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Context Response. The Writing Process. Effective Context Writing is about you having something YOU want to communicate to an audience. You have to think like an author. As part of that study you need to work out:

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The writing process
The Writing Process

  • Effective Context Writing is about you having something YOU want to communicate to an audience. You have to think like an author. As part of that study you need to work out:

  • Purpose – why am I writing? What point do I want to make about the prompt on the ‘Imaginative Landscape’?

  • Audience – who am I writing for? 

  • Form – knowing the best way to communicate my message to my audience. 

  • Structure – what ‘tools’ do I need to communicate it? 


  • As part of the planning of your response, you need to break down the prompt and ask questions of it.

  • What do you think about this prompt?

  •  Do you agree with its proposition?

  •  Is your position dependent on how you’ve interpreted some of the key words, such as ‘fundamental’ and ‘contentment’?

  •  What are the factors that may influence our sense of contentment?

  •  Can we be content without having a ‘place’ as opposed to a ‘sense of place’?

Context response

  • The FLAP-C made easy…

  • Written explanations are short introductory pieces to your writing in Context essay. These written explanations are intended to provide your assessor an indication of what they should expect from your piece. Essentially, written explanations are a discussion of your own work.

Context response

  • There are traditionally three forms of writing accepted in assessments: expository, creative/imaginative or persuasive essay. Recently, hybrids of the three are also accepted for example, expository essay with a touch of creative writing. Whichever form of writing you select, you need to explain the reason behind your choice.

  • 'I chose to write in an expository style, employing conventions of format and style of a traditional essay. This allows me to express my ideas in a logical order while adopting a sophisticated tone.’


  • When writing, you choose particular words and phrases to illustrate your ideas. Think about what type of language have you used and why. Perhaps your piece is formal or informal, sophisticated or simple, or, first- or third- person perspective. All these factors are important in shaping your Context piece. Also consider language techniques you may have incorporated such as repetition, rhetorical questions, metaphors, symbolism and more.

  • 'I have chosen formal language in an attempt to demonstrate a comprehensive and thoughtful piece. Inclusive words such as 'we' and 'us' have been incorporated to allow me to connect with the audience. Furthermore, my use of first-person perspective aims to add credibility to my argument.'


  • You must select a targeted audience for your essay. Your choice can be VCE students to young children, or even to your future self. Make sure your target audience is suitable for your work – select a group that would realistically be interested in your work.

  • 'My piece is to be published in an anthology for VCE students familiar with the subject matter and texts. As they have familiarity with the concepts I discuss, I intend for readers to depart with a greater understanding and appreciation of the ideas in my written piece.'


  • The purpose section is where you discuss the message you would like to send to your audience. Here you discuss your contention or arguments, whether you completely agree, disagree or a bit of both in regards to your prompt.

  • 'The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that there can be different outcomes from encountering conflict: firstly, that conflict can change many people through growth in understanding or a sense of self-development and secondly, that there are times when people remain unaffected by conflict and thus, unchanged.'


  • Since your essay is based on your Context prompt, you should provide a brief discussion of the basic ideas behind the Context. You can do this prior to your Purpose section since it is a good lead-in.

  • 'In this essay, I explored the idea that 'Conflict inevitably changes people'. Every person encounters conflict. It drives individuals to challenge themselves, and deal with new experiences.'

How long
How Long?

  • Generally your FLAPC statement will be between 150 to 350 words long.

Planning your creative response

  • Read the prompt.

  • Make sure you highlight the key words that relate to the Context. Ask yourself – is there more than one part to the prompt?

  • Write a sentence – what does this prompt mean?

  • Brainstorm some of the ideas that come to your mind (they must be related to The Imaginative Landscape).

Ask yourself
Ask yourself…

  • Why am I writing? This is the purpose of the piece.

  • What will I write about? What are your big ideas?

  • How will I write about it? This is about the way in which the content and ideas are presented. Here the author makes decisions about techniques and strategies and language that will be used. BE SPECIFIC WHEN REFERRING TO LANGUAGE. You need to say WHAT language you will use and WHY you are using it and what you think the language will make the READER FEEL, THINK, BELIEVE, DO.

  • Who am I writing for? Who is your audience? Why choose this audience?

Before you start your essay
Before you start your essay

  • Read over your statement of intention – does it meet FLAP C?

  • Make changes to your statement of intention so that the reader HAS NO DOUBT about the purpose of your piece, the ideas that relate to context and how you will use the ideas in the prompt.

  • Once you have proof read your statement of intention, you can start writing your extended piece (900-1200 words).

Context response

  • Edit and proofread your piece.


  • Read over your piece again. Ask yourself:

  • - Am I happy with this piece?

  • - Do I link to the big ideas in the text?

  • - Do I do all of the things that I said I would in my Statement of Intention?

  • - Have I proof read this piece for spelling errors?

Some quotes
Some quotes

  • "Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance." – Charles Lindbergh

  • "Any landscape is a condition of the spirit." – Henri FedericAmiel

  • "The landscape you grow up in speaks to you in a way that nowhere else does." – Molly Parker

Imaginative landscape prompts
Imaginative Landscape Prompts

  • Perception: We can never understand another's perception of a landscape until we experience it ourselves.

  • Memories: Memories are designed to suppress the hostility of natural landscapes.

  • Imagination: The physical elements of landscape provide a foundation for our imagination.

  • People: A change in the natural world leads us to feel a sense of loss and isolation.