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1.  Refer to the texts by name.  Author/title
2.  HOOK your reader from the first sentence.  It must be more creative than:  When comparing text a and text b….

3.  BE SPECIFIC!  What’s your evidence?  Make the reader go back to the texts, tell them where to go to.

IB EXAM PAPERS NEED TO BE written with academic STYLE:  http://library.bcu.ac.uk/learner/writingguides/1.20.htm

+ a little help from our friends at Harvard:  http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/documents/edit2.html

Q’s To Approach Your Texts With.

 1) Frame of Reference. “Under my UMBRELLA…ella ella a a a…”

How can you put the two texts under ONE umbrella?

These two texts help one shape an opinion of:

Both texts speak to the importance of:

These texts focus on the role of:

2) IS IT RAINING?

Why is the umbrella needed?

Is this umbrella needed in all parts of the world?
Is the umbrella only helpful to certain people at a certain time?

If we didn’t think about the topic being explored…what would we be missing out on?

How does the theme of reference feed back into your personal life?

3) Whereas

It is ok for the texts not to always get along.  They won’t.  You need to be explicit about where the tensions are.  Where would the two creators disagree?

Linking of A and B.
The nature of Paper one demands that you take an organized approach to linking the text.  In order to be organized, use transitional expressions of comparison and contrast (similarly, moreover, likewise, on the contrary, conversely, on the other hand).

FOR OUR SECOND PAPER ONE PRACTICE, you will take on the following model to organize your work:

PETER

P-Point.  What’s the POINT of looking at these two texts together? What message do they both achieve?

E-Evidence.  Where is the evidence FROM BOTH TEXTS to prove that the point is being made?
T-Techniques.  What does the author do, in order to put forward a point?  Use of tone, style, ethos, pathos, logos, structure.

E-EXPAND.  How does culture play a part in CONSTRUCTING or receiving the message?

R-RESPOND.  How does the primary purpose of both texts encourage a response from you?  Is it an intellectual response?  An emotional response?

TEXT  A

TEXT B

How to fail by Seth Godin

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/04/how-to-fai.html

There are some significant misunderstandings about failure. A common one, similar to one we seem to have about death, is that if you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen.
All of us fail. Successful people fail often, and, worth noting, learn more from that failure than everyone else.
Two habits that don’t help:

  • Getting good at avoiding blame and casting doubt
  • Not signing up for visible and important projects

While it may seem like these two choices increase your chances for survival or even promotion, in fact they merely insulate you from worthwhile failures.
I think it’s worth noting that my definition of failure does not include being unlucky enough to be involved in a project where random external events kept you from succeeding. That’s the cost of showing up, not the definition of failure.
Identifying these random events, of course, is part of the art of doing ever better. Many of the things we’d like to blame as being out of our control are in fact avoidable or can be planned around.
Here are six random ideas that will help you fail better, more often and with an inevitably positive upside:

  1. Whenever possible, take on specific projects.
  2. Make detailed promises about what success looks like and when it will occur.
  3. Engage others in your projects. If you fail, they should be involved and know that they will fail with you.
  4. Be really clear about what the true risks are. Ignore the vivid, unlikely and ultimately non-fatal risks that take so much of our focus away.
  5. Concentrate your energy and will on the elements of the project that you have influence on, ignore external events that you can’t avoid or change.
  6. When you fail (and you will) be clear about it, call it by name and outline specifically what you learned so you won’t make the same mistake twice. People who blame others for failure will never be good at failing, because they’ve never done it.

If that list frightened you, you might be getting to the nub of the matter. If that list feels like the sort of thing you’d like your freelancers, employees or even bosses to adopt, then perhaps it’s resonating as a plan going forward for you.

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Today in class, answer the Q’s To Approach Texts with (1-3).  Post your response here, please.

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  1. 1) Frame of Reference. “Under my UMBRELLA…ella ella a a a…”

    How can you put the two texts under ONE umbrella?
    Find one similar topic of what both texts are saying

    These two texts help one shape an opinion of:
    Both texts shapes an opinion that failure in inevitable. It happens, it has happened, it will happen, and it will change you if you are willing to learn from your mistakes. At most times you will get a second chance and that’s the time you will have to improve and change the way you react to the same condition. Both texts pretty much says how experiencing out failures is a process to learn something and not do the same mistake again. These texts focus on the role of failure being a part of learning and it pretty much describes our life.

