Where have we come from?
Below is a summary of what we’ve been working on since our Lock-down Zoom sessions started, covering our structure, our analytical focus and depth and our written expression.
Where to from here?
In terms of structure:
We are seeking to improve our analytical precision with regards to the author’s viewpoints; this enables us to be analytically precise with regards to the author’s positioning statements and intentions and the impact of persuasive word choices.
Clearly identifying viewpoints is vital to make appropriate comparisons.
We are trying to ensure greater control of paragraphs: starting with a broad perspective: the author’s viewpoint; their argument framework (key comparisons, attack and/or appeals); then we are zooming in on persuasive word choices and techniques that reinforce the big picture. We have been zooming in on key areas that reinforce /accentuate / exemplify the author’s viewpoint. If we choose the right areas, we can keep digging.
The flipside: we are trying to minimise flitting over the surface (ie moving from example to example and from quote to quote without showing deeper links, ties, and implications).
In terms of analytical depth:
We have been using the following strategies to hone in on an author’s views: an understanding of the general structure of an argument (series of examples to prove a point); identification of the author’s evidence, their comparisons and their links to the issue; the author’s attempts to be credible and fair (concessions to the other side; awareness of problems).
We have been analysing specific chunks of evidence; and analysing specific techniques in a holistic way (statistics, expert opinion, anecdotes and persuasive word choices and their impact).
- Please see (Text 27) Skinning the cat
- Please write an analysis of the following texts. Please see samples; . or do one of your own, or another that we have done.
We are using narrative devices /techniques to improve our analytical depth
The flipside: we have been minimising generalised statements. (Many occur with generic references to “appeals to sympathy”; “appeals to fear”
Our written expression
We have been focussing on written expression, especially with regards to the new terminology/metalanguage. Using new expressions, we often make grammatical errors. Don’t worry; keep exploring new words.
We are using new wordss to improve our analytical expression.
- Incorrect: Fox prevails upon inducing interest from the audience on the cashless welfare system which relies on drug testing welfare citizens.
- Correct: (use must have a grammatical object/stakeholder): Ms Smith prevails upon mothers to ‘engage with flesh and blood’. Conversely, Dr Johnson cautions the public to ‘be careful of over-indulgent children’ and to support mothers who may be going through hard times.
- See some of our latest argument-analysis (Zoom sessions for Argument Analysis
- Working on clearer expression .
- We have also been working on past VCAA English Year 12 exam papers, so that you can keep your goals clearly in focus.
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