Like most other countries, Australian high school students sit a set of exams called the Higher School Certificate — except some of them, like English Extension 2, aren’t exams at all.
Instead, we spent the year researching and handcrafting a body of work, learning and understanding the writing, drafting, and re-drafting process as we went. While the deadlines were tight and the criticism was harsh, it was one of the most rewarding experiences I had at high school. I wish all students had an opportunity like this.
It’s called Room 101, and it’s about a high school English department. Any and all resemblance to real English teachers I know is purely coincidental.