1. Background – What is a creative response taskwithin an English course?
The creative response in this Communications course provides an opportunity for students to respond both analytically and creatively, in a creative mediumof their choice, to a specific literary text.
2. The Task
You must produce one creative work and an accompanying rationale that addresses the following headings (see next section) of between 800 and 1000 words.
3. What is the rationale?
The rationale is a written explanation of the creative work as either a short essay or a series of well-crafted, paragraphs. It can take a written or non-written form depending on the choice that you make. It should address the following headings:
• Explain your own creative/artistic intent. Discuss the messages and ideas that you are hoping to convey through your creative response and how you believe your creative work delivers these messages.
• Your explanation of textual influences should demonstrate your understanding of the text (the play) and explain how it has been represented through your own creativework. You should quote from the text to identify, analyse and discuss specific aspects of the playby which your work has been influenced.
• Discuss any additional influences on the themes and ideas expressed within your creative work. For example, were they from reading or watching the text? Were they from class discussions about the text? Were they from relevant news items? Or, a combination of the above? Explain why and how these influences affected your creative work.
Significance of Medium and Materials
• Justify the choice of the particular medium and materials chosen by you. If the work is a narrative, point of view, setting, mood and choice of characters should be explained. If it is a poem, the style, imagery, language and other literary techniques used should be justified. In an artistic work, the language of music or design and visual expression should be used to analyse and justify your work.
You may also choose to offer additional information about your creative work. If you have any questions about this, be sure to discuss them with the teacher.
of between 800 and 1000 words.
4. What sort of creative work should I produce?
The scope for creative worksis enormous. Suggestions include:
• a short story
• a diary entry
• a series of lyric poems (minimum of three), or a sustained narrative poem,
• a recreationof the style or thematic concerns of the author in a piece of your own, such as a short play, a story, or other creative writing piece,
• an artistic work such as a painting, photography, graphic design, sculpture, drawing, textile piece or floral/botanical sculpture,
• a performance piece of your own composition– performed either live or filmed. This might, for example, involve a dance piece or a performance with a musical instrument, or voice, or
• a short digital film or dynamic graphic montage.
Other ideas are also welcome, please see your teacher to discuss your proposal.
5. Suggested responses
These are some ideas that you might like to consider. You are not restricted to choosing one of these proposals:
• Select a theme that is presented in the novel and write a story or one act play that illustrates that theme.
• Continue the story of 1984after the novel ends. What happens to the main character/characters next?
• Choose a key moment in the story. Create a visual representation of the scene created by the author.
• Choose a character from the play and write a poem(s) expressing their response to their situation.
• Write an excerpt from the diary of one of the novel’s main characters.
6. Completing Your Assessment Task
• Refer to the assessment rubric before commencing.
• Write your student ID number on all responses.
• Take time to plan, draft and edit your work.
• Answer all questions using well-structured paragraphsor essay format.
• Use formal language, complete sentences and correct punctuation.
7. Assessment marking criteria and rubric
Students will be assessed on the degree to which they demonstrate:
• The ability to respond critically to text and to identify and analyse the use of literary devices and technique.
• The ability to evaluate and synthesise ideas.
• Imagination and originality.
• Proficiency in use of language.
• Control and mastery of the creative medium.
Please note that the marking rubric is attached to this task outline – you should also consider this and discuss any queries that you have about it with the teacher.
8. General assessment guidelines
Submission of drafts
Drafts for teacher feedback and guidance are most welcome 1 week prior to submission of the Assessment Task.
Applying for an extension
Extensions are not granted automatically. Each application will be judged on its merits.
Fill in the Application for Special Consideration form available from the Office (and eLearn ‘Year 12 Essentials) and give to your teacher. Do this before the due date for an assessment task.
A late penalty will apply unless an extension is granted. The penalty for late submission is 5% (of possible marks) per calendar day late (including weekends and Public holidays) until the notional zero (see below), is reached. Submission on weekends or public holidays is not acceptable.
The notional zero will be a score, which lies between 0.1 of a standard deviation below the lowest genuine score for that item and zero.
Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. It involves
• presenting another person’s ideas and work as your own; other people’s work includes books, journals, the internet, ABS and the work of other students
• is avoided by referencing your work
BSSS penalties apply for proven cases of plagiarism. For details about penalties, appeals and a detailed description of plagiarism and how to avoid it