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See homework below in red.

Jack Davis   Jack Davis

The following points from the Yr 12 English Syllabus should be remembered  in relation to our stage drama study. Students are expected to be able to :

  • identify the themes, ideas, propositions, or arguments, values and ideologies in print and non-print texts
  • demonstrate understanding and control of elements such as audience, purpose, genre, structure and style in their writing of a variety of compositions, ranging from expository to imaginative
  • Students will also be encouraged to read widely in a range of text areas
  • understand the historical and cultural contexts in which a text was created
  • understand their own contexts as readers, including the expectations, attitudes and values they bring to the text
  • to be aware of the possibility of many differing perspectives on the same issues; and to acknowledge reflect on how their own perspectives are being confirmed or altered by what they read.

From the Yr 12 Syllabus on Stage Drama :

"Stage Drama

" In their study of each play script, students will take into account the fact that it was written to be performed on stage, rather than reading it solely as a printed text.....

As with novels and short stories, the main focus in the study of stage drama will be on helping students to understand the themes being presented in each text. This will lead to a consideration of the attitudes and values underlying the themes.

Students will develop their understanding of how the shaping of a drama text reflects its particular attitudes and values. They will study:

    • the creation of characters, plots and settings,
    • through the use of dialogue, and structure, as well as through and dramatic language such as sets, costumes, lighting, music and props."

The above aspects will be addresssed in part through your claose attention to the following activities.

Unless otherwise arranged with me, answers should be emailed to These questions will be set over time in class.


  1. "No Sugar" provides a bleak picture of the lives of Aboriginals. Discuss.
  2. In what ways does Jack Davis use language to convey information about his characters?
  3. Discuss the range of attitudes to aboriginals displayed by whites in "No Sugar". * DUE WK 5.
  4. How does stage movement, the use of space and the playwright's (NB the correct spelling) directions influence our understanding of the play?
  5. What issues remain relevant today? * DUE WK 5


  1. See handout on Question 4 TEE paper 1998. Complete the numbered evidence list, providing examples from the play of all claims made in this essay.


  1. "The non-verbal aspects of a text can be just as important as the words  in shaping its meaning and effects. Evaluate this statement with reference to your reading of  "No Sugar". This response is to be in ESSAY format and written in approximately 50 minutes.   DUE WEDS WK 6


  1. "Stage drama employs different types of spoken language in oder to shape themes and our construction of characters. Write a 50 minute essay showing how this occurs in No Sugar.  DUE WK 5

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