Year 8 students undertook a Shakespearean study of 'A Midsummer Nights' Dream'. Students were given the opportunity to explore their first Shakespeare first play from beginning to end. A lot of their study consisted of a practical drama performance of the play, giving students roles to act out and experience the play as it was intended. This provided a foundation to move into an analysis of the underlying themes of the play.
Year 9 students focused on the place of culture in society. The set text for the term 'Growing Up Asian in Australia' provided an opportunity for the close textual study of a variety of Asian Australian authors' experiences. Essay writing was a key skill focus of the unit that extended students' writing ability. There was a small environmental component at the end of the unit, which explored Japanese culture and the environment through the anime film 'Spirited Away'.
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