The following task was the only in-class expository question
essay set at Trinity in 2004. You are to research this task
and complete your response using the format provided below.
You are strongly advised to research this during the
holidays before you complete your group chapter activities.
Due for submission Monday Week 2 Term 2. To be
neatly written and presented.
YEAR 12 ENGLISH EXPOSITORY TEXT ASSESSMENT
The Year 12 English Syllabus states that “in their
study of each text, students need to understand their own
contexts as readers, including the expectations, attitudes
and values they bring to the text.”
Show how your understanding of the world has influenced
your response to the expository text The Sacred Balance.
INTRODUCTION must include at least (in
contextual information regarding
the text, the author and the production of the text including
why written, circumstances in the world at the time of
direct response to the question (what is your
response to the text; how
has your understanding of the world influenced this response?);
- indirect response - what expectations, values and attitudes
do you bring to the text (actually identify these!).
BODY PARAGRAPHS : for each body paragraph -
Craft carefully the topic sentence (the main point
of this paragraph).
Explain this idea further; develop / expand it.
Why do you think or feel this? PROVIDE EVIDENCE.
Explain how this evidence is relevant to your main idea
Evidence again - yes, more than just one item or piece
Explain the relevance of this again.
LINK to the question; that is, what part of the question
is this relevant to? Use KEY TERMS ie what part/s of
the question you are addressing (eg terms like context,
understandings etc). What part or aspect of the
question you are addressing should be clear at the
end of every paragraph.
This format must be repeated FOUR TIMES. That is, your answer
will consist of four body paragraphs. Limit your answer to
this for the time-being. Your in-class tasks should consist
of AT LEAST this number of paragraphs from mid-year exams
onward; five or more is desireable.
Write a TWO SENTENCE conclusion. Yup, two sentences. Make
it an interesting, punchy, personal response. BE ORIGINAL.
Don't just repeat the same phrases from your essay.