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2016 Advanced English – Area of Study – “DISCOVERY”

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**HINTS AND TIPS FOR THE HSC AREA OF STUDY EXAMINATION: PAPER 1 – SECTION 1

THE FIRST PART….

THE SECOND PART…

 

You will need to brainstorm ‘CONCEPT STATEMENTS’ which fit most accurately with your texts..

Here are some examples:

  • Discovery  is the process by which our lives are enriched.
  • Discovery is a transitional and transformative process which influences the values and perceptions of individuals, groups and the broader world.
  • It is  through discovery that we grow to maturity.
  • Discovery  allows us to view life in a new and fresh way.
  • Discovery can initiate new values in both a personal and global context.
  • The  process of discovery is the journey of life.
  • Discovery  is the process by which humanity advances.
  • Discovery  can lead to the rejuvenation of friendships and wellbeing.
  • Discovery  allows us to speculate about the real and the imagined.
  • Finding  that which was lost enables us to expand our horizons.
  • Discovering  our own perspectives leads to self-awareness.
  • Rediscovering  can lead to new understandings of ourselves and others.
  • Time  can change one’s perspective of a discovery.
  • Discoveries  that seem valuable at the time may later be challenged as to their worth.
  • Travelling  to new places, or viewing a familiar place through new eyes, can transform our  understanding of ourselves and the world.
  • It is  through the process of discovering what we really believe, that we actually  affirm our beliefs.
  • Discovery  allows us to view the hidden experience as a common human experience.
  • Discoveries  allow audience’s contextual perspectives to be affirmed as common human  experience.

ARE YOU STILL WONDERING WHICH “TEXT OF YOUR OWN CHOOSING” YOU’RE GOING TO USE??

TRY USING A TEXT WHICH YOU STUDIED IN YR 11 LAST YEAR!

– and change the focus to “DISCOVERY”

eg: The Sea Eats The Land At Home – Kofi Awoonar

Kofi Awoonor CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD The Sea Eats the Land at Home Kofi Awoona

Think about the steps of discovery for the persona AND the responder (you).

Here are a few ideas…

  1. The trigger to discovery is the sea of colonization – the process of the discovery is emotional and confronting for the persona (who is powerless against the “sea”) – the process of the persona’s discovery positions the responder to experience an emotional – intellectual – world ( cultural – philosophical) discovery.
  2. The responder experiences the persona’s sense of loss and is positioned to empathize with the perspective of the persona who has had a discovery that has been forced upon them.
  3. You need to view the entire poem and “discovery” from the perspective of the persona – which forces a modern, western responder to empathise and consider new and confronting discoveries of the ‘self’ – other cultures – and the broader world.
  4. The extended metaphor of “the sea” represents the trigger of discovery. The trigger to the persona’s uninvited discovery is the invasion of the persona’s “home” by the colonizing “sea”. The “sea” represents the unstoppable power and eroding force of imperialism on a traditional, indigenous society.
  5. The persona discovers their own lack of power when confronted by such overwhelming force. The symbolism of “the land” represents the stability and traditions of the persona’s cultural values and beliefs.
  6. The “sea” – and it’s constant motion – implies the ongoing process of discovery that is methodically and systematically forced onto the persona and the “land at home. The “sea” keeps on coming and is personified to “eat[s] the land at home”. The personification of “sea eats the land…” creates a powerful image of the invading culture as devouring the persona’s beliefs, values and traditions. In devouring “land”, Awoona implies that the persona’s culture and hopes are consumed and changed. The implied consequence of the forced discovery – of imperialist values and “civilization” – is that the persona, her culture and her “home” becomes – literally – absorbed by the invading “sea”.

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