Area of Study and the Critical Essay

Student activities

Task no. 1

Thesis or Line of Argument

To compose an effective integrated response, you must be able to develop a strong thesis or line or argument.  A thesis or line of argument should reflect your perspective and understanding of what you have been studying in relation to Discovery. It should be used to shape and direct your integrated response and should be supported and/or challenged by your prescribed text/s and texts of own choosing.

Develop a range of thesis statements that reflect your exploration of a range of texts that represented the concept of Discovery. 

Task no. 2

Critical Essay Question

Develop introductions to the following questions and then select one and compose the complete essay.

 

1. ‘Curiosity enables individuals to discover what has been hidden and arrive at new understandings.’

To what extent have you found this to be the case in your prescribed text and at least ONE text of own choosing?

 

2. ‘It is only through confronting the past and the present that individuals are able to make significant discoveries about the self and others.’

How accurately does this statement reflect what you have discovered in your prescribed text and ONE text of your own choosing?

 

3. ‘Unexpected discoveries challenge individuals to see and find what they would never have found on their own.’

How accurately does this statement reflect what you have discovered in your prescribed text and TWO texts of your own choosing?

 

4. ‘Whilst discoveries can be confronting and provocative, they challenge us to new understandings of ourselves and the world we live in.’

To what extent is this true? In your response refer to your prescribed text and ONE other text of your choosing.

 

5. ‘Discoveries can be fresh and intensely meaningful.’

How does this statement reflect the ideas about discovery explored in your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing?

 

6. 'What is evident is that the ramifications of particular discoveries may differ for individuals and their worlds.'

How and why did the ramifications differ for individuals in your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing represented the different experiences of discovery?