Extending Students Passions in English

Students in 10EG have been engaged in a unit of work on the concept of Power. They have participated in many introductory and whole class activities as part of their study. Students are also given the opportunity to deliver a lesson based on their own interests and passions as part of our 10EG Extension Program which endeavours to build high order thinking and synthesis skills based on the topics we study in class.

The first student to participate in this Extension Program was Anastasia Newcombe. Last year, Anastasia read the novel ‘Animal Farm’ as part of her independent investigation on the world of Dystopian texts. She used this novel and her extensive understanding of the issues of Power in this text to deliver a whole class lesson focussing on the hierarchical power structures in the novel.

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She began with a PowerPoint presentation of the power structures of the text, specifically focusing on the nature of leadership and corruption, intellectual control and coercion and propaganda.

Students in the class answered questions as she led a discussion on these issues and a worksheet based on an extract of this text. The lesson continued with students working in groups to apply the knowledge they had gained in order to produce a song (lyrics) which conveyed the themes of unity OR discordance.

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Many students have now requested opportunities to develop their skills by engaging in an extension project that builds on their scope of knowledge of the concepts we are studying in class and incorporates their own particular and unique set of skills and interests. Over the coming weeks and terms, we are looking forward to a student made animation and Director’s Q and A session about Power. In term two, we will have the opportunity to see a group write a ‘missing’ scene from a Shakespearean play and perform this in front of their peers and another group who will present a panel discussion on the virtues of truth in the media.

 

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