Senior English Skills Builder - Student book + obook assess (Print & Digital)

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The third edition of Senior English Skills Builder has been updated to prepare pre-VCE students with the skills they require to achieve success in VCE English.

Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780190300760 Brand/Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumEnglishEnglish

Part of the series Senior English Skills Builder.

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The third edition of Senior English Skills Builder has been updated to prepare pre-VCE students with the skills they require to achieve success in VCE English.

Ideally used at Year 10, this workbook includes units aligned to the new 2016 Study Design and the Australian Curriculum. Students will develop the skills needed to write analytical, creative and comparative responses to texts. Moreover, they will hone their ability to analyse persuasive language and argument, develop and present argument, improve oral communication and prepare thoroughly for an English examination.

Students who complete this program will be equipped with the writing skills required for success in VCE English with units covering punctuation, grammar, parts of speech and spelling strategies. The text provides opportunities for students to analyse high-scoring responses and to assess their own writing and also includes many suggestions for text pairings suitable for pre-VCE students.

Kate Tehan joins original authors Amanda Ford and Elizabeth Haywood to deliver this valuable resource, which is further supplemented digitally with obook and assess.


Part A: Writing Skills

  • Unit 1 Writing better sentences 
  • Unit 2 Punctuation and capital letters 
  • Unit 3 Writing topic sentences  
  • Unit 4 Paragraphs  
  • Unit 5 Linking words 
  • Unit 6 Active and passive voice 
  • Unit 7 Improving your spelling and broadening your vocabulary 
  • Unit 8 Common mistakes and commonly confused words 
  • Unit 9 Glossary of commonly confused words 

Part B: Reading and Creating

  • Unit 10 Form and genre  
  • Unit 11 The language of film 
  • Unit 12 Characterisation  
  • Unit 13 Imagery and metaphorical language  
  • Unit 14 Humour and mood   
  • Unit 15 Identifying a writer’s views and values  
  • Unit 16 Pulling it all together: Planning and writing an analytical text response  
  • Unit 17 Analytical text response: Self-assessment 
  • Unit 18 Forms of creative writing  
  • Unit 19 Narrative point of view 
  • Unit 20 Opening lines, dialogue and description 
  • Unit 21 Generating ideas from a text 
  • Unit 22 Pulling it all together: Planning a creative text response and justifying your choices

Part C: Reading and Comparing

  • Unit 23 Comparing concepts: Ideas, issues and themes  
  • Unit 24 Comparing features: Plot and events 
  • Unit 25 Comparing characters 
  • Unit 26 Comparing text constructionl Form, perspective, structure and style 
  • Unit 27 Comparing settings 
  • Unit 28 Pulling it all together: Planning your response to comparative essay topics

Part D: Analysing and Presenting Argument

  • Unit 29 Identifying different types of persuasive texts  
  • Unit 30 ‘Being positioned’: Author’s intention, context, form, audience and language  
  • Unit 31 Identifying faulty reasoning, bias and illogical arguments 
  • Unit 32 Analysing language: Layout, headlines and tone 
  • Unit 33 Analysing language: Visual texts  
  • Unit 34 Pulling it all together: Analysing language and argument 
  • Unit 35 Planning an analysis of language and argument 
  • Unit 36 Planning and writing a persuasive argument 
  • Unit 37 Mastering oral communication and planning an oral presentation

Part E: Exam Preparation

  • Unit 38 Text response examinations 
  • Unit 39 Comparative response examinations 
  • Unit 40 Language and argument analysis examinations

Glossary of metalanguage and literary terms

obook chapters

  • A1 Using a thesaurus and a dictionary
  • A2 Acknowledging your sources
  • B1 Creative writing: Editing, proofreading and self-assessment
  • C1 Comparative writing: Self-assessment
  • D1 Identifying an author’s point of view
  • D2 Analysing language and argument: Self-assessment
  • D3 Persuasive arguments: Self-assessment
ISBN 9780190300760
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 10, Year 11, Year 12,
Author(s) Amanda Ford, Elizabeth Haywood, Kate Tehan

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