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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2460 on: April 02, 2019, 05:19:25 pm »
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I recently got my first SAC (creative) back and I got a B. I was wondering if there is still a chance for me to get a 40+ ss in english ://
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2461 on: April 02, 2019, 09:21:35 pm »
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I recently got my first SAC (creative) back and I got a B. I was wondering if there is still a chance for me to get a 40+ ss in english ://
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« Reply #2462 on: April 09, 2019, 12:50:35 pm »
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Hey,
I'm a little stuck on some arguments for this essay I'm writing for an analytical on Euripides' Women of Troy.
The prompt is...
“Euripides continues the Greek literary tradition of portraying Helen of Troy as the root of all evil.” To what extent do you agree?
So, some ideas for paragraphs that I have are...
-It's never actually been a Greek literary tradition to portray Helen as the root of all evil (But how could I back this up? I would have to refer to external sources and that's not good, is it..,?)
-Euripides does allow Helen to be perceived as evil, however, she is not the ROOT of ALL evil.
-However, Euripides also portrays Helen as a powerless victim of the events of Troy so she can't be totally evil.
-Perhaps Euripides doesn't have intentionally portray her as evil or as a victim. Perhaps he simply portrays her as human.

Please tell me what you think of my arguments. I'm still uncertain as to how to write that first argument... :/
Looking forward to any tips or feedback :)
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2463 on: April 14, 2019, 04:25:51 pm »
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Hi everyone,

So I got back my SAC on Night and I received a 8/10. My teacher suggested areas I had too improve on was written expression (my sentences were too long and needed to proofread especially around punctuation). I was wondering how I can improve this?

Thanks.

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2464 on: April 15, 2019, 12:09:38 pm »
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How do you create a quote bank? I have many quotes for the novel I am studying but I am struggling to organise them. Should I order them under different themes, ideas, characters, etc.? I also find that many quotes do not fall into one specific category but rather overlap with each other so what would you do?

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2465 on: April 15, 2019, 05:22:01 pm »
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Anyone have any tips on how to improve vocabulary?

At the moment, my marks are around 7-8/10, but my teacher says with more sophisticated and improved vocab, my essays will go beyond that.
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2466 on: April 15, 2019, 06:38:07 pm »
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How do you create a quote bank? I have many quotes for the novel I am studying but I am struggling to organise them. Should I order them under different themes, ideas, characters, etc.? I also find that many quotes do not fall into one specific category but rather overlap with each other so what would you do?


Hey,

I find that organising quotes into quote banks is sometimes difficult but there are two ways you can approach this in terms of the overlap. The first is to organise a couple of banks that deal with Themes and another that deals with Characters and then have quotes go wherever is relevant. Maybe that means that a quote is under more than one heading, but that might take a bit more work and could be quite time-consuming. Bearing this in mind, consider having a bank in the form of a table with three columns; the first should have the quote, the second some basic analysis so you understand how you might talk about the quote in an essay and the third with ideas about what the quote is relevant to (eg, dot point the themes/characters this would apply to). Then whenever you are looking for a quote for a certain character/idea/theme you can Ctrl+F (or Command+F for a Mac) the word you are looking for and easily find all the entries that work for that theme.

Hope that helps,
Steph

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2467 on: April 16, 2019, 05:18:37 pm »
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Anyone have any tips on how to improve vocabulary?

At the moment, my marks are around 7-8/10, but my teacher says with more sophisticated and improved vocab, my essays will go beyond that.

Hey,

The best way to improve vocab is to read, read, READ. Whenever you see a word you don't know, search it up and then try to use it in conversation to get familiar with it. Otherwise, a more direct method might be to try and create a word bank for words that you use a lot in your essays and then actively try to add new synonyms into your work for more diversity of language.

Hope this helps!

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« Reply #2468 on: April 17, 2019, 09:37:18 am »
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Hey,

The best way to improve vocab is to read, read, READ. Whenever you see a word you don't know, search it up and then try to use it in conversation to get familiar with it. Otherwise, a more direct method might be to try and create a word bank for words that you use a lot in your essays and then actively try to add new synonyms into your work for more diversity of language.

