Plymouth Marjon University
Hanoi University of Science and
W riting assignment 1
St udent’s No (HUST ): 20156897
Student’s No (UMJ): 20067677
Marking Scheme for Writing Assignment 1
IPR HO3 ENGLISH LITERATURE
Module code IPRH03 Module title ENGLISH LITERATURE
Student’s N o
201 56897 Student’s No
Assignment task Writing Ass ignment 1 Date submitted 06/11/18
Marker 1 Nguyen Thi Thu Hong
Marker 2 Nguyen Thi Hai Anh
Total mark awarded
1. Content knowledge (70 points max)
Marking criteria Maximum mark Mark awarded
The work addresses all elements of the tasks set . 20
The work demonstrates the writers’ knowledge and
understanding of the topic area.
The work shows the writers’ ability to analy ze and interpret
literary texts critically.
The work displays a clear logical argument, with points well –
ordered and fully supported.
2. Language skills (30 points max)
Marking criteria Maximum mark Mark awarded
Coherence: Ability to organise knowledge and articulate
Correct citation and referencing practice (APA 6 th edition). 10
Quality of language: broad range of sentence structures and
vocabulary used, academic writing style, polish use of English.
Total mark awarded
Topic of the presentation : “E. Hemingway – the wr iter of the Iceberg Principle”
In this semester, my friends and I have completed the assessment after a hard -working
time. The topic of the presentation is “E. Hemingway – the writer of the iceberg
principle “. We tried our utmost to study, analyze this topic and do the presentation
fluen tly. In fact, there are many things that arise in the process of making this
present ation. Indeed, thi s presentation has brought me many experience and the
knowledge about Literature in particular.
As a member of our group, I together with two other friends began to prepare for this
presentation few week ago and if time came back, I wish we could do b etter than that .
As I said above, the topic of the presentation is “E. Hemingway – the writer of the
iceberg principle”. To be honest, I was little nervous when our group was given this
topic due to his “hard -boiler” but “terse, limpid, vigorous, compressed prose” style
(Kwon, 2015 ).We decided to do this presentation in a n easy way that anyone seeing it
can understand what we intend to say. The first thing we do was embarking the main
parts of our presentation. After many discussion, there were two significant areas
presen ted, which is the Biography of Hemingway and his I ce ber g principle in “The Old
Man a nd The Sea”. As instruction of teachers , it will take 25 -30 minutes for each group
to prese nt. Thus, we decided to divide our pre sentation into three parts. Biography, the
Iceberg Principle and the Iceberg principle in “The Old Man a nd The Sea ” after reading
reference. Generally, all of members together completed the work in best way except
for some problem of our slide that we forgot stating the objects.
I was in charges o f the second part. During the process of searching, it is difficult for
me to find the document exactly and useful on the Internet. Besides, it is sometime hard
to understand the author’s language and what he meant. If there were once more chance,
I would try my best to spend more time finding other source such as books, magazines,
radios, etc and studyin g them more care fully . As a result, I was not confident in my part
of the presentation and something happened.
It appeared to me that it was disappointed p erformance due to the bad preparation .
During prese nting, I forgot some main point and hardly use any body languages. In
addition, I failed in engaging the audience. According to University of Leicester (2009),
attracting the audience’s interest by fully consider their needs would help present er
more confident in presenting and successful in goal . Indeed, my performance was not
good as I expected. Although I described slides in the most understandable way,
audiences see med not very interested because of my lack of confidence. Hence I
realized that confidence is one of the most essential factors in addition to preparation.
Planning a presentation carefully made the presenter more confident and that confidence
made the presenter shorten the way to success. If only I had realized this and done
better. However, chances were hard to come again . Therefore, instead of complaining
about the weakness, I would overcome them.
Since the presentation, I had waited for feedback from the teacher to evaluate my
performance more clearly. Indeed, the feedback of my teacher was what exac tly I think
about the performance of our group in general and mine in particular. It seemed to me
that this feedback was very useful for me to improve my skills. In addition to weakness
I mentio ned above, the teacher showed me the poor use of stress and intonation. As a
language student, it is essential for me to surmount this weakness. This presentation
made a chance for me to explore my weak ness clearly and receive valuable experience .
Apart fr om experience, I had learned a lot about Literature from making this
presentation. As I said above, the topic about Ernest Hemingway drove me nervous at
first but then reading materials made me understand more about the c ontext and
“Iceberg Principle”. He was a strong influence on English fiction in 20 th century and
had started his writing s since high school . In my opinion, an event that marked a
milestone in his life was the Word War I . In 1918, he became a n ambulance driver to
server Europe Red Cross and got a hard leg injury in Italy ; He was healing in Milan
then he got a chance to acquaint to a nurse of American Red Cross named Agnes; They
plant to marry but unfortunately that wedding did not take place (Daniels, 2017). At that
time he was severely i njured in both mental and physical health . He began to recognize
the negative effects of war and started becoming a writer. This also affected a lot on his
novel meaning s.
Referring to Heming way, people will refer to short simple -language novels that have a
hidden meaning and do not forget the “Iceberg principle “. According to this principle,
you can see only one part floating on the surface of th e iceberg, while the other part s are
under the water – the hidden meaning is not, but you have to self -contempla te (Handlee,
2015) . If you do not have enough knowledge or experience, you will feel the novel
boring and non -meaning. In fact, Hemi ngway always used simple structure , short
dia logue and hardly described characters directly in his novels. On behalf of the
“Iceberg Principle” is the novel “The Old Man and The Sea”. Through the image of the
old fisherman chasing the swordfish, Hemingway draw the beauty and power of human
in a hardship journey to make any difficult come true (Bushy, 2016) . Likewise, every
thin gs in our life has two side: once on the water and once under the water . It is
essential that we app ly this principle on many aspects of real lif e. After the presentation.
I also understood more about this principle that it brought many meaningful feature s for
the story of the novel although I felt it wa s hard to be interested in it at first.
Overall, t o reflect all the process, o ne thing that I learned is that preparation plays a
significant role, influenced throughout the process. If time came back, I wo uld try my
utmost to prepare my reference carefully and my performance would become perfect.
Great experience and knowledge from this module as well as the presentation about
“Iceberg Principle of E. Hemingway” help me complete my skills . In the future, it is
essential that I apply all these experience and knowledge to my study and work.
1. Busby, J. (2016) The Old Man, the Iceberg Theory, and the Sea. Online
Available from: https://medium.com/@johnbusby_73044/the -old -man -the –
iceberg -theory -and -the -sea -fd294fb26a22 accessed 01 Novem ber 2018.
2. Daniels, P. (2017) Biography of Ernest Hemingway. Online Availabl e from:
https://www.thoughtco.com/ernest -hemingway -1779812 accessed 01
3. Headlee, A. (2015) The “Iceberg Theory” of Writing. Online
Available from: https://thesarcasticmuse.com/2015/06/17/the -iceberg -theory -of –
writing/ accessed 09 October 2018 .
4. Kwon, B.W. (2015) Hemingway’s style and ‘iceberg principle’. Online
Available from: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/06/162_1
81689.html accessed 09 October 2018.
5. University of Leicester, K. (2009) Planning an effective presentation. Online
https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/presentations/pla nning -presentation
accessed 01 November 2018.