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Area of Study

Discovery

What is the Area of Study?

The Area of Study set for the HSC 2015-2020 is Discovery. It is compulsory to
study this topic. For your studies there are no other focuses and you WILL
need to be flexible in your approach to the area.

Remember you are suppose to analyse the relationships between your texts
and discovery.

You will be analysing many texts related to the idea of discovery.

You will analyse texts not only to investigate the ideas about discovery but
also how to deliver these ideas.

This means you will will be looking closely at the techniques a composer uses
to represent his/her messages and shape meaning.

You will be looking at relationships between texts.

You will become an expert on discovery and the different ways composers
manipulate techniques to communicate their ideas about the topic.

What is Discovery?

The word discovery seems


innately connected to humanity
and usually dredges up
childhood images of exotic
locations and intrepid explorers
heading out into jungles to
discover lost tribes, great
treasures or other such
imaginary wonderful thoughts.

What is Discovery?

Discovery is also an emotive


word that engages on a
broader social context. For
example we have a Discovery
Channel thats exists to meet a
genuine need for people to
absorb the unknown. This idea
even extends to space where
the purpose of the never
ending Star Trek series states
its mission is to explore
strange new worlds, to seek
out new life and new
civilisations, to boldly go
where no man has gone
before.

What is Discovery?

Even the self-discovery/ self help industry is a major


one in all the nations of the earth; people are willing
to make great sacrifices to discover the truth about
themselves and the world. All this is undoubtedly
true but discovery is much more than this and we
need to have a broader and more sophisticated
understanding to under take our studies in of the
texts set for study.

The whole aim of the AOS is to examine the text


closely but also relate it to the idea of discovery and
decide on how examining it in this way enables you
to understand both the texts and the concept of
discovery. It is important that you formulate your
ideas about the texts and attempt to develop some
original and creative ideas about what you are
studying.

Task

Write about ONE discovery you have made in your life. It


can be about anything- include how you felt. Approx 1
A4 page.

You will need to hand write this on paper and submit to


Miss for reading. Don't worry I wont share your secrets.

Some examples: Learning the truth about friendship,


going to a new country, learning about the earth and the
systems, that you could swim, what sugar really does to
you, there is a life after school, insects have a place in
our world etc.

Discovering the Rubric

The first time and Rediscovering

Exploration new worlds, new cultures, personal knowledge/understanding and


travel experiences
Lost: Archaeology and exploration; searches for lost civilizations, people,
places, times, artefacts lost over time; misplaced; maps, treasures; family;
quests and adventures
Forgotten knowledge and ideas; ancestry, family, patents, formulas, history;
forgotten over time; history; memory; the past?
Concealed hidden, secret, veiled, coded messages, symbols, private
thoughts/feelings; conspiracies, spies; artworks; hidden orders, sects, groups

Discovering the Rubric


Rediscovering the personal:
emotions, feelings; reawakening
of the spiritual, creative,
intellectual, religious . . .
Re/Discovering the truth?
History/rewriting history, aliens,
Roswell Incident USA, censored
articles, modern atlases

Writing task

Look at the two previous visuals. We are going to use them


as an a writing stimulus. But first we need to analyse them.

Choose one image and answer the following questions


a) Group:What is this visual about? (Discuss and write
responses as a group)
b) Group:Does it have a message to convey that is related to
discovery? How? (Discuss and write responses as a group)
c)Individual: How does this visual relate to your experiences
of discovery? or how can you use this visual to represent an
experience of rediscovery?

Discovering the Rubric


Questions to answer
1. How can these happen?
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2. What do these words (in
green) suggest?
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Discoveries can be
sudden and unexpected,
or
they can emerge from a
process of
deliberate and careful
planning evoked by
curiosity, necessity or
wonder.

Discovering the Rubric


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Discoveries can be fresh


and intensely meaningful in
ways that may be emotional,
creative, intellectual,
physical and spiritual.
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Your task: Label the levels of


the oval with the words
underlined in purple.
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They can also be


confronting and
provocative.
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Task: Brainstorm/mind
map in what ways
discoveries can be
confronting and
provocative?

Discovering the Rubric

They can lead us to new


worlds and values,

stimulate new ideas,


and enable us to
speculate about future
possibilities.

New worldsand
values?

Discovering the Rubric


stimulate new ideas . . .
1. Watch TED Talk The Tinkering School.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvHViFc0ekw
2. How is this different to regular school?
3. How is this linked to discovery?
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and enable us to speculate about future possibilities.
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Watch the following clip about having a vision

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnkEace3rb4

Listen to her reasons and chose how you could


apply this to your life.