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Diploma Exam Information

Released Items for 30-1 Reading Comp: … 161219.pdf

Assignment 1 (1 hour):
Personal Prose Response to Literature written in a creative prose form(not poem or lyric) practiced during your course. The exam booklet usually has an excerpt story/novel, a poem, and a visual. All pieces are selected for a specific unifying theme: similar(but by no means limited to) to what I've posted on "focus questions". … questions/
Responses can be personal, creative, critical. Typically a short story, narrative, or narrative essay.

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... to understand the basis of the facts and quotations used to support the essay's argument, and thereby help to evaluate to what extent the argument is supported by evidence, and to evaluate the quality of that evidence. The academic essay tests the student's ability to present their thoughts in an organized way and is designed to test their intellectual capabilities.

Although the 5 paragraph essay format is quite poplar for this assignment, it is not required. Establish a voice, develop ideas, connect ideas from test literature to ideas from personal experience or creative inspiration. Do not connect to literature studied during your course. Connect to detailed, relevant, and insightful personal experience, or more philosophical/creative ideals. Show off your best style, select precise language, wrangle with complexity, and build a confident expressive voice. The tone of the more successful responses tend to a high quality of Lexical_density .
Can you write about duality and paradox and how our ends are not necessarily shaped by our means?

Assignment 2 (2 hours):
Critical/Analytical Response to a piece of literature studied during your course.  Select ideas from a single, challenging, appropriate piece literature studied during your course - usually the main novel or drama of the course or a challenging and accessible short story. Discuss the ideas generated from and significance of details you connect. A traditional essay format(1600-2000+ words) is the norm: opening, thesis, body paragraphs, closing.

Identity Formation through Existential Crisis

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Tips for Writing a Critical Essay About Literature

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Some Guidelines and Techniques for Writing about Works of Literature

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Stream of Consciousness Narrative Techniques

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Third Person Narrative

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Tips for Narratives

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Tips for Story Writers

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Focus Questions on the Human Condition

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ELA 30-1 Critical Response Assignment wrote:

The Critical / Analytical Response to Literary Texts Assignment
The Critical / Analytical Response to Literary Texts Assignment asks you to demonstrate your understanding of a literary text (or texts) that you have studied in detail in your English Language Arts 30–1 course. The assignment is a further exploration of the topic introduced in the Personal Response to Texts Assignment. You are expected to write about how the assigned topic is reflected in the ideas developed by the text creator. You are expected to write a thoughtful, well-developed composition in which you synthesize your thinking about both the assigned topic and your interpretation of your chosen text. Your composition will be assessed on the basis of your ability to express your understanding of the literary text, to relate that understanding of the text to the assignment, and to support your ideas with evidence from your chosen text.

In this assignment, you must focus your composition on a text or texts other than those provided in the examination booklet. Compositions that refer only to the texts provided in the examination or that make no reference to literature studied are assessed as Insufficient. A composition will also be assessed as Insufficient when so little has been written that it is not possible to assess Thought and Understanding and/or Supporting Evidence, or the marker can discern no evidence of an attempt to fulfill the writing task presented in the assignment.

When considering which text to discuss, select a literary text that you have studied thoroughly, that you know well, that is meaningful to you, and that is relevant to the assigned topic. Texts which have literary merit and complexity of theme and style provide you with the opportunity to produce a persuasive critical / analytical response that contains insight and substance. If you choose a text that has not been studied in depth in the classroom or that lacks literary merit and complexity, you reduce your chances of producing a critical / analytical response that will meet the standard for the English Language Arts 30–1 diploma examination. If you are challenging the course and have been out of the classroom for some time, you are strongly encouraged to choose a text from the approved English Language Arts 30–1 list of short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, or films.

The time suggested for you to complete the Critical / Analytical Response to Literary Texts Assignment, including time for Personal Reflection on Choice of Literary Text(s), is approximately 11⁄2 to 2 hours.

