IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – poster

Text: Poster advertisement for the movie Panama Canal A Land Divided – A World United.  

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 use of the larger font for the title of the film
  • The information about Morgan Freeman
  • The low-angle view which makes the approaching ship and the canal gate seem more imposing
  • The indigenous person in the boat – perhaps an indication that the movie will address the impact of the Panama Canal on local people. Or perhaps it is an indication of how the Panama Canal represents progress.

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