Work Set 5 May 2017 Appeals and David Morrison

Since I am away:

Students should complete the following work from their red textbook ‘Analysing and
Presenting an Argument’

Read and complete the following tasks:
3.14, 3.16, 3.17, 3.19 (David Morrison’s speech)

3.2, 3.21, 3.22


Bring both red book and The Secret River to class on Monday.


Get Ready For Term 2

We will be completing the following next term:
1. Analysis of Argument – analysis of persuasive text/s
2. Presentation of Argument – writing a persuasive text (letter to ed; editorial; speech; opinion article)
3. Creative response to The Secret River.

The skills for the first two pieces (which go hand in hand) are supported by your red text book. We will be working with that closely next term. The holiday work needs to be done properly – gather the text samples and then analyse how they are written and writing a style guide for each type. This is foundation work for the course. It will feel like hard work because it will exercise the higher order thinking processes. The good news is, when you think it yourself you own the new neural pathways. It opens up new possibilities when it comes to your future reading and writing. Independent learning is the stuff that keeps us all going.

The creative response to The Secret River relies on you understanding the plot, themes, character development of the text as a starting point to appreciating the way language is used to capture a lived experience and dramatise that for an audience. You will be writing creatively on a prompt drawn from the text.

You should go to the MHS English Faculty website (google it) for further details if necessary.

Most importantly you need to engage in an ongoing dialogue with me about what it is you need to be doing to improve your work. A great starting point is your Logicomix essay. You have written feedback about that but you may wish for further clarification. TALK TO ME. SHOW ME THAT YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT TO FOCUS ON TO IMPROVE.

Here’s an idea: re-write a section of your essay, taking into account your feedback. Can you actually add value? Show it to me. We can chat about what you can do to make it even better. You need to focus on what skills are important; what kind of material will be presented over the term; and be asking me what things you could be doing to master those skills. Make no mistake, the analytical and writing skills you develop now will serve you for the rest of your life.

A note about essay structures and formulas often promoted by tutors and the like. Know this: a formula for a type of essay might be a handy thing to learn and rehearse but it is but an empty vessel. The most important thing is the quality of the thinking which will be on display. The ideas need to be yours. They need to be accurately expressed. They need to be supported with careful selection of textual evidence and rigorous analysis. This is the essence of scholarship. You may have a great mind but have you the discipline to develop it? Does your work have intellectual integrity? Is it the best you can do?

I hope this makes sense. Get on with the holiday homework and develop your appreciation for how writers work to present arguments and what language they use to position their readers to accept their argument. I want – scratch, that; YOU SHOULD WANT – true deep thought instead of short-cuts, formulas and box-ticking.

Contrary to popular belief: IN YEAR 11, EVERYTHING COUNTS. 

Oh, and in between times and only once you have finished ‘The Secret River’ you need to read The Crucible and The Handmaid’s Tale. All the work we will be doing on these texts is in the Red or Dead blog (link on the right sidebar). Why should you read them now when we are studying them in Semester 2? Know yourselves – you will be under the pump by then due to VCE 3&4 demands so get cracking on it now. Apart from the fact that ‘it’s on the test’ you should read these texts because:
1. both are rip-roaring tales that draw their dramatic inspiration from real world events.
2. They are often referenced in popular culture to try to help explain the way individuals and societies work. Don’t be a dummy when it comes to the Handmaid and Crucible references.
3. Because the this year there will be a new film of The Handmaid’s Tale and it is  going to be AWESOME

Language Analysis Holiday Reading Assignment

Your holiday task is outlined on the blog The Dress of Thought (link in the right side panel) which is where all our language analysis material is stored.

Allow 6 hours minimum for this task.  Do not try to cram it into the night before we return.

Searching, Locating, Cutting and Pasting: 2 hours (this time may be spread over a number of days as news emerges and opinions surface – it’s more interesting if you can follow your issue/s that interest you personally.

Reading and Thinking: 2 hours

Writing Style Guide: 2 hours (this is the tricky bit because you are synthesizing the information you have read; identifying patters in language, structure and style then converting this into a different form entirely (the style guide).  Your high level cognitive skills will be required so turn your social media off and do it properly.  This work will underpin all your argument analysis work for the whole of VCE.

Logicomix Conference 2018 Guidelines


CONFERENCE: Monday 20 February

In pairs, create a presentation about your theme or character. As a guide, choose three moments from the text which together reveal the establishment, development and realisation of an idea or a character.

Your presentation should:

  • be approximately 20-25 minutes in length
  • be centred around three questions you will devise to help you explore and discover something about the theme or character
  • include analysis of three key panels/pages which are crucial in revealing something about your character or theme
  • the examples should span three sections of the text
  • be presented using Google Slides (construction of this should be collaborative)
  • contain analysis of both the written and visual language of the text
  • connect with the other presentations and ideas of your peers

How can you provide a nuanced interpretation?

Consider setting up questions what will allow you to analyse:

  • the key ideas, characters and themes;
  • how the author constructs meaning through structure and language;
  • how the author’s views and values communicated.
  • how the author’s views and values communicated
  • how might the characters/themes/structural elements or language use be interpreted?

This is not a ‘divide and conquer’ project in which each person goes off separately and does their own thing.  You need to ensure that you work together to construct a coherent and concise analysis of your particular topic which is of the highest quality and is intellectually rigorous.  You should be prepared to answer questions from your peers.


Faith and Religion:

Logic and reason:

Certainty and the unknown:

Family relationships:

Storytelling and the construction of a narrative:

Death and destruction:

Mathematics, Philosophy and Science:


Suffering and learning:

Passion, instinct and emotion:

The ancient world vs the modern world:

Madness and Sanity:

Love and Marriage:

Maps and Journeys:

Knowledge and Wisdom:

War and Conflict:

Courage and Fear:

Order and Chaos: