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 →

Being known

The 2021 CSSA paper presented several confusing questions to Advanced and Standard candidates. Yes, it was the same Module C question for both Standard and Advanced, which seemed a bit cheap to me. Module C was a little better than Module A (which was nightmarishly meaningless), and had two parts. Part A looked like this:... Continue Reading →

Putting it off

Not actually a Module C piece, but rather Texts and Human Experiences. Compare these two versions of an experience. VERSION ONE 7.15am wake up, psych yourself up to face the day. You hit snooze a lot. 7.35am actually get out of bed. Some showering and stuff but it mostly goes by without you really noticing... Continue Reading →

The truth, without pants

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Use this as the stimulus for the opening of a creative, discursive, or persuasive piece. Use at least one example of figurative language that you have learned about in Module C. So here's an odd thing from... Continue Reading →

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