Critical Reading
not all answers are created equal

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Week 1 - poetry
After our analysis of terrible work, write the most terrible answer to the following question that you can. Remember, if you switch your brain off the answer must sound fantastic, but with your brain on it is actually at a D or E level. Post your answer in the discussion tab below for feedback from Ms Hunt. Identify a visual image Wilfred Owen has used to accentuate the horror of war in Dulce Et Decorum Est and explain how Owen has used this image.

Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen


After our analyses of our terrible answers, and our analysis of the use of aural techniques in Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner, answer the following question. This time, make it the best answer you can possibly give at this point in your analytical skills development. Email your answer to Ms Hunt. How does Wilfred Owen use a particular aural technique in his poem Dulce Et Decorum Est to affect readers’ understanding of war? Aural techniques include: rhyme, rhythm, alliteration (assonance, sibilance), onomatopoeia, repetition (make sure to specify the type of repetition eg anaphora, anadiplosis), enjambment, contrasting clause/line lengths, etc.
Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell, 'a condemnation of the insensitive dehumanizing power of the "State,"' (Horner, 1978)
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Week 2 - Beerenberg labels
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In groups, analyse either the apple sauce or chilli sauce label. Fill in this google form, which will direct you to particular observations.
For your summative answer, use either the Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese labels. Choose three elements of the label design and explain how they've been used to influence the buyer's perception of the product.

Week 3 - Narrative


Week 4 - Advertising
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The seven deadly analytical response sins - avoid if you want to make the heavenly ascension to analytical prowess!
1. Saying that a the purpose of a visual image is to paint a picture for the target audience. This is a sin because it is vague. It gives no rationale at all for why the author used that particular image in the that particular text in that particular context for that particular audience. Here are some examples of this sin: used to paint the atmosphere, to portray an image of, creates a strong image.

2. Saying that a the purpose of an aural image is to create a sound / rhythm / flow for the target audience. This is a sin because it is vague. It gives no rationale at all for why the author used that particular sound in the that particular text in that particular context for that particular audience. Here are some examples of this sin:

3. Failing to define the target audience. This is a sin because you cannot understand what the author was trying to achieve if you don't know who they were writing for. Here are some examples of this sin: this helps the reader develop, this could be for a national and even international audience, anyone in the general public would be able to relate.

4. Failing to specify the technique being analysed. This is a sin because you can't give a thorough analysis of why a technique is used if you don't even know what the technique is. Here are some examples of this sin: vivid words, opening line, an image.

5. Failing to identify the specific response the author is attempting to elicit from the target audience. This is a sin because words like 'emotion' and 'connection' are meaningless on their own. Here are some examples of this sin: powerful emotive perspective, induces feelings from the reader, a deeper understanding of the connection, to make the readers experience certain emotions.