Suitable for: Years 11-12 | Duration: 2 hours a week for 9-10 weeks; 18-20 hours total
Prerequisites: Literary Techniques (available during school holidays)
“A course! A course! My kingdom for a course!” on Richard III and Looking for Richard, you cry? We know you want the best HSC marks possible. Before resorting to lying, manipulation, and imprisoning children in a tower, try Shakespeare Academy’s course on Richard III and Looking for Richard!
In our course we’ll follow the evil, deformed, and, admittedly, charming Richard III in his desire to become king. What’s stopping him? A couple of brothers and a couple of distant relatives are in his way – nothing a bit of murder and deception won’t solve!
We’ll also follow the vain, lively, and, admittedly, handsome, Al Pacino as he tries to make a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. What’s stopping him? Most people don’t understand Shakespeare – nothing our course at Shakespeare Academy won’t solve!
In addition to learning about both texts, students will also develop and refine their writing skills to prepare them for Module A of the HSC (English Advanced).
Student Writing Outcomes:
- Opinion pieces about themes and characters;
- Forming strong introductions that answer a range of HSC essay questions;
- Writing full essays as per the Module A requirements; and
- Creative writing and discursive essays based on Richard III and Looking for Richard (in preparation for Module C: The Craft of Writing).
Student Learning Objectives:
- Planning and writing essays;
- Exploring how form and content are related;
- Considering how context influences interpretations;
- Analysing techniques from different media;
- Gaining critical thinking skills by comparing texts and interpretations; and
- Improving writing skills specifically for Module A and more generally for HSC English.