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					Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
ANGLE/FOCUS

Introduction
Describe the Introduction and its impact on you

Introduction
The introduction focuses on Angela Merkel’s role of Chancellor towards improving Germany. From
using her talents to maintain Germany’s grand coalition to improving Europe’s economy and helping
it steer through the financial crisis, Angela Merkel has transformed Germany into an European
continental superpower.

Impact
With regards towards Angela Merkel’s impact towards Germany, Europe and the world, she has
brought a nation out of the economic depression and shaped a continental powerhouse with her
pragmatism. I respect her actions on being Chancellor. Despite her breaking the tradition of having a
Protestant woman from East Germany to be Chancellor, she has done more than anyone could ever
do.


Sequence and Plot
How is the information organised? Is there a particular reason for this? What are the advantages/
disadvantages of using this form of organisation?

The biography contains only one single paragraph, which makes the content brief and precise. The
first half of the biography emphasizes on Angela Merkel’s actions as Chancellor, giving readers an
overview of the contributions she has made in the modern world. This content-based part is
followed by the writer’s own views on the actions made by her, in reply to the first part. This gives
readers a deeper insight on her and leaves readers to agree or disagree with the writer’s comments.
However, as this paragraph uses a personal approach towards the subject, some readers might not
find it convincing to believe what the writer has to say regarding Angela Merkel. Readers also do not
have a full view of Angela Merkel’s contributions to Germany, so much information is missing.


Evidence Used
“Angela Merkel has used her extraordinary talents to maintain the delicate balance of
Germany's grand coalition.”
“Her personal style combined with Germany's search for consensus has earned her country
great influence around the world.”
“Under her, Germany has once again become a nation to emulate.”


Language

Describe the tone of the writer in your CHOSEN piece. Describe the tone of the writer and
provide evidence from the text to support your answer.

How does the tone convey the writer's attitude towards the subject? Give evidence to support
your answer.
Tone                                                Evidence
Respectful                                          The writer highlights Angela Merkel’s talent in
                                                    her role as Chancellor, giving praise to her
                                                    “decisive political action, commitment and hard
                                                    work”. The writer respects the fact that she has
                                                    made a significant improvement through her
                                                    post, transforming Germany and bringing her a
                                                    step up.
Attitude
Admiring                                            Throughout the paragraph, all the writer
                                                    emphasizes is the admiration for Angela Merkel.
                                                    Snippets of it include “used her extraordinary
                                                    talents to maintain the delicate balance of
                                                    Germany's grand coalition” and “Under her,
                                                    Germany has once again become a nation to
                                                    emulate.”



Task 1

Original Paragraph:

As the first woman leader of a major continental European power, Angela Merkel has used her
extraordinary talents to maintain the delicate balance of Germany's grand coalition. These talents
were put to use in jump-starting Europe's economy, which was in a slump when she took power in
2005. Alongside French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who shares her taste for decisive political action,
commitment and hard work, Merkel, 56, worked tirelessly to steer Europe through the financial
crisis. Her personal style combined with Germany's search for consensus has earned her country
great influence around the world. It's a topic her natural reticence doesn't allow her to expand on,
but that's the Merkel method for you: a spirit of compromise in the service of a genuine ambition —
and fed by a desire for openness. Under her, Germany has once again become a nation to emulate.

Edited Paragraph:

Being the first woman leader of a major continental European power, Angela Merkel has used her
talents to maintain the balance of Germany’s coalition. These talents were put to use in jump-
starting Europe’s economy, which was in a slump when she took power in 2005. Merkel steered
Europe through the financial crisis, and her taste for decisive political action, commitment and hard
work has been admired by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. With her personal style coupled with
Germany’s search for consensus, it has earned her country great influence around the world.

Explanation
As the writer admires Angela Merkel, much of the words she uses are based on her own opinion. I
have not removed much of anything in the original paragraph, but I have omitted some subjective
words and paraphrased the paragraph to make it more objective.

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