Creating a Context File

It is vital for your success in Creating and Presenting that you compile a Context File. I know I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in class, but I don’t think you’ve really latched on to how important it is.

If you want to have a wealth of information to work with when writing your piece, you need to collect this information yourself. I can only feed you so much. And what I give you is based upon my perspective on ‘reality’ so may not necessarily interest you, or match your perspective.

Let’s get down to brass tacks. How does one create a Context File? Follow these steps:

  1. Get your hands a manilla folder.
  2. Write in big bold letters across the front: [Your Name], Year 12 English, Context File.
  3. Fill this folder with articles from magazines and newspapers, copies of poems, names of songs, lyrics, ideas, words from other people, quotes from movies, movie reviews, pictures, cartoons, photos, lines/phrases from literature…
  4. Clearly, anything you put in this folder needs to relate somehow to the context of ‘Whose Reality?’ I’m not asking you to just put together a folio of useless information.

To succeed you must be constantly thinking about the Big Ideas of the context. If you don’t read widely, and collect information and ideas from a wide source, you will find that anything you try to write will be narrow, superficial and not overly informed.

Here are some examples passed to me by Mrs Alford that give you an idea of what to look for. Each of these pieces explores the notion that we all see the world differently.
Daddy What is Drunk p1

Daddy What is Drunk p2

The Two of Us

Advance Australia Fair

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