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Prelim Support Notes
Write 2 critical essays from different genres
Drama, Prose, Poetry, or Media
25 marks each
Do not write 2 essays on the samegenre!
A critical essay is designed to test your ability to respond thoughtfully to a literacy text. The examiner looks for three things:To know you have understood the writers purpose (U)If you can comment effectively on the writers use of literary techniques (A)Genuine personal response to text (E)
Do not re-tell the storyDo not use the word quoteDo not write in this essayDo not use comma splice (comma instead of full stop)Dont use the word get!Or the word shows!Do answer the question
There are two parts to the question-the first identifies the focus of your answer and the second tell you exactly what you are to do.Part 1- Choose a poem which deals with a strong emotion such as love, hate or anger.Part 2- Explain what the emotion is and show how the poet used the techniques of poetry to convey her feelings on the strong emotion.
You may refer to relevant features including: characterisation, setting, key incident(s), climax/ turning point, structure, narrative, theme, conflict, ideas, description, symbolism, imagery, tone, rhythm etc
Title and author
Mention which features you intend to include
You may write a sentence about key incidents in text
A short storyin which the speakers personality is gradually revealed is Letter to Daniel by Fergal Keane. The text is a letter to Keanes son about the lifestyle he led before he was born. With close reference to imagery and tone, I will explore how the speakers personality is gradually revealed and indicate how, through content and language, aspects of his character gradually emerge.
Should have 3-5 paragraphs(remember PEE)
Each paragraph should have a pointevidence-quotation to back up pointan explanation of how the quotation backs up the point, and answers the question
Statement/point- what is the topic sentence/ point you are making within the paragraph?Evidence/ Quote- what is the evidence you are going to back up your point withAnalysis- detailed explanation of the quote linked to the point and to the question= sympathy with character.
Do not use this showsTry substituting the latter for the following:This revealsThis displaysThis indicatesThis demonstratesThis highlightsThis conveysThis deploysThis impliesThis illustratesThis provesThis presentsThis explains
Paragraphs should be linked together. Some useful transitional words and phrases that can be deployed include;In additionFurthermoreThereforeRarelyAs a resultOccasionallyNeverthelessOftenMoreoverCommenting on
Quotations should flow into your sentence or become part of it via the use of a comma for example:
The author reveals sympathy towards Lennie by using a direct comparison with a child.ORRepetition of the title, Before you were Mine reveals that the child thinks that what she says goes, which indicates her selfishness.
Quotations that do not flow into your sentence should be introduced using a colon. E.g.There is a strong contrast between the girl in the photo and the mother she turned out to be. As a teenager she is seen as a rebel: Your ma stands at the close with a hiding for the late one. The poet seems to admire this in her mother...
Say what you thought about the textDo not review it or give it a recommendationUse personal reflection/ response to comment upon how well you feel the writer has conveyed or explored a particular theme or viewpoint. The key point in making an evaluation is to justify what you are saying by reference to the text.
Re-introduce topic/ refer back to the questionSum up your opinion of the text or what you have learned in a personal reflective comment without using I.In conclusion, Tolkien effectively uses the characters of Frodo and Gollum to explore the themes of good and evil throughout The Lord of the Rings, highlighting that neither one, nor the other, is totally good or evil. This is accomplished through his effective use of word choice and imagery which emphasises the differences between the two characters physical appearance, personality and motivation.