No don’t die in a hole please thats unhealthy, VCE is almost over you can do this.
OK so. i’m sorry if these are obvious and basic or unhelpful but this is what I do when doing a language analysis. The beautiful thing about end of year exams that I feel most people don’t actually realise is you don’t have to write pages upon pages per essay, because realistically you only have about an hour writing time for each essay right? So you don’t wanna burn yourself out by writing 5 pages in an hour and then feel like killing yourself for the next two hours. I mean if thats your thing then cool, i know people who can write heaps in a short amount of time and it works but its not everyones cup of tea and its not always necessary, in a SAC? Sure, for those you need a solid word count of over 1000, but from what i know the “recommended” word count for end of year english exams is 600 per essay. Thats not a lot, i usually write two, maybe two and a half pages for language analysis. I wrote two pages last week for my prac exams and I felt comfortable with it, sure the three hours was still hell but i paced myself, I had time to blindly stare into absolutely nothing and still finish everything in time.
Read the piece a minimum of two times over, identify all the techniques, tone blah blah all the standard crap. Now obviously you can’t highlight during reading time so just make a mental note of where examples of techniques are, or dent the paper with your fingernail, that works to. In your intro identify the: Name of the article, author, where it was featured and of course the contention. The contention should make itself clear to you once you read it over a couple of times, sometimes you might get lucky and they’ll explicitly state what it is, and also don’t keep using the word contention, look up synonyms, thought, stance, argument etc. Then identify the tone the writer is undertaking, I was told by an old literature/english teacher, a truly great man, to always use two tones and combine them, such as “Alex is calm yet forward in his endeavour to sway the audience that Tumblr is a seriously good outlet for procrastination”.
If that makes sense.
So you’re also going to want to identify some of the persuasive techniques that he uses, inclusive language, use of expert, emotional appeal etc, state some of them, if there are a fair few to identify don’t name ALL of them because then your intro will just become a list of things really and it’ll be like your listing themes for Othello back in year 10 or something. Oh and image, if there’s an image, just mention that there is an illustration to accompany the article/editorial etc
I usually do six paragraphs, intro, four main bodies, and conclusion. Each main body i attach a technique to, or if there are a few techniques then explain multiple in the one paragraph, explain what the technique does "The writer utilises the use of inclusive language by writing words such as "us” and “we” which puts the audience in the same boat as the writer as well as separating them from everyone else who is on the other side of the writers argument.“ and then go into how the writer has applied this technique using specific examples and quotes. Basically do this for all the techniques you can identify, change it up a little, don’t keep repeating the same words or form in every paragraph. I also usually dedicate one of the paragraphs to the tone of the piece, explaining why i think it is that tone (don’t say ‘I’, never ever say I, because its always implied that what you’re writing is your opinion anyway (and never give your opinion in language analysis) because you’re writing it) and also how the tone may affect the readers/audiences view on the matter.
If there is an image then comment on it, it might even be enough to have in a paragraph on its own, if not then just attach it to another one, no harm done, if you can smoothly link it to what you’ve already mentioned in that same paragraph then even better really! Look at the image, try to identify how it relates to the article and pick up little references within it and why it might be accompanying the article.
Now the conclusion is basically just reiterating your intro, literally just re-word your intro, thats all it is really. Like the conclusion doesn’t have to be beefy or epic.
Lastly a few things.
- TRY to mention the contention is every paragraph, its easy because you just say what the technique/tone etc is and then say "which helps to sway the reader to believe that Murphy’s thoughts on noise control curfews in the city holds truth." Or something, that wasn’t my finest but hopefully you get the picture. Also reword the contention every time, doesn’t have to be in a major way every time you do it but try not to keep using the same string of words in the same order, just adds variety and maybe even a different angle on the contention? Or maybe not I could’ve just made that up.
- ALWAYS READ THE BACKGROUND INFO! On the page before the article there is a box which holds background info on the article and even its writer, for instance if the writer is a teacher, and has been for a few decades, and the topic is concerning education, then thats another thing you could add in, the fact that her/him having first-hand experience in this field would strengthen then confidence of the readers in the writers opinion.
Ok so I really hope that helped. I’m sorry if it didn’t.
In the wise words of Master Yoda "Do. Or do not. There is no try." Which i’ll admit I sometimes disagree with because realistically, at the end of the day you can only try your best, and if you feel that you did all you could, then be happy with whatever mark you get. Good luck child, don’t be a stranger if you want any more advice or needa rant or whatever! Good luck :D
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