The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is one of the four high-quality two-year IB courses offered to students in the age group 16-19 years from all over the world. This program aims to develop students physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically, on completion of which students are awarded a worldwide recognized Diploma. This two-year course is offered in the last two years of high school to students who wish to attend a top-notch university anywhere in the world.
Students pursuing this DP program study six subjects and three core elements and take their examinations at the end of the two years. There are six subject groups, and the students opt for one subject from each of the groups. Arts is one of the subject groups – if the students do not want this subject group, they are allowed to pick an extra subject from the one of other five groups. The IBDP is further divided into Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). And the students take three, but not more than four from the HLs and the remaining from the SLs. Apart from these sib subjects, IBDP requires the students to successfully complete three core elements of the DP program–Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).
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The maximum score for each subject is 7 and the core elements score is 3. Hence the maximum score for the IB DP is 45.
The students opt for at least one subject from the subject group – Language and Literature.
This subject group offers a broad range of texts, and the students grow to appreciate a language’s complexity, wealth, and subtleties in a variety of contexts. There are three different courses under this group
Through the studies in Language and Literature, the DP aims to develop student’s lifelong interest in language and literature, and the love for the richness in human expression.
|Type of Assessment||Format of assessment||Time Duration SL||Time Duration HL||Weighting of final grades SL||Weighting of final grades HL|
|Paper 1 – Guided textual analysis||Guided analysis of unseen non-literary passage/passages from different text types||1.25 hours||2.25 hours||35%||35%|
|Paper 2 – Comparative Essay||Comparative essay based on two literary works written in response to a choice of one out of the four questions||1.75 hours||1.75 hours||35%||25%|
|HL Essay||Written course work component, 1200 -1500 worded essay on one literary work or a non-literary body of work studied||20%|
|Individual Oral||Prepared oral response on the way one literary work and a non-literary body of work studied approached a common global issue||30%||20%|
Let us explore the Guided textual analysis component of paper 1
Here the texts can be presented in various forms in the examinations. One type is the visual texts– non-fiction, textbooks, advertisements, posters, comic strips, cartoons, web pages, editorials, magazines, social campaigns, and more.
There are 3 steps that form a foundation for writing an effective visual text analysis as you develop your ideas into writing.
Simply describing the text is an important part of the analysis writing. It gives a definition of your subject and gives a clear picture of what you are trying to convey. Make sure to write only what you see and avoid interpretations. While describing you may want to pay attention to
Responding basically is drawing a reaction from what you observe in the visual text. You can look at the answers to the following questions to get a clearer picture for responding
What is your initial gut reaction?
What does the text make you think?
Does the text make you feel like doing something?
Does the text remind you of anything that you have seen, heard, or read before?
This step will depict how the text’s various elements convey meaning and accomplish the purpose. Here you will be actually using your rhetorical writing skills to persuade or impress by analyzing the audience, purpose, and context of the subject.
Writing the introduction –This is where you first come in contact with the reader. You need to have all the arguments laid out clearly, your thesis statement, and any relevant background information. The main points of the introduction will summarize to
You need to write clearly and coherently, to justify your arguments effectively. The body of the essay should present the evidence or relevant examples to justify your argument. It should be arranged like one argument per paragraph. Each paragraph needs to use the different elements of the visual text – color, image, and text.
A good conclusion should summarize the main theme and relate back to the introduction. This section presents your new idea or insights gained through your analysis of the text. Also, the conclusion needs to iterate your thesis statement in different wordings. Points for the conclusion section:
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