A Mod C about Mrs Dalloway

In the 2018 sample paper which was published to give people an idea of what this mysterious new 'Craft of Writing' Module might be about, one question suggested that students could be asked to draw on the OTHER modules - i.e. not Module C. So if you had done Mrs Dalloway and The Hours for... Continue Reading →

Transformed Outlooks: Discursive

See my comments on this question from James Ruse High here : Use the image below as the inspiration for an imaginative OR discursive piece which explores the result of a transformed outlook on individuals and/or society. * A few chapters after the world's creation, a man is standing in his house at night having... Continue Reading →

Transformed Outlook: Imaginative

This task is from James Ruse Agricultural High School, the (ooh-err) toppest state school in the HSC ranklings. I tutor a few of their Year 12s and they were kind enough to show me their Module C task, which I've had a go at here. Here's the question: Use the image below as the inspiration... Continue Reading →


No action or event is really complete until you’ve told the story of it. By putting it in some kind of order you develop an understanding of what it meant, as well as what happened. (a) Use this statement as the stimulus for a piece which concludes with a new understanding of a problem. You... Continue Reading →

Reflection Statements

Look, we know they're mostly BS, but it's your teachers' last chance to believe that you learned something from all the quality literature they've been ladling down your throats. The thing to remember about reflection statements - and writing for school generally - is that this is not how writing happens in the real world.... Continue Reading →

A sample reflection

Only the characters that we love to hate exist outside the story. Their strength allows them to breach the walls of their text and enter our world. a) use this statement as a stimulus for a character, persona, or speaker who is hateful in some way. You must include at least one literary device or... Continue Reading →

The hateful ones

The new boy had longish hair and long, slightly skeletal fingers. That was all she noticed before she put the folders on her desk and turned to write the lines on the board. Only the characters that we love to hate exist outside the story. Their strength allows them to breach the walls of their... Continue Reading →

What even IS a discursive?

For HSC students, the discursive mode is probably best defined by what it's not. If you keep a journal or diary, you don't even need to read this post - you're already writing discursively. The discursive mode is the widest, the catch-all, the marker of a humane and intelligent person. You're not trying to sell... Continue Reading →

The Net

The 2021 HSC paper offered students this characteristically miserable image, and the instruction to 'Use the image provided to craft a central metaphor in a piece of imaginative, discursive or persuasive writing (for 10 marks). For another 10 marks you had to Evaluate how your study of figurative language in The Craft of Writing influenced... Continue Reading →

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