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Your selected text should also examine human experiences and the key themes you identified in your prescribed text.
Related texts need to share common ground with your prescribed texts. Your chosen text should help convey the points you took away from your prescribed texts. Do both types of texts speak to similar elements of the human experience? Related texts don't necessarily need to approach themes in the same way, however it should pair well with prescribed texts to get your point across.
CONSIDER DIFFERENT TEXT FORMS
Select a different text type from your prescribed text.
Try poems, short stories or films. Choosing different text types from your prescribed text keeps your analysis interesting because you tap into different textual analysis techniques. This allows you to show off your ability to digest your understanding of key themes and messages portrayed across different text types.
STICK TO LITERATURE CLASSICS
You spend less time explaining and more time analysing.
When you stick to classic texts, which are considered part of the Western canon, you're making it easier for yourself to find key themes portrayed using complex forms, interesting techniques and focusing on texts that have stood the test of time, to still be relevant to the human experience today. Also, if it's a highly regarded classical text, your marker is more likely to know the text and understand your points. This way you can spend less time trying to explain the plot itself and focus on the analysis.
IF YOU'RE NOT A BIG READER, DON'T CHOOSE DENSE TEXTS
You can still choose literary texts!
Related texts should be something you are interested in. If you're not a big reader and you attempt to analyse a dense book, you're probably not going to write the best essay. Try choosing short stories, poetry or films. Or try selecting texts that are easier to read but are still considered literary classics such as
'The Outsiders' by S. E. Hilton.
TRY IT BEFORE YOU SELECT IT
Consider how you're going to actually construct your paragraph.
Just because your related text has relevant themes and is a literary classic, doesn't necessarily mean it's going to work well in your essay. Your chosen text needs to have clear excerpts with lots of techniques and be compatible with your prescribed texts, to ultimately help articulate your arguments. So before you select your text, consider how you will construct your points using both texts and whether they will actually help you make your arguments or not.
1. Don't choose any texts that are part of the NESA syllabus for all units of English.
2. Draw from personal experiences to make connections between yourself, the world of the text and their wider world.
3. Start early! This enables you to filter through more texts and then you can form a list of potential texts before assessments start.