I am so very happy that the lengthy preparation, writing, writing, writing and publishing process is finally at an end. Getting the first two books out on the shelves and available to teachers before the holidays has involved a huge collaborate effort. Teachers have such little time to prepare for any new round of HSC texts and my aim was to give as detailed and conceptually driven analysis as possible in the time available. Related texts were not included for 'Standard' and 'Advanced' so that I could include more prescribed texts.
'Discovery' should not be accessible for most students to grasp but as mentioned in earlier posts, some texts will be easier than others to tackle from an AOS perspective. On a personal level, I particularly enjoyed working with Robert Frost and the documentary 'Frank Hurley The Many Who Made History'. I hope that teachers find both texts really helpful in their HSC preparation. I will be running TTA workshops in 2015 on many of the new texts or new electives. The 'Advanced' book will not be available until early December but it will be as long and thorough as the 'Standard' text. The content lists for all three Teacher Resource Textbooks can be seen online for teachers to view.
Module A - Such good options to choose from
It is wonderful to be well underway with the 'Advanced' textbook. The 'Metropolis' and '1984' Dystopic pairing should prove popular in Elective 2 - 'Intertextual Perspectives' because of the rich contextual underpinning for each text. The contextual impact on each composer is also clearly evident. Teachers who have previously taught '1984' in a number of different guises either as a 'Powerplay' Year 12 text or as an excellent Preliminary text will be able to make use of pre-existing resources they already have to prepare for this textual pairing. I would handle the texts chronologically to emphasise how the societal and cultural aftermath of war has negatively shaped the compositional eras involved. Post W.W.I. Weimar Germany had to deal with hyperinflation, rioting in the streets and a prevailing sense of social and political anxiety. Post W.W.II Britain struggled with a continuation of the stringent rationing that had been necessary during the war as well as Cold War politics. Both texts are dystopic, using a futuristic timeframe to explore existing issues and concerns. Lang's 'Metropolis' is an iconic, German Expressionist science fiction film that resonates with concerns about Modern capitalism. Orwell's '1984' explores the threats of Totalitarianism and Propaganda. They remain relevant to contemporary audiences for as stated in the Novel in Chapter 3, 'The object of power is power'. I think students will enjoy both texts and be able to evaluate their intertextual connections and shared perspectives.
The first two texts have been completed and are now with the designer before being printed. It has been a marathon effort but I am pleased with the quality of both texts. Obviously I have not been able to examine every text on the various course lists but as indicated in an earlier post, I have covered the majority in depth and in a timeframe aiming to give access as early as was feasibly possible. The "Advanced Modules and Electives" is progressing well and hopefully will be ready by the end of November. The Standard book is nearly 250 pages with prescribed texts only. The Advanced book is likely to be about the same length. 'Discovery' is not as large and has a few poems and other possible related texts given at the end. The content list for all three texts can be viewed on the Phoenix Education site and orders can be taken. My aim was to offer teachers detailed analysis of each text with a clear conceptual link to elective focus and language use. Hope you are pleased with the results. Barbara
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