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Sample Standard Mod C – Death of the Author

From Orange High School In response to a question about her minimal use of punctuation, Ali Cobby Eckermann says, ‘I thinks there’s a little rebel that still remains inside of me.’ Draw on the skills you have developed in the study of Module C, and Eckermann’s poetry, to craft the opening to an imaginative piece… Continue Reading →

Advanced Mod C about a school shooter

This was from Fort St’s 2020 Trial Paper, so was designed to be done in 40 minutes. “There is a part of everything which is unexplored, because we are accustomed to using oureyes only in association with the memory of what people before us have thought of the thingwe are looking at. Even the smallest… Continue Reading →

Advanced Mod C about a car accident

Sample Advanced Mod C from The Ponds High School “I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves.” In a maximum of 600 words, write an extract of a piece which responds to this stimulus, in an imaginative or discursive way. * Here’s the thing, I said to Alice, who was ignoring… Continue Reading →

Advanced Mod C about someone dying

Sample Advanced Mod C from Baulkham Hills High Use the image provided as a stimulus to craft a central metaphor in a piece of imaginative writing of 700-800 words that evokes a particular emotional response in the reader. * Your chest rises and falls: can you hear me? I will only talk if you can’t… Continue Reading →

Free your mind – an end of term writing exercise

Usually at the end of term I like to play short films for my classes, because I foolishly trust that they’ve worked hard and need a break. Good short films are also excellent related texts, and are much easier to work with than 2+-hour megamovies. Unfortunately, no one seems to share my taste in short… Continue Reading →

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 →

Advanced Mod C 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 →

Advanced Mod C 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 →

Advanced Mod C about urbanisation

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 →

Some freebie practice questions

Try to keep all your answers to 40mins max, since this is all you’ll have in the exam. If you want to imagine there’s a (b) part asking for a reflection statement, then imagine that the (a) part is worth 12 marks and the (b) part 8 marks. Good luck! * Compose a piece of… Continue Reading →


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