Getting A Distinction for Distinctive Texts

Module A for Standard English is one of the most simple and straight forward T.E.EM style essay that you will ever have to write. It is virtually an unseen text style response that you can prepare ahead of time and spam into the context of the question provided. Students who tend to perform poorly in this section typically exhibits one of the two fatal flaws below:

  • Did not answer question and just spammed memorized essay
  • Used low Band techniques that any old fool could pick out
  • Too much Technique and Example spam, too little Emphasis

With this in mind, lets take a look at how to writer the perfect essay for Module A – Distinctive X

The BOS (Board of Study) tells us the following – which amounts to telling us nothing:

In your answer you will be assessed on how well you:

  • demonstrate understanding of how distinctive voices or the distinctively visual are created in texts
  • demonstrate understanding of meanings shaped through distinctive voices or the distinctively visual
  • organise, develop and express your ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose and form

In plain English this means that you need to recognize and understand the use of techniques both visual, aural, and literal in creating a variety of effects. See my giant list of techniques for more information about the tech while we move onto the emphasis.

The closest thing to Distinctively Visual Cupcakes

Distinctively Visual (HSC Online)

In their responding and composing students explore the ways the images we see and/or visualise in texts are created. Students consider how the forms and language of different texts create these images, affect interpretation and shape meaning. Students examine one prescribed text, in addition to other texts providing examples of the distinctively visual.

Distinctive Voices (HSC Online)

In their responding and composing students consider various types and functions of voices in texts. They explore the ways language is used to create voices in texts, and how this use of language affects interpretation and shapes meaning. Students examine one prescribed text, in addition to other texts providing examples of distinctive voices.

There is not much difference – if you know your set of Techniques, its basically Banana Cupcake Vs Orange Poppyseed Cupcake. Both emphasize on your recognition of techniques used in HSC literacy exams (again, see my list of devices in Basic Skills category) Both demand an essay like response that intuitively answers the questioning using your knowledge of said devices, and both requires in-depth analysis of the effects achieved by a dynamic contextual use of these devices.  So for a Lawson essay you need to talk about the powerful distinctive Australian outback landscape, its unique characters, and its individual challenges and obstacles – created via the idiosyncratic narrative of Lawson’s sardonic style of story telling. For a Shoe Horn Sonata essay you have to talk about the turbulence of the emotional apathy experienced by both women, the use of lighting and visual aids such as backdrop videos to reflect context, and the powerful use of music and patriotic songs to reflect sarcasm and bitterness. For Run Lola Run you need to discuss the extended use of cutting, editing, clock motifs, staccato music, the repetition of her runs, and the synthetic projection of her game like ‘lives’.

Lets break this down into T.E.EM terms.

Introduction – The prescribed text your have studied employed a variety of visual, aural and literal techniques to convey its meaning successfully to the audience. The themes of X, Y and Z are elucidated through these techniques. These themes create a distinctively visual element of the text that is unique to the particular style and context of the author.

(x3  to x4) –
[Topic] A primary visual element of the text is [insert thematic visual element here]
It is conveyed through the use of an [ T.E.EM],
the theme is further explored through the use of the second [T.E.EM].
Furthermore it is enhanced by the third [T.E.EM], reinforcing the distinctive message behind the text.
[Link] as such, through the use of these T.E.EM (s), the text has successfully engaged the audience with its distinctive message

–  The themes of X, Y, and Z contribute to the question. Through the examination and deep analysis of T.E.EM (s) such as [list repetitive core techniques employed that add element of distinction to texts] the responder is able to understand how meaning is shaped through the distinctive representation of the text.

Thats pretty much it – it ain’t rock science to strike up a coherent Distinctively X Essay.


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