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December 06, 2020, 08:52:04 am

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rirerire

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Re: HSC English Question Thread
« Reply #60 on: November 11, 2020, 09:09:56 pm »
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Hello!

I have seen advice on here where someone said you write something English related every fortnight (like a creative, analysis, introduction, essay plan etc.) and I LOVE the idea of that!

But I am lost at where to begin. I do not yet know my prescribed text through and through, but I think I do well enough to perhaps write an essay. Do I write one even if it is going to be awful at first?

Also, I am seeking any advice you have for beginning to plan ideas for creatives and how to begin them.

Thanks!
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I did this for english ext 1 at the start of the year, as I didn't know my texts well, I looked up the plot summary just to gauge what I was grappling with. then I looked online for some quotes and themes and just summarised this on a google doc w my own words/explanations.

after that, I gave myself an essay question (my advice is to just go through your syllabus, and pick out some key words for example for the common module you could make up a question like "Evaluate the importance of inconsistencies within values in the human experience"

then I just gave myself 40 mins to write an essay w my texts, with the themes and quotes I'd memorised. If I couldn't remember them I allowed myself to look back at the google doc. don't worry if it's awful - I have so many practice essays that are only half finished but they ended up being extremely valuable and saved me time when I was studying for the HSC. I also highly highly recommend that you look through some of the powerpoints on atar notes if you need more info on how to write an essay, as it's a tad different for HSC- you need to integrate key ideas from the module statements and talk about audience, purpose and context.

for creatives, personally I really struggled with them until literally a few weeks before HSC. the best advice I can give you is write what you know, especially if you aren't as confident with your skills.
what I did was thought about place specifically, for example I wrote a few stories relating to India/Indian culture/religion, and others situated in the USA- these were topics I knew a lot about culturally and also through my studies in modern history. I thought about what issues were prevalent in that time, what issues my character might be having and who they would be interacting with.
make sure to use lots of language techniques (especially visceral sensory imagery!) and experiment with form (for example diptych structure)- that's mainly what you're being assessed on: they want to see if you can actually implement the techniques you've read in your module C texts.

for discursives write as if you're having a conversation with your friend- throw in personal anecdotes (if you don't have any just make them up  ;D ), analogies, a few stats or quotes and rhetorical questions. you can even make it a hybrid e.g. start it as an imaginative story which you discuss from there like an extended metaphor. discursives in particular are quite casual, you aren't informing- you're just sharing a new idea with the audience.
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Re: HSC English Question Thread
« Reply #61 on: November 18, 2020, 08:01:39 pm »
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Hi, I just needed some help for analysing my related texts.
We have been given to do Billy Elliot as our prescribed text and
I am thinking about choosing Please resist me by luka lesson.
Only problem is I can't really tell how they can link with each other like what themes are present in both of them

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Re: HSC English Question Thread
« Reply #62 on: November 19, 2020, 07:05:13 pm »
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Hi, I just needed some help for analysing my related texts.
We have been given to do Billy Elliot as our prescribed text and
I am thinking about choosing Please resist me by luka lesson.
Only problem is I can't really tell how they can link with each other like what themes are present in both of them
Note: I haven't studied either of those texts
However, just looking at some summary notes online, I'm seeing some commonalities: adversity, social limitations, personal freedom and transcendence (ie going beyond expectations). Also some of the module statements jump out for example both works look at anomalies, paradoxes and inconsistencies in (collective and individual) human experience.