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Transcript of PTPIGSAC
This is a device to unlock meaning of non-fiction texts.
It is a procedural acronym to help you remember the steps.
What is Persona?
(Don't think TOO hard here.)
The reason behind the text
The final parts that bring it all home...
WARNING: It is not meant to give you the answer; it simply helps you to breakdown the text to help you formulate a meaning.
YOU STILL HAVE TO THINK!!
6 principle parts:
Literally, "A mask"
a character assumed by an author in a written work (Merriam-Webster.com)
At a basic level, this the author, or better yet the SPEAKER.
Who is the speaker that produced the piece?\
What is their background and why are they making the points they are making?
Is there a bias in what was written?
the author's ATTITUDE toward the subject
Tone vs. Mood
What's the difference?
How are PERSONA and TONE related?
What is the attitude of the speaker based on the text?
What is the attitude a writer takes towards this subject or character: is it humorous, sarcastic, ironic, satirical, tongue-and-cheek, solemn, objective?
Let's put to practice what we have so far...
I have provided you with this for a reason.
The list contains a plethora of tones that could be used to describe the tone of a piece.
Tonal Denotation and Connotation
Denotation vs. Connotation
Once you know this, you can make a better judgement about which one to choose....
Some questions to ask yourself...
In what ways does he convey his message?
How would you perceive the speaker giving his speech?
What is the document saying?
What is the emotional state of the speaker?
How is the speaker trying to spark a reaction in the audience?
What words or phrases show the speaker’s tone?
How is the document supposed to make you feel?
What kind of a document is it?
Does this reveal anything else you probably didn't see before?
What is the subject of the document? This is the general topic, content, and ideas contained in the text.
How do you know this?
How has the subject been selected and presented?
How has it been presented by the author?
This refers to the group of readers to whom the piece is directed. The audience may be one person, a small group or a large group; it may be a certain person or certain people.
What assumptions can you make about the audience?
Who was the document created for and how do you know?
Does the speaker use language specific for a unique audience?
What is the occasion? In other words, it is the time and place of the piece.
What promoted the author to write this piece and how do you know from the text?
What event led to its publication or development?
Motivation or Exigence of the piece