Young and Dyslexic? You got it going on - Coggle Diagram
Young and Dyslexic? You got it going on
"You've got it going on". It is friendly, casual and motivational. It would gain the interest of a young reader. It sounds positive and uplifiting, which matches his intentions and the purpose of the text.
"So don't be heavy on yourself" Effective as it shows the weight or burden and to lighten up.
"We" - He makes his readership feel included. He says ""We are the architects, we are the designers". He gives dyslexics hope and belonging.
Negative and positive connotation
Language to exclude
First person singular "I suffered"
"opportunities opened for me"
You're 'creative muscle' gets bigger"
Triplet of abstract nouns
Use of conditionals "If someone oppresses me"
Swear words/slang words
: The words make him approachable. It also shows his attitude towards towards people who are not dyslexic - making it seem like they are problem.
Point: Emotive verb. His attitude towards his experience.
Effect: Strong connotation. Makes the reader feel empathy for his experience. Establish a connection by being vulnerable. Sharing a personal experience and showing his pain.
He says "I" suffered. This is the first person singuar. It is his experience. His story - much like an autobiography. He is also willing to share his vulnerability with his readership.
Adjective paired with a word with a negative connotation " "local savages"
Retelling of events in a chronological order. Temporal.
Negative to positive: Starts with an account of a negative experience and turns it round into a positive
Intertextuality: "The past is a different kind of country"
The Go Between by LP Hartley. Full quotation drops “kind of” and adds: They do things differently there.
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Tone / swear words/ against expectations article in The Guardian
"If someone oppresses me because of my race I don't sit down and think how can I become white? It's not my problem it's theirs."
Willing to challenge the status quo
"We are the architects, we are the designers"
Triplets - Rule of three "There was no compassion, no understanding and no humanity." Repetition of "no" reinforces the restrictions. It conveys the obstacles he needed to overcome. It emphasises how little society cared which will make the reader sympathise with his experience.
Triplet of nouns " If you don't have passion, creativity, individuality, there is no point". All abstract nouns that you can gain or have as a dyslexic.
Opening sentence with a conjunction "But I think" adds to the conversational tone. Relaxed. Like a friend talkiing to you. Also shows us he is willing to go against the rules/ challenge the norms/go against the status quo
Rhetorial question "how can I become white?" Highlights how silly it is to internalise racism.
Rhetorical question: "bloody non-dyslexics, who do they think they are?"
Direct speech "Shut up stupid boy." Makes the reader identify with his experience. It is direct and aggressive. It conveys the shame and humiliation of the experience.
Author's relationship with the reader
overcoming obstacles in life
"You got it going on"
respect and how to treat people
Disrespect "local savages" "Shut up boy". His article seeks to treat his readership with dignity.
Text types - Conventions of the text and why it works/doesn't work
Article in 'The Guardian Online'
(Adapted from a book called Creative Successful Dyslexic.
overcoming or his attitude/ viewpoint and perspective
Topic 2: Structure of the opening line and the shift positive in negative to positive.
Shift in tone (langauge). Also negative to positive.
Topic 1:( Structure): Anecdotal retelling of the events in chronological order (termporal aspects of the retelling of events)
Society negative attitude towards him. Attitude of the teachers "Shut up boy". He overcomes and inspires young people.
Tense shifts for the old thinking and the new thinking.