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Integrating quotesfree28 June 2016

Paper 1 assesses ones ability to integrate relevant examples into the commentary (Criterion A). What does it mean for an analysis to be "supported by well-chosen examples?" How do you integrate quotes... more

Individual Oral Commentary (SL) The Great Gatsby (2)26 May 2016

This sample Individual Oral Commentary comes from a student preparing for his final IOC. It is a mock examination, conducted under the same conditions as the real exam: 20 minutes of preparation, 10-12... more

EE Category 1 (Oryx and Crake)19 May 2016

Have you ever noticed the way in which, presented with the writing of a peer, students can become the most amazing critics? They can readily identify all the mistakes and errors of another (including... more

Brexit: The Language of Politics6 May 2016

In 1989, when Francis Fukuyama wrote his (now famous) essay ‘The End of History’, he surely did so with at least part of his tongue lodged in his cheek. At any rate, Fukuyama could not have foreseen... more

Paper 2 HL (The Reader and The God of Small Things - Example 3)28 April 2016

This is the final installment of Paper 2 posts on The Reader and The God of Small Things. You can find the first post here and the second post here. For ease in comparison, remember that all three exemplars... more

Comparative Commentaries to Go: Rebellionfree21 April 2016

The Language and Literature website is large. That’s not a boast; that’s a point of fact. At InThinking, we are delighted, and fortunate, to have subscribing schools in just about every continent.... more

P2 HL (The Reader and The God of Small Things - Example 2)14 April 2016

This is the second in a series of three posts inspired to help your students understand what it takes to succeed on a Paper 2. You can find the first post here. All three exemplars use the same question... more

P2 SL S1 (Fiela's Child)14 April 2016

The sample essays below are based on the following question, which is one of six essay questions that appears on the specimen Paper 2 (on the OCC):"Analyze how justice is represented and understood in... more

P2 SL S2 (Persepolis)free14 April 2016

The following sample Paper 2 is based on the graphic novel Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, and Black Boy, by Richard Wright. The sample essays answers the following question:“Do works of literary merit... more

P2 SL (The Kite Runner and A Hero of Our Time)14 April 2016

The following Standard Level (SL) essay responds to the most popular question from the May 2013 examination, a question that explicitly and openly asks students to address context – either the context... more