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Woonona High School

Woonona High School

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English faculty

The study of English at Woonona High School is exciting and fulfilling. Students develop literacy and critical thinking skills. They also study classical and contemporary literature. Students are encouraged to think independently and are guided, extended and supported by dedicated staff. In class, students can expect to study a wide range of texts, from Shakespeare to classical poets and novelists, through to a consideration of modern film and media. Students explore how texts shape our understanding of life and society. They engage in a variety of reading, writing, viewing, representing and listening activities and assessments throughout the year.

Formative feedback is extensively used throughout our English programs. Students engage in the writing, drafting and editing process, with support and feedback from their teachers. Educational research demonstrates that this approach leads to improved outcomes for students. 21st Century learning with engagement in technology, collaboration, and creativity is an important part of teaching and learning in English.

We explicitly teach literacy and have established wide reading programs in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 to ensure students read often, widely and critically reflect on what they have read.

Teaching and learning in English is differentiated to meet the needs of a diverse range of students - from our Gifted and Talented to students with additional learning needs. Students engage in a range of rich assessment tasks that enable them to demonstrate their learning in a supportive, positive learning environment.

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