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

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.
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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!!!

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.
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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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