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 6

biba kodek 25 November 2016 - 05:20

Dear David,

Is the rationale sample in the Oxford Englush B textbook a good one (shorter, of course, but i mean the layout)?

Thank yoy for your answer, Bianca

David Ripley 25 November 2016 - 16:56

I'm afraid, Bianca, that I don't have access to the OUP Companion right now, but since that text book is so professional in all aspects, I would bet that it is perfectly sound. It's important to note that there is no expected structure or template, so there is not a 'standard' layout - the important thing is to inculde as much information as possible to explain why the WA is written the way it is.
It would be a useful exercise to compare the OUP text with others (such as off this site, or even other students' work), and ask the class to explain which works best - and why?

Connie Collyer 2 February 2017 - 13:45

David: Does it matter if the students place their sources at the end of the rationale or at the end of the written task?

Yuliya Kantorova 17 April 2017 - 11:12

No, it does not matter at all, because it comes as a whole document. Sometimes students forget to write what literary work their written assignment is based on, so bibliography is actually a saver!

David Ripley 2 February 2017 - 17:32

I am not aware, Connie, that there is any ruling about this - but I suggest that it makes more sense to place them at the bottom of the Rationale, so that examiners can see where each source has come from, if they want.
Sources are only significant for the SL WA, which is precisely about finding and using three different sources. What is really important here is for the Rationale to explain how each source is used, for what purpose ... and where the source has come from is really pretty subsidiary.

Connie Collyer 2 February 2017 - 17:33

thank you!!!

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