Comparative Commentaries to Go: A Dog's Life

IB English A: Language & Literature: Comparative Commentaries to Go: A Dog's Life

I sometimes think that funny writing should be disqualified from Paper 1 examinations. It’s not because students would laugh and disturb one another - inappropriate given the occasion. Rather, it’s because the magnitude of the moment gets in the way and students neither spot nor have the opportunity to enjoy the hilarity. My claim, I worry, is a little flimsy. After all, it may be argued by corollary that any text...

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MT Vrehas 28 August 2017 - 15:46

Hi! So what kinds of questions do we ask the kids when assigning these commentaries? Is there a bank of typical Paper 1 questions that we can use just for practice?

Tim Pruzinsky 29 August 2017 - 01:14

Hi MT,

For HL Paper 1, students do not get any questions. They get two texts and the same instructions no matter what shows up on the exam: "Analyse, compare and contrast the following two texts. Include comments on the similarities and differences between the texts and the significance of context, audience, purpose and formal and stylistic features."

I would give the students these same instructions and you can decide how to best use the extracts. Maybe you use it for in class practice, maybe for mock exams, or maybe for exam review.


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