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  • 22 Feb David Ripley
    Sample 2
    The key to this issue, Estrella, is to remember that this is not an exercise in visual analysis or art criticism - the picture is only there to stimulate the use of language, which is what we are really aiming to assess. . So, consider what...
  • 22 Feb Estrella Carrillo
    Sample 2
    Dear David Should student be penalized if they haven't described the picture accurately? Or if the description is very vague? I don't see anything on the mark scheme that mentions this. Thank you.
  • 22 Feb Peggy Lucky
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    got it. thank you, David. And I think it means weather report but I need to double check it with that student.
  • 21 Feb Rama Shaar
    3 Rationales, compared
    Yes, that answers my question perfectly. Thanks a lot.
  • 21 Feb David Ripley
    3 Rationales, compared
    The student CAN write a poem - so long as she makes clear what she is doing, and why, in the Rationale. . I assume what you mean by "stick to certain text type" is something like 'restricted to the text type lists in the Subject Guide (SL...
  • 21 Feb David Ripley
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    I'm not quite clear what you mean by 'weather forecast', Peggy ... but the short answer is 'yes'. In principle, students can use any source material at all (there are no restrictions stated in the Subject Guide). As always, the important thing...
  • 21 Feb Rama Shaar
    3 Rationales, compared
    Dear David, Do students have to stick to certain text type? I've got a (strong) student who wants to write a poem about the topic. Does she have to make it look like it's a speech or a talk in rap form or is she free to be creative as long...
  • 21 Feb Peggy Lucky
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    Hi David, about the source text, can student use weather forecast if he investigates the subject of climate change? Thanks;-) Peggy
  • 20 Feb David Ripley
    Extended Essay
    Well, Paola, in principle Cat.3 Literature EEs based on contrasting two texts are a very respectable way of going about the job ... but we should check that the focus of the research question is sound. My concern with the proposed question...
  • 20 Feb Paola Morillo
    Extended Essay
    Hi David, I hope you are well. It's been a while since I supervise an English B EE. My student is working on CAT 3 with the research question 'To what extent do Alice Walker with 'The Color Purple' and Fitzgerald with 'The Great Gatsby' portray...
  • 19 Feb David Ripley
    Choosing photos 1
    Well, Libby, what the IB requires is a 'colour photograph', undoctored in any way (i.e. no Photoshop collages, etc) - no posters, adverts, brochures, cartoons, etc. This is what the rule says (see the section in the Subject Guide on the Individual...
  • 19 Feb Elizabeth (Libby) Lloyd
    Choosing photos 1
    Hi David, I was wondering what the guidelines were for determining a 'photograph'? Some people have mentioned posters, brochures etc but technically this would not be a photograph? I have used an advertising poster for a practice oral with...