The Critical / Analytical Response to Literary Texts Assignment is worth 30% of your total examination mark (Parts A and B combined) and is assessed according to five scoring categories: Thought and Understanding and Supporting Evidence (each worth 7.5% of your total examination mark) and Form and Structure, Matters of Choice, and Matters of Correctness (each worth 5% of your total examination mark). A response assigned an Insufficient, for any reason, receives a score of zero in all categories.

INSUFFICIENT Critical / Analytical Response to Text Assignment
• the student has written so little that it is not possible to assess Thought and Understanding and/or Supporting Evidence OR
• no reference has been made to literature studied OR
• the only literary reference present is to the text(s) provided in the first assignment OR
• there is no evidence of an attempt to fulfill the task presented in the assignment.

Suggestions for Writing the Critical / Analytical Response to Literary Texts Assignment
Be sure that your selection and treatment of the literary text reflect and develop the assigned topic in enough detail to sustain a thorough discussion of both the topic and the text at the English Language Arts 30–1 level. You must be able to provide sufficient significant and relevant supporting evidence from your chosen text to illustrate your ideas logically and persuasively. Your discussion must demonstrate the depth of your understanding of the literature as well as your response to it. (See Appendix A of this guide for a short list of texts that students often reference on diploma examinations.)

If you choose to support your ideas with more than one text, make sure that each text purposefully supports and develops the unifying or controlling idea in your response. As well, state clearly your reasons for using more than one text on the Initial Planning page and/or in your response itself. A general guideline is to provide equal treatment of each text that you reference. Consider carefully why you are examining a second text before you make it part of your response.

Remember, markers do not read compositions written on literary texts they do not know well. Be cautioned, however, that choosing texts that are rarely studied in English Language Arts 30–1 classrooms may make it challenging for the examination manager to find markers who are familiar with such texts during any given marking session. On the Initial Planning page, identify the text that you will discuss in your response. Use the Personal Reflection on Choice of Literary Text(s) section of the Initial Planning page to clarify your reasons for choosing the literature you have identified. Markers will consider the ideas presented in the Personal Reflection on Choice of Literary Text(s) when considering the effectiveness of your supporting evidence.

The Personal Reflection on Choice of Literary Text(s) is intended to help you to clarify the ways in which the topic is addressed by the text you select. As you reflect, you may become more confident, or you may decide your initial choice restricts your ability to discuss the topic or does not provide sufficient supporting evidence for an effective discussion. Use your time efficiently to allow for time both to plan and to write a prose composition using supporting evidence from a literary text that addresses the topic and demonstrates your detailed understanding.

When planning, carefully consider your controlling idea or how you will create a strong unifying effect in your response. Develop your ideas in a manner that will effectively communicate your literary interpretation and understanding to the reader. Your supporting evidence must relate clearly to the topic and support your literary interpretation. Use only those events, circumstances, or details that support or enhance your discussion.

Supporting Evidence
Do not merely retell the sequence of events in the text. Show that you have deliberately chosen support to reinforce your ideas. Make sure that your evidence accurately represents the literary text. Carefully integrated supporting evidence such as quotations or paraphrases will show the reader that you appreciated the significance of the literary text you have chosen. However, supporting evidence—while it is a significant requirement of the assignment—does not speak for itself. The function of evidence is to illustrate or illuminate an idea that you have expressed in your own words.

Generally, it is best not to quote from a text unless (1) the quotation lends greater authority to an idea than a paraphrase would or (2) the quotation is so significant or so emphatically stated that a paraphrase would not capture the eloquence of the text. Paraphrase whenever the exact words are not as important as the details they present. Practise the skillful integration of supporting evidence, and refer to your English Language Arts handbooks for guidance regarding embedding quotations and avoiding plagiarism when you summarize or paraphrase.

