Planning and Preparation
- Doing background research into the type of essay
- Thinking about different approaches to planning, eg. patchwork writer, grand plan writer etc and the pros and cons of these different methods.
- Analysing the question and the wording of the question
- Identifying key ideas in a text
- Summarising a text
- Rereading to unpack the purpose of each paragraph, identifying ideas within each paragraph and analysing the writer’s style.
Content and Visual Text Analysis Tools
- Making connections between new ideas and past knowledge
- Critical analysis of images
- Understanding the ‘mystification’ of art thanks to John Berger
- Understanding how ideologies and our world view influence the way each individual sees a text and therefore each persons analysis of a text will be slightly different to the next.
- Understanding the myth of photographic truth on it’s own and in relation to ideologies and our world view.
Research and Information Gathering Tools and Protocols
- Researching artists and relevant ideas
- Using mind maps to explore ideas and connections or themes between different ideas and images. This worked very well being an (obviously) very visual person.
- Library research and using key words to find books I wouldn’t have discovered on my own.
- Skim reading to find the relevant information in an academic book with lots of unrelated information.
- Understanding different perspectives and how showing the light and shade of an argument can enrich the discussion.