IB DP Language A Language and Literature -sample text analysis – Netflix / financing news article

Text: “Netflix says it no longer needs to borrow to finance programming as subscriber base tops 200 million.” The Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/technology/article-netflix-says-it-no-longer-needs-to-borrow-to-finance-programming-as/

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 Globe and Mail is a Canadian news website and thus the primary audience is Canadians. Keep in mind that the article is focused on the business side of Netflix; a news article like this has a very different audience than an article about upcoming Netflix releases.
  • The stock marker symbol and the stock change over the previous day (“NFLX-Q +0.76% increase”) is an indication that this new article falls under the business / investing category rather than entertainment.
  • Financial information provided in the article which is useful to investors / potential investors.
  • Information about moves made by Netflix’s rivals.
  • A direct quotation from Netflix.
  • Additional elements of the website at the bottom of the page. (In actual paper 1 exams the IB has often adapted and simplified websites).

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