2019 Paper 1 (HL) - Running
With less than a year to go for the “old” course (for May exams), InThinking has decided to continue to support these students with a final set of Paper 1 exemplars (two more Standard Level exemplars will be published in the months to come). While there is a lot on the site for Paper 1, it’s always helpful for our students to see the most recent exam and a student exemplar.
In this particular case, the exam focuses on the runner Justin Gatlin and his 100-meter gold medal win in the 2017 Track and Field World Championships. Both are articles written for British newspapers – The Guardian and The Sun – although they are very different in how the cover the event itself. Because of copyright, we cannot publish the exam, but both texts, albeit in slightly different versions, can be found online here and here.
This is a great examination as so many of us tackle bias in the news with our classes. Students should have felt completely prepared for this examination and it offers them a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
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.