From the RUBRIC to the Exam

Week 1

What did I do?

Related the RUBRIC to A.O.F. exam

Looked at the RUBRIC (again) and how it will be used to create questions in exams and therefore, how it can be used to answer questions. We were shown, with examples from the films The Theory of Everything and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the RUBRIC broken down into 6 summarising parts:

  1. Discovering something for the first time OR rediscovering something that has been lost, concealed or forgotten – and the sensation of memory.
  2. Discovery can be sudden and unexpected OR could occur as a result of careful planning – systematic discovery.
  3. Our emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative differences will make our reaction to a discovery unique.
  4. Discovery can legitimise beliefs and values, force reprioritisation and/or reflection, expand our worldview and enable us to speculate about the future.
  5. How we relate or how we contribute to a discovery will depend on our social, historical, and cultural contexts.
  6. Discovery can have an impact that is far-reaching and transformative for the individual and for broader society.

From this we were encouraged to find those aspects of discovery which could be used to answer those types of questions within Robert Gray’s poems. Some that stood out to me were:

  1. Rediscovery: The symbolism of “those bright crockery days“, in the poem Journey the North Coast, as the persona is reminded about the senses of home as he returns.
  2. Systematic discovery: In Diptych, Robert Gray sets up the poem as a dual reflection of both his mother and father. The end of the poem clearly conveys this as he states, in a reflective tone, “I’d come by then to see that we all inhabit pathos.”
  3. Reactions: In The Late Ferry, the persona describes the ferry as “filled as it with its yellow light“. The synaesthesia used conveys the feeling of the speaker himself being filled with light as he identifies with the ferry.
  4. Reaffirming values & Speculation of the future: The ambiguous imagery, in Flames and Dangling Wire, of “the sound of curtains lifting, one time, to a coast of light.” presents a hope for the future – in juxtaposition with the previous horrific “mirage” – while also including his reoccurring theme of light.
  5. Contextual reactions: Through the direct address of the persona in Meatworks Robert Gray claims: “I usually didn’t take home the meat.“, setting himself apart from the other workers, who “worked around the slaughtering out the back”.
  6. Affect: In Flames and Dangling Wire  the “old radio” may be symbolic of the old world and of a message being carried – it is mentioned only after the words: “and so we speak”. The “voices it received are still travelling … around the arch of the universe”; the discovery that the persona has made will impact the entire world – Robert Gray is communicating to the world an opportunity for change.

Created a T.E.A. Table for Robert Gray

A  T.E.A. table follows the essay structure: S.T.E.A.L. – Statement. Technique. Example. Analyse. Link [to question]. After breaking down the RUBRIC into 11 statements (on the left-hand column of the table), the next three columns are filled with a Technique, an Example and a short Analysis in response to the Statement.

I will need ways to memorise this. Two options that I have used before are flashcards OR using the evidence to answer a variety questions – memorising the quotes and their relevance to the A.O.S. through diverse use.



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