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Year 11 Major Work

This quimester you will work on a major creative work for English. The
theme and focus of your work will be the topic of Patterns.
You will need to complete the following as part of the Major Work-
1. Research
2. Major Work Journal
3. Proposal Submission
4. The Reflection Statement 600-800 words
5. The final Major Work for marking and exhibiting
1. Research
- Using the Major Work Journal as evidence, you should complete a good amount of research on the topic, crossing into
a range of subjects. For example your research could look at one or some of the following subjects and topics-
Science and Ecology, Nature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Music, Art, Dance, Poetry, Drama, Architecture, Philosophy,
Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Statistics, Economics, Business Studies, Mathematics, Literature, Design and
Technology, Information Technology, Traffic, Climate Change, Animation, Photography, Video, Engineering, Aviation,
Criminology, History, Archaeology, Advertising, Language, Morse Code, Brail, Politics, Religion, Sport, Waste, Recycling,
Gastronomy and Food, Resistance, Ethics and Morals, Environment, Species, Energy and Power, Emotions, Education,
Astronomy, Currency, DNA, Forensic Science, Numbers, Agriculture, Anthropology, War, Health, Law, Linguistics,
Movement, Geology, Ceramics and Pottery, Sculpture, Veterinary Science, Genealogy, Journalism, Town Planning, Digital
Art, Performance Poetry, Etymology etc.
- You should also complete research on different modes of communication for the major work and finally decide on one
medium. The following is a list of mediums-
Suite of Poems (minimum 900 words), Short Story (minimum 1500 words), Experimental Video (minimum 5 minutes),
Documentary (minimum 5 minutes), Digital Film (minimum 5 minutes), Animation (minimum 3 minutes), Stop Motion
Film (2 minutes) Play/Drama Script (minimum 1500 words), Series of Letters (1500 word minimum), Performance Poetry
(minimum 4 minutes), Digital Media, Monologue (Minimum 3 minutes), Drama Performance (minimum 3 minutes),
Performance Art (Minimum 3 minutes), Creative Speech (minimum 1000 words), Newspaper or Magazine Article
(minimum 1500 words), a series of song lyrics and performance (3-4 songs minimum), contemporary dance integrating
speech and/or words (minimum 3 minutes), Digital Storytelling (4 minutes minimum), Radio Program/Interviews
(Minimum 20 minutes), another medium not listed here but approved by me.
- You need to document your research of different mediums, your developing understanding of the conventions and
requirements of these media. It is likely that you will do a medium that you have never done before. It will require
research and significant time; finding, watching, listening to and experiencing mediums that interest you, before finally
deciding on one for your Major Work. You will then need to learn and exhibit your understanding of the requirements
for the medium.



2. Journal
During the development of the Major Work, you are required to keep a journal that documents your process of
investigation and composition. The journal must include the following information:
- Research and ideas on the topic
- Research and ideas on the chosen mode of communication
- Influences and points of interest for you; music, art, film, novels, publications, photography etc. The journal can
include any information that is of interest to you and is in some way related to the development of your thinking
and ideas.
- Reflections relating to the development of the major work.
- A clear written statement of intention agreed to by you and me.
The Journal will be submitted on three occasions for support and guidance.
3. Proposal
The proposal should only be submitted once the student has explored different ideas and done sufficient research on
the topic and mode of communication. The proposal should provide a detailed plan of how the Major Work relates to
the topic as well as its objectives. It should also detail a plan for the week and materials required for the realization and
completion of the Major Work with a timeline. The proposal can be included within the Major Work Journal.
4. The Reflection Statement
The reflection statement is a formal document communicating the ideas, concepts, intentions and purpose of the Major
Work. It is a personal, critical reflection on the process involved in completing the Major Work and on the completed
product. The Reflection Statement is composed at the end of the process. It must contain a minimum of 600 words and
no more than 800 words.
The Reflection Statement:
summarises the intention of the Major Work and the relationship it has with the extensive independent
investigation on the topic and medium used.
must include an outline of the intended audience for the Major Work and the purpose for which it was composed
supports the Major Work, explaining the relationships of concept, structure, technical and language features and
conventions
must explain the relationship the Major Work has to the topic
should explain the development of concepts during the process of composition, making the links clear between
independent investigation and the development of the finished product
should indicate how the student realised the concepts in the final product

