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This sample Standard Level response uses Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter to respond to a Paper 2 question on drama. The question used was from the May 2016 paper (TZ1):
Introductions to Paper 2 essays often fall short for various reasons. Sometimes they are too long and identify nitty gritty that really should be kept back for the main body or the essay; sometimes they are too short and/or fail to say very much that isn't obvious or self-evident; sometimes they fail to indicate proper understanding of the terms of the question. Some key reminders are presented below along with a range of introductions for discussion.
A question recently posted on this website asked for some guidance on the distinction between the level 4 and 5 descriptors for Language, picking out the difficulty of distinguishing between language that was “carefully chosen” and “effective” (level 5) rather than just being “carefully chosen” (level 4). The person asking the question made the point that “the only way by which we can determine that any language is carefully chosen is by noting the extent to which it is effective,” and so such a distinction was not very helpful when trying to decide which mark to give a student for this criterion. This blog post attempts to elaborate on the answer I gave to the question, while also giving a few samples of writing to illustrate the different levels in this criterion.
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Getting it right... It is a sad and regrettable thing that each year students across the world receive fewer marks than they deserve in the IOC because their teacher has failed to properly read the Subject Guide and to check that the way they go about the assessment is correct. There are often practical problems, such as failing to make the recording clear, procedural issues such as allowing the...
Marking the IOP can sometimes present difficulties, not least because there tends to be a lot less exemplar material 'out there', and also because it is often a task that individual teachers complete in isolation - making it difficult to moderate. It is important, therefore, to look for sample presentations (such as you will find below and/or on the Teacher Support Material of the OCC), as...
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...
Introduction Students of Higher Level only will find that their Part 2 assessment lasts for a further 10 minutes. Once the Individual Oral Commentary is completed, they are asked to remain in the examination room in order to enter into a discussion about one of the other two works (i.e. not poetry because all Part 2 works must be from a different genre). As its name would suggest, the second part...
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...
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...
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!
10 November 2018
A question recently posted on this website asked for some guidance on the distinction between the level 4 and 5 descriptors for Language, picking... more
14 Dec Rob Bingham
Marking the IOPHello Everyone, What is IB's policy when it comes to a student doing another IOP in order to improve a grade. I had a couple of students do rather poorly on their IOP's during the first round, and I was wondering what IB's position was on this....
14 Dec Maria Gribensk
Extended Essay: appropriate topicsI would like to know if a student can write an essay on a literary novel and its film adaptation by analyzing certain features between the two. I know this is an option for Part 4 of the Lit course, but I can't tell if it is something that...
13 Dec David White
Choosing WorksHi Brenden. The 4 genres must be realised through works written in English, so all 4 genres need to feature in Parts 2 - 4. I don't know why this rule exists (and it won't be the case in the new course next year) but that is what the guide...
13 Dec David White
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Drama (The Glass Menagerie and Amadeus)Hi Patrick. It was written under full exam conditions and is an outstanding example.
13 Dec Patrick Jones Patrick
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Drama (The Glass Menagerie and Amadeus)Hi David - was this written during an exam setting? Or was it in a setting in which the student had access to the text?
13 Dec chuck henry
Part 2 Detailed StudyOk, thanks
13 Dec Brenden Ballinger
Choosing WorksHi There, I have a question with respect to the HL strand of the syllabus. As HL have to do all 4 genres, can the genre of prose other than fiction be generically included in the program and be a component of Paper 1 or does it have to be...
12 Dec David White
Marking the IOPIf it is just under 10 minutes then it should not count against them. However, if it is significantly shorter then, as you say, they will limit how much they can show in terms of knowledge and understanding.
12 Dec David White
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Poetry (Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath)Hi Kate. As an examiner myself, I am often impressed by the responses to poetry because students are able to go into real analytical depth in a way that students responding to novels and plays do not always manage. Students who focus in depth...
12 Dec David White
WA lesson Ideas: getting the title rightHI Michelle. I agree with you that you cannot say a student will be marked down just for using this term. It is a well worn term but that is because it often makes sense for a literary exploration - it acknowledges that things are not black...
12 Dec Melissa Mrs.
Marking the IOPThe guidelines say 10-15 minutes in length. What if the student is under 10 minutes? Does that count against them in any way? It is not scored on the scoring guide. (Other than they may not have shown knowledge and understanding with a shorter...
12 Dec katie O'Hara
HL Paper 2 exemplar: Poetry (Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath)I have taught poetry as my Part 3 genre for many years now and I am always conscious that my students are responding to questions alongside other candidates who are working on whole novels and whole plays. I therefore encourage them to think...