Written Tasks

You have just learned that Diploma grades have allocated to students using the colour m&m the examiner grabs from the bowl as he or she (he’r) marks your papers.

TASK: sketch how you will tell the world about this.

One of the objectives of the Language and Literature course is for you to, “Demonstrate an ability to choose a text type appropriate to the purpose required” (Language and Literature Subject Guide, 10).

As a piece of external assessment, you are required to complete written tasks that respond to some of the texts studied.

Have a look at this document from the Language and Literature Teacher Support Material to learn what this is all about.

Task: Highlight and comment on aspects of these instructions that you think are important. Find the MUST DO’s!

Now have a look at the Written Task Criteria.  What does this tell you about the objectives of this activity?


The rationale is not included in the word count (800–1,000 words) for the written task and should be 200– 300 words in length. Text titles or topics recorded on the rationale are expected to match those recorded on the coversheet.

In their rationale students must explain:

  • how the content of the task is linked to a particular part of the course
    • text studied
    • supports or refutes the text
    • context
  • how the task is intended to explore particular aspects of the course
    • thematic references
    • Big ideas: colonisation; re-writing history (post-colonialism)
  • the nature of the task chosen
    • text type chosen and significant features
  • information about audience, purpose and the varying contexts in which the task is set.
    • explain the context of the audience you are writing towards and the purpose for writing to them.
    • who are you writing as?

The rationale should not only include knowledge about the text or topic studied, but also about the formal conventions of the text type produced and how they relate to the aims of the task.

Written Task on Persepolis, Black Boy and “Ain’t I a Woman”

You task is to respond to one of the significant concepts we have been studying in this part of the course:

  1. Language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts
  2. Meaning comes from complex interactions between the text, the audience and purpose.

All three of these texts (Persepolis, Black Boy and “Ain’t I a Woman”  explore a richness of a culture that is otherwise mistreated or misrepresented though for different purposes. Your task is to create a text that achieves the same. ie. Persepolis re-presents Iranian culture.

Remember we use culture and community synonymously. Identify your cultural group and audience first. Then identify your text type.
Consider: use of accent, the aspects of the culture you represent; how will you invite your audience to understand? (think about the difference between Persepolis and the Khomeini textbook).
Note: there is some opportunity to have some fun with this through satire by choosing a culture that is not misrepresented, but by treating them as if they were. ie. representing the English monarchy as mistreated (perhaps by the media) but then highlighting the richness (no pun intended) of their culture.
  1. Complete the Rationale section listed above to clearly identify your purpose, audience and finally text type. 
  2. Keep in mind the time we have to spend on this – a little over a week. A graphic novel is not going to be a good choice as it will take a long time! Image could still be used in some manner though.
  3. Begin drafting!

Image: ‘034.365 – Green for Go!

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