Accessible Page Links

Page Tools

Main page Content

Year 10 English Curriculum

​April 2018

Dear Parent / Caregiver,

The Year 10 English Curriculum has been revised at Benowa State High School to prepare students for the new Queensland Certificate of Education system commencing with Year 11 students in 2019. A greater emphasis on exams, timed writing and responding to unseen questions has been placed within our English units to help prepare students for this system.

The first examination for Year 10 English A and B will be a multiple choice and short response test paper.

Year 10 English Unseen Poetry Exam

Where:  J-Block (Each English class will be assigned specific rooms) 

When:  Monday 28th May, Periods 1-2 (8:55-10:05am)

It is essential that students are present for this exam. Absences will require a medical certificate, so that students can complete an alternate test paper in a scheduled catch-up session.

This exam is worth 10% of a student’s overall grade for Year 10. This shorter exam will help to prepare students for their end-of-year examination, which will be worth 20% of their overall grade.

The cover sheet of the exam is attached to this letter. It outlines the instructions and conditions for the task. The two poems will only be provided within the exam, to help students prepare for a system where unseen tasks occur more frequently.

Students will be taught a short unit that prepares them for this task. This unit covers explicit teaching of the reading and writing skills required to analyse poems and meet the requirements of the task. A practice exam will also be provided, allowing for students to improve their skills and receive individual feedback from teachers.

As always, it is crucial that students attend school every day so that they do not miss essential preparation and learning for this task. 

If you have any queries regarding this task and unit, please contact Matt Pickersgill (Head of Department – English) or your child’s English teacher.



Matt Pickersgill 

Head of Department – English


Year 10 English Unseen Poetry Exam 2018 Monday 28th May 2018 – 8:55am


Do not open this book until you are directed to do so



TWO poems are contained within this booklet. They are both related to the topic of addiction.

This test paper has 12 items:

  • 8 multiple choice questions, worth 0.5 marks each
  • 4 short response questions, worth 1.5 marks each


In total, there are 10 marks for this exam that contribute towards your 100 marks for the year. Answer every question.

Time allowed – 50 Minutes


General instructions

  • Write using black or blue pen
  • Questions are to be answered in this book
  • No planning paper is provided​