Composing

WHAT THE HECK IS AN “INTERPRETIVE” TEXT?

This word can trip you up in the Composing Section if you don’t know what it means.
 
Here's the sort of question you might get:  Inspired by this image, compose two brief interpretive texts that represent different perspectives.  (2017 WACE ATAR English exam)
 
An INTERPRETIVE TEXT is defined for you on the last page of your YEAR 12 SYLLABUS DOCUMENT as “texts whose primary purpose is to explain and interpret personalities, events, ideas, representations or concepts. They include autobiography, biography, media feature articles, documentary film and other non-fiction texts.”
 
Take last year's exam question from above.  If you rush right in and write a narrative, then... BUP-BUM!  That’s the buzzer noise for UH OH. You didn’t follow the instructions. 😨
 
Make sure you know what an INTERPRETIVE TEXT is.
 
The syllabus document also defines ANALYTICAL TEXTS, IMAGINATIVE TEXTS AND PERSUASIVE TEXTS.
 
You are probably more familiar with these types, but check ‘em out just in case.  They are on the last page of the glossary in your SYLLABUS document.
 
If you don’t know what the syllabus document is then you’d better click HERE QUICK SMART! 👍😉

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