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#### MissSmiley

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##### 2019 AA Club - Week 1
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:01:09 pm »
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Hello everyone!

Firstly, really very sorry I've posted this really late, please bear with me this first week!

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Welcome to the first week of the 2019 Analysing Argument Club!!

As a reminder of how this will work...
1. Every Monday, I’ll post a new thread with an opinion piece for you to analyse.
2. You’ll write an analysis and post it in that thread.
3. You’ll give & get feedback. Let the analysing begin

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Background: Royal Life Saving Australia has reported that in the month up to and including January 1, 48 drownings were reported across the nation, an increase from 31 in the same period a year ago.
Every summer I join the thousands of volunteer surf lifesavers decked out in lurid yellow and red and take part in patrols of what is generally a fairly safe beach to swim at. But even Apollo Bay beach can be dangerous in certain conditions – and adding alcohol into the mix is diabolical. So far we’ve had 12 drownings in Victoria this summer, and 50 nationally. And this is despite the attempts from various organisations to educate people about safe water use.
Naturally many people choose to increase their safety by swimming between the flags, making the most of having trained help on hand if trouble arises. However, I am astounded at how many people use the flags as a free babysitting service, lulled into a false sense of security.
I’ve watched many tourists pop on their bathers and head into the pounding surf at Johanna beach wanting a little swim. I don’t even put my toe in there on certain days, knowing how easily a wave can pop up and sweep you off the shelf – there’s a reason why it’s the perfect surf beach.
No lifeguard wants anyone to drown, least of all on their watch, but the flags are no guarantee: you are your child’s primary lifeguard.

-   Nicola Philp is a regular contributor and a volunteer lifeguard at Apollo Bay.
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#### MissSmiley

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##### Re: 2019 AA Club - Week 1
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2019, 03:51:53 pm »
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Hello AAnalysers!!

Firstly, I'd like to say a huge Well done to all those who are getting involved with AA -- whether it be by writing or giving feedback!!
It's so so great to see lots of writing happening and this is only the first week! Definitely shows how the Class of 2019 is so dedicated towards their English studies! Everyone deserves a pat on the back, I reckon!!

Just a few replies, a few suggestions and my thoughts in this post:

I'm not sure if I'm qualified to give feedback as an EAL kid, but I rather miss doing language analysis so I'll have a go.

Firstly, a massive congratulations on your 50 and your incredible ATAR!! You should be really proud of yourself!
Of course you can give feedback!! Every piece of feedback is so so useful for the person whose work is on here and also for others who want to read feedback!
You're immensely talented and you've got a fantastic experience from doing AA in EAL as well!
Also, this applies to everyone reading this!! Everyone is very very welcome to practice writing and/or give feedback here!

Also I would like to ask what is the key to easily finding 3 main argument points in a piece that is short as this weeks one. I always having trouble to find what to write my body paragraphs about in a short amount of time.
Hi!
Because this is the first week, I've kept the piece this short. I was just wanting people to get in the zone, get used to doing AA once again for their final year, that's why I didn't want to go too hard in the first week.
You're right though, finding arguments in a piece this short is hard, but make sure you know that VCAA could very well give you a second piece that is this short! Things like a short comment or a set of very short comments is common, so it's good to get used to different lengths of pieces!
You do not need to find 3 arguments for every single piece you're given! For an article this short, 1 or at the most 2 arguments is all you need to track and then analyse how they have been developed.
As with time, I always stuck to finding 2 or 3 good pieces of evidence to quote from the piece, obviously the first piece, which is usually longer, you'd need more, but stick to max 4 pieces of evidence per para. Your focus should be on analysing argument, therefore, your analysis should be devoted time. And if you follow the what --> how ---> why intended effect cycle, you'll find you'll be ok with time management!

@peachxmh
A/N: MissSmiley, just wanted to alert you that the article appears cut off from the original article online (unless it was intentional to make it shorter or something in which case I apologise!) Also wondering whether it's possible to put the title and source of the article, as well as when it was published so we can include these details in our essays? Thanks

Great pickup peachxmh!
Same as above, I wanted to start off the first week with a short sweet 2 argument piece, therefore I had to take small paras and put them together into a small comment-like size article!
Don't worry though! They'll get bigger as the weeks progress!
I'll start adding in visuals as well, as embedding visual analysis is very important!
And yes, I'll put the title, source + the date every week as well, for those who want to practice writing their intros as well.

One last note to everyone, please don't feel obliged to write a full fledged AA essay every time! Judging how much you should write is very very important, depending on the length of the article you're given!
Writing heaps for only a small article is going to take up valuable time which you'll need for analysing the longer article in your exam book!

Also, I'd like to end this post with a link to a fantastic page on our lovely, magnificent, highly incredible ATARNOTES forums:

https://atarnotes.com/forum/index.php?topic=164755.0

This is an incredibly useful page and I highly recommend everyone to explore the links and to really sink in the knowledge that so many generous AN users have put together for this community to learn and progress!

Thanks a lot to everyone who contributed, it's amazing how talented and dedicated you are to your English studies!!