How to answer Question 4

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Overview

  • 16 marks
  • 4 paragraphs
  • 24/25 minutes     - 8/9mins plan + 16mins write
  • compare the language features of source 3 AND 1 OR 2
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First

Look at the similarities and differences

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Second

Be precise.

Comment on actual words (quotes) that the writer uses.

Chose the words because the have been placed there deliberately by the author

OR

because they have a deeper meaning.

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Thirdly

Comment on the effect of the reader

A.K.A. what it makes the reader think / feel / do

(this is the most important part)

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Do's

  • Identify language
  • Embed quotes
  • Effect of the quotes (this suggests...)
  • Reader impact (think/feel/do)
  • Purpose (to describe/explain/argue)
  • Use comparitive language
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Don'ts

  • General comments
  • Use the same reader impact over and over
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Remember...

Same feature; different effect

Different feature; same effect

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Plan

Device             Quote            Effect            Connective        Device            Quote             Effect

Alliteration              "dying dogs"            feel sad            Likewise,                  triple              "starving, ill, crying"          feel sad

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Connectives

As with                                                Whereas

Likewise                                              However

Similarly                                              In contrast to

Equally                                                As well as      

In comparison                                     Alternatively   

 Unlike                                                

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Devices

  • Directly adressing the reader
  • Imperatives
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Formal / informal
  • Personification
  • Puns
  • Alliteration
  • Humor
  • Lists
  • Punctuation
  • Similies
  • Metaphor
  • Rhyme
  • Anecdote (short story)
  • Facts
  • Statistics
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How to do it in the exam

1.) Look for something which stands out

2.) Then look at which languge feature is being used

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