Have you just got an assessment notification for your HSC English creative writing, and have no idea where to start, or how to write about ‘discovery’?

HSC English Creative Writing


Step 1: Start with the HSC English Syllabus

Everything in the HSC – not just HSC English creative writing – is developed upon principles of ‘key competencies’ – essentially skills that you develop as a result of the curriculum. Each section of your HSC English Paper expresses what skill is being assessed.

The Board of Studies pretty much gives you all the different kinds of Discovery that you should know for your prescribed texts.

Here’s what the syllabus tells you about HSC Discovery…

To help you make sense of HSC Discovery for your HSC English Creative Writing, we’ve broken up syllabus (Page 9 here) for you so that it answers a few basic questions:

What is Discovery? 

Discovery can encompass the experience of discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed.

How can you experience a Discovery? 

Discoveries can be sudden and unexpected, or they can emerge from a process of deliberate and careful planning evoked by curiosity, necessity or wonder.

How can you react to a Discovery?

Discoveries can be fresh and intensely meaningful in ways that may be emotional, creative, intellectual, physical and spiritual. They can also be confronting and provocative.

What can making a Discovery do for you?

They can lead us to new worlds and values, stimulate new ideas, and enable us to speculate about future possibilities. Discoveries and discovering can offer new understandings and renewed perceptions of ourselves and others.

How can we relate to Discovery?

An individual’s discoveries and their process of discovering can vary according to personal, cultural, historical and social contexts and values.

Who does Discovery affect?

The impact of these discoveries can be far-reaching and transformative for the individual and for broader society. Discoveries may be questioned or challenged when viewed from different perspectives and their worth may be reassessed over time. The ramifications of particular discoveries may differ for individuals and their worlds.

So what do you have to do?

You have to explore these in your HSC English creative writing on discovery, and you have to do it through using a stimulus.

Don’t know where to start? That’s okay – understanding the syllabus is just the beginning!

Looking for Syllabus Notes on This?

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With these notes you can spend less time rewriting your textbook and worrying about whether your notes answer the syllabus dot points correctly and spend more time learning and practicing your skills knowing your notes are accurate and concise.

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Step 2: Now you try!

Step 1: Identify from the syllabus any key words that you do not understand. Find synonyms for these words.

Step 2: Rewrite the syllabus on discovery in your own words. 

Step 3: Think of scenes in films or novels which explain each key concept. These can be Hollywood films or popular books. They will not be your related text, but will help you to understand the core concept!

In Crash Course #2, we will be covering about how you can developed story ideas on ‘HSC Discovery’ for your HSC English creative writing!

Still need help making sense of HSC Discovery? 

Our team of expert HSC tutors & coaches can work with you 1 on 1 at your home to help you develop a strong understanding and thesis statement for HSC Discovery so you can use this for your HSC English creative writing on discovery.

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