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SACE 2 Year 12

English Literary Studies 2nd Edition

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Critical Reading
Second Edition
Year 12 Publication
ISBN: 978-1-925505-28-3
  • Shane Crilly 

The SACE 2 English Literary Studies Critical Reading Workbook is designed to help Year 12 students prepare for their SACE Stage 2 exam.

This workbook is a new resource that incorporates the requirements of the new Australian Curriculum English Literary Studies course. It is suitable for students undertaking SACE Stage 2 English Literary Studies in 2020.

Included in the Critical Reading workbook

Students taking Year 12 English Literary Studies can use this workbook to learn:

  • the requirements of the exam
  • what techniques and features to look for in your readings
  • how to analyse those techniques
  • effective ways to respond to questions.


Table of Contents

  • Section 1 – Basic requirements of the Critical Reading component
  • Section 2 – The nature of the beast
  • Section 3 – Confronting the beast
    • Appeal to reason
    • Appeal to emotions
  • Section 4: A slightly bigger beast
    • Analogy
    • Connotative words
  • Section 5: With this one you’ll soon be taming lions
    • Developing your powers of observation
    • Context
    • Style
    • Reader address
    • Wordplay
    • Figurative language
    • Association: a key word
  • Section 6: Looking at another beast
    • Layout and design
    • Sentences and punctuation
    • Assumptions
    • Answering exam questions
  • Section 7: One more beast for now
    • Establishing a system
    • Critical Reading analysis worksheet (annotated)
    • Contrast irony and symbolism explained
    • Critical Reading analysis worksheet
    • Common features of texts
  • Section 8: Distinguishing features of individual types of texts
    • Newspaper and magazine articles (including digital)
    • Short narrative and descriptive passages
    • Advertisements
    • Web pages
    • Verse
  • Section 9: Critical Reading exam tips
    • Preparing for the examination
    • The ten commandments
    • Managing quotations
    • Tailoring quotations to fit your sentences
  • Section 10: Further practice
    • Another narrative
    • Comparing two broadsheet articles
    • A descriptive passage or vignette
    • Comparing three texts: advertisement, story and poem
    • Comparing a magazine article and a car review
    • Three more texts: two prose and a poem
  • Section 11: Past examinations
    • Four more texts: two prose and two poems
    • Notes on the 2017 English Literary Studies examination
    • Notes on the 2018 Critical Reading examination
    • Sample paper