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Individual Oral Commentary Workshop
Transcript of Individual Oral Commentary Workshop
Each student will receive a passage of upto 40 lines
20 minutes to prepare the passage
Talk about the passage for a minimum of 10 minutes
After 10 minutes your teacher will ask some questions
The IOC counts for 15% of the overall grade
Understanding of the use and
To what extent does the commentary show knowledge and understanding of the text?
Are the comments supported by well-chosen references to the text?
understanding of the text or extract
effects of literary features
To what extent does the commentary show an awareness of how the literary features in the text ( for example, structure, technique and style ) are used to construct meaning?
To what extent does the commentary show understanding of the effects of literary features?
How well organized is the
How coherent is the structure?
How clear, varied and
accurate is the
How appropriate is the choice of register and style? ("Register refers, in this context, to the student's use of elements such as vocabulary, tone, sentence structure and terminology appropriate to the commentary.)
Organising The Commentary
Poetry: a body of
Drama: where in terms of the plot
What has taken place before?
What happens next?
Novel: which chapter?
Where in terms of the plot
Convey a message
Advance the plot
Highlight a theme
Develop a character
Introduce a character
Reveal a character's thoughts and
What takes place?
Is there an outstanding theme of the extract?
Ambition vs Revulsion
The American Dream
Man vs Nature
Is there an example of a particular device that stands out or one that the author has made particular use of within the extract?
Poetry: Regular, irregular, free
Extract from a novel: narrative, dialogue
Extract from a play: dialogue, soliloquy
Dialogue: dominant character
Further Stylistic Features
stylistic features and effects
Novel: descriptive narrative
movement: time and/or
Explain why authors have employed
certain stylistic features
Create a focal point
PIE: The point/illustrate/explain
A quick review of the texts used for
An actual extract: layout, content
and guiding questions
Groups of 4: each person to perform an individual oral commentary which
will be recorded and assessed by
Individual mock exam
The Great Gatsby
Group grading exercise