The following text is written by my 16-year old student Camilla Lønningen, who is a student of general studies/studiespesialiserende.
She has kindly agreed to let me share her text for teaching purposes. She answered this task during her whole-day test / written mock-exam this semester. The whole-day test consisted of two tasks: one short answer task, and one long-answer task. Given that she only had 5-hours at her disposal, the ideas presented by her are very well-executed. I have placed the text into a table to show how the content has been organized. On the right-hand side, I have made some comments to provide an insight into what I think works in the text.
The text that she wrote was a response to the following task which is what the students enrolled in Vg1 or Vg2English typically get for their written exam in English.
In literature and films, the main characters often take on a challenge. Compare and contrast two such characters you have studied in your English course and reflect upon the challenges they have met and how their actions and choices help us understand them and the world around us.
In your text, you should
· in short, introduce the texts you have chosen and how you will answer the task
· present the challenges of character one with examples
· present the challenges of character two with examples
· compare and contrast the two characters’ challenges in a discussion
· conclude by summing up the main differences between the characters
Give your text a suitable title.
If you are interested, you can check out this post here about how to prepare for you written whole-day test or written exam.
On the blog you can also find an example of a well structured argumentative text with teacher comments.