Mr Legowski’s 11xEN1 home learning – due Wednesday 5 February

1) Write three killer opening sentences for your podcast script; of the three, which one will you use to start your script?

2) Look at the real controlled assessment task you will be completing (see below).

Write the script for a podcast aimed at young people, in which you review your favourite children’s literature.

Now, referring to the above task, answer the following questions:

a) Is the audience (your listeners) defined by age, gender or occupation?

b) What should you assume about the interests and attitudes of your listeners?

c) How hard do you think you will need to try to interest them in your topic?

d) Why might your listeners either want, or need, to know what you have to tell them?

e) What will be the appropriate register (formal or informal) for your listeners?

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17 thoughts on “Mr Legowski’s 11xEN1 home learning – due Wednesday 5 February

  1. Rhiannon

    1. My three killer opening sentences are:
    a) Has your world ever been dominated by the reigning malign forces in your head?
    b) Consider the dead, have control over the living.
    c) Terror rules your mind.

    2.
    a) There is no real gender or occupation as far as the review is concerned, although age may be limited because of the language in the book itself, which then obviously roll over into the podcast as quotes are taken from passages to give the listeners a feel for the book, which is far more mature than is appropriate for a younger audience.
    b) I will assume that they clearly have an interest in parapsychology and psychology, with a knack for paranormal activity and the grotesque imagery that lies in a horror book.
    c) It depends really. Clearly, if they weren’t interested then they wouldn’t be listening, however the use of the genre ‘horror’ is rather open and need the audience to have a key idea of what is already going to feature: mass gore.
    d) My listeners would want to know a brief synopsis of what happens in the book, but instead of relying on the blurb, listen to a personal opinion of the book so that they can decide if it is worth looking into further.
    e) The register for my podcast is going to be fairly formal, so that it compliments the style of the book itself and so the audience does not get lost along the way because of struggling with the changing formality.

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    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks for this, Rhiannon. It’s well-written as usual, however do please keep a realistic sense of the listening audience in mind for this task. You’re going to be reviewing children’s literature (whether a single book or series of books) but your vocabulary, and the expectations you have of your audience (see #2), are rather mature; in short, ensure that your podcast is identifiable in its appeal to teenagers. Mr Legowski

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  2. Sapphire

    My three openings are…
    1. Are you yet to enter a world or wizardry and witchcraft? If not, I highly suggest you do.
    2. Hello and welcome to the marvelous mystery of spells and chants, positions and charms.
    3. Could you ever imagine finding out about a hidden magical world right infront of you eyes? Well for young Harry this was a reality.

    The other answers…
    1. Yes, the specific age group should be young people, however there is no gender specified. The occupation should also be assumed that they are in full time eduction due to the age.

    2. That they have previously read other or the same children’s littriture as they are of a similar age group, although I would assume that they would have a negative view on reading as many other young people share that opinion.

    3. Quite hard as I suspect that they are pesemistic about the idea of reading, this mean that you will need to add more hooks to make it more appealing.

    4. The listeners may want to know how another young person enjoyed reading it before they ‘waste’ their time. They may also need to know this to increase motivation to actually pick up a book and spend time exploring every loophole.

    5. I think that the review should be mainly informal as it is aimed at younger listeners who may not be as intriqued by a more formal register as they would be more likely to loose interest. I also think this because it is a podcast which is usually more informal and chatty as opposed to a writen review.

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    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks Sapphire. I really like your opening lines, especially the rhythm in the second one – it trots along nicely! Do check your spellings though (e.g. I take it you mean potions in #2?)

      I also like your answers to the audience questions for the assessment. However, while I agree with your assessment that many young people might not enjoy reading, the ones that’d listen to your podcast may already be interested.

      Well done! Mr Legowski

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  3. harriet

    1)
    A- when reading the blurb of The Fault In Out Stars by John Green, you’d assume it to be just a depressing cancer book, but you’re wrong.
    B- when reading The Fault In Our Stars I was overwhelmed by how quickly I fell in love with the words printed on every page.
    C- This heartbreaking story will have you hanging off every word.

