IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – first person story on lake accident

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Text: Jacob Ulrich “I thought I understood what happens to your body in frigid water. Then I fell in” CBC News. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/first-person-cold-water-body-effects-1.6459160

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • CBC in Canada is the Canadian public broadcast similar to NPR in the U.S. , BBC in the UK, or NHK in Japan.
  • This article is from the “First Person” section of the CBC News website: “First Person columns are personal stories and experiences of Canadians, in their own words. This is intended to showcase a more intimate storytelling perspective, and allow people from across the country to share what they have lived through.” https://www.cbc.ca/news/first-person-faq-1.5927006
  • The text is written in a first-person narrative style. Although it is published on a news website the writing doesn’t share many characteristics of typical news writing. However, the paragraphing is similar in length to what can be found in CBC news articles
  • The text uses descriptive language to highlight the danger that the author faced such as when he says, “My brain was buzzing from all the pain. I could barely string thoughts together, but I felt incredibly nervous from the fear of this new sensation.”
  • The text is not purely narrative – it does contain informative sections such as the fourth paragraph that starts with “When the body experiences this much pain…”

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