IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – mother’s diary from WWII

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/79/a8756779.shtml

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).

Some elements of the text to consider:

  • The note by the children at the start of the text and their addition of explanatory notes
  • The sparse style of the mother’s writing
  • The lack of complete sentences
  • The focus on weather, household chores, and people in the neighborhood
  • The use of abbreviations

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