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English for Year 12

Reading and Responding:


  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  • A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martell
  • Maestro, Peter Goldsworthy
  • Ransom, David Malouf
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
  • Things We Didn't See Coming, Steven Amsterdam
  • Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks

Short Stories

  • Great Short Works, Edgar Allan Poe (ed. G R Thompson)
  • Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri


  • Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose
  • Cosi, Louis Nowra
  • Richard III, William Shakespeare


  • A Human Pattern – Selected Poems, Judith Wright
  • Selected Poems, Kenneth Slessor

Film texts

  • The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (Director: Rolf de Heer), 2001
  • On the Waterfront (Director: Elia Kazan), 1954

Non-fiction texts

  • Bypass: the story of a road, Michael McGirr
  • Dear America – Letters Home from Vietnam, Bernard Edelman
  • Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama

Creating and Presenting:

The imaginative landscape

  • Island, Alistair MacLeod
  • One Night the Moon (Director: Rachel Perkins)
  • The Poetry of Robert Frost, Robert Frost (ed. Edward Lathem)
  • Tirra Lirra by the River, Jessica Anderson

Whose reality?

  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
  • Spies, Michael Frayn
  • The Player (Director: Robert Altman), 1992
  • The Shark Net, Robert Drewe

Encountering conflict

  • Paradise Road (Director: Bruce Beresford)
  • The Secret River, Kate Grenville
  • The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, R Hillman and N Mazari
  • The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Exploring issues of identity and belonging

  • Growing Up Asian in Australia, Alice Pung
  • Sometimes Gladness, Bruce Dawe
  • The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers
  • Witness (Director: Peter Weir)

English in Year 11

Reading and Responding:

Sample responses

  • Gattaca, Andrew Niccol (dir)
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  • Night, Elie Wiese

Text articles

  • About a Boy, Nick Hornby
  • Blade Runner, Ridley Scott (dir)
  • Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore (dir)
  • Boys of Blood & Bone, David Metzenthen
  • Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood
  • First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung
  • Fly Away Peter, David Malouf
  • Gattaca, Andrew Niccol (dir)
  • Girl With A Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
  • Kath and Kim, Jane Turner and Gina Riley (dir)
  • Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  • Maestro, Peter Goldsworthy
  • Minimum of Two, Tim Winton
  • Montana 1948, Larry Watson
  • Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess (dir)
  • Night, Elie Wiesel
  • Njunjul the Sun, Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor
  • Only the Heart, Brian Caswell and David Phu An Chiem
  • Othello, William Shakespeare
  • Phone Booth, Joel Schumacher (dir)
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence, Phillip Noyce (dir)
  • Sparring with Shadows, Archimede Fusillo
  • Stolen, Jane Harrison
  • The Complete Maus, Art Speigelman
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
  • The Divine Wind, Garry Disher
  • The Dons, Archimede Fusillo
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  • The Longest Memory, Fred D'Aguiar
  • The Matrix, Larry and Andy Wachowski (dir)
  • The Patron Saint of Eels, Gregory Day
  • The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman
  • The Running Man, Michael Gerard Bauer
  • The Shark Net, Robert Drewe, Graeme Burfoot (dir)
  • The Simpsons, Matt Groening (dir)
  • The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
  • The Truman Show, Peter Weir (dir)
  • Triage, Scott Anderson
  • V for Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd
  • Wag the Dog, Barry Levinson (dir)
  • We Can Be Heroes, Chris Lilley (dir)

Creating and Presenting:

Sample responses

  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  • Bombshells Joanna Murray-Smith
  • Fly Away Peter (1), David Malouf
  • Fly Away Peter (2), David Malou

Context unit

  • Technology and communication

Using Language to Persuade

  • Persuasive techniques: extra examples and sample analyses

Literature for Senior Students 2nd edition

Articles available from the Insight website are:

  • Astley, Thea, Hunting the Wild Pineapple – sample creative response
  • Austen, Jane, Sense and Sensibility, annotated passages and sample exam response
  • Austen, Jane, Sense and Sensibility, sample creative response and analysis
  • Carey, Peter, Collected Stories, sample creative response
  • Carver, Raymond, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, annotated passages and sample exam response
  • Drewe, Robert, The Shark Net, annotated passage and close analysis
  • Ibsen, Henrik, Hedda Gabler, annotated passages and sample exam response
  • Murray-Smith, Joanna, Honour, analysis of views and values
  • Rich, Adrienne, analysis of poetry reading
  • Shakespeare, William, King Lear – sample views and values essay
  • Sophocles, Antigone – guidelines on studying views and values and sample essay topics

Also, a Creative responses template for students to complete as part of their preparation for a Creative response assessment task.


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