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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 3:54 pm 
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The 'structure' questions appear to be the ones most folk are finding difficult. Here is my checklist of possible features to identify and comment on:

- impact of opening sentence: does it raise questions? is it provocative or mysterious? (eg "last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay"). Perhaps the piece opens with something dramatic and / or unusual (eg "Hale knew by midday that they meant to murder him"). Doe the narrative unfold gradually or are we thrust into the midst of the action?

- chronology: does the extract unfold chronologically or are there flashbacks/forwards in time?

- time markers : " ten minutes later I was doing xyz.......an hour later nothing had changed" and so on. They provide a time context. There are also indirect time markers, such as 'suddenly / immediately / gradually / a little later 'and so on.

- narrative voice: who is the speaker? what tense is the piece written in? what can you say about this?

- the interplay of long multiclause sentences (very typical in pre 20th C lit so that's EDEXCEL paper 1) and short, 'staccato' sentences.

- certain punctuation features such as rhetorical questions, hyphens and ellipses.....also very common in pre 20th c.

-Use of direct speech rather than reported speech: normally it makes the characters more convincing and realistic.

-Motifs: a repeated image or symbol. This is tricky because it's arguably a language feature, but if it recurs and is positioned several times in a text it has structural importance too and provides emphasis. It could be the repetition of a slogan or phrase too.

- perspective: whose is it? if there is more than one it's definitely worth a comment.

- movement from beginning to end: how have things changed by the end? or are we back to where we started?

Hope this helps all the Y11s :) If anyone has any generic questions about language, structure or perspective and so on please feel free to ask.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 4:49 pm 
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Thanks for this, I’ve just shown Miss Tinkers, who asked for it to be copied and sent to her. (So I am guessing she thinks it very helpful. :D )


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 4:57 pm 
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Glad to be of service Ma'am. :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 5:06 pm 
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Thanks, piggys.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 7:48 pm 
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Thank you, piggys. I think this is a very practical approach and could see it being a really helpful checklist. Thank you, again - advice is always easier to receive when given from outside the family!


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 6:32 am 
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I am going to post a few ideas and suggestions for each of the literature and language papers in the couple of days leading up to the exams as well.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:37 am 
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Thanks, looking forward to your post.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:58 am 
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piggys wrote:
I am going to post a few ideas and suggestions for each of the literature and language papers in the couple of days leading up to the exams as well.

Many thanks.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 1:35 pm 
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Will definitely look out for those, piggys!


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