May 1, 2017 HSC marking

How to choose the perfect related text

We have a little chat box on the bottom right of our website which is designed for students and parents to ask questions about what we do and how it works – but it ends up being used for all sorts of things and one of the most common questions we get is this:

“What is a good related text for Discovery???”

I wanted to tackle this both as a means of referring students to when we get that question, but also to help students who might be wondering the same thing.

First of all, it is a terrible question. It is far too broad. There is no one related text that works perfectly with every prescribed text. You don’t want to just find a related text that deals with discovery, you want a related text that supports your thesis.

You need to consider the prescribed text you are doing, the characters or poems you are going to focus on and the core themes you are going to draw from it.

For example, if you are doing the tempest, a great related text for your discussion on Prospero might not be as good as if you are focussing primarily on Miranda. Same for Robert Frost’s poems. You need to identify your own thesis before you can start looking for a related text.

To do this, take a look at the course rubric. It offer a dozen or so thesis statements that you can search for in your prescribed texts.

Once you have defined your thesis, then you want to choose a related text that matches it closely or is the complete opposite. You don’t really want in between. You either want to show that your RT supports your idea or opposes it. That is the whole point of the related text; to enhance your argument. Too often I see students choose RT’s that have nothing to do with their argument and therefore don’t earn the marks they deserve.

So unfortunately, there is no quick answer to the question of what makes a good Discovery related text. Sure, you can look for suggestions 0nline, but you really need to know your text intimately and understand the argument you are going to make before you can consider choosing a related text.

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Good luck!

Mr. Jones. (English marker)

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