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    It's on monday....anyone have any useful revision methods? Anyone do Wider Reading on tuesday? I thought it was good I did CHaucer and Oleanna
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    Someone actually does this topic? Faints in shock. Yes I am doing this paper and absolutely dreading it, like really dreading it. I am useless at it.

    Revision ideas. Write down the different features of each genre:

    Scientific writing
    Speeches
    Travel writing
    Reportage
    Diaries, letters and jouranals
    Biography/Autobiography

    Try and learn some basic language features, like modal verbs, active and passive voice, different types of mood.

    Can anyone on here give me a basic idea of what to look for in the above genres? It is the identifying the texts I struggle the most with as the examiners are always mean and make it difficult to discover what type of text it actually is.

    I did Unit 5 on the Poetry Anthology and Translations. Didn't go as well as I hoped, the Translations questions were awful.

    Good luck x
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    *Bump*

    No one else doing this exam? Or anyone who can give advice on the above?
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    I'm doing it. I thought me and Smiley_Me were the only two! Lol. I found the wider reading ok, both Translations questions were a bit of a bi*ch though. Which 2 did you do? I'm scared about tomorrow! . I don't know anything! Erm...

    Scientific writing - quite specific topic, specialist vocab, often quite formal, medical articles, etc
    Speeches - contain elements of spoken word (e.g. pauses), often first person, addresses audience (rhetorical questions, etc)
    Travel writing - pretty easy to recognise really, anything about holidays, anything foreign basically.
    Reportage - newspaper articles, etc. Tone depends on subject matter
    Diaries, letters and jouranals - diaries and journals quite personal, first person. Often informal

    Does that help at all? It's quite brief and off the top of my head.

    How do we have to answer the essay, do we just have to compare the three pieces, commenting on tone, language, form, etc etc etc? How long do we have to spend writing?
    Biography/Autobiography - auto in first person, biog in third person
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    You just have to analyze and compare so it's not too bad, they should let us take in our structures
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    My teacher says that at the end of the exam, your supposed to write something about how your studies at a-level helped you in analysing different genres of writing- or something like that. Has anybody else been told something similar?
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    (Original post by rainjan_4now)
    My teacher says that at the end of the exam, your supposed to write something about how your studies at a-level helped you in analysing different genres of writing- or something like that. Has anybody else been told something similar?
    No, that hasnt been mentioned to me :confused:. I'm scared! . What else have you been told?
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    (Original post by ~Sam~)
    No, that hasnt been mentioned to me :confused:. I'm scared! . What else have you been told?
    well, she said to say something on the lines of " I used my knowledge of literaryand linguistic features to analyse and criticise the three texts to deduce if they capture and reflect their audiences and purposes appropriately"

    And something that mentions that your ability to identify attitudes and values in the texts has led you to accurately critise them, as the writers/speakers have "implied their subjective opinions in their texts".

    This should literally only be about 30-40 words. You are merely and basically pointing out how your studies at A-level have helped you to write your essay with analytical and critical intention....or something.
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    (Original post by rainjan_4now)
    well, she said to say something on the lines of " I used my knowledge of literaryand linguistic features to analyse and criticise the three texts to deduce if they capture and reflect their audiences and purposes appropriately"

    And something that mentions that your ability to identify attitudes and values in the texts has led you to accurately critise them, as the writers/speakers have "implied their subjective opinions in their texts".

    This should literally only be about 30-40 words. You are merely and basically pointing out how your studies at A-level have helped you to write your essay with analytical and critical intention....or something.
    Ok, thanks . Yeah I know we have to mention attitudes and values. We've only ever done like one practice essay. How long are we meant to spend reading, and how long on the essay? And what kinds of things are we meant to contrast, audience, purpose, language, etc?
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    (Original post by ~Sam~)
    I'm doing it. I thought me and Smiley_Me were the only two! Lol. I found the wider reading ok, both Translations questions were a bit of a bi*ch though. Which 2 did you do? I'm scared about tomorrow! . I don't know anything! Erm...

    Scientific writing - quite specific topic, specialist vocab, often quite formal, medical articles, etc
    Speeches - contain elements of spoken word (e.g. pauses), often first person, addresses audience (rhetorical questions, etc)
    Travel writing - pretty easy to recognise really, anything about holidays, anything foreign basically.
    Reportage - newspaper articles, etc. Tone depends on subject matter
    Diaries, letters and jouranals - diaries and journals quite personal, first person. Often informal

    Does that help at all? It's quite brief and off the top of my head.

