Grade 12 Guitar Essay Guidelines
- guitarist and/or composer who has played an important part in the development
of the guitar and/or guitar music and/or its place in music history.
- impact of technical developments in the guitar on guitar playing.
- how the development provides new possibilities.
- how the development restricts creative possibilities.
- an assignment which compares and contrasts important figures in guitar history.
- their importance in the development of the guitar.
- their importance in the development of guitar music.
- their importance in the history of music.
Marking Scheme and Assignment Components:
- outlining basic topic of essay.
- areas of research.
- focus (thesis) of assignment.
- /10 marks. Communication
- Demonstration of Research
- accumulation of "hard facts" used in essay.
- accuracy of facts.
- /20 marks. Thinking/ Inquiry
- Demonstration of Understanding
and Development of Opinion.
- synthesis of facts into a cohesive opinion, thesis and/ or focus.
- /40 marks. Thinking/ Inquiry
- Essay Skills
- structure of essay
- introduction, conclusion, successful presentation of arguments
and supporting evidence.
- /20. Communication
- Proposal: Thursday, May 26
- Essay: Week of June 16.
Become An Expert:
- learn as much as you can about your topic.
- view as many examples as you can.
- it is far better to have to edit and have too much
information than it is to try to stretch out too little information.
- no more than 20% of your essay.
I want your "educated, researched" opinion.
- dates, times, where he/ she was born, how big, how
fast, how much money, etc.
- - must be pertinent.
- link your topic to other similar topics. (other performers,
styles, instruments, etc.) to provide a better understanding.
The Planet Zog:
- assume that your audience (class, teacher, etc.) knows
absolutely nothing about your topic. too often presentation/ essays
omit the most obvious and crucial points because "Well everybody
knows that, I don't need to mention it!"
- assume we are from the Planet Zog and know absolutely
nothing about your topic.
The Big Picture:
- How does your topic fit into the overall picture of the arts, media arts,
development of digital tools, development of communications, life, etc.
- Is your topic a major cog or a little widget? Why?
Compared to what? (comparison again!)
- Who says he/ she is the world's greatest digital artist? etc. (we're from
the Planet Zog remember!)
Why This Topic?:
- What made you pick this topic? Why do you think it's
important and/ or interesting?
- If you can't demonstrate why you're excited or interested
about the topic why should your audience be interested?
- Try to present concrete examples that your audience
from Zog can see.
- In an essay you must convince your teacher that you have actually seen your
subject's art, or visual witnessed its visual impact. The best way to do this
is to provide a personal description of examples.
- Don't assume that your audience has "seen" your topic before.
Give them that opportunity with some examples.
What Do You Think:
- Your opinion is important.
- In fact it should
be the most important part of your presentation/ essay.
- Do you
agree with the
you've read and/or talked to. Why? Why not?
- Support your
opinions with examples and facts.
- Don't just end your presentation/ essay by grinding to a sudden halt.
- Summarize the points you have made in a concise but thorough conclusion.
- Your introduction is probably best written after you've created
the bulk of your presentation/ essay so that you have a firm
grasp of what you actually are going to say.
- Your audience is from the Planet Zog so we need to know what you
are presenting to us and how it will be presented.
- So now you're an expert! Prove it by providing a proper bibliography at the end of your presentation/ essay.