IB DP Language A Language and Literature -sample text analysis – gun ad

Text: Gun ad for Armalite AR-50A1

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:

  • The comparison of the gun to a work of art, and the related use of Michelangelo’s statue of David
  • The imposing (and exaggerated) size of the gun
  • How the angle of the image of the statue makes it look like David is looking at the gun
  • The small viewer looking up in awe of the gun
  • The dark shading around the edges of the ad which draws the viewer’s attention to the gun in the center
  • The military-style font in the bottom line of the ad

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