Encountering Conflict External Resources

Encountering Conflict External Resources

It is important to further your understanding of ‘Encountering Conflict’ with examples apart from the texts your school has chosen. Additional reading will enable you to develop a greater knowledge base, meaning you’ll possess a wider (and more creative) perspective for essay prompts. Area of Study 2, or ‘Writing in Context’ encourages students to use multiple resources in writing. This means you can use examples of encountering conflict from news, history, literature, personal experiences etc. There are no limits to what examples you can use in your Context essay. Below are some ideas to get you thinking about conflict outside VCE texts: Australian media  Violence towards international students Internet censorship…

Encountering Conflict Prompts

Encountering Conflict Prompts

The nature of conflict   Conflict will always repeat itself. Conflict is about justice and wrongdoing. Only one voice will stand out during conflict. The nature of conflict is deeply embedded in humans. Conflict is never fair. The way in which a person encounters conflict determines the outcome. We can never avoid conflict, we have to face it one way or another. In times of conflict, no one is completely innocent. The strength of someone is shown in times of conflict. Conflict is always multifaceted. In times of conflict, a group’s actions speak louder than just one person’s voice. Conflict is about what is right and wrong. The survivors of…

Encountering Conflict: Introduction

Encountering Conflict: Introduction

What is Encountering Conflict? Conflict is omnipresent for every individual regardless of time and place. It is a fundamental part of human existence, leading back to the earliest forms of conflict where our human ancestors competed with other species for survival tools such as food and shelter. Nowadays, conflict has developed into multitudinous forms – from merely debating what to have for lunch to global issues such as climate change. Without conflict, our experiences in life would undoubtedly be less dynamic and vibrant. Conflict is an essential factor to shaping our identity. Our relationship with conflict defines who we are because we learn to formulate our own opinions and values….

Imaginative Landscape External Resources

Imaginative Landscape External Resources

It is important to further your understanding of Imaginative Landscape with examples apart from the texts your school has chosen. Additional reading will enable you to develop a greater knowledge base, meaning you’ll possess a wider (and more creative) perspective for essay prompts. Area of Study 2, or Writing in Context encourages students to use multiple resources in writing. This means you can use examples of Imaginative Landscape from news, history, literature, personal experiences etc. There are no limits to what examples you can use in your Context essay. Below are some ideas to get you thinking about Imaginative Landscape examples outside VCE texts: Australian media Indigenous Australians Asylum seekers Drought in Australia Water restriction in Australia Violence…

Imaginative Landscape Prompts

Imaginative Landscape Prompts

Perception   We can never understand another’s perception of a landscape until we experience it ourselves. Two people can never experience a landscape in exactly the same way. We can only be truly objective when viewing landscape from a distance. To understand someone is to understand where they come from. Our subjectivity is what limits us from experiencing the external world to the fullest. Our perception of the landscape is constantly changing. Memories Memories distort our view of the external world. Memories are designed to suppress the hostility of natural landscapes. Our memories help us make connections with new landscapes. Our memories of a landscape can be liberating or stifling….

Imaginative Landscape: Introduction

Imaginative Landscape: Introduction

What is a landscape? Landscape is the physical environment we see around us everyday and everywhere we go. All landscapes are unique, from the quiet countryside to the hustle and bustle of the city. This individuality stems from their geographical location to their scenic backdrop – some consisting of buildings, vegetation, rivers and more. It is through our perspective of the landscape that allows us to appreciate what is before us. However, our other senses also come into play when conceptualising a particular space. While you may not notice it, when you look at a picture or painting of the ocean, your mind absorbs more information than what you simply…

How to avoid “retelling the story”

How to avoid “retelling the story”

Many students receive feedback from teachers to ‘avoid retelling the story’ along with red scribbles across their essay that state, ‘paragraph needs further development’ or ‘develop your contention further’. It’s a common issue across the VCE cohort and fixing it does take some time and practice. However, keep in mind that it is definitely possible, you just have to understand what exactly what ‘retelling the story’ means! So, ‘retelling the story’ – it’s pretty much stated right there the phrase – it’s when you are re-describing or repeating the plot based on whichever text you’re writing on. The reason why it is so cringe-worthy is because: 1. you should assume…

In A Hurry To Buy Your Lottery Ticket?

So you’ve got your 9 a.m. medieval history class; you’re holding your “Number One Son” coffee mug in one hand, sipping the hot liquid that will hopefully energize you a little, while turning the steering wheel with the other one. On your way to college, you notice a guy selling lottery tickets at the street corner and you suddenly remember the MegaMillions’s jackpot prize for the week. You forgot to buy your ticket again! So you make a dangerous turn in the middle of the intersection and almost hit a car doing it. All just because you wanted that ticket so much!   How To Simplify Life As A Student…

“The ‘best’ essay style for my Context piece”

“The ‘best’ essay style for my Context piece”

With less than a month away, many of you may still be debating which Context style of writing you should use in the English exam. As you know, there are three essay styles you can choose from: expository, creative or persuasive pieces. Below is a compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for each of the three pieces. While the list is non-exhaustive, be aware that just because some people think a particular style is ‘the best’, this doesn’t mean that it is going to be the most suitable for you. Your decision should involve identifying which style is most familiar/comfortable for you, which enables you to distinguish yourself from…

Show, don’t tell

Show, don’t tell

This month’s blog post will be short but it contains one extremely valuable point you should take away – especially if you’ll be writing imaginary pieces in the next few months. Creative essays are great because they offer interesting and unique stories; however, there is one common downfall that occurs in writing. Some students create pieces that are too straightforward. Rather than using vocabulary, imagery and symbolism to express a point, they simply write down a statement that sums up what they wish to say. Your aim is to invite the reader to experience the story through your words. This can be done through the character’s thoughts, feelings, actions etc….