You should be cautious about embedding lengthy quotations, footnotes, or references into first- draft writing because they often impede the unifying effect and the creation of an authentic voice. Providing bibliographic information or page references for your supporting evidence is not required in your composition and may consume time you might use better in other aspects of your preparation for and writing of the examination.

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Year->Subject->Response to Sources->Critical Ideal   
2009    ELA 30-1    Poem: "Setting up the Drums"; Novel: "Redemtion"; Visual: "120km/h", 1975->struggle to restore honor and certainty
2009    ELA 30-1    Poem: "Prayer for Horizon"; Novel: "The Novice"; Visual: "Lovers smooching in car on a beach at sunset"->significance of idealism and truth   
2010    ELA 30-1    Poem: "Swing Valley"; Novel: "Home Place"; Visual: "Lovers in a stare down in front of a coyote cage" 1962->individuals pursue or compromise their happiness   
2011    ELA 30-1    Poem: "The Jackhammer Syndrome"; Novel: "The Orchid Thief"; Visual: "Diogenes: man holding lamp and an imense tabgle of wire"->conflict between pusuing a personal desire and choosing to conform   
2011    ELA 30-1    Poem: "The Stricken Children"; Novel: "Divisadero"; Visual: "East European condo man behind smoked glass"->the role adversity plays in shaping an individual's identity   
2012    ELA 30-1    Poem: "Prodigal"; Novel: "Late Nights on Air"; Visual: "Boy on motorbike looking back"->impact of an individual's ambition on self and others   
2012    ELA 30-1    Poem: "Late for the Double Header"; Novel: "When Alice Lay Down with Peter"; Visual: "Lorenzo Plus"->the interplay between how individuals perceive themselves and are perceived by others
2013    ELA 30-1   Poem: "Useless Boys"; Novel: "Cutting for Stone"; Visual: "The Fall of Superman Near Bliss Street Station (V4)"->the human need to make a commitment or renounce a course of action

Year->Subject->Response to Sources->Critical Ideal 1-> Critical Idea 2   
2014    ELA 30-1  Poem: "The Tent Delivery Woman"; Novel: "Saturday"; Visual "Crosswalk in the Rain"->the impact signi cant events have on an individual’s ability to determine their own destiny->the role kindness plays when individuals attempt to determine their own destiny
2015    ELA 30-1  Poem:"Itinerary"; Novel:"If You Hum Me a Few Bars I Might Remember the Tune"; Visual:"Barefooted carney asleep on the Himalaya ride"->the ways in which individuals deal with the uncertainties of the past->the human need to reconcile the uncertainties of the past with a new or present situation
2016    ELA 30-1  Poem:"The Leaving"; Novel:"And the Birds Rained Down"; Visual:"Coney Island 1969 -2 In Wins"->the forces that inhibit or encourage an individual’s actions->the nature of motivations that direct an individual’s course of action
2017 ELA 30-1 Poem: "About My Father's Plot to Get  Home"; Novel Excerpt: "The Road Past Altamont"; Visual: "Habitar La Oscuridad" ->  the ways in which individuals deal with the prospect of an uncertain future? ->imagination affects an individual’s willingness to embrace or reject an uncertain future.

Year->Subject->Response to Visual->Analysis of a Literary Character->Functional
2008    ELA 30-2    Muslim women in the surf in Algeria->significant events can change an individual's perspective->speech to Town to host music festival
2009    ELA 30-2    2 pics of families with and without food->courage is an important quality->letter to School Board to install security system
2009    ELA 30-2    survivor and his home following earthquake in China->a moment of crisis can have significant consequences->    letter to Town to build condominium complex
2010    ELA 30-2    past/present pics of Canadian Rockies->dangers we face lie beyond our understanding->speech or letter to School Board to install "Virtuosity 3D System"
2011    ELA 30-2    young and old veteran in uniform->our beliefs are influenced by the actions of others->speech or letter to Town to close library
2012    ELA 30-2    recreational waterpark in Mumbai and women gathering water in Ethiopia->the ability to face hardship is an essential human quality->speech or letter to Town to close movie theatre
2013 ELA 30-2   soldier handing water bottle to smiling father and child->individual actions affect the lives of others->speech or letter to school board to adopt dress code
2014 ELA 30-2   soldier watching children play soccer in midst of bombed ruins->perseverance is an essential human quality->speech or letter to town to ban ATVs
Year->Subject->Assignment 1->Assignment 2   
2010    SOC 30-1    Liberalism->Temporary suspension of rights and freedoms is necessary to guarantee the preservation of democracy   
2011    SOC 30-1    Liberalism->Every country should be left free to pursue its own goals   
2012    SOC 30-1    Liberalism->self-interest, individualism, government interferes   
2013    SOC 30-1    Liberalism->the need to protect civil liberties undermines the stability of the state, rule by a strong leader best serves the common good.   

