This unit describes skills and knowledge required to write poetry in a range of forms including free verse, forms, anthologies, collections, verse novels, children s books, dedications, odes, song lyrics, advertising copy, magazines and web-based material. Poetry may also be written for other occasions, radio, live performances, slams, TV and films. It applies to individuals who draw on different experiences and ideas to draft poems that may be performed or published. The process involves conception, drafting, redrafting and consideration of audience.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the ability to write at least two poems of different forms (e.g. free verse, traditional verse, song, commercial advertising script, performance script, web-based verse with other media included) and for each: - determine the appropriate style and form for a poetic work according to the poetic work s purpose; - conduct planning required to write the poetic work; - develop timelines for completion of the poetic work; - write original material using technique, form, style, structure, perspective and voice appropriate to the publication media and the requirements of the poetic work; - proofread and edit draft material to meet standards for publication; - collect feedback on draft poetic work from appropriate sources and amend in response to feedback; - comply with relevant copyright and intellectual property requirements, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for writing tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - forms of poetic work including but not limited to: free verse; traditional verse; song; commercial advertising script; performance script, and web-based verse with other media included; - techniques, literary devices, stylistic and cultural contexts, purpose and audience which contribute to various forms of poetic work; - types of media used to present poetic work, including the particular characteristics of each media type; - basic proofreading and editing techniques, including the use of style guides; - copyright and intellectual property requirements as they relate to writing and publishing works, and; - basic operations of word-processing software used to produce, edit and track changes in written material.

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