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ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar Cupcakes Response

Beth Kemp | Monday May 21, 2012

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  1. Introduction to ELLA3 Revision Guide
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  6. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar Cupcakes Response
  7. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar House Somewhere Response
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ELLA3 Adaptation of Texts for an Audience (Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs) Sample Answer (Jan 2013)

This answer does a good job of using the source material and transforming it for a contemporary audience, but it could do with some improvements in terms of style.

  1. Where and how could you improve it to make it more effective as a contemporary newspaper feature?
  2. Which five features of your newly improved piece would you select to explain in a commentary?

Early Twentieth Century: Arguments for Birth Control

It is hard to imagine now that a century ago people were beginning to argue, in their masses, that birth control is a good idea. After all, the basic concept had first been introduced a century and a half earlier. Political and social arguments were being made, on behalf of both men and women, as to why people should be able to take control and decide whether and when to have children.

For men, the arguments focused on the life of the working man, bound into labour by the burden of providing for a large family. Those in favour of birth control at this point in time explained that having many children makes the working man subservient, since he is so dependent on his wage, little though it may be. The early stirrings of feminism were also used here, with men’s rights to an intelligent and equal partner noted as an argument against wearing women out with constant child bearing.

For women, the arguments were largely health related, with the vague “women’s troubles” cited as a result of constant and exhausting pregnancy and childbirth. Women were seen as victims of a sense of duty - the duty to bring...


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