    2)
    A- age and gender. Because the book I’ll be talking about is a love story I think it would predominantly be aimed at teenage girls who obviously are interested in reading.
    B-the listeners of my podcast would have an interest in reading and possibly read other books by the author. Anyone willing to listen to a podcast about a review of a book obviously has an interest in the content of a good book!
    C- not that hard, because for someone to listen to a podcast about books, they would obviously have an interest in reading, just a good opening line to keep them interested and using a few imperitives to keep them interested
    D-because they’d be stupid not too! This book has so many hidden meanings and isnwrote so beautifully that it would be a mistake not to read it.
    E- it will be quite informal because the book itsself

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  4. Jess

    1) My sentence opening are:

    a) G’day hangers and you’re listening to The Edge.

    b) Have you ever wondered what it is like seeing things in a different light? Well stay tuned in to The Edge for more.

    c) If you like a book that will hook, line and sinker you in, then this is the book for you.

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  5. Georgia

    1) A moving novel, it will have you weeping with both joy and the tragety of it all.
    Achingly moving; dont miss out this emotional rolocoaster of love
    Can these young lovers survive the distance?
    2)
    A) – This is aimed at the older teens, as it is based on a love story. In addition, it is more likely for teenage girls to read this novel in comparison to boys, due to girls reading more love stories in comparison to boys in general.

    B) – The interests of my readers would be based around love stories and long distance relationships. Moreover, people that read romantic books, and people that like the film ‘dear john’, would be interestad in this review.

    C) – I dont think i will need to try very hard to interest my audience, as the people that are reading it would be those that are interested in the genre of book and film. But i would interest them by adding in imperatives and having a cachy opening sentence.

    D) – The readers of my review would want to know about the book i have read if they were thinking of buying it. Moreover, they would want to know whether the book is worth reading or a wast of money.

    E) – My review would have to be informal, but to a certain level. Moreover, it still needs to get my points across well and therefore cannot be too informal, however if it was to be to formal, teenagers would not be interested in it.

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  6. Meg Hallett

    1. The perks of being a wallflower, a rollercoaster ride of emotion- love, loss, fear and hope, as you go through the start of high school life.
    2. Read the experiences of the start of high school for a wallflower, meeting new friends and the finding out truths of his past that he wanted to forget.
    3. A book that teens at this time that can relate to, being a light hearted novel that uncovers many feelings of love, sadness, happiness, loss and tells the story of Charlie just trying to be accepted for who he truly is.

    A. The audience of my podcast will be defined by age and perhaps the gender of my book, as it wouldn’t necessarily be aimed at either male or female readers, but I think it would appeal more to female readers.
    B. the assumed interests and attitudes of the listener if my podcast, I think, would be teens interested in reading; maybe people that have read other of the authors books; or have heard of the book; or seen the film; or perhaps just someone looking for a new book to read.
    C. Bearing in mind the fact that they listener is already listening to my podcast suggest that I may not have to try a huge amount on trying to interest them on the topic. Although adding different language techniques and maybe some rhetorical questions in there to keep them engaged.
    D. Again the listeners has already chosen to listen to my podcast, so they will already know the topic of it, it will give them my insight of the book and either persuade them to read it, or warn them off a bad book.
    E. The register I am going to use in my podcast is going to be fairly informal, as it as aimed at teens. The use of informal language, I think, will make the target audience clear and will appeal and interest to them more, making them want to carry on listening.

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  7. Jake Robinson

    a) Is the audience (your listeners) defined by age, gender or occupation?
    My podcast script will be aimed at a certain age of people, just because that’s what the question asks. It won’t really be aimed specifically at males or females because the book isn’t really written to appeal to either gender, and it won’t be for anyone in different occupations.

    b) What should you assume about the interests and attitudes of your listeners?
    I assume that most listeners of a podcast that’s a review of a book will be interested in reading. They will probably have a good attitude to ‘getting younger people more interested in reading’ as well.

    c) How hard do you think you will need to try to interest them in your topic?
    I will have to try to keep them interested throughout the podcast but I don’t think that a lot of effort should be put into it because it is a review of a book so if they’re listening to it then they will probably already have an interest in the topic.

    d) Why might your listeners either want, or need, to know what you have to tell them?
    Why would they want to know what I had to tell them before they listen to the podcast, if they already did then surely there would be no need for them to listen to it?

    e) What will be the appropriate register (formal or informal) for your listeners?
    Well the age of the audience were writing for is ‘younger people’ and I personally think that it is much easier for them to follow an informal text than a formal one, they will understand the language used a lot easier, and pick up on the points being made quicker. It will also be easier for them to relate to.

