IB DP Language A Language and Literature -sample text analysis – “Expert advice” section of an outdoor website

Text: “Expert advice.” Rei.com. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice

Before you read the “spoiler” bullet points below take a careful look at the text. Imagine it is a text you are using for your DP Language A Language and Literature assessments ( Paper 1, the individual oral, the HL essay,) and analyze it accordingly. This text would not be appropriate for Paper 2.

Paper 1: first take a careful look at criteria A and B . Then, consider how you would approach this particular text in light of the requirements of criteria A and B.

Individual oral: Start by looking at criteria A and B for the IO. There are some similarities between the criteria in the individual oral and those in Paper 1. However, the individual oral also requires students to make connections between extracts from a work and body of work. The individual oral must make connections with the global issue that the student has chosen. Consider how this text is linked to different global issues.

HL essay: The HL essay is an in-depth analysis of a non-literary body of work or a literary work the student has studied in class. Imagine this text is from a non-literary body of work and consider possible approaches you could take with the 1200-1500 word HL essay. This could include evaluating connections between this text and the seven central concepts in DP Language A Language and Literature.

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • Firstly, the IB would likely simplify this website if it were to be used on an actual Paper 1.
  • Consider the audience of the text – people who may have some experience with the outdoors but are looking to improve their knowledge skills
  • The menu headings at the top part of the website
  • How the section under the main photo uses simple icons and labels (e.g. “camping” and hiking”)
  • How each article uses a photo, subheading, title, summary, and review
  • FYI REI: “Since 1938, we have been your local outdoor co-op, working to help you experience the transformational power of nature. We bring you top-quality gear and apparel, expert advice, rental equipment, inspiring stories of life outside and outdoor experiences to enjoy alone or share with your friends and family. And because we have no shareholders, with every purchase you make with REI, you are choosing to steward the outdoors, support sustainable business and help the fight for life outside.” https://www.rei.com/about-rei

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