Posted: November 29th, 2015
In your comparative analysis, you must comment and compare on the importance of the context, audience, purpose and structural and stylistic devices.
introduce the two texts
state, comment and compare on the:
context, audience, purpose and structural and stylistic devices.
Thesis statement on what you will be examining in the body paragraphs to prove the theme chosen.
Text 1: The Chapter “Childhood” from the book Dream Me Home Safely by Alice Walker.
Link to text 1: (page 202-205)
BY SEAMUS HEANEY
Link to text 2: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177017
The commentary must fully satisfy the following:
Criterion A: Understanding and comparison of the texts
• To what extent does the analysis show the similarities and differences between the texts?
• To what extent does the analysis show an understanding of the texts, their type and purpose, and their possible contexts (for example, cultural, temporal, relation to audience)?
• Are the comments supported by well- chosen references to the texts?
There is excellent understanding of the texts, their context and purpose, and the similarities and differences between them; comments are fully supported by well- chosen references to the texts.
Criterion B: Understanding of the use and effects of stylistic features
• To what extent does the comparative analysis show awareness of how stylistic features of the texts, such as language, structure, tone, technique and style, are used to construct meaning?
• To what extent does the comparative analysis show appreciation of the effects of stylistic features (including the features of visual texts) on the reader?
There is excellent awareness of the use of stylistic features, with very good understanding of their effects on the reader.
Criterion C: Organization and development
• How well organized and coherent is the comparative analysis?
• How balanced is the comparative analysis? (“Balance” here means equal treatment of the two texts.)
The comparative analysis is well balanced and effectively organized, with a coherent and effective structure and development.
Criterion D: Language
• How clear, varied and accurate is the language?
• How appropriate is the choice of register, style and terminology? (“Register” refers, in this context, to the student’s use of elements such as vocabulary, tone, sentence structure and terminology appropriate to the task.)
Language is very clear, effective, carefully chosen and precise, with a high degree of accuracy in grammar, vocabulary and sentence construction; register and style are effective and appropriate to the task
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