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How to answer an essay question . Or… how to write an analytical essay. REMIX THE RUBRIC. __________________________________________________ demonstrate understanding of a text’s distinctive qualities and how these shape meaning

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how to answer an essay question

How to answer an essay question

Or… how to write an analytical essay

remix the rubric
REMIX THE RUBRIC

__________________________________________________

  • demonstrate understanding of a text’s distinctive qualities and how these shape meaning
  • organise, develop and express ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose and form

___________________________________________________

demonstrate knowledge and analysis skill in naming and explaining a text’s language forms and features… and how these show theideas, concerns, characters and events in the text

REMIX IT…

REMIX IT…

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The first dot-point of the rubric is the blue-print (map) for the thesis statement of your essay

now for the essay question
Now… for the essay question…

2011 HSC Exam Question

Discuss how Owen’s perspective on human conflict is conveyed in his poetry.

In your response, make detailed reference to at least TWO poems set for study.

The prescribed poems are:

* The Parable of the Old Man and the Young

* Anthem for Doomed Youth

* Dulce Et Decorum Est

* Futility

* Disabled

* Mental Cases

step 1 unpack the question
STEP 1 – UNPACK THE QUESTION
  • DISCUSS = examine / consider / debate / show different perspectives of / review
  • HOW = what language/poetic forms and features
  • PERSPECTIVE = viewpoint / view / evaluation / opinion / side
  • HUMAN = individual / social / public / civil / community / group
  • CONFLICT = war / battle / argument / difference of opinion / struggle disagreement
what is human conflict
What is HUMAN CONFLICT?
  • inner conflict within a person
  • a difference of opinion between 2 people
  • a difference of values and beliefs among different groups of people (Govt. and public)
  • When one person of group challenges another person or group
  • A violent fight between individuals, groups or countries
step 2 rewrite the question in the full plain english version
STEP 2 – REWRITE THE QUESTION IN THE FULL… PLAIN-ENGLISH… VERSION:

Examine and analysethe poetic forms and features Owen uses to show different viewpoints about different human conflicts.

step 3 write the thesis statement
STEP 3 – WRITE THE THESIS STATEMENT

Example 1. In his poems Dulce et Decorum est and Anthem for Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen uses poetic forms and features to show ideas and perspectives about the realities and the horrors of a range of human conflicts during WWI.

step 4 check your thesis statement to make sure it matches the rubric
STEP 4. Check your thesis statement to make sure it “matches” the rubric!

__________________________________________

  • demonstrate knowledge and analysis skill in naming and explaining a text’s language forms and features… and how these show theideas, concerns, characters and events in the text_____________________________________

In his poems Dulce et Decorum est and Anthem for Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen uses poetic forms and featuresto show ideas and perspectives about the realities and the horrors of a range of human conflicts during WWI.