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Coursework Advice

  1. 1. Coursework Meeting Feedback
  2. 2. EEP <ul><li>Spider diagram, notes etc are fine. Needs to be obvious it’s early. Like the idea of a proposal. </li></ul><ul><li>Should not be polished. Should be clear it’s your starting point. Don’t change when you change your mind. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Style Models <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a danger to look at too many style models – ok to submit two but one really is enough. </li></ul><ul><li>Should be an individual choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be analysed before you write a word. Make sure you understand how the model works. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t have to have a direct link in audience, purpose or content. Can adapt rather than copy a style. </li></ul><ul><li>But can also be valuable to produce something very close to a style model. </li></ul><ul><li>A good style model is key to producing a good folder, it’s not just about box-ticking. </li></ul><ul><li>Not using a style model appropriately means you can’t achieve highly. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Coursework Tasks <ul><li>How to get top marks: attempt an ambitious and challenging task. </li></ul><ul><li>It is also important to get the level of challenge right for each individual. </li></ul><ul><li>Audience – must be specific and as realistic as possible. Really important. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The clearer your audience, the easier it is to write your piece. </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks have to be individual and suit your interests.. </li></ul><ul><li>Idea of strict purposes is obsolete really – most texts have multiple purposes.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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>You must look at how the two pieces fit together and are differentiated. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Commentaries <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary should focus on language. Any flaws in the pieces will be echoed in the commentary. </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary must show awareness of fulfilling genre requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s meant to be hard to keep within the word count. </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis gives six marks and up, description gives five marks and down. </li></ul>

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