How to get top marks: attempt an ambitious and challenging task.
It is also important to get the level of challenge right for each individual.
Audience – must be specific and as realistic as possible. Really important.
Audience should never just be ‘adults’ – eg. look up a magazine’s target audience in terms of gender, politics, ideology etc to get a more specific idea.
The clearer your audience, the easier it is to write your piece.
Tasks have to be individual and suit your interests..
Idea of strict purposes is obsolete really – most texts have multiple purposes. So a text can have more than one purpose but you should still be able to identify a primary purpose which you have to prove you’ve achieved.
It’s ok to decide/change purpose once the piece is written. If it’s different from the plan just discuss in commentary – don’t change the original plan. It’s always fine for a piece to go in a different direction from your original intention.
You must look at how the two pieces fit together and are differentiated.
AO3 (context) is hardest to get marks for. Has to refer to style model in a specific way. If it doesn’t, can’t get more than 5/6. 2-4 references to the style model is ok.
Writing commentaries – have a piece of paper handy to jot down every decision they make. This plans the commentary as you write the piece. It’s a good idea to keep a log of the process of writing the coursework.
Commentary should focus on language. Any flaws in the pieces will be echoed in the commentary.
Commentary must show awareness of fulfilling genre requirements.
Beware a paragraph on graphology and layout – shouldn’t do this unless it’s really relevant. Shouldn’t feel you have to work through a list of areas to cover.
Descriptive commentaries either feature spot or describe content or subject matter. These get three or less. Must understand the meaning of analysis compared to description.
It’s meant to be hard to keep within the word count.
Analysis gives six marks and up, description gives five marks and down.