Let it go and journey


As part of revision for the Area of Study: journey, Preliminary students have been completing practice HSC Paper 1 Section 1 style questions.

For our next lesson, you should answer the following questions:

  1. Comment on TWO textual features that relate to different aspects of journey            2 MARKS

This question requires a specific response where each textual feature, and example, must be linked to an aspect journey. This could be movement, understanding, opportunities, challenges and obstacles.

When analysing visual texts, consider

  • composition
  • size / shape
  •  gaze or vector line
  • objects / figures
  • colour
  • written text

For example:

The dull, smudged colours of this landscape symbolise a static space and suggests there will be few obstacles.

Repetition of ‘Let it’ in the text reminds us of the cyclical nature of journey in reflecting on choices to better understand ourselves.

The white strip coming out of the caricature’s head and leaning forward posture is demonstrating to us he has a path to follow.

Contrasting dark background and white thoughts, representing an individual’s view, shows us his isolation and lack of support.

Less shading is apparent around the written text to lighten the mood and focus our gaze on the positive opportunities of journey.

Being open minded to the possibilities of journeying is shown metaphorically through his ‘open’ head.

  1. How does this text effectively communicate the notion of journey?

In answering the second questions, students should write one triple TEEEL paragraph that builds on the response to question 1. Extending your ideas and textual details as part of a longer answer allows you to maximise your marks by discussing key concepts. Simply repeating the features discussed in an earlier answer will limit your ability to convince the marker that you are aware of the conceptual complexity involved in ‘journey’.

Synonyms for effective = compelling, capable, convincing, successful, appropriate, persuasive, interesting,

Begin with a statement, or topic sentence, which outlines what you believe this text is about. For example:

Through our thoughts and attitudes, we create our own paths.

Then, each sentence needs to contain a specific feature with an example and link back to an aspect of journey. For example:

The white streaming from the figure’s head indicates his ideas flow into a trail that can be followed, metaphorically linking to physical movement.

Add two more sentences before finishing the paragraph with a ‘link’ sentence that connects to the ideas of your topic sentence and contains evaluative language. For example:

 Leunig successfully shares his views on personal responsibility for our life’s journey.

*image from Leunig

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