- 01. How many credits in your year?
- 02. First up out of the gate is AS90052, which will have you producing a creative writing piece.
- 03. Next up we have AS90053, Formal Writing
- 04. We then move on to AS90849, which is all about written texts.
- 05. We then have AS90850 which is all about an oral text and understanding that.
- 06. Unfamiliar text is next up!
- 07. AS90852 will have you explain specific connections
- 08. AS90853 will earn you 4 credits.
- 09. AS90854 is all about your personal responses to texts.
- 10. Get visual with AS90855
- 11. Look at visual/oral texts
- 12. Get your gift of the gab harnessed with speeches!
- 13. Get extra help with Superprof!
NCEA Is built around a point system called credits, you’ll soon come to know the value and importance of tallying up your credit total as the year progresses. Overall, for all subjects considered to achieve NCEA Level 1, you will need to earn 60 credits. This will include 10 literacy credits which will count from your English papers and 10 numeracy, from Maths.
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Like all of NCEA, English Level 1 is no different and you’ll be needing to study up so that you can grab all those credits for your record. But what will you need to do to obtain those credits and what type of achievement standards will you be doing?
How many credits in your year?
For starters, NCEA Level 1 has a grand total of 39 credits up for grabs, which when you think about it -it’s a huge chunk of that 60 credits your after to pass the whole year! Within this, there are 27 credits available for your Internals, and 12 credits for your External exams. So, let’s dive into those achievement standards and see how you can obtain those all-important credits.
First up out of the gate is AS90052, which will have you producing a creative writing piece.
This will earn you 3 credits. What will be expected of you? You will need to develop and structure your ideas in a vivid way that tells a coherent story. You will need to have a sense of clear organization when structuring and developing your ideas. Language features will be a big part of nailing this assessment, this means your punctuation and grammar will be on point. Ultimately you will need to craft a great story with a clear idea for the audience and a strong purpose for being.
Next up we have AS90053, Formal Writing
This will earn you 3 credits. Like creative writing you will need to develop and structure your ideas effectively, however, the language features used will be slightly different and match a more formal style. You will need to have a sense of commanding the language and strong control over your words and the structure. To develop well you will need to give clear examples in your writing as well as vivid details so that the piece of writing is cohesive and has clarity. Also make sure that the syntax, grammar and spelling is on point.
Find out about NCEA level 1 annotated exemplars here.
We then move on to AS90849, which is all about written texts.
This achievement standard will earn you 4 credits. You will learn the coursework throughout the year and then sit this external exam. Written texts are all about your ability to grasp a text and unpack the key themes and perspectives from the author. You’ll need to be perceptive in your ability to dissect the texts studied. The specified aspect could be anything from ideas (character, theme, setting), to language features (style, vocabulary) or structure (narrative, beginnings and endings). You will unpack these specified aspects and show your understanding of the author.
We then have AS90850 which is all about an oral text and understanding that.
This standard will earn you 4 credits. This is also another exam for you in your end of year exams. The specific aspects are similar to the written texts, where you will explain the ideas (character, theme setting), but in contrast, the language features will focus on film-specific ones like cinematography, editing and special effects.
Unfamiliar text is next up!
Unfamiliar texts are next and it often proves to be one of the tricky ones, as you have to learn the content and then discuss texts without having previously seen them before. AS90851 will earn you 4 credits. To do this you will need to show a sense of perceptiveness when understanding the significant aspects of the texts explored. Close reading will be at the centre of your focus. Again, the significant aspects of the text will be topics like ideas (character, theme, setting, language features again like figurative language, style syntax, symbolism, vocabulary etc. You will also unpack the structure of texts like the narrative devices. Of course, as always text conventions like spelling, punctuation and grammar will also be important and worth your while to master. You’ll need to use strong and clear evidence from the text to back up your claims.
AS90852 will have you explain specific connections
These connections will be across multiple different texts and backing it up using clear evidence. This assessment is an internal one and will earn you 4 credits if you pass. You will need to unpack at least 4 different texts, that can be either written or oral. This assessment will get you prepped for the written and oral exams at the end of the year.
AS90853 will earn you 4 credits.
This achievement standard is all about using information literacy skills to form conclusions. Meaning that you will need to systematically explore a valid area for inquiry. You may want to identify an area that you want to question for example, and then answer it using appropriate evidence in written or oral texts. For forming conclusions, you will need to create ideas and knowledge based on information. This could involve expressing an opinion or a judgement or maybe even reaching a conclusion or posing a possible solution. You’ll also need to evaluate the conclusions you draw at the end.
AS90854 is all about your personal responses to texts.
How did the text make you feel, did it change your perspective on things? For this assessment, you will earn 4 credits if you pass. You’ll need to put texts under a microscope and detail your levels of engagement with each one explored. This could include responding to links between the text and self. Maybe you have some prior knowledge about the text’s subject or a personal context to add. Then you’ll unpack the text which could include connections between experience, ideas and imagination from social, cultural, literary, political or historical contexts. You’ll be expected to look at 6 different texts.
Get visual with AS90855
Flex your visual muscles with this assessment. This will earn you a total of 3 credits to your name. To obtain your credits you will need to develop and structure ideas effectively in a visual text. The text could be anything from a poster right through to an illustrated book. As always language features will be at the forefront of your focus, but this time think visual to command your audience and have a sense of control. Also, elements like symbols, colour, lettering and human figures will be important to master for your visual text.
Look at visual/oral texts
Your next assessment will be AS90856 where you will need to show an understanding of visual/oral text through close viewing and/or listening- making sure to support this through evidence. This assessment will endorse you with 3 credits. You will need to present your findings in an appropriate oral, visual or written format.
You’ll also need to have it down packed as to what the purpose of the text is and how this relates to the audience. To break down the components, the ideas are anything like attitudes, experiences, feelings, opinions etc. while language features are relevant to the structure of the text. Then you have the textual conventions being spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Get your gift of the gab harnessed with speeches!
AS90857 will have you planning, constructing and then delivering a speech to your class. This assessment will get you 3 credits. To do this you will need to develop and structure ideas in an effective way. You will also need to select appropriate oral language features that are relevant to the audience and purpose of your speech, maintaining a sense of control to command attention. You can write a speech, seminar, have a debate or performance for this assessment. Ideas need to be opinions, information, observations, interpretations and narratives, whatever fits the style. Remember to build an argument and use strong examples. Language features this time round are different. You will use effective verbal techniques like rhetorical questions, alliterations etc. and strong body language (facial expressions, eye contact etc) to make your points. Key aspects will be your tone of voice, how fast you speak, the volume etc. Don’t forget to get creative with props, costumes and materials that will help you communicate the overall message.
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