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  8. jake billings

    My 3 opening sentances are:
    1. How would you like to enter a world of curiosity and mysteries?
    2. If you enjoy a magnificient read then this is for you
    3. A gripping story that will change your life forever.
    1. The audience will be for people my age or younger as it says children’s literature and doesn’t specify a certain gender or occupation.
    2. They should be interested in stories and exploring new worlds and using their imagination.
    3. As it is children, as long as you are always talking about exciting aspects of the book then I don’t think it will be very hard to keep them interested
    4.If they haven’t already read the book then they may want to find out about it or if it is a younger child then their parents may want to be aware of the book.
    5.I believe that children will find it easier to understand informal text

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  9. Piers

    1) Write three killer opening sentences for your podcast script; of the three, which one will you use to start your script?
    And he’s the good guy- Skulduggery Pleasant
    One of the enemy but he doesn’t know it.- Dwarves
    Secretly good- skulduggery Pleasant Last stand of dead men

    2) Look at the real controlled assessment task you will be completing.

    a) Is the audience (your listeners) defined by age, gender or occupation?
    They are defined by age and gender.

    b) What should you assume about the interests and attitudes of your listeners?
    I assume that they will be interested in reading and will like fantasy books.

    c) How hard do you think you will need to try to interest them in your topic?
    Not much because they are already interested because they will be listening to the podcast.

    d) Why might your listeners either want, or need, to know what you have to tell them?
    What’s makes it special forn the other books

    e) What will be the appropriate register (formal or informal) for your listeners?
    Informal directed at teenager and getting them to read

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  10. India Marels

    1) The brothers who once fort for each other overtime start fighting against each other, only for the one they both love.

    2) Two brothers get caught un conflict whilst the remains of a feudal cost and the way hang over their shoulders.

    A)The audience can be defined by age, although there is no obvious gender or occupation audience.

    B) I assume that the interests of my readers/listeners would be based around love stories and long distance relationships. would have an interest in reading fantasy books.

    C) Not that hard because they wouldn’t be reading/listening to my podcast if the didn’t already have an interest in books.

    D) Because the listeners will want to know if the book is worth reading or not, and weather they would enjoy reading it.

    E) Because its aimed towards older teenagers I think that they would enjoy listening more if It was informal.

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  11. joe dooley

    1 a) Consider, for a moment, if you will- the possibility of an endless series of earths.
    b) A box, a switch and a potato is all you need to build a device to transport yourself across millions of worlds- at least, if the plot of Terry Pratchett and Stephen baxter’s marvellous book, The long earth, is to be believed.
    c) Imagine stepping across thousands of incarnations of earth in a giant airship, with only a tibetan bicycle repair man reincarnated into a supercomputer for company- that’s how Joshua Valienté spends most of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s materpiece, The Long Earth.

    2) I would assume my listeners have at least heard of Terry Pratchett, and have an interest in reading.

    3) I don’t think i would have to try too hard, as the book is a very interesting book, and they wouldn’t be listening if they weren’t interested in books.

    4) They will need to know a little context behind the sttory, a little summary, and whether the book is worth the £7.99 they will spend.

    5) The podcast is aimed at young adults, so a little informality is always appreciated within that target audience.

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  12. Josie

    Have you ever noticed how the word metaphor is used multiple times in the the film crazy, stupid, love? Isn’t it stupid?
    The definition of Juno is queen of the Olympian gods who protected marriage so….
    Zac Efron really expresses his emotion in the new film New Years Eve. His contented heart if fulfilled by a. Middle aged, crisis, love in need women seeking to complete her life’s destiny’s
    1) the audience is defined by both age and gender, by the language used and the emotions portrayed.
    2) The audiences interest should be on both reading and romantic, dramatic and heart throbbing novels.
    3) I won’t need to try very hard because the audience will already like the book, all I will need to do is add my opinion to give an effect
    4) I would need to tell them my own opinion and the basic storyline to engage them and force then root read the book but I won’t give too much away, so hey will want to know what happens. .
    5) the podcast is aimed towards teenage girls so I will use informal language as it appeals to them more than formal; they like slang and jokes.

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