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Comparing both texts - Lesson 11 (3) - Unpacking SAC 4: How to unpack an essay question

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Transcript of Comparing both texts - Lesson 11 (3) - Unpacking SAC 4: How to unpack an essay question

Comparing both texts - Lesson 11 (3) - Unpacking SAC 4: How to unpack an essay question
LI:
To understand how to unpack an essay question.

SC:
Students will be able to

identify and create
synonyms
for key words and phrases


identify what

type of question

it is

Themes, issues and ideas?
Social, historical and cultural context?
Genre and style?

Complexifying the essay question
to ensure you address all aspects (both obvious and less obvious) by asking
who/what/where/when/why/how/which
questions
Genre and style questions
2. What type of question is it?
Theme questions
Question: Davidson and Penn depict their protagonists as not just being in conflict with the world they inhabit, but also with themselves. Do you agree?
1. Identifying key words/phrases and creating synonyms
Context questions
1. Working in pairs.

2. Identify key words/phrases.

3. Create three synonyms/alternative phrases for each of the key words.

4. We have 7 minutes.

5. Class discussion to follow.
Activity: What 'type of question is it?
1. Working in pairs.

2. Decide what 'type of question' it is
Themes, issues and ideas?
Social, historical and cultural context?
Genre and style?

3. We have 3 minutes.

4. Class discussion to follow.
Question: Davidson and Penn depict their protagonists as not just being in conflict with the world they inhabit, but also with themselves. Do you agree?
3. Complexifying the essay question
1. Working in pairs.
2. Come up with two themes that relate to these 'theme-focused' essay questions.
3. Choose from the following list:
Arrogance, ignorance, innocence
Nature versus modernity
Isolation versus intimacy
Idealism versus materialism/pragmatism
Self-actualisation
Family
Identity and belonging
4. We have four minutes.
1. Working in pairs.
2. Come up with one social/political/cultural aspect and one theme that relates to these 'context-focused' essay questions.
3. Choose from the following list for contextual aspects:
Racism
Feminism
Materialism
Colonialism
Careerism

Choose from the following list of themes:
Arrogance, ignorance, innocence
Nature versus modernity
Isolation versus intimacy
Idealism versus materialism/pragmatism
Self-actualisation
Family
Identity and belonging

4. We have four minutes.
1. Working in pairs.
2. Come up with one
genre or style aspect
and
one theme
that relates to these 'genre/style-focused' essay questions.
3. Choose from the following list for genre or style aspects:
Intertextuality
Narration (Dual/multiple perspectives?
Plot structure (i.e. Chronological? Split?)
Motifs (recurring themes/symbols?)

Choose from the following list of themes:
Arrogance, ignorance, innocence
Nature versus modernity
Isolation versus intimacy
Idealism versus materialism/pragmatism
Self-actualisation
Family
Identity and belonging

4. We have four minutes.
1. Working in groups of four.

Group 1: Who and what?
Group 2: Where and when?
Group 3: Why and how?
Group 4: Which?

2. Discuss these the prompts on the right in relation to the essay question.

3. We have 7 minutes.

4. Class discussion to follow.
Essay question: Davidson and Penn depict their protagonists as not just being in conflict with the world they inhabit, but also with themselves. Do you agree?

Who?
• Who demonstrates this in the text/s?
• Who helps/hinders the protagonist to achieve this?
• Who are authority figures in the text/s?

What?
• What scenes or events explore this in the text/s?
• What view of humanity/society is offered in the text/s?
• What attitudes to social injustice does the text/s exhibit?

Where?
• Where does it occur in the text (which locations)?
• Where is this most prevalent in the text/s (which locations)?
• Where is the protagonist most/least comfortable (which locations)?

When?
• When are these themes most prominent in the text/s?
• When is the protagonist challenged?

Why?
• Why is this important in the text/s?
• Why is this more important for this character but not so much for the others?

How?
• How important is it in the text/s?
• How is this theme portrayed in the text?

Which?
• Which character is impacted by this the most?
• Which scenes best demonstrate this?


Similarities and differences for theme
Similarities and differences for context
Similarities and differences for genre and style
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