Year->Subject->Assignment 1->Assignment 2->Assignment 3
2010    SOC 30-2    characteristics of a liberal democracy->the role of individuals in society->governments pass laws mandating the hiring of people based on their race, ethnicity, or gender
2011    SOC 30-2    characteristics of a dictatorship->the role of individuals in society->Canada withdraws troops from Afghanistan
2012    SOC 30-2    characteristics of a command economy->the role of government in society->Canada health-care system privatized

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Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator in your chosen text about…

1988 January       the struggle to come to terms with human isolation
        June            the struggle to maintain identity through a commitment to a belief, cause, or goal
1989 January       turning points
        June            the effect of external or internal limitations on people’s lives
1990 January       self-discovery
        June            the outsider
1991 January       the influence of an ideal on individual behaviour
        June            the influence of imagination on people’s lives
1992 January       the manners in which individuals respond to challenge
        June            the basis for and impact of individual choices
1993 January       the factors that contribute to and result from an individual’s desire to escape
        June            individual responses to significant dilemmas
1994 January       human isolation and its effect on individual lives
        June            influence of dreams, goals and ideals in individual lives
1995 January       effects of adversity on the human spirit
        June            the individual in the face of threatening forces
1996 January       the impact of significant experience
        June            the individual in the midst of conflict
1997 January       the consequence of the individual’s response to risk-taking
        June            the nature and effect of a ruling passion in an individual’s life
1998 January       the significance of the individual’s response to challenge
        June            the impact of a turning point upon an individual
1999 January       personal resourcefulness
        June            the pursuit of ideals
2000 January       the significance of an individual’s perspective
        June            perseverance
2001 January       adaptation
        June            circumstances that compel us to respond
2002 January       responses to circumstances beyond familiar experience
2003 January       responding to individual differences
2004 January       the significance of our memory of the past
        June            the significance of determination in our lives
2005 January       an individual’s attempt to secure the satisfaction of self-fulfillment
        June            an individual’s attempt to reconcile the desire to act independently with the need for security
2006 January       the effect an individuals perspective has on personal beliefs
        June            the role self-preservation plays when individuals respond to competing internal and external demands
2007 January       the role self-respect plays when an individual responds to injustice
        June            the significance of an individual’s attempt to live unconstrained by convention or circumstance
2008 January       the interplay between fear and foresight when individuals make life-altering choices

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ELA 30-1 Reading Comp Released Items
Have a look at some of the released items from ELA 30-1 from recent years. … 161219.pdf

Notice a handful of questions have words in BOLD: primarily, most strongly, etc. The pattern is consistent that bold words indicate any number or all choices may be correct to some degree. One answer is more correct than the rest, however. Also notice that multiple sources can be considered across a range of questions: a question on a picture, then a question considering the picture and a reading.

Lingo (Jargon) from these Released Diploma Items:
serve to depict
reinforces the concept
develop a sense
context suggests the allusion ... implies
serves mainly to reinforce
apostrophe (figure of speech, not the punctuation mark) … of_speech)
allusion implies
continuity is conveyed
ironic implication
stage direction