5. Major Work
The Major Work itself should be submitted having fulfilled the minimum time or word requirement. It should be
submitted in an appropriate format that is easily accessible for an audience as well as for marking. It should be all your
own creative work and no one elses. Once the Major Work has been completed it will be exhibited for community and
public appreciation, as well as marked as a formal assessment with a heavy weighting on the years grade.
Year 11 Major Work Mark Scheme
Criteria Marks
Composes a highly original and sustained Major Work that demonstrates coherence to achieve a fluent integration of
meaning(s), value(s) and form
Formulates sophisticated insights and concepts through investigation. Communicates highly developed ideas with
sophistication around the topic
Demonstrates a highly skilled integration of language, technical skills, conventions and medium for the intended
audience and purpose
There is a conscious and highly successful shaping of meaning to engage an audience which is evident throughout the
work
4550


IB7
Composes an original and sustained Major Work that demonstrates coherence to achieve a skilled integration of
meaning(s), value(s) and form
Formulates substantial insights and concepts through investigation. Communicates developed ideas around the topic
with clarity
Demonstrates skilled integration of language, technical skills, conventions and medium for the intended audience and
purpose
There is a conscious and successful shaping of meaning to engage an audience which is generally evident throughout
the work
4044


IB6
Composes a substantial Major Work that demonstrates coherence. There may be lapses in tone, register, voice that
may affect the integration of meaning(s), value(s) and form
Formulates insights and concepts through investigation. Communicates ideas connected to the topic
Demonstrates some effective manipulation of language, technical skills, conventions and medium for the intended
audience and purpose. There may be lapses in some parts
There is a shaping of meaning to engage an audience which is more evident in some aspects of the work than in others
3239


IB5
Composes a Major Work that makes some connections between meaning(s), value(s) and form
Formulates concepts through investigation, and communicates ideas that may be predictable, literal and immediate,
related to the topic but lacking in depth and creativity
Demonstrates some control of language, technical skills, conventions and medium for the intended audience and
purpose
There is an attempt to shape meaning to engage an audience. Lapses in fluency interfere with audience engagement
2531

IB 4
Attempts to compose a Major Work project that may be superficial or incomplete
Formulates simple concepts through limited investigation, and attempts to communicate ideas. The work lacks focus
with very superficial treatment of the topic.
Attempts to control language, technical skills, conventions and medium. These however may not be appropriate for
the intended audience and purpose
0-25

Fail

IB
1/2/3

Year 11 Major Work Reflection Statement Marking Criteria
Criteria Marks
Composes a sophisticated and critical Reflection Statement that explains the purpose and audience of the work
Comprehensively explains the relationship of extensive independent investigation to the Major Work
Provides a highly developed explanation of the relationship of the Major Work to the knowledge, skills and
understanding developed in research of the topic and subject.
Evaluates in a highly effective manner the relationships of concept, structure, technical and language features and
conventions in relation to the intended purpose of the Major Work
18-20

IB 7
Composes a critical Reflection Statement that explains the purpose and audience of the work
Explains the relationship of extensive independent investigation to the Major Work
Explains clearly the relationship of the Major Work to the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in research
of the topic and subject.
Evaluates effectively the relationships of concept, structure, technical and language features and conventions in
relation to the intended purpose of the Major Work
16-17

IB 6
Composes a Reflection Statement that explains most aspects of the purpose and audience of the work
Explains most aspects of the relationship of extensive independent investigation to the Major Work
Explains the relationship of the Major Work to the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in research of the
topic and subject.
Explains the relationships of concept, structure, technical and language features and conventions in relation to the
intended purpose of the Major Work
13-15

IB 5
Composes a Reflection Statement that explains some aspects of the purpose and audience of the work
Describes some aspects of the relationship of extensive independent investigation to the Major Work
Provides a limited explanation of the relationship of the Major Work to the knowledge, skills and understanding
developed in research of the topic and subject.
Describes some aspects of the relationships of concept, structure, technical and language features and conventions in
relation to the Major Work. There may be some inconsistencies between the Major Work and the Reflection
Statement
10-12

IB 4
Attempts to compose a Reflection Statement that explains some aspects of the purpose and audience of the work
Attempts to describe aspects of the relationship of extensive independent investigation to the Major Work
Attempts to describe the relationship of the Major Work to the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in
English (Advanced) and Extension courses
Attempts to identify relationships of concept, structure, technical and language features and conventions in relation to
the Major Work. There may be substantial inconsistencies between the Major Work and the Reflection Statement
0-9

Fail
IB
1/2/3