Related Texts for Module C HSC: Judith Wright, Heart of Darkness, and A Bend in the River.

The HSC trials are here, and quite a few students have asked me recently what I think of Heart of Darkness as a related text for the ‘Representing People and Landscapes’ elective for HSC  Advanced English Module C. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness clearly explores themes of landscape both altering and reflecting the individual who…

How to Write a Band 6 Essay Thesis Statement: Hamlet Sample Essay Introduction for HSC Module B

The introduction to your essay is the first impression the marker will get of your work, and one of the things markers are most concerned with is whether you have addressed the question directly and with insight. Insight, minimal waffle, and clarity are the three golden rules of addressing an HSC exam question in band…

Films about Discovery as Related Texts for HSC

Francis Ford Coppola’s take on Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is set in 1969, the apex of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Captain Willard is sent by the military on a mission into the jungle to locate and kill one Colonel Kurtz. Kurtz has stopped following the army’s orders and has in fact set up his own army- as a well as a cult of locals who worship him as a God. As Willard travels through the jungle, he is faced with the brutality men are capable of when they live beyond society and its laws…

The Art of Travel HSC Analysis – Thinking in Transit

I’m going to be writing a series of short articles on Alain de Botton’s ‘The Art of Travel’, prescribed as one of the ‘Representing People & Landscapes’ texts for HSC Module C. It’s not a difficult book to grasp, and can actually be enjoyable if you remember that de Botton doesn’t really pretend it is anything other than pop philosophy.

Creative Writing Ideas for Discovery – HSC Area of Study

How does one tame the strange beast that is HSC creative writing?

Even if you enjoy creative writing, it can be hard to shoehorn your ideas into restrictive frameworks like an 800 word short story about discovery. Preparing a loose framework for your story before exam is unavoidable, and one of the best ways to spark ideas is by using visual stimuli.

Sleight of Pen: English Tutors Sydney

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HSC Visual Texts: Analysis and Answers for Unseen Visual Texts

A guide to answering questions on visual texts in the first section of HSC Advanced English Paper 1. (This is often referred to as the ‘unseen texts’ section.) If you’re doing Belonging as your Area of Study in the preliminary HSC year, check out the tips and examples on approaching the unseen texts section below. The advice…