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This sample essay is an excellent example of a student engaging in extensive and high-level research (as will be evident from a quick look at the works cited), and integrating this research skillully into an engaged, mature and personal response to the above topic. The essay began life as a comparison between Antony and Cleopatra and Romeo and Juliet, but once the student started delving deeper into the many books, essays and articles written about Shakespere it became clear that she would be spreading her ideas too thin if trying to deal with two plays. Furthermore, she discovered that the ideas she was most interested - as captured in the title - were more fully formed and more interesting in Antony and Cleopatra, the later work. Romeo and Juliet is referenced briefly, along with several other plays, and the essay works very well as an in-depth exploration of one text. As such, this essay not only demonstrates how far students can go with research, but also how less can be more and how rigorous, thoughtful research can help a student adapt and refine the focus of their essay.
As you prepare students for the Extended Essay, it is important to show them good examples. Students can find the prospect of such a long assignment daunting so seeing what the final product looks like can give them a sense of where they are heading. The following sample essays all received good grades and, while your students may not know the texts, they can still be used to help support students...
This poem was set for the May 2016 SL exam. The student's response below is a rather average one. S/he engages with the poem in a relatively accurate way but the analysis tends towards the somewhat superficial and repetitive, and there is an absence of detailed comment on literary features. It is not without some merit, however - and therefore a good one to show you students so they can identify for themselves its strengths and weaknessess.
Sentence - Phrase - Word is a thinking routine taken from the book Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison, and it is a strategy that works very well in the IB Literature classroom. It is a simple protocol whereby students select a sentence, phrase and word from a given text in order to distill what they feel is most important. This process demands that students think about the 'big ideas' or 'deeper meanings' and then connect this thinking to specific details in the text. The outcome can then be used in a variety of ways and often leads to engaging discussions and explorations.
Annotating texts is something we expect students to do by and large throughout the course - but when and how are the associated skills actually being taught? You might well find that some students seem to possess expertise almost instinctively, but many - perhaps most - do not. The notes below are designed to encourage your students to develop these skills by recognising the importance of annotation as a record of reading texts 'actively'. Paper 1 is the ideal to place to focus attention on the importance of this.
The following 10 tips are designed to help students adopt a systematic and effective approach to Paper 1. Many of these strategies focus on what happens in that first, crucial part of the examination, when students choose the extract they will write on and then spend time annotating and planning their response.
Written Assignment 1: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Reflective Statement: How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the Interactive Oral? In the Interactive Oral we looked into subjects varying from the history of the book 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich' to the conditions in the labor...
The final stage of the process is of course to start writing the actual assignment. As the supervisor of the essay, your role is to provide guidance and support - but to keep in mind at all times that the assignment must be the work of the student. Note that you are only allowed to provide feedback on one written draft, and you must not write notes on the draft itself. Suggestions for improvement...
This HL Written Assignment is a response to Yukio Mishima's dark and disturbing novel, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea. It is a great text for this part of the course as it is short and accessible while also having a richness and complexity that prompts varied and original responses from students. This sample essay is one such response: while its overall argument doesn't always convince, there is no doubt the student is engaged with the novel at a deep level, and is seeking to convey an ambitious, rigorous and original exploration.
Written Assignment 2 Therese Raquin, by Emile Zola Reflective Statement: How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the Interactive Oral? The interactive oral covered a range of issues relevant to the novel’s cultural context. The emergence of the scientific method and positivism as a way of acquiring knowledge was introduced as a key...
I was very impressed with the site. It is very user friendly, gives students (and teachers) easy access to excellent resources. I also enjoyed the opportunity to be able to check my marks (and my students peer marking) for tasks against IB criteria and...
It's easy to navigate, straightforward, and helpful. Even for an experienced IB teacher, the website provides helpful ways to reconsider curriculum and lesson plans.
I wish I'd had something like this when I first started teaching IB Lit!
20 April 2018
'Taking Ownership' is a phrase that I find myself using a lot in lessons and it relates to a central idea that can be applied in various ways... more
30 March 2018
Five recommendations, after a preamble about technology, teachers and Literature...If there is a stereotype of a Literature teacher (and I am... more
18 Jun Marion Plantagie
Part 4 OptionsThank you so much for your prompt response to my question - great ideas!
18 Jun Mark Beverley
Stage 4: The Written AssignmentHi Anne: no need for a title page.
18 Jun Mark Beverley
Part 4 OptionsHi Marion: the potential inherent in the gaming narratives option is I think really exciting for reasons that hopefully we set out in this site. That being said, I have only found myself able to tackle those particular kinds of texts on one...
18 Jun Anne de la Paz
Stage 4: The Written AssignmentGood morning Mark, I can´t find anything about whether the Written Asignment needs a title page?
18 Jun Marion Plantagie
Part 4 OptionsGood morning David and Mark In planning the course for my 2018/2020 cohort I am considering the following for Part 4 Options: New Textualties: 1. Graphic novel 'Persepolis' 2. Hypertextuality - gaming narratives Prose other than fiction: 3....
16 Jun Mark Beverley
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsNo problem, Deb. I agree it is a shame - could have been an interesting essay!
15 Jun Deb Emery
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsHi Mark, Thank you for your help. We were hoping that painting and literature could somehow both be considered under the large umbrella of art. It was a long shot, but would have been a fun EE had it met the criteria. I'll direct her to refine...
14 Jun Mark Beverley
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsHi Deb: unfortunately, the proposal your student is making would not be allowed because it combines subjects from two groups. The only context in which this is allowed would be a World Studies essay or one from the two interdisciplinary courses,...
13 Jun Deb Emery
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsHi David and Mark, Due to many circumstances, I have a student who recently needed to completely change her direction for her EE. She is now going to write a Category 2 Lit EE. She has discussed a few options with me, but I'm not sure that...
31 May David White
Paper 1: the basicsWe're glad it's been so useful Chuck.
30 May chuck henry
Paper 1: the basicsThanks David, let me say again. This website has proven to be an extremely valuable asset, particularly as I worked to shephered my first class through the IB.
29 May David White
Paper 1: the basicsHi Chuck. For most Lit students it is not a 'foreign language', though that may be different in your context. It may be best to advise some less able students to structure their answer around the two guiding questions - they can still do...