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  • 20 Feb David Preece
    Why Myths Matter
    Powerful narratives or powerful patter - the religion of the bargain hunter - Guy Ritchie style -
  • Excellent as ever - could also discuss "You don't know nothing" - from the Arctic Monkeys "Still Take You Home"
  • 20 Feb Tim Pruzinsky
    Individual oral commentary
    Hi Lucia, I would argue that it depends on the poem. Some poems work really well chronologically, and students discuss a whole load of devices stanza by stanza. Yet other poems work better with a structure that is by device. In other...
  • 20 Feb Lucia Fayad
    Individual oral commentary
    Hi. I know there are different successful ways to organize an IOC on poetry, but I would like to know what could be better, specifically, to develop the body. Option A: Comment form/structure, literary devices, imagery, etc. Option B: Comment...
  • 19 Feb Tim Pruzinsky
    Criteria
    Hi Rima, You are correct: no names, school names, or candidate numbers. In fact, they don't need a cover sheet. If you include one, put the title of the task, if it's WT1 or WT2, the text type, the word count, and so on. But the IB cover...
  • Hi Janice, The questions are there as a guide. It's like a huge spotlight saying "don't miss out on this key feature!" The first question should be a content question: something about characterization, setting, or theme are common. Do not...
  • 19 Feb Tim Pruzinsky
    WT2 Tips
    Hi Chonticha, This is perfectly acceptable. And if done well, it could be quite fruitful close analysis in this WT2. Best, Tim
  • Hi Deb, All should be good now. Please let me know if your students still have an issue with accessing the papers. Best, Tim
  • I am a little confused as to how to frame my guiding questions. My extracts will be from both short stories and poems. Can you give me some examples for each that I might model? I read on the IB website that students do not need to answer the...
  • 19 Feb David McIntyre
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Chonticha, A WT should never really be about, per se, a 'social issue'; rather, it should (here) be about a topic option. In this instance it is - language and persuasion/rhetoric. For this WT to work, the main focus does have to be on...
  • 19 Feb David McIntyre
    WT1 Tips
    Hi Lee, I'm not entirely sure. However, I would imagine that if the WT is going to be successful, the rationale should clearly express what the task is intending, and the task itself should 'speak for itself'. In addition, if the student did...
  • 19 Feb Alfonso Iannone
    Part 3
    Many thanks, Tim. I have Duffy and Austen lined up for Part 4 on the female author front. Thanks again, A