Discovery 101

Student activities

Task no. 1

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Investigating Discovery

Read the introduction of the Area of Study from the syllabus and Prescriptions rubrics (see downloadable resource). Pose three key questions that arise from the reading.

Create an infographic that represents the key concepts and ideas of the Area of Study rubric.

Answer the following:

  1. What drives humanity to discover?
  2. What are the barriers to discovery?
  3. What can be the ramifications of discovery?
  4. How can discoveries lead us to new worlds and values, stimulate new ideas, and enable us to speculate about future possibilities?
  5. How can discoveries and discovering offer new understandings and renewed perceptions of ourselves and others?
  6. How and why can discoveries be questioned or challenged when viewed from different perspectives and their worth may be reassessed over time?

Find a well-known quote about discovery that resonates with you and compose a 12 word story that reflects the quote.

What is a memorable discovery that you have made personally that has had an impact on you? Describe it by answering the following questions:

  1. What did you discover?
  2. How and why was it discovered?
  3. What was the impact and consequences of the discovery?

Compose a 50-word imaginative response about this discovery. Focus on using imagery to show rather than to tell. You could use a motif or an extended metaphor. 

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In order to arrive at a meaningful understanding of how to grapple with the demands of the Area of Study you need to respond to a plethora of texts and compose your own original texts through the lens of Discovery. This will ensure that you understand “how the process of discovering is represented.”

In the HSC examination you are required to compose an integrated response to a question grounded in the concept of Discovery using your prescribed text and at least two texts of your own choosing. You must be discerning and find at least TWO texts of your own choosing that connect meaningfully with this concept.

Texts of own choosing

To help you plan your response to your texts of own choosing complete the downloadable table as you encounter new texts. You can use the questions to shape your own original imaginative responses. 

To begin your journey of discovery of texts of own choosing, dip into the texts listed in the downloadable resource. 

There are transcripts of James Cook’s Endeavour log and the Poetical Essay on the Dolphin Sailing Round the Globe, these can also be found in the downloadable resources. 

P 17: James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770
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