WT1 SL S3 (CK)
This sample written task is written by Michael Michell, who teaches at the International School of Amsterdam. The task is the product of a greater unit on the portrayal of women and sex in advertising. It takes its inspiration from Jean Kilbourne's 'Killing Us Softly'. Students watched this polemic presentation and discussed many of the ads that it features. Students explored the defining characteristics of opinion columns and more specifically the columns of Maureen Dowd. You can see that he imitates her writing style or 'voice' very well.
After you view Killbourne's presentation and read the written task, assess his work according to the assessment criteria. Then compare your marks to the examiner's marks offered below. How do your marks differ from the examiner's?
Reminder: Written task 1 is not an essay. The written task presented here is an opinion column, which is very different from an essay. Opinion columns usually comment on a newsworthy event or story. They contain anecdotes and have narrative voice. They contain hard facts, humor and often a call to action. For more information on opinion columns see the opinion column page under text types.
Sample written task
Out of the mouths of babes
International School of Amsterdam
Criterion A - Rationale - 2 marks
The rationale explains how the task is connected to the coursework.
Criterion B - Task and content - 8 marks
The content of a task should lend itself well to the type of text that one chooses. The task should demonstrate an understanding of the course work and topics studied. Finally, there should be evidence that the student has understood the conventions of writing a particular text type.
Criterion C - Organization - 5 marks
The task is organized effectively and appropriately with a regard for the text type. There must be a sense of coherence.