Extension II English

Your Major work Must be highly original: What does this mean? 


‘Originality’ refers to the insights and exploration of form presented in the work – for example, offering a fresh and engaging perspective on a concept or text that may have been previously explored by other composers in an appropriate medium for the intended audience and purpose. This is addressed in points one and three in the marking guidelines. Ongoing investigation into form and concept should underpin the development of the Major Work. The Major Work should have a clearly defined purpose targeting a specific audience. This should be documented in the Reflection Statement and be clearly apparent in the Major Work itself.

Major work must be an extension of work in the Preliminary Year.

The syllabus requires that the Major Work be an extension of the knowledge, understanding and skills of the Advanced and Extension courses and be clearly identifiable as a project within the English key learning area. The Major Work may be based on the Year 11 and/or Year 12 patterns of study. As students undertake the Year 12 coursework for Advanced and Extension 1, the knowledge, understanding and skills may shape the development and direction of the Major Work.

Investigation into form

The student’s substantial, independent investigation into form is critical to success in English Extension 2 and should be discussed explicitly in the Reflection Statement and evident within the Major Work. The English Extension 2 marking guidelines highlight the importance of this investigation in terms of achieving textual integrity and skilful communication of developed ideas. Digital devices, software, programs and equipment used for editing, construction or manipulation should be discussed in the Reflection Statement. For example, voice-manipulation software that has been employed in the podcast should be acknowledged and explained in the Reflection Statement in terms of the intended purpose and effect.

Do I need a Major Work Journal

All English Extension 2 students are required to keep a Major Work Journal. This process journal documents ‘all stages of the composition process’ including ‘an original inquiry question and statement of intent for the scope of investigation (English Extension Stage 6 Syllabus) (p 50). The journal also has a role in establishing the authenticity of the Major Work in that it includes evidence of investigation into a range of aspects of the student’s independent investigation, such as form and concept; critical, imaginative and speculative reflections; drafts and feedback on drafts; annotated bibliographies; copies of assessment tasks; and preparation for these assessment tasks. and with the Major Work to the supervising teacher. The journal may be in digital or hard copy. Students are reminded to avoid identification of themselves, their school or teachers. Assessment and Reporting in English Extension 2 Stage 6 (2017) (p12).

The importance of the Reflection Statement

Firstly the MW is read and then the RS. The RS will inform the examiners' evaluation of the work. It must be a clear and authentic analysis of the MW, clearly identifying the purpose and form of the text.

The Reflection Statement is intended to be a personal, critical reflection on the process involved in composing the Major Work Assessment and Reporting in English Extension 2 Stage 6 (2017), (p 10). This implies that the Reflection Statement could be written not only in the first person, but also in an informal register.