writing an essay based on submitted materials
Pupils are provided with materials for a given topic and a corresponding work instruction, which convey a knowledge base. The materials are primarily subject matter texts, there may also be literary texts or statistics, tables, graphs, graphic and pictorial representations. The essay unites factual and creative forms of presentation – reporting, discussing, describing, narrating and narrative elements combine to form a whole. The essay should not be confused with the discussion, even though it uses argumentative methods. It is more open-ended, aspect-oriented, more intellectually branched than linear or dialectical. Linguistically, the essay requires differentiated means such as punch lines, metaphors, climax, puns and irony.
The essay work with the dossier at the grammar school is connected with a single work task, it is NOT used as in the professional field, a two-part work instruction.
The students should be able to compose an essay independently until their graduation. For this it is necessary that the text type has been developed and the learners are safe in writing a discussion. The essay and discussion have in common that they want to convince the reader to look at a topic comprehensively and to remain factual, whereby irony is by no means excluded, but is desired in the essay
The differences between a discussion and an essay must be clearly defined. In contrast to the discussion, the essay is not a systematic and strictly analyzing presentation of a topic, but discusses a topic freely, associatively and consciously subjectively reflective.
It is often very difficult for teachers to find suitable material and time consuming to put it together. The materials offered here are a source of information on various topics. The teacher can decide which texts / cartoons / graphs she / he will include in the dossier. Due to the copyright, it is unfortunately not possible to offer all materials in edited form. You will find in the materials links to the respective texts and caricatures.