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Writing on unfamiliar texts..
Transcript of Writing on unfamiliar texts..
.. need to show an understanding of
based on the close reading of significant aspects of unfamiliar short written text(s) and extracts from longer text(s).
When we write an essay on a written text we...
This means that we need to look at
a text is saying....
Grief on the Whanganui River
Water; calm, rippled, rain stippled,
is a mirror reaching from
the frigid mountains to the sea.
Steep papa cliffs, speckled shell-rock
willow boughs, ferns
stare up from the water.
bursts of bird song resound
and all the while
the bushclad land stands proud
in a cloak of red rata.
It towers above travellers
hopes they'll understand
for here, the red of the rata means battles, bloodshed, bitterness
on river and land.
a text is saying it...
when we think about
a poem is saying, we think about what is on the
of the poem...this is what we see and understand when we first approach it....
when we think about the
of a poem, we can also start to think about
the poem has been written...
lets think of it like this..
refers to the words the poet has written...
refers to the
the poem has used
are the messages, themes and ideas of the poem...
that sit beneath the surface
when we write about a poem, we need to
it's easier to understand and write about a poem if you...
'close read' it!
today we are going to look at poetry!
think about the
what is it about?
what is its purpose?
what is its tone?
who is the intended audience?
Is it about a person, a place, a character, an event, or an object?
Does the poet want to persuade you?
Entertain you? Amuse you? Inform you? Warn you? What is the main theme or message?
or the 'why'
Is the tone serious? Persuasive? Angry? Humorous? Emotive?
Who is the poem aimed at? What age? Gender? Ethnicity? A certain kind of person?
First you need to read the poem quietly to yourself.
then read it again!
Do you understand all of the words?
If not, use this!
now think about the
What words has the poet
Look at the
or the word order and structure of the poem
Look at the
the poet has chosen to get his idea across
Is the vocabulary simple? Complex? Do they use jargon? Slang? Is it formal or colloquial? Are there contractions?
How do they use punctuation? Are there lots of these.. ??? or these !!! or these () or these ""
Can you see patterns?
Is there repetition of phrasing, rhymes, or sentence structure?
Did the poet use sound effects like
Did they use
The poet probably used
to help get his ideas across...
These are some examples of figurative language...
now you need to highlight and annotate those language techniques..look for clever use of language..poets do that very well!
If you want to get to the
in the text think about the emotion the poem created, or the reaction you had to it...
Now you have
the poem you might understand the
What is the poem saying to you?
So! Once you have
the poem, read it again, and looked at the
you are ready to
But that's another challenge...