of the Stage 6 mEsh project where 62 teachers led writing teams (over 150 teachers) across NSW.

Teachers can adapt the following units of work as required.

Year 11 key phases in a close study

Module B - Critical phase

Close study of literature - Owen

Year 12 key phases in a close study of text

Teacher advice – The Stage 6 phases project has been developed to support teachers in the structuring of teaching and learning activities for Stage 6 units. In the typical eight-week timeframe of a unit, a teacher may employ a range of these phases in order to meet outcomes, cover content and prepare for assessment.

The term ‘phase’ helps to focus planning by identifying the specific purpose of each section within a teaching program. The phases are closely aligned to the English textual concept ‘learning processes’ of understanding, engaging personally, connecting, engaging critically, experimenting, and reflecting. As such each phase focuses teacher and student attention onto the learning intentions of each sequence of lessons.

Each phase lesson sequence is structured as a case study utilising a module and a prescribed text. However, the teaching and learning activities within the case study could be easily adapted to any Stage 6 unit.

Engagement with module ideas and concepts

Unpacking the module requirements

Introduction to the prescribed text

Engaging critically with texts

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