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Hunter ETA Study Day

Here’s my top three notes from Karen Yager’s talk at the ETA study day on Friday:

  • HSC papers are written with an overarching concept in mind. Last year’s was ‘place’. The theme extends across both papers – ‘Place’ becomes ‘context’ in Paper 2.


  • The notes on weaker responses in the exam comments are often a good guide to where the questions will go. (2010’s notes referred to the ‘add-on’ quality of the context and the need to integrate it in discussions.)


  • Karen recommended that students have a main thesis statement and then four or five ‘sub theses’ that related to it. In other words, it’s important to get students to develop an elaborated personal response to belonging that is a lot more complex than ‘belonging or not belonging’.

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