PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Friday 21 March

What is the primary purpose of the ‘Seven dwarfs’ text – to inform or explain? (Or is there another primary purpose we haven’t considered?)

Answers in the box below. Make one reference to another student’s answer in your own.

Due tomorrow (Friday 21 March).

Thanks.

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20 thoughts on “PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Friday 21 March

  1. Niamh

    The primary purpose of the ‘Seven dwarfs’ text was to explain. This is because he is making the situation clear by describing it in detail and giving relevant facts. This is why the anecdotes are so detailed because he is making it clear what is like to not have a woman in the house. If the purpose of the text was to inform then he would just be giving the facts and not giving a lot of detail as to why they happened. However you could argue that the primary purpose was to amuse because the anecdotes are humorous, though are aimed at an older audience. I would disagree with this though and say the primary purpose is to explain.

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  2. Samantha

    The primary purpose of the ‘Seven dwarfs’ text is to explain. The whole text is telling us what they are doing as there is no women in the house. Like Niamh said the anecdotes are very detailed showing us what life could be like with out women in the house in a humorous way. If the purpose was to explain there would be more statistics to back up points but in the seven dwarfs text there wasn’t.

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  3. Erin

    The primary purpose of this text is to explain. People may think it is to inform as the two are very similar. However, this text is to explain. I think this because in every explanation text, you have to have the ‘why?’ And the ‘how?’ I think it is quite clear about how the man wants his kids to be bought up by saying to “bite me” instead. Also, the why is because everything that happens during the text is because they don’t have a women influence in their life. I think in some ways it could be to entertain but for an older audience because of, like Niamh said, the anecdotes are humourus.

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  4. Matt

    I believe that in the text ‘Seven Dewrfs’ the purpose changes in the text. This is because the whole text is informing us what life is like without a woman.But as said before it is also to explain. For example, the last paragraph he is telling us what he would of said and it would be because thats what he wants his child to react to situation as such as they where in.

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  5. Tara

    I think that the purpose of this text is to explain and inform. To inform is when they speak about someone or something, and in the text he talks about the way his kids act and behave. But on the other hand, the purpose can be to explain. For example, ” we are a father and two sons living In a household without women” this is the opening statement, and as you read on it explains what it’s like without a women in the household, controlling everything that everyone does. As Niamh said, the anecdotes are very detailed showing us what life could be like with out women in the house in an adult humorous way.

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  6. Alice

    The purpose of this text is to explain. Although a secondary purpose could be to inform as the two are very similar. The writer talks a lot about what it’s like to live in a house without women, he explains this using anecdotes and a few metaphors. The metaphors enable us as readers to visualize points he tries to get across. Even though the purpose is to inform and or explain, some phrases also lead me to believe that the purpose may also be to amuse. For example, ‘its home alone except there are three of us.’ maybe not that funny but contradicting which to me makes it amusing.
    That said I agree with Erin in that the primary purpose of the text is to explain.

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  7. Sophie Rapps

    The primary purpose of the ‘seven dwarfs’ texts ls to explain. This is because, as Erin said, explaining is using ‘why’ or ‘how’. I think that throughout the extract it is telling us how things happen when women are absent in parenting. Also, in the first paragraph it tells us why all these things are happening and also the last paragraph explains why in an indirect way. I also believe that the text could also be to entertain. This is because the anecdotes are quiet humorous and they are used to entertain the reader. Although, this may be to get the reader on there side, draw them in or help to createa mental image to make the text clearer. Overall, I think that it is to explain. This is due to the devices and also the format (variation.)

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  8. Chloe

    The primary purpose of the text was to explain. Although we said that it could possibly be to inform as well, I’m more convinced it is to explain. For example, like Erin said, the main point of it was to explain “why” and “how”.
    Both purposes are very similar which is why it was hard to choose which purpose suited the text most.
    To inform, however, is speaking about a specific person or specific people. This is, in a way, shown in the “Seven Dwarfs” text but they don’t focus the whole text on just people, the majority of it is EXPLAINING what life has been like for them without a woman in the house.

