The children’s bach

Content descriptions link to Australian Curriculum: Year 11 (Literature Unit 2).

General Capabilities evident across the unit include LiteracyCritical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding and Intercultural understanding.

Opportunities to connect Garner’s The Children’s Bach with Hyland’s Carry Me Down 

Garner’s style and preoccupations with relationships and domestic life on the brink, share some common ground with another novel in the Reading Australia Project, Hyland’s Carry Me Down. For this reason, you will find options allowing you to mix and match the two units, or teach them in parallel so that students might read either or both texts. For those student who might study both The Children’s Bach (AC: Literature – Unit 2) and Carry Me Down (AC: Literature – Unit 1), there is a composite assessment task, inviting students to compare and contrast the two works in style and content. Please note that some adjustments may be required for the Content Descriptors, depending on the path you may take if you do combine the units.

Literature Unit 2
Analyse and reflect on the relationships between authors, texts and contexts including:

the ways in which texts are influenced by other texts and by contexts (ACELR019)

the relationship between conventions of genre, audience expectations, and interpretations of texts (ACELR020)

the ways in which informed reading influences interpretation of texts. (ACELR022)

Compare and evaluate the form, language and content of literary texts including:

the ways in which text structures, language features and stylistic choices provide a framework for audiences’ expectations, responses and interpretations (ACELR023)

the use of literary techniques, for example, poetic, dramatic and narrative structure and devices (ACELR027)

Create analytical texts:

organising points of view and arguments in different ways, for example, in essays, reviews and visual presentations (ACELR029)

using appropriate linguistic, stylistic and critical terminology to compare and contrast texts (ACELR030)

selecting appropriate argument and evidence to support points of view (ACELR031)

Create imaginative texts:

integrating real and imagined experiences by selecting and adapting particular aspects of texts to create new texts (ACELR033)

using analysis of literary texts to inform imaginative response (ACELR034)

transforming texts studied in one medium or genre to another for different audiences and purposes (ACELR035)

reflecting on the significance and effects of variations to texts. (ACELR036)

Source for content descriptions above: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).