WHAT DOES PQC STAND FOR? P-POINT Q-QUOTE C-COMMENT
POINT: • A TOPIC SENTENCE TO BEGIN YOUR PARAGRAPH. IDENTIFY THE LITERARY TECHNIQUE USED. • FOR EG: RUSHDIE USES REPETITION TO RE-INFORCE THE ‘DARKNESS’ THAT ENGULFED THE ‘LAND OF CHUP’.
QUOTE: • CHOOSE A QUOTE FROM THE PASSAGE/TEXT THAT SHOWS WHERE THE WRITER HAS USED THAT TECHNIQUE. • USE QUOTATION MARKS • FOR EG: “DARKNESS CAME POURING OUT OF PORTHOLES” INDICATED HOW DARKNESS FILLED THE LAND AND WAS OVERFLOWING TOO. • DO NOT COPY LARGE CHUNKS; COPY PHRASES OR JUST WORDS AND BUILD IT INTO YOUR WRITING.
COMMENT: • ELABORATE ON THE ‘POINT’ YOU HAVE MADE BY COMMENTING ON HOW THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN CREATING THAT EFFECT USING THAT PARTICULAR TECHNIQUE. • FOR EG: • By repeating the word ‘darkness’ three times in different connotations, Rushdie besides creating an image of total darkness reinforces the elements of evil associated with darkness as well.
SO THIS IS HOW YOUR COMPLETE PQC PARAGRAPH WOULD LOOK LIKE: • Rushdie uses repetition to convey how the Land of Chup was totally immersed in darkness. While “darkness came pouring out of portholes indicates how darkness not only filled the land but was overflowing too, “strange darkness”, and “darkness that could be switched on and off” reveal the mystery surrounding the land that seem to be controlled by an unknown element. By repeating the word ‘darkness’ three times in different connotations, Rushdie besides creating an image of total darkness reinforces the elements of evil associated with darkness as well.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO HAVE A GO! • GO TO PAGE 150 AND READ THE PASSAGE ON “DARKNESS” IN THE LAND OF CHUP • FIND 2 MORE TECHNIQUES USED BY THE AUTHOR AND WRITE A PARAGRAPH USING THE ‘PQC’ FORMAT • ENJOY!!