    How do we have to answer the essay, do we just have to compare the three pieces, commenting on tone, language, form, etc etc etc? How long do we have to spend writing?
    Biography/Autobiography - auto in first person, biog in third person
    I did the question on love and loss for poetry, and the second Translations question. Eurgh, I don't even want to think about that paper.

    I am really scared about tomorrow. I can't remember any language features and I will probably end up crying later. I have so much Sociology to learn I have completely neglected this exam.

    That actually really helps, especially about the reportage, as they tend to put articles in and I don't know what they are!

    The question is always the same on each paper so I suggest you read it really carefully and underline the key words. We basically have to compare and contrast yeah. If you don't do that then you're screwed as that carries the main marks.

    Your best bet is to spend half an hour to fourty five minutes analysing the texts, noting down comparisons etc. Then spend the rest of the time on the actual essay.

    Planning is vital, I must do this tomorrow. Make any point that you find interesting or useful, even if you don't know what language feature it is, as you will gain marks for identifying it anyway probably.

    You get two sets of texts don't you? Well this will be fun, choosing which ones I want to analyse.

    Argh! I am dreading this exam. Like really dreading it. I want a B in English.

    Thanks for your help. Good luck for tomorrow. I need it x
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    (Original post by ~Sam~)
    Ok, thanks . Yeah I know we have to mention attitudes and values. We've only ever done like one practice essay. How long are we meant to spend reading, and how long on the essay? And what kinds of things are we meant to contrast, audience, purpose, language, etc?
    Genre- you still have to state it even though its given to you.
    Purpose
    Audience
    Register/tone- formal/informal, narrative view point
    Historical and Social contexts
    Lit/lang/ling features- the biggest part!
    semantic fields
    DOUBLE WEIGHTED attitudes and values

    I dunno how long we should spend reading the texts. I usually dont REALLY read them, just skim them to try and get the gist of it- I'm too lazy to read it with the intention to understand what the crap it's about, but i may try harder to understand the texts tomorrow though!

    Edit: try to remember the order of the above, as my teacher frequently listed them in the actual order shown above, and it helps tremendously! It just rolls off my tongue, and i just write them down as a plan at the start of my exam, and i have a guide from there to the end of my essay
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    (Original post by Smiley_Me)
    I did the question on love and loss for poetry, and the second Translations question. Eurgh, I don't even want to think about that paper.

    I am really scared about tomorrow. I can't remember any language features and I will probably end up crying later. I have so much Sociology to learn I have completely neglected this exam.

    That actually really helps, especially about the reportage, as they tend to put articles in and I don't know what they are!

    The question is always the same on each paper so I suggest you read it really carefully and underline the key words. We basically have to compare and contrast yeah. If you don't do that then you're screwed as that carries the main marks.

    Your best bet is to spend half an hour to fourty five minutes analysing the texts, noting down comparisons etc. Then spend the rest of the time on the actual essay.

    Planning is vital, I must do this tomorrow. Make any point that you find interesting or useful, even if you don't know what language feature it is, as you will gain marks for identifying it anyway probably.

    You get two sets of texts don't you? Well this will be fun, choosing which ones I want to analyse.

    Argh! I am dreading this exam. Like really dreading it. I want a B in English.

    Thanks for your help. Good luck for tomorrow. I need it x
    You did the same questions as me. Which poems did u use for love and loss? I used the wife of ushers well, and on monseiurs departure. The translations question was horrible! I just mentioned stuff about how Maire couldnt emmigrate because she couldnt speak english, and how it helped Owen get a good job. Lol, it was rubbish!

