Some tips for success How to survive the Unit 2 exam…
Answer the questions • The question will be quite specific - so give the examiner what they want. • If it asks for a formal letter or an informal speech or whatever, give them just that. • If it asks you to compare two stories in relation to a particular theme, do just that. • If you ANSWER THE QUESTION, you cannot go very far wrong. • Make sure everything you say remains relevant and pertinent, and that you always show this.
P.E.E. • Each paragraph in the main body of your essay should have a: • POINT (or ‘topic sentence(s)’) • EXAMPLE (evidence, quotation etc.) • EXPLANATION (deeper analysis) • This applies to ANY writing task - and any of the questions today.
Timing is all • 1 hour 45 minutes in total • Section A: 35 minutes • Planning: 5 minutes • Writing: 30 minutes • Section B: 35 minutes for EACH question • And remember to allow time to CHECK your work at the end.
Argue Persuade Advise • Powerful start and finish - VERY important • Original and engaging - think of audience • Lots of persuasive techniques - rhetorical tools, esp.: • Rule of 3; • Rhetorical Questions; • Figurative; • Emotive • Style AND content - thread/argument
Analyse Review Comment • Overview - pithy and pertinent • Range of examples - analysis/review • Route A (+/-) or Route B (mini-analyses) • Connectives and paragraph markers • Comment - personal opinion • Balanced and objective - different from APA
Opening Worlds • Thread - introduction • P.E.E. - apart from intro/conc • Embedded quotations - short and frequent • Original ideas - backed up by examples • Compare AND contrast - similarities but also significant difference(s) • DON’T just tell the story
Some things you might have forgotten • POS begins with a long and powerful description of EDUCATION and TYRANNY. • There are lots of graphic examples of the poverty of Clement’s household. • RB explores two worlds - the fantasy of the fountain, the cricket game and Woodford Square; and the reality whose cobwebs he can’t shake off • Poverty has destroyed Bolan’s father in almost every respect - emotionally; psychologically; and his family.
Some things you might have forgotten (ctd.) • LF is about tyranny - the parents’ despotism over Sidda AND Leela • Sidda makes no effort to challenge or reverse the cruel hierarchy which oppresses him • In YC, India (and its representative, her mother-in-law) is like an army - but also like a whirlpool, sucking Cathy into its hold • Setting is very important - the flat is light and airy (and ‘pastel-coloured’); the house is heavy and oppressive.
Some things you might have forgotten (ctd.) • The significance of GAT is Ravi’s total annihilation at the end (his overwhelming ignominy) - all the worse for his high hopes beforehand • The shed, whilst hostile at first, provides a cocoon in which for his confidence to breed for once. • In WO, Savushkin is insulated against society - the ice crystals may melt, but his independence, resilience and contentment do not • Anna Vasilevna’s role as teacher is reversed, and she LEARNS from Savushkin - casting a whole new light on education.