Sample Rationales

IB English B: Sample Rationales

NOTE : This page has been revised to incorporate the May 2015 new Criterion A: rationale and task..As I have suggested elsewhere ( Written Assignment ) , it seems that the Rationale will prove to be the key to scoring well in the Written Assignment. This is for two principal reasons:1. Providing focus for the writing of the WA ... If it is emphasised to the students that the Rationale has to be very clear and concise,...

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Comments 2

Martina Salluzzo 4 September 2017 - 09:56

Some examples we see have Rationale in the past (as if written after the actual work) and some in the future (in French it is called Preambule.. so it should be written as an introduction, before)
What is your opinion?

David Ripley 4 September 2017 - 10:28

Well... neither, actually! If it's in the past, the implication may be "Wow, this is what I happened to write!" ... and if in the future, it suggests that the Rationale is a preparation for reading, almost part of the argument of the WA. To me, 'rationale' in English suggests "Here is the underlying logic of the approach - this IS what the WA DOES". In other words, it is a kind of summary or explanation of how the WA works.
In the end, it doesn't really matter - for one thing, the Guide doesn't require one approach or another; and what is significant is the content: what material has been chosen, how it has been used, and for what purpose.

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