IB DP Language A Language and Literature -sample text analysis – NPR / black history month

Text: “Classroom Resource: During Black History Month, students reflect on their modern-day heroes.” NPR. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily-videos/classroom-resource-during-black-history-month-students-reflect-on-their-modern-day-heroes/

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:

  • There are a number of different text types that could be used in an Individual oral or HL essay. Paper 1 texts are of course more limited in scope. The video itself in this website would of course itself not be the focus of an actual Paper. The IB could definitely adapted the webpage for an actual Paper 1. A transcript of this or any other video could also potentially be on a Paper 1.
  • FYI: NPR is somewhat similar to BBC, CBC, or NHK. NPR was created through government legislation and most of the funding came from the government in the past although now only about 10% of the budget comes the the government.
  • The phrase “News for Students and Teacher Resources 6–12 Grade Level” clearly states who the intended audience is.
  • Look at elements of the text that are geared toward use in the classroom such as the summary and the discussion questions.

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