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Urgent: Need ideas for Matura Arbeit - English Literature/Languages

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This is regarding the Matura Arbeit in the gynasium for my daughter who is in the 5th year there. She has chosen languages as her profile and she would like to to a research in English literature(this can include writing short stories, poems, writing a small book or research some writers). She has to give the Theme by tomorrow . Now we have been brainstorming for the past 6-8 months but nothing seems to be clicking. So I turn my last hopes to the English speaking people on this forum who have helped us in the past in differnt matters.

I would highly appreciate some feedback or comments.

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Could you give a little more details as to what the aim of this should be. Would it be creative, like writing your own short story or would it have to be about some piece of literature?
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you could also help us in our brainstorming by telling us the type of books she likes or reads most.
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Old 24.03.2011, 20:41
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Not sure if you mean English literature into Shakespeare etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_literature



Or do you mean original research using the English language?

She could write about the experiences of children moving here from English speaking countries. Writing about the problems the foreign children have mastered while settling here in Switzerland.
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I was thinking along the same lines as Ittigen. As in maybe research writers that have lived an expat life. Was thinking in more broader terms as in Gerald Durrell who wrote the book My family and Other Animals which was based on his life on the Greek Island of Corfu. I actually studied this for my O level English Literature exam.

A little more information would help us all give you enough input to make an informed choice
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For the Maturaarbeit in BL, specifics weren't required - it could be quite general, just giving an indication of direction. And you could change your mind within two months. You start off with a big wide subject, and gradually narrow it down to what you're actually going to do. So maybe you've a little more time.

btw - meaningful subject on your post would help.
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Thanks for all of your responses

Now she would like'd like to do some research in the field of children's literature (like fairy tales etc) and write a couple of short stories that fit the general idea.
She checked some reference books on nursery rhymes but there wasn't alot of information about that in them.
So I thought some ideas from the EFers might be useful to her.

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you could also help us in our brainstorming by telling us the type of books she likes or reads most.
Harry Potter is the ultimate favourite for her and than she has read Pery Jackson and so many other stuff. She is a big Bookworm and hence the interest in writing and languages.
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For the Maturaarbeit in BL, specifics weren't required - it could be quite general, just giving an indication of direction. And you could change your mind within two months. You start off with a big wide subject, and gradually narrow it down to what you're actually going to do. So maybe you've a little more time.

btw - meaningful subject on your post would help.
I think we are past all that time. She has to give the topic tomorrow and than she starts working with her mentor and hand over the Arbeit in November. You are right here about narrowing down the topic a little bit. But looks like we are not very close to it and English literature is such a wide term, so.......
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Could you give a little more details as to what the aim of this should be. Would it be creative, like writing your own short story or would it have to be about some piece of literature?
It could be either of the things. As I wrote earlier she wanted to do some reaserch either on Fairy tales or Nursery rhymes but she couldnt find much in the reference books from the Library.
Now another thing could be researching a book or a series on an author but its a bit too overwhelming to decide. I was hoping if someone or someone's child has done something like that, as we being here on the ENGLISH forum.
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can she do some research on fairy tales or similar stories throughout different cultures- highlight the differences according to culture/experience and then write a couple based on her own language/culture/experiences? just an idea...good luck!
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Right on the nail. Particularly if the matter is urgent, it is far more helpful to write something to catch the eye than just imply that is is important to you. In Family Matters in particular, urgent help is usually a school or medical thing and there are loads of folk on here who won't open the Thread to look as they think they cannot help anyway.
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She has chosen languages as her profile ....and she would like to to a research in English literature
She has to give the Theme by tomorrow
I might be able to help, but don't know the school system and so don't understand any of the above. What is "her profile", what is "a research" - how long must it be, referenced?, due when?, style? etc

Also what is the Theme? Is this an abstract? What form must it take? Can you give an example?
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Re: Urgent: Need ideas for Matura Arbeit - English Literature/Languages

I think fiction writing for some kids could be difficult, I think to actually write about something could be easier at the end of the day, since there is a set procedure, a plan to follow, structured sentences. Especially since she hasn't been able to figure her own topic by herself until now, there could be a creativity block or so. I would pick an author she likes, read up on him, write a piece on him and interpretation paper. One thing is to love reading fantasy and fairy tales, another is to actually write one. Unless she is into it, has written some and loves to work with imagination (which a loads of kids do, some are great at it).
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Right on the nail. Particularly if the matter is urgent, it is far more helpful to write something to catch the eye than just imply that is is important to you. In Family Matters in particular, urgent help is usually a school or medical thing and there are loads of folk on here who won't open the Thread to look as they think they cannot help anyway.

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You are so right. But I was so freaked out and did it so quickly, even my daughter told me to be more specific. Will try and be more specific in the future. Thanks anyways.

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I might be able to help, but don't know the school system and so don't understand any of the above. What is "her profile", what is "a research" - how long must it be, referenced?, due when?, style? etc

Also what is the Theme? Is this an abstract? What form must it take? Can you give an example?
Hi There

Good morning

Thanks for your offer. In the school she has chosen Old languages as her Profile and in this too she has Latin (could have also taken Greek). So now before the end of the Gynasium she has to do like a small Thesis, it could be any subject. Some examples that other kids are doing are, Plantation in Mexico, something to do with Photography, like many pictures are being taken on a object with a very slight change in the position..., a girl have had some phycological problems in the last year and so she is doing that and so on.
But my daugher is a linguist and she loves English lierature so she was thinking along those lines. But again this is also a very wide area. She narrowed it down do nursery ryhmes and fairy tales until two weeks. She got some reference books but couldnt find much information on these. Then last night she was explaining to me about this nursery ryhme: Mary mary quite contrary and how the whole ryhme interprets somthing else. But this is not enough for the whole project.
I hope I am making some sense.

The replies from the forum has been helping us to be more clear.

I would like to thank each one of you once again.
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Nursery Rhymes and their historical context, origins, meanings could be enough as at least in English there are a great many old nursery rhymes that make commentary on historical moments in history and the language used is significant. Things like curds and whey - most kids have never heard of, never mind eaten (yuck) - maybe that would be both narrow and wide enough

there are tons of references online

http://www.rhymes.org.uk/nursery-rhyme.htm
http://www.innvista.com/society/gove...ain/rhymes.htm
http://www.simpletoremember.com/arti...ryhmeshistory/

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Nursery Rhymes and their historical context, origins, meanings could be enough as at least in English there are a great many old nursery rhymes that make commentary on historical moments in history and the language used is significant. Things like curds and whey - most kids have never heard of, never mind eaten (yuck) - maybe that would be both narrow and wide enough

there are tons of references online

http://www.rhymes.org.uk/nursery-rhyme.htm
http://www.innvista.com/society/gove...ain/rhymes.htm
http://www.simpletoremember.com/arti...ryhmeshistory/

hth

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Thanks caz,

Only thing is that she shouldn't use inernet sites as her primary source. And since there aren't alot of books on that she dropped the idea.

The Maturaarbeit should be at least 20 pages long and she has to work on it till next november.
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fair enough - there are quite a few books out there decoding phrases and nursery rhymes - are you allowed to source books from places other than the library - will they order books in for her if she asks?

the primary source will always be the rhymes themselves surely?

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http://www.amazon.com/Pop-Goes-Wease...ref=pd_sim_b_1

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Sheep-La...ref=pd_sim_b_1

http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Words-Li...ref=pd_sim_b_5

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