HSC: Area of Study – English - related material
English HSC 2009 - 2012 is Belonging. What does belonging mean? From the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus: belong, verb, 1) to be rightly put into a particular position or class; 2) fit or be acceptable in a particular place or environment; 3) belong to be a member of; 4) belong to be the property or possession of. Belonging, noun, affiliation, acceptance, association, attachment, integration, closeness, rapport, fellow feeling, fellowship. Antonym: alienate, verb 1) cause to feel isolated 2) lose the support or sympathy Synonyms for alienate, verb, estrange, divide, distance, put at a distance, isolate, cut off, set against, turn away, drive apart, disunite, set at odds/variance, drive a wedge between.
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From the 2009 - 2012 Prescriptions document: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/english-prescription-09-12.pdf Context plays a role in the perception of belonging (or not belonging and all the shades inbetween): • •
personal context refers to those elements that are one's own, individual and private. cultural context is complex and refers generally to way of life, lifestyle, customs, traditions, heritage, habits - civilisation. More specifically, it refers to intellectual and artistic awareness, education and discernment. Popular culture refers to the Arts, the humanities, intellectual achievement, literature, music, painting and philosophy. historical context refers to the factual and documented evidence of a set time, either of the composer and/or the text. social context refers to the larger community or group, it’s organisation or hierarchy. It also refers to that which is civil, public and of society at large.
Context and the sense of belonging that comes from it contributes to a sense of identity, our relationships and processes of acceptance and understanding. We get a sense of belonging (or not belonging and all the degree of belonging in-between) through interaction with: • •
people, including groups and broader communities, and, places
Students are expected to explore through the study of their texts: • • •
aspects of belonging, including the potential of the individual to enrich or challenge a community or group. the way attitudes to belonging are modified over time choices not to belong, or barriers which prevent belonging
Students are expected to :
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develop their own understanding of the concept of belonging through their engagement with texts become aware of the construction of perceptions and ideas of belonging discover the underlying assumptions contained in texts deconstruct the representation of belonging - people, relationships, ideas as well as the places, events and societies, by different composers through their use of language modes, forms, and their relevant structural forms and language features engage personally with their texts and draw on their own experience make connections to their perceptions of the world and the worlds represented in the texts. Waverley Library database
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Prescribed texts - do not choose from this area. These are the prescribed texts for Belonging. It has been strongly suggested that when you are choosing a related text do not choose from the below list. Tan, Amy, The Joy Luck Club Lahiri, Jhumpa, The Namesake Dickens, Charles, Great Expectations Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer, Heat and Dust Winch, Tara June, Swallow the Air Gaita, Raimond, Romulus, My Father Miller, Arthur, The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts Harrison, Jane,...