Go to navigation
It is currently Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:23 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 3:54 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:29 am
Posts: 1541
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 4:49 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 1:05 pm
Posts: 5689
Location: Reading
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 )


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 4:57 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:29 am
Posts: 1541
Glad to be of service Ma'am. :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 5:06 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:39 pm
Posts: 2322
Thanks, piggys.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 7:48 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:48 pm
Posts: 319
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!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 6:32 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:29 am
Posts: 1541
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:37 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:00 pm
Posts: 7252
Location: Surrey
Thanks, looking forward to your post.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:58 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 1:05 pm
Posts: 5689
Location: Reading
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 1:35 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:48 pm
Posts: 319
Will definitely look out for those, piggys!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:32 pm
Posts: 1042
Obviously it pales compared to Y11 woes, but my Y10 has just told me she has some sort of English exam on Monday that COUNTS! And has been treated with complete derision and rudeness all day by dd1 who is taking HER Very Important A levels and so it cannot POSSIBLY MATTER, it was a piece of cake 3 years ago. But dd2 says, yes maybe it was then but it’s harder now, no notes or spoon feeding or being led by the teacher, like dd1 seems to have got.

Any tips for that? I don’t even know what it’s called, some kind of coursework assessment.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2018