VCE Literature Units 1 & 2
The study of literature focuses on the enjoyment and appreciation of reading that arises from discussion, debate and the challenge of exploring the meanings of literary texts. Students reflect on their interpretations and those of others.
The study is based on the premise that meaning is derived from the relationship between the text, the context in which it was produced and the experience of life and literature the reader brings to the texts. Accordingly, the study encompasses texts that vary in form and range from past to contemporary social and cultural contexts. Students learn to understand that texts are constructions, to consider the complexity of language and to recognise the influence of contexts and form. The study of literature encourages independent and critical thinking in students’ analytical and creative responses to texts, which will assist students in the workforce and in future academic study.
This unit focuses on the ways literary texts represent human experience and the reading practices students develop to deepen their understanding of a text. Students respond to a range of texts personally, critically and creatively. This variety of approaches to reading invites questions about the ideas and concerns of the text. While the emphasis is on students’ close engagement with language to explore texts, students also inform their understanding with knowledge of the conventions associated with different forms of text, for example poetry, prose, drama and/or non-print text.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to discuss how personal responses to literature are developed and justify their own responses to one or more texts.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and respond both critically and creatively to the ways in which one or more texts reflect or comment on the interests and ideas of individuals and particular groups in society.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the construction of a film, television, multimedia, or radio text and comment on the ways it represents an interpretation of ideas and experiences.
The focus of this unit is on students’ critical and creative responses to texts. Students deepen their understanding of their responses to aspects of texts such as the style of narrative, the characters, the language and structure of the text. Students extend their exploration of the ideas and concerns of the text. They understand the ways their own culture and the cultures represented in the text can influence their interpretations and shape different meanings. Students make comparisons between texts and identify some of the relationships that exist through features such as the language, characterisation and ideas.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and respond both critically and creatively to the ways a text from a past era reflects or comments on the ideas and concerns of individuals and groups at that time.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to produce a comparative piece of interpretative writing with a particular focus; for example, ideas and concerns, form of the text, author, time in history, social or cultural context.
Levels of Achievement
Units 1 and 2
Individual school decision on levels of achievement.
- Deconstructive/analytical/literary essays
- Creative responses
- Short answer questions
- Practice exams
- Middle and end of year exam