Making a start.

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Featured Image is “The Graduate” by Norman Rockwell

In class we have started looking at writings that give advice. The following is the first part of a speech ,taken from ‘writemypapers.org’, giving advice to students who are starting high school.
Comment on the language and style used to achieve its purpose.

“My Advice for First Steps in High School I sincerely congratulate you on your admission to start high school. As you begin, I invite you to ask yourself the following questions: What is my overall goal in this school? What friends will I have? Will I participate in extracurricular activities? How will I respond to my teachers and relate to my colleagues? Think deeply about these. Pause for a moment to give answers to some or all of them. And see if you can align your responses with my advice. High school calls for more responsibility from you than was required in lower grades. Now is the time to see life more clearly and get closer to choosing your interests. Education at this stage offers you an opportunity to discover yourself: explore it. Build on your strengths while you work hard on diminishing your weaknesses. I strongly advise you to set specific goals for yourself. Define your academic objectives. Aim to be the best student in your class throughout the grades. Start preparing for college. Write down these goals as you want them and post your write-up where you can always see it. You may also want to participate in one or two extracurricular activities, go ahead. Get as many awards as you can both in class and on the playing field. Look for friends that share these goals, and cooperate with them. Develop a team spirit as you work with your friends will help you later in life.”

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10 Comments

  1. This can be a motivational speech in the sense that first of all it sounds as if the writer is addressing students who have just started high school in the sense that he is also giving them advice. The purpose of this extract is to advice students but mostly those that are starting high school about how to succeed in your high school life especially with an overall goal. Another purpose is to capture the readers attention in the sense that most people don’t even know how to get through high school so when readers see this extract, they will be interested because the advice is straight up. Motivation may be another purpose because the writer says “develop a team spirit..” and that sort of motivates the student to work harder.The tone used here is very confident especially when the writer says “l strongly advise..” so that word “strongly” gives the impression that the writer is confident about what they are saying and know what they are saying.

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  2. The advice offered is very precise as seen by the consistence of the sentence construction by the full stops. The writer commands the reader and although the tone is not too severe it takes on affirmative action. The speech also contains very effective devices such as rhetoric that engage the audience’s attention.Very good piece of advice

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  3. This speech gives very practical advice with the speaker intimating a moment with the audience. there is the use of rhetoric which keeps the audience’s attention without being overdone. The tips, although listed flow seamlessly into the passage without sounding mechanical. Very good article

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  4. I like the way the speech is directed to students who have started high school, it immediately captures the correct audiance. It gives practical advise which allows us to engage with the writter. The writer lays out his points in a calm tone but the point is still layed out in a commandable manner and straight to the point.

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  5. This speech helps youngsters of today to know about their high school life epscially those who are new to it. The speaker here is directing the audience in such a way that he has already captured their attention by saying “my advice…”. So peope dont usually ignore advice.The tone here is very confident because there is no murmuring in his speech.

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