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    a model analysis

    What is an analysis?  Basically, the aim of a text analysis is finding out what textual strategies an author of a particular text applied in order to reach a certain goal. We assume here that every textual device is used to create a certain effect, to support a certain message. Whereas a comprehension task in a Klausur focuses on the question WHAT?  (is said / is written), the analysis focuses on the questions HOW? and WHY?.

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    a diary entry

    What’s a diary entry?  It is a private text format in which you write down your confidential thoughts, hopes, fears etc. in order to create some kind of emotional relief and/or to clarify a situation, to weigh the pros and cons of a difficult decision. In the age of social media, the question arises if diaries still have a place in people’s life. As a text format in school, it helps to characterize and explore fictional characters by adopting their point of view and uncovering their hidden thoughts and motives.

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    a comment

    purpose of the text type : to raise a questions of topical interest, to point out possible arguments and express a personal opinion on the backdrop of the before mentioned arguments criteria: interesting attention grabber that raises the question (a personal anecdote, a news item, a quote…) clear paragraphs with clear arguments supported by concrete examples conclusion: clear opinion formed on the basis of the arguments every paragraph starts with a topic sentence that connects the paragraphs and introduces the topic of the new paragraph logical linking words/connectives that connect the arguments formal and correct language The following text was written by a student of the English LK Q1 (junior year).…

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    a news report for a quality newspaper

    purpose of the text type:  to inform the readership about a news event criteria: informative headline (not catchy or ironic!) inverted pyramid (most important information at the beginning, background information in subsequent paragraphs) first paragraph: who?, what?, when?, where? second paragraph: detailed information about the event third paragraph: background information final paragraph: useful reader information (e.g. police hotline, websites, links, etc.) neutral language and no judgement formal and correct English passive constructions if possible: newspaper like layout if possible: pictures (licence-free!, e.g. pixabay.com) The following text was written by a 7th grader. The task was to write a news report about the hacker attack in chapter 8 of the novel “Jerry”…

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    Comment on Macbeth (2015) directed by Justin Kurzel

    All that glitters, isn’t gold. This is an advice you would want to give to Macbeth while watching the film. Because as you already get to know in the beginning, the idea of becoming king allures him to do some mistakes which in the end lead to his and his wife’s death.

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    Essay about “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

    Essay about “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe (1958) In the novel “Things Fall Apart”, the protagonist’s friend Obierika describes fittingly the British impact on Nigeria: “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. […] He has put a knife on things that held us together and we have fallen apart. “ (extract 2, ll.53 ff). When the British came to Nigeria in 1807, life of the Nigerians changed and Chinua Achebe aims at pointing out the devastating impact this had on the natives’ culture by using a third-person omniscient narrator who tells…

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    our model analysis “The White Man’s Burden” by Kipling

    Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden” aims at flattering the British population by presenting them as servants to the colonized natives and by directly addressing the British readers of the poem. Kipling describes the function of the colonisers to civilize the native people as a hard duty. The fact that colonisers have to wear a “heavy harness” makes me think of a horse that is commanded by a superior person and that has to do hard work. The one who commands the colonizers is not at all a person but it is the white man’s duty to leave their homecountry and civilize the natives in the colonies. This duty is…