IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – Australia WWI poster / ad for war bonds

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: 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 audience for this text and the how the language in the text (such “our” and “You”) is aimed squarely at the viewer
  • The depiction of war which seems much less violent and dangerous that what the soldiers experienced
  • The degree to which the setting (blue sky, grassy open field) accurately represents battlefield conditions
  • The forward movement of the soldiers indicate progress
  • The fairly subdued color tones


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