IB DP Language A Language and Literature – Sample text analysis – hockey infographic

Text: “Hockey Rinks by Province.” Sportsnet.

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

Some elements of the text to consider:

  • The fairly minimal use of language – the only information is the title of the text, the names of the Canadian provinces and territories, the name of the author and the source of the data
  • The numerical data given in both numbers and in 3D bar graph form
  • The Sportsnet logo (FYI Sportsnet is a Canadian sports media outlet)
  • The map which shows the borders of the Canadian provinces and territories but gives no additional information
  • The use of light greys in the background and in the map, the blue used for the bar graph, and the black used in other places
  • The sans-serif font – modern, fairly neutral in this case

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