Your ideas before reading
The newspaper article (from the Sydney Morning Herald – SMH) for you to read below is about a conservative journal editor and his criticism of the ABC (ABC = Australian Brooadcasting Corporation = the Australian Version of the BBC, in Canada it is CBC). Activate your ideas before reading by answering these questions:
- Why do you think the editor of Quadrant, the conservative Australian journal, is crtical of the ABC?
- Why might he be critical of the ABC in relation to a terrorist attack in Britain?
Read the ideas in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) article heading and the beginning of the text
“Quadrant online editor Roger Franklin laments that Manchester blast was not against ABC”
“the online editor of the Australian conservative journal Quadrant wrote an opinion piece saying that, “had there been a shred of justice”, the Manchester blast would have “detonated in an Ultimo TV studio (=ABC headquarters).” He added that, if such an attack took place, “none of the (ABC) panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty”
Pause and react to the ideas and linguistic choice (LC) in the first part of the SMH article
- Would you say that Roger Franklin is critical, highly critical, or incredibly critical of the ABC?
- How does his linguistic choice of actions, actor/actees and describors show this?
- Do you agree with the SMH newspaper author’s choice that Franklin is “lamenting”?
- Why does Franklin need to use 3rd conditional to convey his idea?
- What is the difference in LC between “had there been a shred of justice” and “if there had been a shred in justice”?
- How do you feel about Roger Franklin’s choice of language to convey his ideas?
Predict ideas before reading more
- What will be the reaction of the ABC?
- Apart from ABC / Quadrant representatives, who else might be quoted in this article?
- Will Franklin, the editor of the conservative journal, try and justify his LC?
- Will the SMH newspaper article be critical of Rogers or supportive of him?
Read and react to the ideas in the rest of the SMH article by clicking here
Further ideas to read and react to
Below is the original article by Franklin. Follow the active reading steps of
- reading the heading and introduction to understand the topic of the article
- thinking about the aim of the author and how his / her LC shows this
- reacting to the author’s ideas with your own
- predicting what ideas / LC will the further in the text (by formulating questions you think may be answered)