Sample text analysis blog posts

Most of the blog posts on this website are individual texts that can be used to help development knowledge and skills necessary for Paper 1, the Individual Oral, and the HL essay. Given that these are individual stand-alone texts they help the most with Paper 1. (Paper 2 is a quite different kind of assessment).

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. Identify the text type and the text type characteristics. You need to know the characteristics of the text listed in the subject guide. You also need to be able to analyze a text to see the extent to which it follows the characteristics of the text type. If an advertisement, for example, does not clearly identify the product, consider the reasons why that choice was made and think about the intended effect on the audience. Text type analysis is also important in the development of the Individual oral and HL essay but it may play a lesser role overall all since those two assessments cover much more than an individual text in isolation.

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.

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