Connected Texts Study

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					Connected Texts Study


Having maintained a journal of responses to the shared novel and film texts, you will independently choose
a total of three linked texts – two extended texts (novel, film, play) and one shorter text (e.g. poem, short
story, etc. at least 100 words long). At least ONE of the three linked texts must be studied independently by
you but the others may be shared by the class.

These three texts will form the basis of an independent study for which you will put into words a specific
problem, question or thesis that will result in either an essay or presentation to the class.

The length should be 500 to 1000 words or 3 to 7 min. oral presentation (or equivalent in multimodal forms).

       Of the two extended texts only one may be a film (either Billy Elliot or an independently studied film)
       There should be evidence in the journal of development in ideas leading to your final topic and
        essay. This journal will not be marked separately but may moderate the mark of your essay.
       The „grounds for comparison‟ are up to you to decide but our exercise comparing Touch Me with
        Billy Elliot should give you ideas on how to go about looking for connections.
       Some possible connected texts might be:
             o Touch Me, “The Hug” and a film of your choice
             o Macbeth, Billy Elliot and a short story or poem of your choice (NOT from Masterpieces…)
             o Billy Elliot, “Digging” and a novel or play of your choice




Assessment Criteria
The Connected Texts essay / presentation will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates the
following:
    Knowledge
        To what extent does the student demonstrate knowledge and show understanding of the
          ideas in texts?
    Understanding
         How effectively does the student recognise and/or explain how techniques are used by the
           author(s) to express ideas?
         How well does the student recognise the values, beliefs or concerns explored in the texts?
         To what extent is the student aware of the interaction of the reader and the author(s)?
    Analysis
         How clearly does the student identify both similarities and differences between the texts?
         To what extent does the student connect more than one aspect of the texts?
         How well does the student analyse the features identified in the connections?
    Communication
        How accurate and fluent is the student‟s expression?
        How appropriate are the form and register for the audience and purpose?
The journal will be read for evidence of developing ideas towards the final topic and essay, and further
evidence of the above criteria to support the final essay‟s assessment.



Timeline:
           Topic: Tuesday, week 5 (list of texts, „question‟ and „thesis‟ – 50 word summary of argument)
           Draft & Journal: Monday, week 6
           Final: Thursday, week 6

				
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