IB DP Language A Language and Literature – Sample text analysis – opinion editorial

Text: Who says Britain can’t negotiate a Brexit deal? We’ve got Frosty the No Man by Marina Hyde https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/britain-negotiate-brexit-deal-frosty

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:

  • Longer op-eds / editorial are shortened in length on paper 1.
  • The audience for a British-centered article on the Guardian’s website
  • The extent to which the text follows text type characteristics of an op-ed (keeping in mind that op-eds can vary significantly)
  • The use of humor in the headline
  • The atypical and biting caption under the photograph which is very critical of the subject
  • References to popular culture in the headline and text
  • Some use of casual language: “spoiler 1” “hold on to your nappies” which can be found in some opinion-editorials
  • The immediacy of this op-ed: “Speaking of changes to our scheduled programming, there’s just been another one. As I was typing the previous paragraph…”

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