Coursework A04

Assessment Objective 1: Developing ideas

AO1 is about developing ideas from a starting point to a final piece. This is done through mind-mapping, sketches and studies related to the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople. You need to analyse and understand these contextual sources, and develop your ideas in a personal way.

Selecting a starting point

You will be given a starting point, theme or design brief. For the Externally Set Assignment or Set Task, you will be given a choice of starting points. You might have the opportunity to write your own brief.

Before you decide on a starting point, consider:

  • Will your choice keep your interest?
  • Will you be able to make best use of your abilities and strengths?
  • Will your theme help you to develop your skills and understanding?
  • Are suitable source materials such as objects, artefacts, images and books available?

You could start your development work by:

  • making observational studies
  • looking at the work of other artists or designers in galleries, exhibitions, books or on the internet
  • experimenting with materials, processes or techniques. Find out more about materials, processes and techniques in AO2.

Remember - for coursework you will be developing new skills, but for the Externally Set Task you should use processes, media and techniques which you're confident will work.

Consider two or three starting points and use a mind-map, spider gram or mood board to explore them before making a final choice. Don't spend too long on this as you will need to focus your time and energy on only one theme for a project.

Checklist

When selecting a starting point, have you:

  • used a mind-map, spider gram or mood board to consider a range of possibilities?
  • chosen a starting point that will keep your interest?
  • chosen a starting point which makes best use of your strengths and abilities?
  • chosen a starting point that allows you to develop your skills and understanding?
  • found suitable source materials?

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  1. okay so, I have a 3000 word essay for English Lit, this is my question:

    Compare and contrast the presentation of power in William Shakespeare's 'Othello', Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' and Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale'.

    I'm kinda struggling with what to say about the authors, like how do i talk about how Shakespeare created Iago's personality traits you know? And is it best to have separate paragraphs for each text or weave them in?

    so many questions!
  2. Definitely, under no circumstance write about your texts separately. That will not even get you into Band 2! You need to weave your texts in each paragraph as one of the most marks will come from AO3 which is comparing texts for connections.

    I've only studied Othello so I can give you help on that. Do you have you main three points that you will be writing about?

    For example my A2 essay was "Explore the corruption of morality and it's consequences in Othello, Picture of Dorian Gray and Enduring Love". Something like that anyway. My three points were 1. Reason for corruption (Iago's jealousy of not having the position of being in command of an army (or something), 2. Effect of corruption on that character or others (Othello's paranoia, his abuse to Desdemona 3. The consequences of corruption and morality (Death of Othello and Desdemona and Iago still lives). That's how I did it. Get three points and get quotes from each text.

    You are studying a character, not a person. You must see the character as a literary figure and not as if you are doing a psychological character profile. You are examining the literature merit of Iago's actions of power which effect's the play's outcome drastically. So what he does: acts and says: and how themes correspond to this. So you have his manipulative side where he is always by Othello's side whispering things into his ear, making this and that up to break Othello's "armour" and this could be symbolised as Iago being the devil's advocate, it creates an alarming figure that Iago will stand by and get into people's head and break them down for his own hedonistic pleasure. From showing this, you can then link this to how this is shown as powerful. Then you can bring in context with what Elizabethan society thought of religion (the devil, temptation, deadly sins) etc etc. That's A04 which plays a bigger part at A2 level.

    You should have 2 core texts (one will be the Shakespeare) and the 2nd one will be up to you and then the 3rd text with be your partnered text which you will use as a reference on how the 3rd text has illuminated your response and understanding of the other 2 texts you discuss is way more critical detail. Also to get high, high marks defo use critical analysis theories and see what critics say. You can use this for alternative interpretation which is A03 (I think) which will also be useful if you have nothing else to say about your point, get a quote from a critic in to help it develop/end your point. You will get so many marks for this.

    Hope I've helped.
    (Original post by Karlisha12)
    okay so, I have a 3000 word essay for English Lit, this is my question:

    Compare and contrast the presentation of power in William Shakespeare's 'Othello', Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' and Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale'.

    I'm kinda struggling with what to say about the authors, like how do i talk about how Shakespeare created Iago's personality traits you know? And is it best to have separate paragraphs for each text or weave them in?

    so many questions!

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