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  9. Olivia

    I think that text Seven Dwarfs purpose is to explain. I think this because the writer explains what the men of the text are doing as there isn’t a woman in the house that would probably change what they were all doing. Because there isn’t a woman in the house the dad has decided to change how he brings up his children. If this text was to inform it would probably give us a lot more information of why there isn’t a woman in the house and where she might be, although there could be a lot more other reasons why there is only men. I agree with what Niamh says that the anecdotes used in the text are detailed to let you know what it is like to not have a woman living with you.

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  10. Lucy

    Along with everyone else, i also think that the text was to explain. I think this because of the way he describes his routines. The text has also been written to humour people, as Sophie said “to entertain,” in the way that life without a women in the house is described, as the points he (the writer) picks up on are typical and strereotyped. This gives readers something that they can relate to, and therefore the writer has managed to make a text which explains, whilst creating emotion.

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  11. Jordan

    I think that the purpose of ‘the seven dwarfs’ is to explain more than to inform. It shows many similarities to an informing text, but, as Erin said earlier, goes into more detail of the why’s and the how’s. These are what seperates an explaining text from other purposes, such as informing.

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  12. Rosie

    I believe that the primary purpose if this text is to explain. Carr, the writer and father, tells us that life in a boys-only household isn’t as awful as it sounds. He explains how they get by and the differences that there would be to a normal family under female influence: “It’s home alone except there are three of us.” From this excerpt, it sounds slightly chaotic and this is confirmed later on in the text, but overall it sounds like a fun place to be. Like Olivia said, if this text was supposed to inform us, there would be more information as to why the family has no female influence. Instead, it explains to us how they get on and cope.

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  13. Ellie

    I think that the text is to explain because the writer gives his own opinions about living in a all boys house. The writer explains how good it is living with all boys and the advantages. The text is to explain because it says more about why it’s is good and how like a explain text should be. Also it could be to entertain for a slider audience because it has adult humour in it.

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  14. Georgia

    I think that the purpose of the the text ‘seven dwarfs’ is to explain, my reasoning for this is because of the use of anecdote within the text. The anecdotes are giving examples to the reader, explaining how a household is without women. On the other hand this text could also be to inform as overall the writing is informing the audience aswell as explaining. But in order for it to be a direct purpose to inform, the writer would have to use more facts and information, other than stories.

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  15. Emilia

    I believe the purpose of ‘The seven dwarf’s’ text changes from informing to explaining. At the start of the story the writers is informing us about what life is like without a woman. He then begins to tell us about his son Alexandre and their stories. But the writer then changes to explaining and talks about how/why they went to certain places. “I’m driving Alexandre down a dusty beach road to the pie cart.”

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  16. Pandora

    I agree with the majority of the class that the primary purpose of the text is to explain. Granted, it does come across as a very informative text in the sense that it’s feeding you chunks of information; however the title of the piece poses a question: “Ever wondered how the seven dwarves lived before Snow White came along?” This rhetorical question turns you from a passive reader into an active thinker, and makes you want to understand more about the text. The text does explain very effectively, and doesn’t leave you feeling like you missed something as some texts can. The author does this by his wide range of descriptive language and language features, such as simile.

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  17. Ian

    I believe that the purpose of the text is to explain rather than to inform. Like other students, such as a Erin, they have explained that the text may be very similar to inform but goes further, into detail about his life. He continues with the “why” and “how” themes, focusing on “how” his life is without a woman. He does begin to inform, however, in the last few paragraphs, he begins to explain and this makes it an explanation text.

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  18. Louis

    I also believe that the purpose of the text is to explain as the writer has used many examples to back up his point. At the end of the text it says something about teaching his son a life lesson that he talked about in the text so he would be explaining it to the readers. Like Ian said, he continues with the “why” and “how” themes which would relate to the purpose of explanation.

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  19. james

    in my opinion, the seven dwarfs text has the purpose almost like an autobiography. this is because throughout the whole text the man uses small anicdotes, he also tells his life like a documentory. this is all propelled by the use of speach in the text, he also uses speach marks for all of us to see.

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