From VCAA
Outcome 2
On completion of this unit the student should be able to draw on ideas and/or arguments suggested by a chosen Context to create written texts for a specified audience and purpose; and to discuss and analyse in writing their decisions about form, purpose, language, audience and context.
To achieve this outcome the student will draw on knowledge and related skills outlined in area of study 2. 

Key knowledge
This knowledge includes:
  • the relationship between purpose, form, language and audience in a range of print, non-print and multimodal text types, with close attention to authors’ choices of specific structures and features; for example, style, images, design, point of view, tone and register;
  • the ideas and/or arguments relevant to the chosen Context, including an understanding of the ideas and arguments presented in selected text/s;
  • strategies for creating, reviewing and editing;
  • metalanguage to discuss and analyse their own and others’ creative choices;
  • the conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English.
Key skills
These skills include the ability to:
  • analyse the relationship between purpose, form and audience in a range of text types, with close attention to authors’ choices of structures and features;
  • select and shape information, ideas and argument appropriate to the chosen form, audience, purpose and context;
  • draw on ideas and/or arguments presented in selected text/s;
  • use appropriate strategies to review and edit texts for fluency and coherence;
  • use appropriate metalanguage to discuss and analyse their own and others’ authorial choices;
  • use the conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English.



Exploring the Context through the lens of 'One Night the Moon'


Every text is created for a purpose and an audience. Understanding the connection between purpose (Why am I writing?), audience (Who am I writing for?), context (What factors are influencing my writing?) and form (What type of text will I write?) is a crucial part of Section B.
The landscape, and the way we understand and relate to it, is inextricably linked to the way we understand and act in the world.
We should consider how Rachel Perkins in 'One Night the Moon':
  • Explores the role of place in shaping the way a character feels about of sees the world.
  • Portrays the aesthetics of the landscape: its beauty, bleakness or grandeur. (Sometimes setting of the outward world reflects an inner emotional states).
  • Uses setting as a contrasting device. Characters, or periods in a character’s life, are often contrasted with where they are: city or country; land or sea; earth or air; mountain or coast; north or south; developed or undeveloped.
  • Refers to characters’ need to relate to, or make some mark on the landscape, to name it, or to map it.
  • Uses the landscape as a metaphor for how characters are feeling.

Describing The Imaginative Landscape


When we think of a landscape, we not only think of its physical characteristics, but also of how it involves the senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. Think about how MacLeod appeals to the following senses in his stories, and why.

Sight: What are the physical and aesthetic qualities of the island landscape?
Sound: Aurally, what is going on? Is it important for the author’s purpose?
Smell: What smells are described or implied in the landscape of a scene?
Touch: Do any of the characters physically touch the landscape?
Perkins explores a range of ideas associated with the Context The Imaginative Landscape, including:

  • Different ways of responding to, and understanding, the landscape
  • The relationship between landscape and memory
  • The relationship between identity and the landscape
  • The physical and aesthetic qualities of the landscape
  • How the landscape impacts on humans
  • How humans impact on the landscape


Landscape is never neutral. In real life, people bring their own knowledge, experience and emotions to their environment to interpret the world they live in. In film, the director creates a world and invites the viewer to enter and to make it real in their own imagination.

1. What is the character of the Australian landscape as portrayed in 'One Night the Moon'?
2. What is the emotional impact of the landscape on Jim, Rose and Emily?

Perception
  • We can never understand another's perception of a landscape until we experience it ourselves..........
  • Two people can never experience a landscape in exactly the same way..........
  • We can only be truly objective when viewing landscape a distance........
  • To understand someone is to understand where they come from.........
  • Our subjectivity is what limits us from experiencing the external world to the fullest..........
  • Our perception of the landscape is constantly changing........
  • A change in the natural world leads us to feel a sense of loss and isolation.......
  • Our understanding of the world is explained by our fears and desires.......
  • We can be emotionally attached to a landscape we have never encountered..........