    I can't remember many language features either. Im so screwed .
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    (Original post by rainjan_4now)
    Genre- you still have to state it even though its given to you.
    Purpose
    Audience
    Register/tone- formal/informal, narrative view point
    Historical and Social contexts
    Lit/lang/ling features- the biggest part!
    semantic fields
    DOUBLE WEIGHTED attitudes and values

    I dunno how long we should spend reading the texts. I usually dont REALLY read them, just skim them to try and get the gist of it- I'm too lazy to read it with the intention to understand what the crap it's about, but i may try harder to understand the texts tomorrow though!
    For lit/lang/ling features, is that just stuff like declaratives, sentence structure, lexis, similes, etc etc etc? And how mush do we have to say about attitudes and values? And I dont know any historical or social context! Arggh!! Sorry, I'm stressing out here. I need an A in English!
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    (Original post by ~Sam~)
    For lit/lang/ling features, is that just stuff like declaratives, sentence structure, lexis, similes, etc etc etc? And how mush do we have to say about attitudes and values? And I dont know any historical or social context! Arggh!! Sorry, I'm stressing out here. I need an A in English!
    yep, all those annoying features- you dont have to say all of those present in the texts, just select the ones you can compare with the other texts.

    You can add a sentance here and there to your essay about attitudes and values- basically where you think they would fit in. E.g. if you have just explained about the text being persuasive, and you see a blatant way the text's attitudes and values help it come across as persuasive, point it out then and there!

    My teacher says that the best way to look for attitudes and values is to look for pre-/post-modifications, eg, "bright" as opposed to "dull" shows that a writer has a certain attitude towards the bright red bus.
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    (Original post by ~Sam~)
    You did the same questions as me. Which poems did u use for love and loss? I used the wife of ushers well, and on monseiurs departure. The translations question was horrible! I just mentioned stuff about how Maire couldnt emmigrate because she couldnt speak english, and how it helped Owen get a good job. Lol, it was rubbish!

    I can't remember many language features either. Im so screwed .
    I used Since There's No Help and To Daffodils.

    Yep ditto about the Translations question, absolutely awful.

    Yay no more A Level English after tomorrow.
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    (Original post by rainjan_4now)
    My teacher says that the best way to look for attitudes and values is to look for pre-/post-modifications, eg, "bright" as opposed to "dull" shows that a writer has a certain attitude towards the bright red bus.
    Can you blag attitudes and values? Like say 'the writer's use of this metaphor shows his attitude towards the situation.'

    Would that be classed as an attitude and value?

    OMG I am stressed now. I want to cry. I don't know anything.
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    (Original post by Smiley_Me)
    Can you blag attitudes and values? Like say 'the writer's use of this metaphor shows his attitude towards the situation.'

    Would that be classed as an attitude and value?

    OMG I am stressed now. I want to cry. I don't know anything.
    I've always thought of it as stuff like, say for travel writing someone is saying how they really enjoyed a holiday in Turkey, I would put something like:
    "The attitudes of this piece towards the resort and holiday as a whole are positive – “A great holiday, one of our best” – but also balanced, drawing upon negative aspects as well as positive ones: “they will try to rip you off!”

    Would that be right?
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    (Original post by ~Sam~)
    I've always thought of it as stuff like, say for travel writing someone is saying how they really enjoyed a holiday in Turkey, I would put something like:
    "The attitudes of this piece towards the resort and holiday as a whole are positive – “A great holiday, one of our best” – but also balanced, drawing upon negative aspects as well as positive ones: “they will try to rip you off!”

    Would that be right?
    I would say so yes. You have balanced your argument with a quote, always good.

    2 hours this exam is tomorrow. 2 hours. I will have finished it in an hour as I will not have anything to write about.

    *Cries*
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    (Original post by Smiley_Me)
    Can you blag attitudes and values? Like say 'the writer's use of this metaphor shows his attitude towards the situation.'

    Would that be classed as an attitude and value?

    OMG I am stressed now. I want to cry. I don't know anything.
    I'm sure if you argued your point, anything in this world could show an attitude and value . An example i have is a train advert where a train reached stations quicker than normal. The tempo is fast and tone/purpose is persuasive. Therefore the attitudes and values of the writers of the advert is that that particular company is the best one to choose to get to a certain place because it takes very little time to do so.
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    (Original post by Smiley_Me)
    I would say so yes. You have balanced your argument with a quote, always good.

    2 hours this exam is tomorrow. 2 hours. I will have finished it in an hour as I will not have anything to write about.

    *Cries*
    About 45 mins are reading time anyway so we won't have to write for *that* long. I think I'm just gonna try and plan it well, and try to put in the main points, shove in a bunch of quotes, and hope for the best!
 
 
 
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