The Raven – Simpsons style!

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Lesson documents to print here !

1- Watch and react. What makes this episode different from other Simpson’s episodes?

2- What Gothic elements can you find?

3- Reorder the images and tell the story. Use Time Markers ( First ./ Then / After that / … In the end)

4- Read extracts from the original poem by Poe. How is this poem different from a traditional poem?

Close analysis of the poem – lesson directions here !

 

TIME MARKERS !

First … then … after that … that’s when … suddenly … in the end ..

 

 

 

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The Gothic Genre – Beyond clichés…

 

THe decrepit house is a state of being  > a metaphor of the charater’s soul > an echo of the writer’s state of mind > and a mirror image if the reader’s state of being.

The haunted castle ( a place / a character’s personality )  is a pathetic fallacy as it embodies a state of mind that the reader can identify with.

What are the main features of the Gothic genre?

Why is Frankenstein the archetype of the Gothic monster?

What does it reveal about the main concerns of the era it was written in ?

What makes it a timeless story?

Who does Vincent think he is?

Compared to Vampire scenes we watch, what elements have become laughable, why?

 

Who is Lenore?

Do you think the narrator has lost his mind? Why

What literary techniques are used in the poem?

What is the effect on the reader / listener?

What does the Raven stand for?

Why does the Raven repeats NEVERMORE?

 

 

What clichés can you spot?

What does it reveal about the Gothic Genre?

Mapping the world!

BAC WRITTEN EXAM : TIMING & METHOD

RECOMMENDED TIMING!

  • EXAM = 3 hours / Coeff 4.
  • Reading + annotations on texts /image & questions  = 30min.
  • Questions to answer = 1H
  • ESSAYS = 1H20 min.
  • Double-check / Proof-read = 10min.

READING TIPS !

Use highlighters to create your own legend & annotations. Highlight your texts and the questions.

1st READING > try and understand the main ideas.

  • WHAT > sources / recations / actions / problems / situation (verbs) < sum up in 1 sentence
  • WHO ( characters mentioned & present)
  • WHERE ( places > be specific countries / cities / areas / inside / outside …)
  • WHEN ( dates / contexts > don’t forget the paratext!)

2nd READING > Focus on style & message.

 

  • HOW ( reactions + style > point of view & literary strategies)

 

  • WHY ( explicit message > story // implicit message > writer’s intentions)

1st READING > try and understand the main ideas.

  • WHAT > sources / reactions / actions / problems / situation (verbs) < sum up in 1 sentence

A story about Arkady’s interest in saving Aboriginal culture thanks to maps of the sacred sites and teaching in the eyes of his parents.

  • WHO ( characters mentioned / focused on & present)
  • Arkady’s father Ivan V.
  • Ivan’s wife
  • 3 sons > Arkady
  • Arkady’s daughter
  • Arkady’s wife
  • The narrator
  • The writer Bruce Chatwin
  • WHERE ( places > be specific countries / cities / areas / inside / outside …)

Village near Rostov / The Ukraine /  Kiev / German factory : about the past // Arkady’s father

Adelaide suburbs ( where Arkady was born )  / Adelaide University / Walbiri in the North of Alice Springs : > what the story focuses on

  • WHEN ( dates / contexts > don’t forget the paratext!)

Protagonist’s father > at the age of 33 in 1942 decided to move to Australia from Russia.

Novel published in 1987.

2nd READING > Focus on style & message.

  • HOW ( reactions + style > point of view & literary strategies)

External POV // chronological aspect > flashback (past simple / pluperfect  )

  • WHY ( explicit message > story // implicit message > writer’s intentions)

Representing mixed family background & saving Aboriginal culture

 

COMPREHENSION POINTS

= 50ptsx2  > 10pts

⅔ questions : explicit details / Who / What / Where / When > +/-30pts

⅓ questions : implicit details / How / Why + Both texts > compare / find a link  > +/- 20pts

 

WRITING SKILLS TARGETS! Official grid to print!