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by lmpyspceprinces (lmpyspceprinces)
at April 21st, 2013 (12:30 pm)

So my english IOP is this wednesday... and I still can't find a topic that I can work with... I've been mostly procrastinating for the last 4 weeks. We're looking at the books 'Stolen' by Jane Harrison, 'The Stolen and Their Stories' edited by Carmel Bird, 'Deadly Unna' by Phillip Gwynne and 'Sardines and Oranges. I'm Leaning towards 'Stolen' since I don't have access to the other books. I don't think I really understand what we're really meant to be doing with the IOP...but I can't really ask my teacher now as my presentation is in 3 days and I haven't even picked a topic... Can someone PLEASE help me...?


Posted by: starling (starling_night)
Posted at: April 21st, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)

With the IOP you can present it as a piece of creative writing or a speech. Do the latter; creative writing would be too easy to screw up. If you only have Stolen, then uh, you pretty much have to do Stolen. Now, you've read it and studied it, right? So you should be able to think of something about the book that is worth talking about! You have to find a topic QUICKLY - interesting or not, the little time you have left you should spend writing your speech.
It's pretty much like thinking of an essay topic. Think about the theme, structure, characters of the book etc. and how they relate to one another, then develop a kind of 'research question'. For example; 'How is the theme/notion of [x] developed in [book y] through the use of [technique/structural feature/whatever z].' My topic was along the lines of 'how the unconventional structure of David Malouf's Fly Away Peter demonstrates the themes of duality and oneness in the text'.
After you've got your topic, write an approximately 1500-2000 word speech. It's like writing a long essay. Make a plan and have your argument develop logically, and reference plenty of specific examples and quotes from the text to back up your point. You could have a powerpoint to display quotes you're referring to.

Posted by: starling (starling_night)
Posted at: April 21st, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)

Copypaste this url and remove the spaces, it's a helpful list of the criteria:

scribd. com /doc/ 34309337/ The-IOP-Criteria

Posted by: lmpyspceprinces (lmpyspceprinces)
Posted at: April 21st, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)

Thank you so much! This is amazing! :D :D :D :D

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