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How to get a ‘C’ when writing about a text
Why do we have to do this?

   Have a look at these posts which I found
    on a forum – this is what some people ask
    about the texts we study…
(SNPOTT– thread was: English
GCSE)
   im also currently doin gcse english n plan
    2 drop it asap. it is unfair bout
    shakespeare n poems as they r
    unbelievably rubbish but Lord of the Flies
    is a decent book if ur allowed 2 do that as
    et book. In the end its not that hard, u just
    gotta try ur best. If u need ne help then u
    can always email me
VOSKI

   I totally agree with you,i mean what is that
    wallabie_girl talkin about?
    when are we ever going to use good old
    willy shakespeare? i think that we all know
    how to speak English so whats the point
    in loadin ourbrain with even more crap
    than we need to know?
    I suggest the government and all the other
    sad students who like literature and think
    we need it,sort their lives out!
   TURTLE:
   actually voski, not only is that wonderfully narrowminded, it's
    also showing a high degree of good old pig ignorance.
    if u can't, by the age of 16, realise just WHY people teach u
    english, then ur probably not really cut out for further
    education. they dont teach it cos they want u to "know"
    shakespear. it's all to do with key skills - the ability to analyse,
    to present, to interact with ur environment. that's why the teach
    you. ditto history, ditto sciences. it just so happens that in
    history and the sciences, u learn other stuff as well. in english,
    it is this ability, and the teaching of this ability, to analyse that
    becomes key.
    being able to look at a book and say "well, who knows, the
    author said x,y, and z, but what motivated him to say it? what is
    the real meaning of it? what are the undertones, the
    implication? the ability to ask AND answer those questions is
    why you "do" english.
    and if u can't realise that by the time u finish ur GCSEs, then
    either the British education system is wrong or your all just
    stupid.
   I don’t agree with all the last person
    said…BUT, I do think that, whether you
    agree or disagree, the most important
    thing is to GET ON AND DO IT!

   So, what makes a piece of reading
    analysis grade ‘C’?
Insight

   Grade ‘C’ is insight. Pure and simple.

   It’s the ability to make a comment on a
    character, an event, a line of dialogue etc.
    and make sure it’s a developed one.

   It’s the ability to give YOUR opinion.
Is this ‘C’?

   Macbeth is an evil killer because he kills
    the king who is like a father to him and it
    makes him feel really bad.
Is this ‘C’?

   ‘Wake Duncan with thy knocking; I would
    thou couldst.’ This shows Macbeth feels
    guilty because he wishes you could wake
    Duncan up.
Is this ‘C’?

   Macbeth is an evil killer because he kills
    the king who is like a father to him and it
    makes him feel really bad. We can see
    this when he says ‘Wake Duncan with thy
    knocking; I would thou couldst.’ The fact
    he says I wish you COULD wake him up
    shows the audience quite clearly that
    Macbeth is regretting his earlier action –
    he wishes that he could turn back time.
Why is it ‘C’?

   Macbeth is an evil killer because he kills
    the king who is like a father to him and it
    makes him feel really bad. We can see
    this when he says ‘Wake Duncan with thy
    knocking; I would thou couldst.’ The fact
    he says I wish you COULD wake him up
    shows the audience quite clearly that
    Macbeth is regretting his earlier action –
    he wishes that he could turn back time.
So, how can I apply this to my own
work?
   As you write, try to juggle these three
    balls…
     The character
     The action
     The audience
CHARACTER
               AUDIENCE

ACTION/WORDS
                   My words
                                        My
 Writer               and
                   actions
                                    background
                                        and
                   tell the
                                      culture
                  audience
                                    affect the
                    things
                                       way I
                   about my
                                      respond
                  feelings.


  I’m
          CHARACTER
making
a point
 here
through
                               AUDIENCE
   my
 play!

          ACTION/WORDS
                              Things going
                              on in the
                              world!

				
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