- Mar 1, 2012
metamorphosis by franz kafka. it's sophisticated, it's short (only about 40 or so pages) and it's full of different sub sections of belonging ~~
Hi there xDarkSilent,Shaun Tan Picture books are good for belonging related . I used it as a related for my AOS essay, and i got pree good marks relating it to the red tree by Shaun Tan
Any views on Perks Of Being a Wallflower?Hi there xDarkSilent,
The Red Tree is definitely a good choice for a belonging related, not only due to the sheer intimacy of the text's conceptual links to belonging, but also the simplicity of the analysis that has do be done in synthesising an appropriate, evidence-backed response. tl;dr: it links well to belonging, and is easy to analyise.
However, although many of our English students have used the Red Tree with succes in internal assessments from the state's top selective schools, we've noticed that it's getting a little overused. The general rule is; if you hear about a related text being talked about at large repeatedly, you should avoid doing it.
Just to qualify: theoretically, it doesn't matter which related text you choose, the rubric promises you that you'll only be judged on the quality of your analysis and not choice of text. However, in order to give yourself the best chance of success, we recommend choosing something that's both sophisticated (i.e. please don't analyise the song 'YOLO' by Drake) and not widely used (not 'Happy Feet', please!) - as the marker will not have encountered it before, increasing your chances of capturing their attention ('Oh look, a danish foreign film, lets give it a read - It sounds sophisticated and interesting!') and avoiding comparison between your work and many other people's ('Gah, this guy's Happy feet analysis wasn't as good as the other 54 I've marked today!'). Yes, it could work in your favour if ALL the other analyses SUCKED, but probability wise, the expected value isn't favourable. Perhaps most importantly, it doesn't come off well that a Year 12 student is analysing 'YOLO' or 'Happy Feet' =P.
These are subtle issues, yes, but you need to consider everything - if you can take an action to tip the odds 51-49 in your favour, it's worth the work. At the end of the day, however, it's all about how convincing and pleasing your analysis is to read. It has to be succinct, your thesis clear, backed by plenty of integrated and flowing evidence, all culminating in your ultimate argument about belonging. The marker should sigh with satisfaction as he/she finishes reading your concluding sentence. That's what you all should be aiming for!
Hi Examine,Any views on Perks Of Being a Wallflower?
Exactly, everyone knows that Pokemon Yellow is the better one to use.However, please keep in mind that whilst your choice in text may tip the odds slightly in your favour, at the end of the day it's your thesis and analysis that'll get you the marks. You can technically use Pokemon Sapphire as a related and still top the state. But why bother?
The idea of a related text is based around the idea that students will go out and build up their own independent piece of analysis from the ground up. While it is idealistic to think that this happens in most cases (e.g. finding a solid piece of analysis in our Resources), using a text which has been thoroughly analysed in schools as a prescribed text is a no go zone. It is rightly presumed that students do this as the easy way out and markers will pick up on this.Ah thanks, I'm doing standard, if that makes any difference?
Brilliant explanation, thanks. Yeah I'll keep lookingThe idea of a related text is based around the idea that students will go out and build up their own independent piece of analysis from the ground up. While it is idealistic to think that this happens in most cases (e.g. finding a solid piece of analysis in our Resources), using a text which has been thoroughly analysed in schools as a prescribed text is a no go zone. It is rightly presumed that students do this as the easy way out and markers will pick up on this.