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English Units:NCEA Level 3

These units were developed for English Online in 2007 or earlier. They continue to be provided so that teachers can access teaching and learning resources. They should not be regarded as valid assessment materials. They do not align with the new curriculum and several assess expired or expiring standards.

AS90720 (English 3.1): Produce an extended piece of writing in a selected style

Heart of the Apocalypse
Civilisation versus savagery in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. A unit which may be used for AS90720 (English 3.1) Produce an extended piece of writing in a selected style.

The short story: read to write
The unit provides a framework that allows students to move from a study of the short story as a genre (AS90721 (English 3.2): Respond critically to written text) through to planning, drafting and presenting an original short story based on their own experiences (AS90720 (English 3.1): Produce an extended piece of writing in a selected style). From there the student could use the experience and information gained to research a theme in literature (AS90726 (English 3.7) Complete independent research on a literature topic and present findings in a written form).

AS90721 (English 3.2): Respond critically to written text(s) studied

James K. Baxter - tribal prophet
The life and work of one of New Zealand's best known poets form the basis of a unit. Essays developed are formative work towards the Level 3 externally assessed AS90721 (English 3.2): Respond critically to written text(s) studied.

The Bell Jar
This unit is designed to develop the personal engagement of students with text. The novel The Bell Jar (by Sylvia Plath) is investigated both as it stands and in the context of its own literary tradition (the novel outside the novel).

The short story: read to write
The unit provides a framework that allows students to move from a study of the short story as a genre (AS90721 (English 3.2): Respond critically to written text) through to planning, drafting and presenting an original short story based on their own experiences (AS90720 (English 3.1): Produce an extended piece of writing in a selected style). From there the student could use the experience and information gained to research a theme in literature (AS90726 (English 3.7) Complete independent research on a literature topic and present findings in a written form).

AS90722 (English 3.3): Respond critically to Shakespearean drama studied

Seeing, storms and madness: King Lear
A play often described as 'the best work of literature ever' could be a little daunting to teach. This unit offers strategies to bring this behemoth to life, both in the classroom and in the minds of students.

The Merchant of Venice
This unit focuses on some literacy activities that can be used to develop students’ understanding of the text “The Merchant of Venice”. The activities will prepare them for Achievement Standard 90722 (3.3 Respond Critically to Shakespearean Drama Studied). Students are encouraged to engage with and reflect key themes, develop their understanding of characters and appreciate the historical context of the play.

The Rotten State of Denmark - a Study of Shakespeare's Hamlet
This unit addresses English 90722 (3.3) which requires students to respond critically to a Shakespeare play they have studied. Students focus on the immoral forces at the heart of Elsinore, and the way in which the tragic events, characters' motivations, themes, motifs and aspects of language reflect this immorality. Students work through a range of activities before delivering a seminar and writing an examination-style essay.

AS90723 (English 3.4): Respond critically to oral or visual text studied

Voices and signs - The Piano
Arguably New Zealand's most well-known film and winner of three Academy awards, The Piano examines the experiences of New Zealanders in the mid-Nineteenth century. In this film study, students will explore Victorian and contemporary attitudes, different approaches to the film and director Jane Campion's striking and creative use of cinematic techniques.

AS90725 (English 3.6): Construct and deliver an oral presentation

The Crucible
Students study the socio-historical contexts in which this play was written, set and is read today. They then actively engage with the language, themes and characters prior to presenting in groups, their interpretation of a scene from the play.

The language of oratory
This unit outlines a study of the Language of Oratory with the focus on close reading and exploring language, individual research, seminar presentation and transactional writing. This language research unit helps students carry out research to meet the requirements of AS90726 (English 3.7) Complete independent research on a language or literature and deliver oral presentations to meet the requirements of AS90725 (English 3.6): Deliver an oral presentation. It could also be adapted for use at year 12.

AS90726 (English 3.7): Complete independent research on a language or literature topic and present findings in written form

Advertising
This unit studies advertising with the focus on language, research and seminar presentation. This language research unit helps students carry out research to meet the requirements of AS90726 (English 3.7) Complete independent research on a language or literature and deliver oral presentations to meet the requirements of AS90725 (English 3.6) Deliver an oral presentation.

Language is a manipulator
This is a language research unit, focussing on persuasive language. It models the research process to students and provides guidance which will help them carry out independent research to meet the requirements of AS90726 (English 3.7) Complete independent research on a language or literature. The unit makes extensive use of internet resources.

The language of oratory
This unit outlines a study of the Language of Oratory with the focus on close reading and exploring language, individual research, seminar presentation and transactional writing. This language research unit helps students carry out research to meet the requirements of AS90726 (English 3.7) Complete independent research on a language or literature and deliver oral presentations to meet the requirements of AS90725 (English 3.6): Deliver an oral presentation. It could also be adapted for use at year 12.

Unit Standards
Theme Study: Unit Standard 8834

Students complete their own investigations into a selected theme incorporating eight texts. The texts could include those studied in class and texts they have selected. As they complete their investigations, students are guided by examples from various theme studies. Their theme studies can be assessed for unit standard 8834 Investigate a theme across a range of selected texts and evaluate the outcomes of the investigation.

Othello's Tragedy: Unit Standard 12427
This Level 3 task allows students to work towards assessment for Unit Standard 12427 Read closely and evaluate the effectiveness of poetic written texts. The students work through a series of activities, exploring the tragic aspects of Othello, to co-construct exemplar responses before completing one summative assessment.




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