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ELLA3 Answering the Comparative Analysis Question

Beth Kemp | Monday May 21, 2012


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  1. Introduction to ELLA3 Revision Guide
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  3. ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Question
  4. ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Exemplar Response
  5. ELLA3 Answering the Adaptation Question
  6. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar Cupcakes Response
  7. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar House Somewhere Response
  8. ELLA3 Adaptation Checklist

Answering the ELLA3 Analytical Comparison Question (with reference to Jan 2013’s Question)

In this task, you are expected (unsurprisingly) to analyse and compare – just as in the coursework unit. The difference is that the texts you need to compare will have less in common.  In the coursework task, you were comparing two poets’ work, but for this one you will be given three texts, probably on the same topic (although they could also be linked by purpose, e.g. all be persuasive). These three texts will be:

  • A transcript of unplanned speech. For this paper, it’s a conversation between a mother and son.
  • A non-fiction extract (a speech, an article, or any nonfiction genre e.g. a piece of travel writing, biography etc). For this paper, it’s an article from the BBC website.
  • A literary extract (a poem or an extract from a novel or a play). For this paper, it’s a poem by Philip Larkin

The paper always explains what the link between the three texts is, and you could use this as a good starting point to get you into the analysis. You are asked to compare the texts by analysing how they present their ideas, opinions or thoughts about the topic. There are always bullet points to help direct you to what you should consider, generally a selection from the following: vocabulary, style and grammar choices; the contexts of the texts; the significance of the contexts to the texts; the attitudes shown in the texts; the relationships between the texts.

There are two equally-weighted Assessment Objectives for this question: AO2 and AO3, which assess your ability to:

  • Demonstrate detailed critical...

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