Reading 1: Election / Political campaigning
Pre-reading 1: Your life experience – Compare and Contrast
This 2-minute video has no words.
- compare and contrast this political rally with ones in your country/ that you’ve seen before
- what’s your linguistic choice to describe what you see
Pre-reading 2: Guess what it’s like in another world
Unlike in countries like Australia and New Zealand, Kenyan politics is connected with tribes. Guess / wildly guess some answers to the following questions
- How many tribes do you think there are in politics?
- How much does the influence of one or another tribe change?
- Has there been any shift away from tribal politics in recent history?
Pre-reading 3: Painting the picture
Two main actors in the article you are about to read are “Uhuru Kenyatta” and “Raila Odinga”.
- Looking at their names, does one sound better than the other?
- Which actor, Kenyatta or Odinga will have more actions (verbs) in the text?
- The following actions are some that are used in the text: GUESS whether the actions are linked to the “Kenyatta” actor or the “Odinga” actor
- Kenyatta / Odinga outperformed (+) a rival presidential candidate
- Kenyatta / Odinga was seen to be a credible (+) opposition leader
- Kenyatta / Odinga has campaigned tirelessly (+) against considerable odds (+)
Now read the text to answer the questions to pre-reading 2, and see if actions linked to the Kenyatta actor are different in level of positivity to the actions linked with the “Odinga” character. Text here.
Reading 2: post-election protests
Pre-reading 1: Painting the picture
What’s your linguistic choice for the gapped combinations below
e.g. 1: Kenya falls into violence / Kenya descends into violence / Kenya……. into violence
Answers are at the end of the post. Look at them now
Pre-reading 2: What do the actors do?
Now you’ve been exposed to what the actor “Odigna” does in some texts, have an educated guess what the actors will do
- “Odinga says” and / or “Odinga claims”
- “Protests are held” and / or “protests erupt”
- “the police used teargas” and / or “The police responded to violence with teargas” and / or “The police crack down with teargas”
Now read and see (here)
Post – Reading 1: Video versus text
Would you use the linguistic choice from the article to describe the protesters / police actions?