IB DP Language A Language and Literature -sample text analysis -WWI war bond poster

Text extract from:  Fight or Buy Bonds. 1917.

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 direct appeal to the reader that gives only two options
  • The red, white, and blue color scheme
  • The ragged font that alludes to the war-time situation
  • The use of capitals
  • The contrast between the diagonals in the image (e.g. the flagpole, the woman’s arms) and the flat horizontal orientation of the language in the text
  • The predominant location of the woman in the image and the look of worry / concern on her face
  • The darker clouds / smoke in the background on the lower right of the text
  • The soldiers marching off to war

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