P1 Sample work

IB English A: Language & Literature: P1 Sample work

One of the best ways to learn is by example. In order to become familiar with the expectations of Paper 1, you will want to look at how student work has been assessed in the past. Both poor and good samples are presented in these pages, so that you can learn from other students" experiences. We suggest you assess student work according to the criteria for Paper 1 before you look at the examiner"s comments of each...

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Comments 8

Sharmistha James 22 August 2017 - 09:24

Dear David
Thank you for the samples for Paper 1, can you please upload the Text/question paper for each sample. Without the Question paper/texts its difficult to place the samples(Paper 1 HL and SL) in the correct perspective.
Thank you.

David McIntyre 22 August 2017 - 12:04

Hi Sharmistha,

I understand that this would be beneficial. However, we are not able to do this as it would infringe copyright law.

You may purchase the exams from the IB. However, please note that in some instances the texts are removed from what you order (sic). This may sound odd, but again it has to do with copyright law.

Best regards,


Alexandra Hay 15 September 2017 - 00:45

Hi Tim or David,
Would it be productive to have SL students write a practice paper 1 on a speech? (Grade 11 / Year 1 of DP) Many of my students have difficulty organising / expressing themselves in writing, so I'm working toward a WT1 on speeches (a speech about a speech, based on the Mandela sample) and want to precede with a practice paper 1 for analysis. (I want to link the tasks with the same primary source to help deepen their understanding.) My question here is that I have not seen any paper 1 work on speeches -- is this so? And, would it be wrong to prepare students for paper 1 style work with a speech? I hope this makes sense.

Tim Pruzinsky 15 September 2017 - 01:26

Hi Alexandra,

I think this makes complete sense. It's logical and sound. It's year 1 of the program. You are building their skills. You want to give them a chance to show and transfer their knowledge. Off the top of my head, while a speech hasn't shown up for SL, it is absolutely a text type that might. I say go for it!


Alexandra Hay 20 September 2017 - 09:58

Thank you, Tim -- this really helps. Another question -- as far as I can see, the quiding question (s) for the paper 1 exams is not included in the samples here. What guidance can I give students in this regard?

Tim Pruzinsky 20 September 2017 - 11:04

Hi Alexandra,

At HL, there are no guiding questions. They get the same instructions year in and year out. Essentially, write a comparative commentary.

At SL, they get two guiding questions. One will usually be more context or topically based and the other will usually be about style, but not always.


Caroline Hazel 2 February 2018 - 07:55


Do you have any exemplars of student work from the November 2016 Exam about "The Silent History" iTunes Preview page?

Tim Pruzinsky 3 February 2018 - 01:31

Hi Caroline,

We are constantly adding to the site and are very mindful that teachers want exemplars from as many exam years as possible. But what you see is what we have at the moment.


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