2019 Paper 1 (HL) - Taxis
The May 2019 exam was the penultimate exam for the first iteration of the IB Language A: Language and Literature course. With that in mind, and still wanting to make sure these students have what they need to succeed, the following exemplar will help them prepare for the final examination of this course in May (or November) of 2020.
This particular set of texts revolves around taxis and more specifically women and taxis. The first text, Text C, comes from an article in The New Yorker titled “Ladies Who Cab” that was published on September 16th, 2014. You can find the text here, but do note that the IB has slightly adapted it from its original version. The second text, Text D, is an appeal on the fundraising website GoGetFunding titled “The Pink Rickshaw: Putting Women in the Driving Seat.” Again, the IB has slightly adapted it and you can find the link to the website here.
In this particular exemplar, the student has written a whopping 2,302 words! It’s a lot. More doesn't always mean better, but this exemplar does show students at Higher Level what can be done in exam conditions. This is most likely the upper limit and I can't imagine many students writing more than this (and at this high level of quality). There’s great understanding of the context of both texts and because of that, and a whole lot more, it scores really well. While there are faults, overall, it’s done so much so well. Give it to your students to push them to do even more and see what is possible.
Sample Student Response
Criterion A - Understanding of the text - 5 marks
The analysis of the text should show an understanding of the text's purpose, its context (where this can be deduced) and a target audience. One's analysis of the text needs to be supported by relevant examples from the text.
Criterion B - Understanding of the use and effects of stylistic features- 5 marks
The analysis of the text must show an awareness of how stylistic features, such as tone, style and structure, are used to construct meaning. A good analysis comments on effects of these features on its target audience.
Criterion C - Organization and development - 5 marks
The analysis must contain coherent arguments that are well-developed. The analysis must be organized effectively.