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

Teacher's Comments

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.

5 out of 5: There is excellent understanding of purpose, audience, context, and more all supported by relevant textual references.  While there may be a bit too many references that aren't fully dealt with, the references well-chosen to support the claims being made.

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.

4 out of 5: There is strong analysis of many of the stylistic features and their effect.  And while there was a lot of great work here, it wasn't enough for full marks because the candidate doesn't fully parse out the author's choices in relation to the evidence used.  

Criterion C - Organization and development - 5 marks

The analysis must contain coherent arguments that are well-developed. The analysis must be organized effectively.

5 out of 5: This is an organized and balanced comparative commentary that uses effective transitions and has strong development overall.   

Criterion D - Language - 5 marks

The language of the analysis must be clear, varied and accurate.  The register of the analysis must be appropriate, meaning it contains formal sentence structure, good choice of words and effective terminology.

5 out of 5:  While there are some long sentences and the dash is used a touch too often, there is a commanding tone and style suitable to a comparative commentary.  The language is clear, appropriate, and varied as well. 

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