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 4

Paul Rosevere 3 December 2017 - 09:33

A student asked me whether the titling "Rationale" should be included in the word count. I assumed it would not be counted but thought it best to double check with you.

David Ripley 3 December 2017 - 19:00

Actually, Paul, it might be best to assume that it will be counted in the word count. Examiners use the word-count facility in their software to check, and this will simply count the total number of words in the document. However, surely one single word isn't going to make that much difference...?

Andrea Balint 13 January 2018 - 16:23

Dear David,
One of my HL students wants to write a testimony. Would he be penalized as it is not one of the text types studied in class?

David Ripley 14 January 2018 - 18:36

No, there would be no 'penalty', Andrea - the rules allow any text type to be used, and anyway no examiner would know what text types had been studied in class by any of the students.

But, er... what IS a 'testimony'? It's not a term that seems familiar as a type of text. I can imagine what it might possibly mean, but the student would have to explain very clearly in the rationale why it was a 'type', what features the 'type' has, and why that 'type' was suitable for the project in hand.

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