IB DP Language A Language and Literature – Sample text analysis – “How to be a writer” book cover

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 different fonts used in the text and their significance (the “How to be a” font is more traditional / concrete while the “writer” font is a bit more flowing / creative)
  • The use of the hand and pen – a reference to a creative “writer”
  • The flowing / artistic shapes drawn by the pen as a metaphor for creativity / creative writing

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