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Yet, an essay is still just an argument - or it should be!




This is an important realisation for you to get hold of and hang on to. It offers you a structured and
clear way of approaching and writing your essay.


· It will also make the process of…

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STEP-BY-STEP...
1. Work out a point of view that is your 'answer' to - what you feel or believe about - the essay
question.

· This must be based on your interpretation of whatever aspect of the text the essay question asks.
· Interpreting the text - which means considering…

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o You normally do this by quoting briefly from a relevant part of the text but you might choose to
describe an event.
· It's very important NOT to write a long description of WHAT happens. This is
merely retelling the story and loses marks.
· In a play you…

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'Here, Shakespeare is saying that the play is set in Verona where there are two dignified families.'


· Compare the above 'description' with this analytical and insightful interpretation:

'The opening lines of the Prologue are important because they paint a picture for the audience of what
could and should be…

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WHAT DO SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS DO?

1. They draw meaningful conclusions about a text by considering several aspects of it:


o they consider how the text's genre conventions might help shape its meanings and interpretations
o the reflect on the circumstances in which the text arose
its author's context
the dominant…

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Now ask yourself a fourth question:

4. WHY did I really want to write about this thing - my motivation?

And to make your message clear, engaging and interesting, you had to choose words in particular ways. But you
were limited by what words could be made to do. For…

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· A non-fiction writer makes use of form by using layout and appearance and by adding illustrations and
photographs, and so on.
· All writers use form by using patterns of sound, such as by using alliteration, rhyme, rhythm,
onomatopoeia, and so on.

Can you now see how form can…

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