IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – news article

Article: Science Proves You Can’t Hold Your Baby Too Much


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 fairly limited audience – the website alone (www.parents.com) make this clear
  • The use of the first and second person (e.g “your,” “us,” “me”)
  • Links in the article including one that links to the actual scientific study
  • The embedded video and image (the video contains the key points in the written article)
  • How the author refers to the scientific study but also incorporates her own parenting experience into the article

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