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What causes lost marks? A lack of knowledge of the text. It's easily the number one cause of lost marks, in controlled assessments, coursework and exams. This might not be good news if it applies to you, but there's no escaping the fact that you can't write in detail about a text you don't know well.
But wait - there's help at hand Kick future hassle, frustration and disappointment into touch by recognising the benefits of re-reading and reflecting deeply on your story - with the essay question firmly in mind as you re-read. But not just yet!
You'll need help as you read so either find a friend to share the strain with or, at the very least, get hold of one of the free study guides available from the links above. Oh, and don't forget to read the rest of this guide, too - it will guide your reading so that you know exactly what to look for as you read.
Pre stories can pose particular difficulties - not surprisingly as they were often written with an older, highly educated audience in mind.
Understanding these texts really can become much easier if you have a study guide to refer to as you read them. Try the links above. You can never know all there is to know about a text so, if you've read it in class and re-read it again at home along, perhaps, with a study guidethen rest peacefully in the knowledge that you've done all you can.
Do read this guide, too, though as it will guide you to what examiners are looking for. Be sure to ask your teacher for some past CA or exam questions. Practising these is an excellent way to prepare and reduce the tension of the CA or exam.
What's needed to gain a high grade? Most marks are given for the quality of your interpretation. This means that you need to become something of an expert at finding the various layers of meaning that exist within your text - reading 'between the lines'.
Meaning can be 'shaped' and 'layers of meaning' created when a writer uses language in literary ways This is language that creates imagery and connotationsthus developing emotion and feelings.
Various literary techniques can help a writer achieve this. Never forget what a story is Try hard to get right back to those initial ideas, thoughts and feelings and you'll be on your way to a truly great analysis and essay.
Class novels are likely to be what is called 'theme driven', rather than 'plot driven'. This means that the story - its characters, settings and action - have been written to persuade as much as entertain.
Writers create stories that absorb and emotionally involve their reader, why? In order to convince the reader to view some aspects of the world in a particular way - the author's way! These message are the story's themes and they are important to look for and discover.
Themes involve human values in the real world outside of the story. The story is the writer's means of persuading the reader to consider these ideas in a particular way - the writer's way!
Literary language often relies on the use of literary devices.Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples. The Gothic novel was invented almost single-handedly by Horace Walpole, whose The Castle of Otranto () contains essentially all the elements that constitute the genre.
Walpole's novel was imitated in the eighteenth century, but enjoyed widespread influence in the nineteenth century in part because of that era's indulgence in dark-romantic themes. Take a trip to another dimension as you introduce your students to the delights and horrors of modern science fiction.
Using the works of writers such as Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Isaac Asimov, this two (or three, depending on pacing) week mini-unit will entertain and challenge your. During the lesson, keep the focus on the elements of fiction.
After students record the literary elements of “The Three Little Pigs” and explain the graph, evaluate their understanding of why the events are placed in certain positions on the graph. Elements of Fiction Analysis CENTRAL IDEA: Central idea refers to the author's main point or purpose in writing the story.
Central idea is the reader's intellectual response to the story, citing a generalization based on the particular facts of the story. Mar 18, · The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated.