You may have read our previous post on picking a related text for common module – but now you have your assessment and its time to choose and you don’t know where to start.

Well lucky for you, you’ve arrived here at a list that may be able to help.

A quick reminder before we go on about the use of a related text:

  1. The related text is only used for the assessment task. You won’t need it again for Trials or HSC. So, when picking a text no need to worry about anything beyond the task at hand. Pick something that suits the need at hand and best suits the purpose and allows you to easily navigate and answer the question.

  1. You don’t need to ordinarily compare the related text to your prescribed text. That is, you don’t need to draw any connections between the texts or draw comparisons between the way they present ideas. You treat the related text completely independently. This means that you analyze the prescribed text in relation to the question and then move onto the related text as an almost second part. We recommend treating your essay as two sections with the first on the prescribed text and second of the related text. Do watch out though for any specific instructions in your assessment.

  1. Try and discuss the texts equally in your essay. But be sure to always consult the marking criteria and specific instructions.

So check out the list below:

Poetry (any poets by the following):

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Seamus Heaney
  • William Butler Yeats
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

TV series

  • House of Cards
  • Black Mirror


  • Wag the Dog
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Pleasantville
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Blackkklansman
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Twelve Angry Men
  • Milk

Picture Books/Graphic Novels:

  • Maus
  • Tyranny, you keep me thin
  • Persepolis
  • The Island
  • The Lost Thing

Picture Books/Graphic Novels:

  • Maus
  • Tyranny, you keep me thin
  • Persepolis
  • The Island
  • The Lost Thing


  • The Dangers of A Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • The Fringe Benefits of Failure, J K Rowling
  • I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King Jr
  • Julia Gillard ‘Misogyny’ Speech

Let us know if you have any questions about the selection process. Good luck with your assessment!