This is a three-part resource for students undertaking the NSW HSC Common Module Texts and Human Experience.


1. A generic essay plan shows students how to compose an essay suitable for Stage 6, progressing them from the simpler PEEL/TEAL models of Stage 4 and 5.


2. A sample essay for the prescribed text, Favel Parrett's novel Past the Shallows, answers the 2019 HSC question: To what extent does the exploration of human experience in Past the Shallows invite you to reconsider your understanding of loss?


3. There is also a second copy of the essay, marked up to show how it follows the plan, and with five short questions which require students to engage critically with the essay and its form.

Texts and Human Experience Sample Essay and analysis: Past the Shallows