    – Danny Jason Nadia

  2.  1) Frame of Reference. “Under my UMBRELLA…ella ella a a a…”
    How can you put the two texts under ONE umbrella? They both have a comparison that link failure in someway
    These two texts help one shape an opinion of: How a person interprets failure
    Both texts speak to the importance of: failing, everyone fails.
    These texts focus on the role of:
    2) IS IT RAINING?
    Why is the umbrella needed? To learn from mistakes
    Is this umbrella needed in all parts of the world? yes
Is the umbrella only helpful to certain people at a certain time? no
    If we didn’t think about the topic being explored…what would we be missing out on? success only comes from failure
    How does the theme of reference feed back into your personal life?
    3) Whereas
    It is ok for the texts not to always get along.  They won’t.  You need to be explicit about where the tensions are.  Where would the two creators disagree?

    – Brian, Neel

  3. 1. Frame of Reference
    How can you put the two texts under ONE umbrella?
    In the process of learning, there’s always going to be failure. This does not mean that we should stop trying as Jessica Hagy said in Text A, “2nd and 3rd and 4th chances are vital (absolutely necessary and needed). Both texts speak to the importance of failure in being apart of success. These texts focus on the role of failure in our learning process, taking Thomas Edison’s story about failing a thousand times before correctly inventing the lightbulb, a daily necessity in our lives today.
    Even though both texts are interpreted in very different forms; one being a doodle and one being a properly written statement, both can be categorized in the same group; in the same umbrella. Using a venn diagram gives more access to more people as it is easier to understand, and visuals are always a plus when explaining a concept or idea.

  4. 1) Frame of Reference. “Under my UMBRELLA…ella ella a a a…”
    How can you put the two texts under ONE umbrella?
    The similar concepts between these two would be how they show failure as a part of learning in life.
    These two texts help one shape an opinion of:
    Failure and how in the end it is a learning progress and a step to making yourself better.
    Both texts speak to the importance of:
    How failing will help you improve and how you should go out of your way and understand that imperfections are reality.
    These texts focus on the role of:

    2) IS IT RAINING?
    Why is the umbrella needed?
    The umbrella is needed to compare the two texts together through their disagreements and their similarities. Failure connects the two texts together. In text A they use failure as an encouragement, We can clearly see the venn diagram and when failure and learning collides together, progress is created “if allowed to try again.” In text B, it states how to use the failure properly to get the most efficient amount of improvement.
    Is this umbrella needed in all parts of the world?
    
Is the umbrella only helpful to certain people at a certain time?
    If we didn’t think about the topic being explored…what would we be missing out on?
    How does the theme of reference feed back into your personal life?
    3) Whereas
    It is ok for the texts not to always get along.  They won’t.  You need to be explicit about where the tensions are.  Where would the two creators disagree?
    Peter and Shella

  5. These two texts help one shape an opinion of: Failure and learning are the greatest way to progress.

    Both texts speak to the importance of: Not making the same mistakes twice

    These texts focus on the role of: Failure

    Jesslyn & Stacy

  6. Natasha and Isaura:

    The texts authored by both Hagy and Godin both outline the important role of failing in learning; how the two come hand-in-hand in moving forward. Both texts give the strong message of positive failures, and emphasizes on how you won’t only fail once, but twice, maybe even thrice; that is all in the process of learning. However, though it is obvious that though the main message of both texts parallel in the same direction, they clearly bare different focuses. Hagy paints a very simple, clear, and to the point picture of how failure comes together with learning, tying it with the title of “2nd (and 3rd, and 4th) Chances Are Vital”, highlighting the fact that failure is inevitable, that’s why it is important to always get back up. Whereas Godin-composed text illustrates and focuses, in more detail, on how to have and get back up from necessary, and needed, positive failures.

  7. 1. Frame of reference
    Both texts speak to the important of learning by failing.

    2. Is it raining?
    Text A tells us that the common things between failing and learning is that by either doing one of those, we will progress.
    Text B tells us that “All of us fail and people learn more stuffs from that failure.”

  8. These two texts share the idea of the importance of failing and how it affects us/our work. They both say that failure is actually important towards your work seeing as they will happen. However, the two texts have different approaches towards showing us by it’s visual: one with its venn diagram and the other with its text, or in other words, the first text, titled, “2nd (and 3rd, and 4th) chances are vital” describes the idea graphically, while “How to Fail” is an article talking about a similar thing. The title of the first text indicates that we’ll fail more than once, yet it’ll lead to “progress” when “failure” works side by side with “learning.” The second text is titled “How to Fail,” which is contrary to the message of the text.

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