Discursive Essay Draft 2

Morning folks,

I will be giving out your discursive essays on Friday when I see you, and your next draft is due in on Friday 16th December. This is not negotiable, and I will not accept any late submissions.

Overall feedback from those I have marked so far is as such:

  • Technical accuracy needs a lot of work – this is not optional. You have even less excuse when this is typed up, and I’m seeing a lot of very basic errors, which suggest that people have not checked their work before handing it in. You are in a Higher class. Please take responsibility for the quality of work you submit.
  • Overall arguments must be clear throughout the essay – for some, I am unsure what you are trying to persuade me of. Be clear.
  • Use of PEE structure – ensure you provide evidence to support your individual points, and evaluate how that evidence supports your overall argument. You can;t just list some statistics and hope for the best.

I have included the handouts you were given previously – please use these when redrafting. Below is also a link to an example essay and commentary on the SQA Understanding Standards website, which scored 13 out of 15. Refer to this when you are writing.

http://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/Subjects/English/higher/portfolio/candidate3#fragment-3

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Close Reading Revision Websites

Below is a list of sites which publish high quality journalism – the type that is used for the close reading/RUAE exam. Try to get into the habit of reading an article or two a day, to familiarise yourself with the style of language, and broaden your understanding and vocabulary.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/commentisfree

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion

Homework Reminders

Hi folks,

Hope you’re all having a good break. Just a reminder of Ho rework you should be completing:

  • Persuasive essay draft 1 – due Wednesday 26th October
  • Close reading assessment – begins Wednesday 26th October (PLEASE revise your formulae and read quality journalism to prepare – links to help will be in a following post)
  • Close reading homework – due Wednesday 26th October (this will help prepare you for the assessment so don’t ignore it in favour of other things)
  • Talk assessments on your dream trip – begin Wednesday 2nd November (this is names out a hat, so EVERYONE must come prepared)

 

Homework – Persuasive Techniques/Close Reading

Hello folks,

This homework is due on Wednesday 24th August.

  • Read the article ‘Libraries: Cathedral’s of Our Souls’.
  • Find and quote AT LEAST TEN examples of the persuasive techniques the writer has used.
  • Now, using your Close Reading formulae, ANALYSE the writer’s use of language for these techniques.

E.g. The use of emotive language in “hospitals of the soul”.

  • Metaphor
  • What the image suggests: Just as a hospital is somewhere where people are cared for and helped…
  • What the writer is using it to tell us: … so too do libraries help improve our emotional wellbeing, providing us with somewhere safe, where we can improve our state of mind and understanding of ourselves.