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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2535 on: November 09, 2019, 06:03:27 pm »
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HI! Just a question out of curiosity - (Year 11 english currently)

How important is it to have framework in our introduction for the Text Reponses or Comparatives? (i.e. mentioning what we are going to talk about in each of our body paragraphs?) My teachers have always told me to do it, but I feel like it just takes up so much time and makes my introductions look really cloggy. I'm scared to not do it as I dont want to lose marks for something as simple as that, but whats the deal in year 12?

Would appreciate any answers :)
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Not sure if this was effective but I’d introduce the text(s) with a bit of background info, express my contention regarding the prompt (in a way that answers the prompt) and give 2-3 sentences as a general indication of what I’ll be talking about (sub arguments). Usually a succinct intro is effective but you want it to give your assessor a clear indication of how you’ll be addressing the prompt and what your view is.

With comparative I always have a sentence with a “both texts...” to highlight the similarity aspect and a “whereas ...” sentence to show understanding of differences.
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2536 on: November 09, 2019, 09:08:14 pm »
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Thank you!

Also one more thing, in a text reponse, how do you approach a question that ends with 'to what extent do you agree?'
Whats the best way to choose body paragraphs for this?

I understand that in a 'discuss' question youd talk for and against the topic, what different is this ^ ?
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« Reply #2537 on: November 09, 2019, 11:19:33 pm »
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Thank you!

Also one more thing, in a text reponse, how do you approach a question that ends with 'to what extent do you agree?'
Whats the best way to choose body paragraphs for this?

I understand that in a 'discuss' question youd talk for and against the topic, what different is this ^ ?

To what extent do you agree is different as it’s not simply discussing the topic but having to argue something. Eg. Love is more important to [character] than greed, to what extend do you agree? You take a stance which either refutes or supports the assertion in the prompt. It also shows more complexity of thinking to argue both sides but there will usually be one side that is more obvious so don’t sit on the fence.

Discuss gives more freedom in terms of you just analysing that theme/character/idea in the text. But you might disagree with the prompt which you can discuss (with evidence). I do mine by first paragraph supporting my contention, and the second or third paragraph offering a different insight to the prompt. They’re pretty similar but “what extent do you agree?” stipulates an agreement or disagreement.

So for example in Nine Days if the prompt asks about family’s importance to characters you could talk about characters that prioritise their family like Kip, then also discuss those that don’t prioritise family, and if this is a result of another motive such as self interest or love. And the implications what they prioritise reveals the values of the characters and even the author (characters sometimes reflect the views/values of the author). You don’t have to completely agree or disagree with VCAA’s assertion and as long as you back your argument up with textual evidence (quotes/scenes) then you’re fine.

(I think this was a bit repetitive I think I answered you’re question  :) )
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2538 on: November 10, 2019, 03:40:25 pm »
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To what extent do you agree is different as it’s not simply discussing the topic but having to argue something. Eg. Love is more important to [character] than greed, to what extend do you agree? You take a stance which either refutes or supports the assertion in the prompt. It also shows more complexity of thinking to argue both sides but there will usually be one side that is more obvious so don’t sit on the fence.

Discuss gives more freedom in terms of you just analysing that theme/character/idea in the text. But you might disagree with the prompt which you can discuss (with evidence). I do mine by first paragraph supporting my contention, and the second or third paragraph offering a different insight to the prompt. They’re pretty similar but “what extent do you agree?” stipulates an agreement or disagreement.

So for example in Nine Days if the prompt asks about family’s importance to characters you could talk about characters that prioritise their family like Kip, then also discuss those that don’t prioritise family, and if this is a result of another motive such as self interest or love. And the implications what they prioritise reveals the values of the characters and even the author (characters sometimes reflect the views/values of the author). You don’t have to completely agree or disagree with VCAA’s assertion and as long as you back your argument up with textual evidence (quotes/scenes) then you’re fine.

(I think this was a bit repetitive I think I answered you’re question  :) )

thank you so much for your help. I think I get the general idea of it now!!
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2539 on: January 12, 2020, 07:27:43 pm »
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Hi,
Has anyone studied the graphic novel Maus? I would love some help finding some notes to get a better understanding of the book
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« Reply #2540 on: January 17, 2020, 07:18:12 pm »
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Hi,
Has anyone studied the graphic novel Maus? I would love some help finding some notes to get a better understanding of the book
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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2541 on: February 10, 2020, 06:07:19 pm »
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How do you get better at creative writing and any tips for studying English?

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2542 on: February 10, 2020, 10:26:53 pm »
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How do you get better at creative writing and any tips for studying English?
I didn't study too much creative writing in VCE so can't help too much with that.

As for overall English study, I believe practice essays are one of your most important techniques. So before sacs, I would be writing out a bunch of essays and getting them marked and receiving feedback from teacher's. Then use that feedback for your next essay. To improve vocab I would after writing essays see if I was using a word too much and then look for alternatives for that particular word - also if there was any area I found a bit clunky in expression I would try to rewrite more eloquently.

As for actually wirting your essays I think having a plan before you start is so important - even if you spend 5 minutes on this if you have this done you will have a direction for your essay. If you have written many essays before once you have the plan the essay basically writes itself as you will be reusing ideas from older essays you have written.

Some people will say to memorise essays - I didn't do this although I kind of unconsciously memorised paragraphs or parts of paragraphs which I used many times. So the memory would just come by me using a certain idea many times. However, students definitely do well with memorising essays - personally I don't recommend it though.

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2543 on: February 18, 2020, 05:35:32 pm »
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Hello,

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but we're doing a creative piece on Peter Skrzynecki's Old/New World collection. Our prompt says to choose one of his poems and rewrite it as a narrative (story).

1. I'm not sure where to draw the line with this in terms of how much we can add to it (isn't that kinda the point of a creative?) and when it is too much of our own work to be considered 'rewriting' the poem.

2. Also, is rewriting the poem (still as a narrative) from another character's point of view incorrect in terms of responding to the prompt?

I'd really appreciate some feedback on understanding this prompt asap!
Thanks! :D

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2544 on: March 26, 2020, 09:42:59 pm »
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Hey guys!
I am looking for an English tutor who is really experienced that can help me achieve a really high score, but affordable (preferably less than $60 per hour).
I am studying the movie 'Rear Window' and the texts 'The 7 stages of grieving' and 'longest memory'.
If your teacher, or a VCAA examinor is tutoring within the price range, please let me know!!

I really need help with writing my essays, as it lacks sophistication, making it hard for me to achieve a 40+ study score in English!
Thanks!!!

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Re: VCE English Question Thread
« Reply #2545 on: April 09, 2020, 05:52:11 pm »
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hi! would it be better to split the visual analysis of one visual in two paragraphs or just all of the visual analysis into one paragraph? thankyou! :)