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Subscriber comments


  • 24 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Extended Essay
    Hi Mahmoud, Yes, the first research question is too broad and doesn't focus on the author. The second is better as it is more specific. You might even throw in Fitzgerald somewhere: so something like "How does Fitzgerald depict the complicated...
  • 23 Sep Mahmoud Dabet
    Extended Essay
    Hi Tim, What is the relationship between Nick and Gatsby? Isn't this too broad Research Question for English A Language & literature EE? How can it be made more specific? - What specifically characterizes the complicated relationship between...
  • 23 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Requirements
    Hi Vinita, All rubrics - the assessment criteria - are found in the subject guide. Your IB Coordinator should have given this to you. If not, you can find it on the OCC (or their new site My IB). Again, your coordinator will give you access...
  • 22 Sep Vinita Vohra
    Requirements
    hither earnestly looking forward to journey with you and this site ... looking for a rubric by which to assess { to facilitate teaching } each of the text / topic
  • 22 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Kristie, Wow! What a creative and interesting idea. Because students write multiple written tasks (4 at HL and 3 at SL), I would encourage the student to explore this option. However, when it comes time to send them, I don't think...
  • 22 Sep Kristie Newton
    WT1 Tips
    Hello, I have a student who is interested in submitting a rewriting of various nursery rhymes in different jargon, for example Little Bo Peep as a legal case. She has approached me with this idea and I'm not sure if it is appropriate since...
  • 22 Sep Rima Moukarzel
    Criteria
    Thank you, Tim!
  • 22 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Criteria
    Hi Rima, They do not have to imitate a famous columnist. But it still must look, feel, and read as an opinion column. Best, Tim
  • 22 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Requirements
    Hi Luisa, Of course you can use two non-fiction texts! I'm suggesting that for me, I would find it difficult. If you want to, go ahead and see what happens! I'm all for experimenting and trying things out. I think there are many ways...
  • 22 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Criteria
    Hi Rima, The short answer is no. The longer answer is that Part 1 and 2 assessments should be focused on texts that are not literature. That doesn't mean you can't study a poem here or there, but that their WT and FOAs from this section...
  • 21 Sep Rima Moukarzel
    Criteria
    If a student chooses to write an opinion column, does he/she have to imitate a famous columnist? Can't he/she use his/her own style?
  • 21 Sep Rima Moukarzel
    Criteria
    Thank you, Tim! It is clear now! One last question: can they pick literary texts related to the topics in Part 1 and Part 2?