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Lesson 1 academic essay writing

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Lesson 1 academic essay writing

  1. 1. ACADEMIC ESSAY WRITING SOME TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP YOU WRITE YOUR A2 FILM ESSAYS
  2. 2. GETTING THE MARKS In order to gain a C for this essay (the minimum grade you should be aiming for) you will need to demonstrate: • A good knowledge and understanding of your documentary films and topic • A clear point of view • Appropriate use of specialist language that informs the discussion To achieve an A grade you will demonstrate: • An excellent knowledge and highly sophisticated understanding of your documentary films and topic • Subtle arguments, showing keen respect for the evidence and a natural scepticism • A high level investigative approach with genuine originality
  3. 3. STRUCTURE The structure of your film essay is incredibly important to ensure you are picking up all the marks you can To demonstrate understanding of the films and of documentary as a topic you will need to make sure you have analysed the evidence you present effectively. Demonstrating a ‘keen respect’ at the higher levels while using specialist language effectively in others. You’ve used PEE before, for this new level of writing we have expanded PEE to include 2 new areas
  4. 4. PEETA Point • The purpose of your paragraph Evidence • The specific film scenes you will use to back up your point. Remember to use micro detail in this section Explanation • Explain how this evidence links to your point Theory • Use theory in your explanation to make sure your explanation is solid Answer • Answer the essay question at the end of each paragraph, each paragraph MUST link back to the question at the end
  5. 5. ACADEMIC ESSAYS Timing is important in these essays, you have a limited time to effectively present your argument and make sure it makes sense A plan is VITAL. You should not start the essay without knowing what each of your paragraphs will be about and how they link to the question Being concise and clear with your paragraphs will ensure you don’t waste time with unrelated details, while also ensure what you do include is to the point and worthwhile
  6. 6. CONNECTIVES Do not expect the examiner to make connections between your ideas, instead make those connections explicit. This way, the examiner will be lead through your argument in a logical order and be reminded of your current theme or angle. Using connectives is a great way of making your ideas link together clearly. A list of connectives can be found on the blog and on your handout.
  7. 7. CHECK YOUR WORK NOW RATHER THAN LATER In your exam you may not have time to read through your essay at the end and make changes, instead make these changes now so they become second nature to you by the time of the exam. Think about the following in each of the essays set to you from now on. After you have finished read through your work and answer the following questions: • Does the start of my paragraph give the examiner enough information about what the paragraph will be about? • Does my paragraph add to, or elaborate on a point I have made previously? If so, have I made this explicit and used appropriate connectives to ensure this? • Does my paragraph introduce a new point or different view point? If so, have I made this explicit and used an appropriate connective? • Have I used similar connectives repeatedly? If yes are there others I can use that would work?
  8. 8. YOUR ESSAY TITLE Narrative and point of view are as much a part of documentary film making as they are of fiction. Discuss. Write out an introduction for this essay. • Include 2 films we have studied and brief explanations of how they link to the question • Include 1 theory to help with these explanations • Use a variety of connectives to ensure your paragraph flows You can use the PEETA structure here to help you include all of the elements you will need.
  9. 9. MY INTRODUCTION Narrative can play a pivotal role in a documentary, alongside point of view these two elements can influence the audience in a number of ways. The actualities such as ‘arrival of a train’ created by the Lumiere brothers fail to use narrative due to their length, however by their nature they do depict a point of view. This point of view is created through the process of mediation; the selective editing and construction of reality. Simply by placing the camera in one place rather than another the Lumiere brothers construct a point of view that is integral to the film itself. Should the train pull alongside the camera, rather than towards it, the audience reaction would have been very different. Narrative and point of view play important roles in a variety of documentaries, despite being exhibited in different ways. The importance of this role can be seen in one of the first documentaries Nanook of the North (R.J. Flaherty, 1922) which depicts the life of a tribe of eskimos.
  10. 10. MY INTRODUCTION WITH PEETA Narrative can play a pivotal role in a documentary, alongside point of view these two elements can influence the audience in a number of ways. The actualities such as ‘arrival of a train’ created by the Lumiere brothers fail to use narrative due to their length, however by their nature they do depict a point of view. This point of view is created through the process of mediation; the selective editing and construction of reality. Simply by placing the camera in one place rather than another the Lumiere brothers construct a point of view that is integral to the film itself. Should the train pull alongside the camera, rather than towards it, the audience reaction would have been very different. Narrative and point of view play important roles in a variety of documentaries, despite being exhibited in different ways. The importance of this role can be seen in one of the first documentaries Nanook of the North (R.J. Flaherty, 1922) which depicts the life of a tribe of eskimos.
  11. 11. HOMEWORK Plan the first paragraph of this essay We will use these plans next week to create a class plan for this essay which you will then need to write

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