Analyzing tone

IB English A: Language & Literature: Analyzing tone

Writers communicate a message to us through a particular tone. Tone is the choice of vocabulary, syntax and verb tense, all of which place the reader in a particular mood. As we analyze the language of the unseen texts in Paper 1, we need to establish a particular vocabulary for describing tone. In other words, we need to learn a few important adjectives in order to describe the language of texts. Instead of commenting...

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Priyamvada Gopal 6 March 2015 - 08:28

Thank you Mr.David

But I do have a last doubt. If a student does not form a thesis question for Paper 1, there are chances for the essay to go haywire, as in the student may include everything. I feel that based on the student's understanding of the Paper 1 text, he/she should form a thesis statement which gives the scope for the student to analyze.

I would like to have your opinion on this. Thank you

David McIntyre 7 March 2015 - 23:27

Hi Priyamvada,

I have been teaching IBDP for a long time. 'Haywire' is always a possibility, despite your best efforts. I don't think, as such, that a thesis is required (see comments above). I do believe that you need to offer a framework or frameworks for your students; they require some form of scaffolding to approach their text(s). And, it is the case that to do well, students should be detailed as possible. Rich and developed language analysis that frequently returns to discussion of readers, purposes, and contexts is the key to success in this task.

Best regards,


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