In the Literature ATAR course, students learn to create readings of literary texts and to create their own texts, including essays, poems, short stories, plays and multimodal texts. Students engage with literary theory and study literary texts in great detail. Students learn to read texts in terms of their cultural, social and historical contexts; their values and attitudes; and their generic conventions and literary techniques. They enter the discourse about readings, reading practices and the possibility of multiple readings. Students learn to create texts paying attention to contexts, values and conventions. Students learn about literary language, narrative, image and the power of representation. Students experience the aesthetic and intellectual pleasure that reading and creating literary texts can bring.
This can include analytical, discursive and reflective responses in a number of forms, for example, long essays, research assignments, feature articles or a collection of journal entries.
Short written response - 30% - 40%
This can include analytical, discursive and reflective responses in a number of forms, for example, short essays, close readings, short responses to a series of questions or individual journal entries.
Creative production of a literary text - 10% - 20%
This can include writing in the three genres of poetry, prose fiction and drama, for example, poems, short stories, scripts or the production of multimodal texts that make use of literary conventions.
Oral - 10% - 20%
This can include oral work in a number of forms, for example, speeches, tutorials, group discussions, panel discussions or performances such as role play or readers’ theatre.
Examination 20% - 30%
Typically conducted at the end of each semester and/or unit. In preparation for Unit 3 and Unit 4, the examination should reflect the examination design brief included in the ATAR Year 12 syllabus for this course.