IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – article on traditional Okinawan tattoos

Text: Noah Oskow “Hajichi: the Banned Traditional Tattoos of Okinawa” Unseen Japan. https://unseenjapan.com/hajichi-the-banned-traditional-tattoos-of-okinawa/

Before analyzing the text make sure to have a look at the following page for a better understanding of how to use the text to help you with your assessments: https://language-literature.com/sample-text-analysis-blog-posts/

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • This text is fairly long and would likely be adapted (shortened / simplified) for a Paper 1 text
  • How feature articles differ from news articles
  • The use of illustrations near the top of the text
  • The audience for this article given the topic and the website where it was published
  • How the text starts with a first-person perspective of a local Okinawan and the role this person (Mim) plays throughout the text
  • The switch partway though the article to a more historical / factual focus and how it later returns back to Mim
  • The inclusion of a list of sources at the end of the text and the reasons for including this information
  • The biographical information about the author

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