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    • Coursework Meeting Feedback
    • EEP
      • Spider diagram, notes etc are fine. Needs to be obvious it’s early. Like the idea of a proposal.
      • Should not be polished. Should be clear it’s your starting point. Don’t change when you change your mind.
    • Style Models
      • Style model must be attributed, of a recognised genre and written by someone considered to be an expert. Blogs/random web articles are not ok.
      • Can be a danger to look at too many style models – ok to submit two but one really is enough.
      • Should be an individual choice.
      • Must be analysed before you write a word. Make sure you understand how the model works.
      • Don’t have to have a direct link in audience, purpose or content. Can adapt rather than copy a style.
      • But can also be valuable to produce something very close to a style model.
      • A good style model is key to producing a good folder, it’s not just about box-ticking.
      • Not using a style model appropriately means you can’t achieve highly.
    • Coursework Tasks
      • 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      • Idea of strict purposes is obsolete really – most texts have multiple purposes.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.
    • Commentaries
      • 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.