Commentary: still puzzling?

There are certainly a lot of different approaches to producing a commentary on an unseen poem or passage in Paper 1.  The same framework doesn't necessarily work for everyone;all of you are individuals with different histories, skills, kinds of intelligence. What follows is yet another guide to help you on your way, thanks to Hayat Shehab from an IB school in Beirut. One of the great strengths of participating in the IB program is the way you get to see how people around the globe ...

Paper 1 – the source-based test

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This examination is where students demonstrate their skills as historians in a very clear and concrete manner.  This exam is not a lottery – the students know precisely the potential subjects of the sources they will be asked to evaluate. The class has a designated prescribed subject.  In route 2 the choices are: Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, 1918-1936; Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945-1979 Communism in Crisis, 1976-1989 In each prescribed subject there are bullets that give a list of potential topics.  If materials are not in ...

Helping students with commentary

One of my online workshop teachers, Emily Monaghan, offered the following as a way to approach commentary.  I think people might find it useful, particularly for the kind of student for whom the commentary exercise is puzzling, at best.  She is working with SL students, but I think the process is quite adaptable for HL students as well. "My students also find prose more challenging to approach, particularly when they try and consider the structure.  I have to wean them off ...

Paper 1, Literature course, coming up

There are a few hints that can make a difference in your outcome.  What would I, as an examiner recommend?  Based on the May Subject Reports for 2013, here are 5 things that can make a difference: 1. In Paper 1, try to combine your writing about your interpretation (what you 'hear' the poem or passage saying--its content-- but also the writer's attitude toward the content --the tone) with the literary techniques used to deliver that.  For example, you see that ...