IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – encyclopedia entry on Mexico

Text: Britannica. “Mexico.” https://www.britannica.com/place/Mexico

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Some elements of this text to consider:

  • Most encyclopedia entries are fairly similar in structure and in the use of formal language and this is text is no exception. This text, like many encyclopedia entries, use
  • This entry has a fairly significant amount of detail about Mexico. Consider how much detail a similar entry could have if the intended audience was junior high school students.
  • The text has some fairly challenging passages such as the following: “Throughout the region, relatively flat intermontane basins and bolsones (ephemeral interior drainage basins) are interrupted by mountainous outcrops.” What does this passage reveal about the audience of the text?

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