IB DP Language A Language and Literature -sample text analysis – satirical / humorous article

Text: “79-year old with fake ID trying to keep it cool in vaccination line.” The Beaverton. https://www.thebeaverton.com/2021/03/79-year-old-with-fake-id-trying-to-keep-it-cool-in-vaccination-line/

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:

  • FYI The Beaverton is a Canadian satire / humor website similar in some ways to the The Onion.
  • The humorous situation in the story – a 79-year old woman using a fake ID pretending to be 80 to get a COVID vaccine.
  • The webpage looks (and reads) just like a regular news article – the satire / humor is more effective as a result.
  • Humorous details like the ending of the article, “At press time, Reede was hoping she doesn’t come home smelling like a vaccine or her parents will kill her.” that compare the fictional 79-year-old to a young person worried about coming home and getting caught smelling like cigarettes.

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