Context: Personal Journeys

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Chapter 9 of new text book: Includes explanations of writing styles and sample responses

Chapter 11 of new text book:

The Hero's Journey: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Road Metaphor

Poem analysis notes/questions

Homework: Practise AT

Summary Slides

What Should I Put on My Cheat Sheet??

You are allowed a DOUBLE sided, hand written cheat sheet.
  • Quotes/examples/details about/from any of the texts
  • Info about physical, imaginative and inner journeys
  • Info about forms and styles of writing
  • A reminder of FLAPC
  • Info about the road metaphor
  • Info about the hero's journey
  • Words relating to journeys
  • Reminders about any spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes you know you make

Practise AT and Criteria

Types of Journeys

Summary Slides

Journey Images

List of texts you may like to refer to:

  • Forrest Gump
  • Man Vs Wild
  • Titanic
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Precious
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Bran Nu Dae
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Maestro

More Journey Poems

Example FLAPC - same prompt but different forms

Prompt: ‘There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey.’

I decided to write an expository response in order to explore the concept of the prompt in an analytical way. Using an essay format allowed me to offer an objective view with a clear line of argument. I used the introduction to explore what I thought the prompt meant and the body paragraphs to relate my ideas to three texts of different genres. To link my ideas in a cohesive way, I used words and phrases such as ‘Similarly’ and ‘In the same way...’ and when expanding on a point or offering a logical progression in my argument, I used conjunctions such as ‘Additionally’ and ‘Therefore.’ My essay is intended to be read by educated readers interested in self-discovery and therefore I have employed a formal and critical tone to express my contention clearly. The purpose of my essay is to examine the ways in which journeys may bring about greater life experiences for people. I used examples from three texts to support the idea that physical, emotional and imaginary journeys may provide rich learning experiences for those who undertake them. My references to the characters’ journeys allowed me to explain how, for them, their personal journeys provided them with more focus and meaning in life.
I understood the idea behind the quotation to be a positive message encouraging self-development, so I chose to write a persuasive brochure to promote a holiday offering escape and self-reflection. I used a passionate and friendly tone to allow my readers to feel their needs were being addressed on a personal level. The language of the prompt is very optimistic; therefore I used emotive words such as ‘idyllic’ and ‘serene’ to encourage my readers to feel that the holiday would be uplifting for them. I also used the rhetorical question ‘Has life been passing you by without you noticing?’ to promote the idea that a willingness to embark on a journey will bring about fulfilment. My readers would be those feeling in need of a holiday as a chance to re-evaluate their lives. I imagined my brochure to be included as a supplement in a health magazine, so I reinforced the idea of health and well-being associated with spiritual journeys. My overall purpose of writing is to persuade people that life offers more to those who are willing to open themselves up to new opportunities. I linked my response to the idea of personal journeys by suggesting that a physical journey to a secluded destination would provide the chance for a spiritual journey leading to a better quality of life.
I used the prompt in my response as a line of dialogue for a character I constructed in an imaginary short narrative. I chose to write an imaginative response so that I could construct an imaginative journey for my character which allowed them to learn as a result of their experiences. My narrative begins with the introduction of a problem which my character must resolve in order to learn a lesson. I have used narration to create the events and setting for my narrative, dialogue to establish my character and description to describe his reactions to his journey. I used the adjectives ‘stubborn’ and ‘conceited’ to describe my character before he learnt from his journey and the adverbs ‘modestly’ and ‘humbly’ to show that by the end, he had learnt that life had greater purpose than he originally thought. My narrative is aimed at teenagers who may also have to make difficult decisions, and so I tried to make the character’s problems ones that adolescents may have to tackle themselves. As well as seeking to entertain, my purpose was to offer my readers with the chance to empathise with what my character learned. I linked my writing to personal journeys through the character’s experiences in an imaginative, magical world with parallels to our own.

Table of Different Text Types and Their Properties