IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – biography

Before you read the “spoiler” bullet points below take a careful look at the text. Imagine it is a text you are using for one of 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).

Source: https://www.biography.com/activist/malala-yousafzai

Some elements of the text to consider:

  • How much information / depth this biography has and what that can tell you about the purpose and audience of this text
  • The links on the website what other internal and external websites they link to
  • The images and video on the website what information they provide about Malala Yousaf
  • The quick facts section of the sidebar
  • The quick facts section later in the body of text which uses visuals
  • The photo of Malala Yousaf
  • The summary section near the start of the text
  • The different sections in the body of text and their use of headings
  • The simplicity or complexity of the language
  • The simplicity or complexity of the structure (e.g. paragraph and sentence length, the use of simple vs. complex sentences)

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