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Week 6 Lesson 1: Explaining the Text Response SAC (brainstorm and contention

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Transcript of Week 6 Lesson 1: Explaining the Text Response SAC (brainstorm and contention

What is the process for constructing a text response essay?


1. Unpack the topic
brainstorm the question (focus on theme, character, structure, some/all of the above?)

highlight key words

create synonyms for key words

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LI:
To learn how to
brainstorm
the question, and
develop
a contention
.

SC:
Students will work in pairs to
brainstorm
the essay question and
develop
a contention
.
What is the process for constructing a text response essay?
1. Unpack the topic.

2. Brainstorm the ideas.

3. Formulate a contention.

4. Plan your writing.

5. Write the essay.

6. Review your work.
What is the process for constructing a text response essay?
Week 6 Lesson 1: Explaining the Text Response SAC - Brainstorming the question and developing a contention.
What is the text response essay?
What is the process for constructing a text response essay?
3. Formulate a contention

Might come first, followed by the development of the topics for each body paragraph

Might come after your have thoroughly brainstormed potential topics for your body paragraphs.

Contention links your best topics (i.e. your body paragraphs) into a concise statement which presents a clear position on the essay question.
Activity 2: Brainstorming ideas/topics
1. Working in pairs. Brainstorm potential topics/ideas that might form the basis for your 3-4 body paragraphs and link them to at least two supporting arguments.

It is Jack’s lack of a stable, male role model that is to blame for his actions. Discuss.


2. Use this structure to help you :

Topic/idea 1 > Supporting argument (potential evidence)
Topic/idea 2 > Supporting argument (potential evidence)

3. Come up with a minimum of 6 potential topics/ideas that each may form a potential body paragraph.

4. We have 10 minutes.
Activity 1: Unpacking the topic: Rewording the key words in the essay question
Unpacking the topic: Is it a theme, character or structure question?
Each form of writing you complete in VCE English has its own purpose and conventions.

The purpose of a text response essay is to explore how meaning is created in a text through an analysis of
theme, character and structure.

2. Brainstorm ideas
Big ideas and topics (more than you will require)

What could be potential topics for my body paragraphs?

Is there enough 'juice' in the topics?
Rank them from strongest to weakest.

Go ahead with your strongest 3-4.
1. Working in pairs. Unpack the question below:

It is Jack’s lack of a stable, male role model that is to blame for his actions. Discuss.

2. Identify the key words.

3. Create at least 5 synonyms for these key words.

4. Is it primarily a theme, character or structure question?

5. We have 8 minutes.
Activity 3: Finding the topic of each body paragraph
1. Working in pairs.

2. Take the list of potential body paragraphs you just created, and cut it down to the three strongest ones.

3. These will be your three body paragraphs.

4. We have 7 minutes.
Activity 4: Finding a contention from those body paragraphs
1. Working in pairs.

2. Think about your three main topics/idea (body paragraphs), and weave them into a concise statement which presents a clear position on the topic.

3. Keep it short - one or two sentences is fine.

4. Use your synonyms from earlier to keep your contention tightly linked to the essay question.

5. Add complexity by considering multiple sides of the argument by usingwords such as 'while', 'although', 'however', 'ultimately', or 'primarily'.

For example:
It is Jack’s lack of a stable, male role model that is to blame for his actions. Discuss.

'While
This Boy's Life demonstrates that

the absence of a positive male influence

contributed to Jack's

delinquency
,
other forces were more significant
in accounting for his

poor behaviour.
"

6. We have 10 minutes.
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