Exam Details - October 30 2013 9am

Study Checklist:

Exam Preparation:

Section A: 40% Text Response
  • You will write a text response to either 'Twelve Angry Men' OR 'Things We Didn't See Coming'
  • There will be 2 questions about each text - you choose 1

Section B: 30% Writing in Context
  • You will write a piece about the context of 'Exploring Issues of Identity and Belonging'.
  • Your writing will draw on ideas and details from the film 'Skin' and/or the short stories from 'Growing Up Asian In Australia'.

Section C: 30% Language Analysis - There are 2 parts to section C
  • Part 1: You will read material on an issue and you will write a note form summary of the material that highlights its main and supporting arguments.
  • Part 2: You will write an analysis of the way written and visual language is used in the material to persuade its readers.

Twelve Angry Men

Reginald Rose

The play takes its audience into the jury room where a group of twelve men is performing its civic duty. Through the jury’s interactions, each man reveals himself more fully: his strengths, weaknesses and above all his prejudices. The eighth juror is initially alone in opposing a ‘guilty’ verdict, but as the members of the jury deliberate, we see at work a judicial system that values the right of the accused to be ‘innocent until proved guilty’ and the duty of a jury to explore ‘reasonable doubt’.

Ideas to use in your own writing: http://www.gbdeducation.com.au/english-tuition-melbourne/2011/05/vce-outcome-1-twelve-angry-men

Things We Didn't See Coming

Steven Amsterdam, 2009

Amsterdam’s episodic novel charts an unnamed narrator attempting to navigate his life in unpredictable times. Beginning at the millennium celebrations of 2000, the novel slowly explores a future of political and environmental collapse. A speculative vision of a world beset by extreme political division and implosion, unpredictable weather patterns and government-backed disaster relief teams may seem bleak. However, in asking how people cope when faced with political and personal disasters, this novel ultimately offers hope and a vision of humanity bound by love and the importance of connecting with others.


Reading Guide: Write essay style responses to the questions on this site: http://www.stevenamsterdam.com/stevenamsterdam/Things_We_Didnt_See_Coming_Greatest_Hits.html

Australian Reviews: Use ideas from these reviews in your own responses: http://www.stevenamsterdam.com/stevenamsterdam/Things_We_Didnt_See_Coming_Australian_Reviews.html

Exploring Issues of Identity and Belonging

Skin, Director: Anthony Fabian, 2008

The film opens with South African woman Sandra Laing finally enjoying the right to vote, in the contemporary Rainbow Nation. Sandra’s journey is traced in this biopic: from a child of Afrikaaner parents unaware of their mixed ancestry in apartheid South Africa, to an adult who appears to have resolved issues of identity and belonging despite horrendous obstacles. Her parents were shocked to have a ‘Coloured’ child, while Sandra was shunned in her own community. Classified White’ after a successful legal appeal by her parents, Sandra subsequently sought re-classification. The audience glimpses the terrible price paid by individuals under the political system of apartheid. At the same time, we are confronted with significant questions about how identities, and a sense of belonging, are formed and sustained.

Pung, Alice, Growing Up Asian in Australia, 2008

This engaging collection addresses the migrant experience in Australia through personal stories, and its themes enable any reader to think about issues of identity and belonging. Representing a range of genres, the anthology spans several generations and explores diverse life experiences with honesty and humour. Fifty people write about issues such as dual identities, parental misunderstandings and the challenges of meeting the expectations of others while growing up in the ‘lucky’ country. From trying to hide scholastic abilities in ‘Exotic Rissoles’ to the self-explanatory ‘Five ways to disappoint your Vietnamese mother’, this collection will have wide appeal. Editor Alice Pung compiled the anthology to highlight the difficulties faced by generations of immigrants.

General information about the ID&B context: http://www.vcestudyguides.com/guides/context/identity-and-belonging

Catagorised practice prompts: http://www.vcestudyguides.com/guides/context/identity-and-belonging/identity-and-belonging-prompts

Additional ideas and resources to consider: http://www.vcestudyguides.com/guides/context/identity-and-belonging/additional-reading

Language Analysis

Practice Exam Sample Responses with Assessor Comments

Holiday Homework Sample Responses

Section A
Twelve Angry Men: Detailed plan provided. No samples available.
Things We Didn't See Coming: Detailed plan provided. No samples available.

Section B: Having a sense of being different makes it difficult to belong.

Section C: Bridging the Generation Gap.

Week One Practice Task Sample Responses

Section A:
Twelve Angry Men presents the pessimistic view that all humans are flawed. Discuss.

Things We Didn't See Coming demonstrates that survival in a tainted world is dependent on behaving immorally. Discuss.

Section B: Without connection to others there is no me.

Section C: Biodiversity.

Week Two Practice Task Sample Responses

Section A:
Twelve Angry Men
Things We Didn't See Coming

Section B: Each person has different identities for different relationships and situations.

Section C: Reading; the future.

Study Vac Practice Task Sample Responses