Top Notch Prompt Response Advice

Dear VCE 'Encountering Conflict' students,

This is a space for you to practise different forms of writing and responding to set prompts. When you write a piece you will need to indicate whether you are using The Secret River or The Rugmaker to inform your writing. You also need to provide a mini statement of explanation that outlines form, audience, purpose and context.

You will also be expected to read each others' work and use the comments feature and DIIGO (a web tool useful for conferencing) to provide feedback to each other. When conferencing you can comment about what is working well in the piece, areas for improvement and how you can see the prompt and nominated text influencing the piece. Due to this you might need to edit a post you have submitted so label each edit as post 1, post 2, etc.


diigo it

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ideas and Themes in The Rugmaker

The following is a list of themes and ideas that arise in The Rugmaker:
  • Conflict has far reaching consequences (psychological, fear, powerlessness, behavioural changes, economic, social, etc)
  • Conflict is futile
  • Conflict opposes humanity
  • Conflict is unfair
  • People can survive conflict
  • Individual experiences of conflict are not unique

TASK 1: In pairs, find three examples of your assigned theme/idea being represented in the text. Quote the example, record the page it appears on and explain the connection you see it has to the theme/idea. TYPE AND PIGEONHOLE THIS ACTIVITY.

TASK 2: Respond to your assigned theme/idea as a prompt. Perform a 'sound off' in response to theme/idea that you have. Think of as many discussion points as you can that the prompt might lead you to. Draw from the set text but also aim to go beyond the set text. Ideas from beyond the set text work to present a broad perspective of thinking on the topic, something examiners like to see (especially in essays written for this Area of Study), though there needs to be an obvious connection in theme/idea to the set text. Present your sound off in tagxedo form.

  • In a word document type your theme/idea as a prompt heading (save)
  • Type up your sound off responses in a list (save as you go)
  • Copy your sound off responses
  • Link/go to the tagxedo website
  • Click into the create section
  • Click load and enter text, hit submit
  • Play with settinggs till you like what you see
  • Save your tagxedo
  • Put your tagxedo image, html code and web address into your original word document
  • Pigeonhole your word document to me

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