HOW TO WRITE THE BEST MODULE B ESSAY EVER:
So you need to write a Module B essay? Lucky you!
Module B is hard. Admittedly some electives are much easier than others (I’m looking at you ‘speeches’) and some of them are seriously difficult (if you are doing ‘in the skin of a lion’ my heart goes out to you!). Regardless of your elective text, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you get 20/20 in Module B.
Firstly, you need to understand what module B is – and that is a critical study. A critical study is exactly what it sounds like – approaching a text critically to offer a balanced discussion on its effectiveness to achieve its purpose. This means that we want you to adopt a perspective on your text – whether it be for or against the question proposed to you. Make sure you keep coming back to this – how good of a job does it do in achieving its purpose?
Secondly, we want to see a personal voice come through. You might have been told since year 7 to avoid personal pronouns in essays, but this is an exception. For the first time, phrases like “In my opinion” and “I believe” are permitted – even encouraged. You just need to be able to back your opinion up with examples from your texts. Either that or…
Use additional critics to support your argument. The best Module B essays always have external critics that support the thesis of the writer. For example, if you were doing Citizen Kane, you would find a literary critic who shares a similar understanding of the film as you. This adds legitimacy to your essay and makes it seem like it is more than just your opinion.
Don’t be afraid to criticise your text. Some of the best Module B essays I’ve ever read have been those that tear apart their text and use other critics to support it. If you think one of the speeches is not an enduring speech, explain why – and use a good one to juxtapose it.
Finally, you need to know your text really well. One of the hardest parts about a Module B essay is not knowing what they are going to ask. If you look at the last few years of HSC papers you will see such a wide spread of focusses each year that it become almost impossible to predict. The only solution for this is to know your text like the back of your hand. You need to be able to adapt at the drop of a hat. This isn’t discovery – you can’t go in with an essay basically memorised. The question will be challenging – but it favours the bold.
These things are all unique to Module B, but are what your markers are going to be looking for so make sure they are there in the forefront for everyone to see!
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Best of luck!