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#1 russellelly

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Posted 08 May 2004 - 01:29 PM

As if we didn't know the exam is around the corner, and I am still scoring around 10 for most critical essays. It's always 'good as far as it goes, but too short'. My problem is by the time I have written 2-3 main paras i have ran out of stuff to say. In the prelim I finnished each essay within about 35 mins. I usually look at one technique per paragraph ie para 1 charaterisation, para 2 theme, para 3 symblolism. Is there any better way of organising my essays so they become long enough to get up to the 12 mark?

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 10:28 AM

This is great help but i was wondering, has your english teacher told you to use the tools of analysis: parallel, contrast, foregrounding, repetition, imagery.
I think its a good idea to use these in you ideas, helps you to analyse the text more in the paragraphs???

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 12:28 PM

When ever i start my critical essays i like to take a few mins 2 create a plan of where my essay is going, cuz if i dont i tend to start repeating things which i have already said, or sometimes i forget about some bits and then remember and stick them in at the end.
I just want 2 know do u have to score out your plans or spider diagrams? and what happens if you forget to score them out?
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Posted 09 May 2004 - 12:34 PM

i would think that it wouldn't be a problem cos marks come from quality of writing so no-one is going to mark you down because they can see your plan. If anythin the marker is more likily to mark you up for having a plan because it shows you trying to structure the essay. Of course officially you shouldn't but we are all human

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 01:15 PM

We're always encouraged to write a plan so I would say do one! They won't mark you down for it

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 02:22 PM

Thanks a lot Allan!

Woiuld you have the synopsis built into the intro or as a seperate paragraph (or can you do either?)

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 02:36 PM

QUOTE (alevelchemistry2000 @ May 9 2004, 03:33 PM)
QUOTE (russellelly @ May 9 2004, 02:22 PM)
Thanks a lot Allan!

Woiuld you have the synopsis built into the intro or as a seperate paragraph (or can you do either?)

Again cheers,

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Chris the main repsonse was from me and not Allan!

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:15 PM

Synopsis can be built into intro or as a seperate paragraph. I personally, considering the time limits, would include it in the intro as all pupils at my school are advised to do this.
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