Year 10 at Emmaus

Subject Description

Literature at Year 10 aims to develop a deeper understanding of how a text is structured and the author’s use of language. Students will also be exposed to different text forms and new writing structures.

As part of the course, students will read texts, view film, actively participate in the construction of new texts, and will have a high level of autonomy in the creation and design of their own pieces.  In addition to the prescribed texts of The Great Gatsby and Cosi, Students will also explore short stories and use them as inspiration for their own writing.

Areas of Study

Read, view, analyse, critique, reflect on and discuss contemporary and classical imaginative texts that explore a complexity of issues. Compare and contrast the typical features of particular texts and synthesise information from different texts to draw conclusions.

Key Skills


The Reading dimension involves students understanding, interpreting, critically analysing, reflecting upon, and enjoying written and visual, print and non-print texts. It encompasses reading and viewing a wide range of texts and media, including literary texts such as novels, short stories, poetry and plays as well as popular fiction and non-fiction works, newspapers, magazines, illustrations, posters, charts, film, television and the texts associated with information and communications technology. Reading involves active engagement with texts and the development of knowledge about the relationship between them and the contexts in which they are created. It also involves the development of knowledge about a range of strategies for reading.


The Writing dimension involves students in the active process of conceiving, planning, composing, editing and publishing a range of texts, including writing for print and electronic media and performance. Writing involves using appropriate language for particular purposes or occasions, both formal and informal, to express and represent ideas, issues, arguments, events, experience, character, emotion and information, and to reflect on such ideas. It involves the development of knowledge about strategies for writing and the conventions of Standard Australian English. Students develop metalanguage to discuss language conventions and use.

Speaking and Listening

This dimension refers to the various formal and informal ways oral language is used to convey and receive meaning. It involves the development and demonstration of knowledge about the appropriate oral language for particular audiences and occasions, including body language and voice. It also involves the development of active-listening strategies and an understanding of the conventions of different spoken texts including everyday communication, group discussion, formal presentations and speeches, storytelling and negotiating.


  • Passage Analysis
  • Oral Presentation
  • Comparative Essay
  • Semester Examination