Short stories are an effective way to illustrate the key concepts and reading strategies in the HSC Texts and Human Experience module. These short stories can be used to introduce the module, to supplement the prescribed text, as a standby lesson, or as part of an assessment task.
Questions ask students to apply concepts from the rubric to the story, and sample answers on separate pages which the teacher may detach for teaching.
Helen Benedict's 'Binocular' is a character-driven story about a boy's experience after spying on a girl. It is around 2400 words long and has been used successfully with a senior class (16-18 years).