Thank goodness, Module A is finished!
Fortunately, the BOS has not changed the Module B rubric which was always difficult enough to cover in the typical seven weeks timeframe most schools can give to each Module. Many of the teachers I have spoken to about their Module B text choices have decided to stay with texts they are already familiar with for this module. A sensible idea given how much work is involved for everyone in trying to prepare and resource this 2015 round of texts. Some are rethinking 'Hamlet' having picked up 'The Tempest' for Discovery.
Despite the amount of work involved, it is still exciting to tackle a new text and for Module B, I think 'Jane Eyre' is proving more popular in many ways than 'Cloudstreet' but as always, it depends on the ability of the cohort and teacher expertise and resources in teaching a given text.
Module B - Critical study in roughly 25 hours of teaching time is always a stretch but after having examining four of the paired options on offer for Module A, it seems a refreshing alternative to be focusing on content, structure and language on just one text in the same timeframe.
Check the Phoenix website for contents details for 'Advanced Modules and Electives'. Not all texts can obviously been included and teachers can find individual resources for those that have not been included in what will likely be around 300 page mark of densely packed detailed analysis.
I intend next year to begin focusing on creating online PDF purchases for suitable related texts and module focus skills for each of the Advanced and Standard modules that require them. As time permits, I will then begin focusing on working on detailed PDF analysis of some of the prescribed texts that could not be done in readiness for this year's beginning of the 2015 HSC texts. Individual text resources would be available for PDF purchase.
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