Mastering the Craft of Writing Student Book aims to improve students' knowledge of writing as a craft in order to develop their skills as writers of fiction and nonfiction pieces. It has been designed to fulfil the requirements of the NSW Stage 6 English Year 12 Module C: The Craft of Writing.
This student book asks students to consider the idea of writing as a craft and the reasons why it is important to think about the skill set that writers need to expand in order to improve the quality of their writing. From here, students explore how writers use different language devices, textual features, form, and style to influence the way readers respond to their writing. Students are then given the opportunity to practice using these same aspects of form in their own compositions.
Included in this book is a selection of 20 prescribed texts from the Year 12 Module C: The Craft of Writing course. This selection of texts has been divided into the Standard and Advanced courses to make locating the relevant focus texts simple. The activities for each text have been designed to demonstrate how these texts can be used as both models for students to emulate in their writing, and stimulus for their writing. At the end of each prescribed text study is a practice exam-style question.
Each exam-style question has been fully deconstructed to help students become familiar with the types of questions they may be asked in this section of the exam and how to best approach each question. Students are also provided with detailed guidance for writing in imaginative, persuasive, discursive, and reflective styles.
New to the 2nd edition
- ‘Dreamers’ by Melissa Lucashenko – Standard Course
- ‘How to Live Before You Die’ by Steve Jobs – Standard Course
- ‘The Fun of the Fair’ by Elizabeth Harrower – Advanced Course
- ‘Eight Days in a Corset’ by Siri Hustvedt – Advanced Course
- ‘That Crafty Feeling’ by Zadie Smith – Advanced Course
- ‘Spotty-Handed Villainesses’ by Margaret Atwood – Advanced Course
- Writing as a Craft
- Getting to Grips with the Module C: The Craft of Writing Course Descriptor
- 8 Things You Need to Know About the Exam
- Standard English
- ‘The Pedestrian’ by Ray Bradbury
- ‘Report on the Shadow Industry’ by Peter Carey
- ‘Dreamers’ by Melissa Lucashenko
- ‘The Sporting Spirit’ by George Orwell
- ‘A Comparison’ by Sylvia Plath
- ‘First Speech to the House of Representatives as Member for Barton’ by Linda Burney
- ‘How to Live Before You Die’ by Steve Jobs
- ‘The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination’ by JK Rowling
- ‘Popcorn’ by Carol Chan
- ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost
- Advanced English
- ‘Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice’ by Nam Le
- ‘The Fun of the Fair’ by Elizabeth Harrower
- ‘Politics and the English Language’ by George Orwell
- ‘Eight Days in a Corset’ by Siri Hustvedt
- ‘That Crafty Feeling’ by Zadie Smith
- ‘Spotty-Handed Villainesses’ by Margaret Atwood
- ‘A Home in Fiction’ by Geraldine Brooks
- ‘Eulogy for Gough Whitlam’ by Noel Pearson
- ‘Father and Child’ by Gwen Harwood
- ‘The Lady of Shalott’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson
- Reflecting on The Craft of Writing!