Hope this helps!

Thanks heaps Stephanie Joyce. That's very helpful :D
I like the idea of creating a word bank with words that I always use in my essays because I always feel as though I am repeating myself.  ::)
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2469 on: April 22, 2019, 11:29:49 am »
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Hello there!

I'm currently compiling a word bank for my essays (meaning that I'm grouping my new vocabulary according to the three main types of essays to be tested in the final exams). I was wondering if anyone had any vocabulary resources for text analysis and comparative essays. I know that people say that it's a matter of personal opinion in creating these word banks and to do further reading to actively consolidate the vocabulary, but I've done so already, but I feel as if my text response and comparative word lists were lacking... Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!!

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2470 on: April 23, 2019, 08:01:21 pm »
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Hello, text response question.
My teacher REALLY emphasises on incorporating analysis of a text in relation to the world of the author - meaning not just their implicit values, but also how their life and experience during their time influenced their writing. E.g for In Cold Blood, the author focuses on appealing to readers compassion for a killer(based on true events) who has suffered a chaotic upbringing and violent childhood(family divorce, parental abuse, abandonment), with this culminating into the cold blooded actions he does one day. In this text, the author himself also has experienced a chaotic upbringing and violent childhood and what my teacher says is that I should analyse with reference the to the fact the author has experienced the same thing as the character. However I don't see the relevance of bringing the events of the authors personal life into my essays and am hoping for some clarification on this because I know to analyse authorial intent and values but not their personal life??? My friend's tutor said you shouldn't analyse in reference to the authors life. Thanks!
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2471 on: April 25, 2019, 09:45:34 am »
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Hi gary123, I sort of agree with your friend's tutor to keep the author's life experiences out of your essay writing, however, I think there is a place for the social (and maybe personal) context of the book.  As you are writing your essays under time pressures, there's only limited attention you can give this aspect of your response to a text essay topic. Capote goes to a lot of effort to represent the normal-ness of the murder victims and this is in strong contrast to his own disfunctional childhood and forms a social commentary on the admirable conventions of an average family when there are clearly plenty of examples of family disfunction out there.  Despite the stability and normal-ness of the victims, this fails to protect them from violence. It's interesting too, that Capote's focus on the killers is fairly single minded until later in the text when you see them sharing the prison with several other cold blooded killers horribly similar to them.

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2472 on: April 25, 2019, 07:41:59 pm »
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Guys helpppppppppp.

I want to prepare early for Year 12 VCE English and I'm in Year 10. What do I do?

Also, are there any documents out there that suggest good words to use for Year 12 English?

pm me pls - any advice would be helpful :)
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2473 on: May 03, 2019, 11:53:42 am »
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Hi! We're studying Persepolis at my school and I was wondering how to approach "How" questions - like "How does Satrapi expose the dangers of power in her graphic novel". What sort of paragraph ideas and topic sentences are they looking for? Do they all need to be construction based, like "Through depicting everyday Iranians without distinguishable features, Satrapi suggests that they are equally maltreated under the regime"
OR can I have normal topic sentences like "Satrapi suggests that it is those lower in the social heirarchy that are the most vulnerable to misuse of power"

Please help!

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2474 on: May 04, 2019, 11:28:40 pm »
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Hey. For discuss questions, I know you're not meant to completely agree nor disagree with the topic, but does that mean you always have to discuss why it is true/untrue to an extent? Or can you just explore the prompt itself and indirectly agree with it?
For example, in EvangelionZeta's A Farewell To Arms text response,
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A Farewell to Arms is concerned with Frederic Henry's growing understanding of both love and war.  Discuss.

Within its sweeping war-drama narrative, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms centralises the figure of Frederic Henry, whose growing understanding of both love and the conflicts surrounding him serves as the novel’s main thematic focus.
they do not talk about whether the prompt is true or false to an extent, but rather explore the prompt itself (and sort of indirectly agree with it).

Also for most of the sample essay examples in the english resources thread, they do not mention metalanguage or the author's intent which I've been told is important. Is it just because they're like 10 years old or is it not required to incorporate those kinds of things in text responses?
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