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Sample essays for IB English A1, some are past paper responses done under exam conditions. The files include essays for both Paper 1 (Unseen Commentary) and Paper 2 (Detailed Studies work).

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  1. Salesman - Stage directions

    Review pages 1-15. Examine the stage directions and comment on them in terms of visual effects, character portrayal and tone.
    Based on Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
    Grade awarded: 7
  2. Outsider - Stories

    What do you think is the purpose of the two “stories”? What punishment is being meted out? In what way is “deception” a central to the chapter?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7
  3. Blake Nature Poems

    Blake was interested in and influenced by nature, flowers and the garden. Choose 3-4 poems reflecting this interest/influence and suggest how we might interpret them.
    Based on William Blake's Song of Innocence and Experience
    Grade awarded: 7
  4. Outsider - Arab murder

    How do you account for the murder of the Arab?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7
  5. HL November 2002 P1 no1a

    English A1 HL November 2002 Paper 1, Question 1.a.
    Commentary.
    Grade: 6
  6. Outsider - Tension

    Reread pg 45-6. How does Camus build up the tension to the final climax?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 6
  7. Commentary on an extract from "The Book of Saladin" by Tariq Ali (N04 SL)

    A commentary on an extract from "The Book of Saladin" by Tariq Ali from November 2004 (SL). This commentary was awarded a 7.
  8. Compare the ways that the treatment of time has been used to shape meaning in two or three works you have studied (N06 HL)

    A comparison of the ways that the treatment of time has been used to shape meaning in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison from November 2006 (HL). This essay was awarded a 7.
  9. Commentary on "Winter Syntax" by Billy Collins (N06 HL)

    A commentary on the poem "Winter Syntax" by Billy Collins from November 2006 (HL). This commentary was awarded a 6.
  10. Unseen - Poem Winter

    Sample Commentary: Winter by Ruth Stone
    Grade: 5
    By Elsa Meserlian
  11. A comparison of the openings of "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and "Perfume" by Patrick Süskind

    Task: Compare the openings of the novels which you have read, saying how these openings have drawn you into the fiction, and how a re-reading of them reflects the primary concerns of each work.
  12. Is McMurphy a saviour or an iconoclast? Discuss.

    A discussion on whether McMurphy from "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey is a savior or an iconoclast.
  13. Commentary on an extract from "Life of Pi" (M04 HL)

    A commentary on an extract from Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" from May 2004 (HL). This commentary was awarded a 7.
  14. Commentary on "Night Wind" by Christopher Dewdney (M03 HL)

    A commentary on Christopher Dewdney's "Night Wind" from HL May 2003.
  15. Raymond Carver: Literary Comparison of 'Fever' and 'Cathedral'

    This essay attempts to answer the question: "In what ways and for what purposes does Carver make use of the extraordinary or the unusual in his stories Fever and Cathedral?"
  16. Commentary: Two Hands by Jon Stallworthy

    A commentary of the poem 'Two Hands' by Jon Stallworthy (English A1SL)
  17. English A1 sample Paper 1

    This is a sample English Language and Literature SL/HL response to a set of two texts. While the extracts used for the Paper 1 is a past exam for English A2, Paper 1 for A2 and A1 Language and Literature the same. This was a sample response given to be by my English Language and Literature teacher. Does not include marks, but I am assuming it is a pretty good response when she is handing it out as a sample response.
    Now: time for random emoticons.
    :sam: :sam:
  18. Example Essay 2002

    Example Literature Essay 2002
    Mock Exam
  19. WL1 ESSAY

    CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT GOT. APPROX 5
  20. Poetry Commentary on "The Hawk", by Harold Witt

    This is an IB Poetry Commentary Paper, which was graded a 6 by IBO.
    It is on The Hawk, by Harold Witt.
  21. The Great Gatsby Paper 2 Exam: Passage Analysis

    Written on the question: Choose a passage rich in symbol, metaphor, or imagery and analyze what Fitzgerald accomplishes.
    This essay received a 19/25 (6)
    A: 4 B: 4 C: 4 3 E: 4
  22. Commentary on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    This passage from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey depicts a foreshadowing scene between “the Big Nurse” and “those Black boys” through the eyes of a first person named “Broom Bromden,” in what appears to be a hospital because of the mentioning of the “ward door” and a “nurse.”
  23. Commentary on Ted Hughes' "Jaguar"

    Commentary on Ted Hughes' poem, "Jaguar".
    (classwork)
  24. Commentary on Snakes in September (Poem)

    This was one of the last essays I wrote in the IB before the exams. So this represents my commentary writing skills at their very best.
    This is a commentary written on Stanley Kunitz's Snakes in September. I don't have the poem attached to this document, so look it up online and read it a few times before reading the commentary.
    Lastly, I had a 24/25 raw IB score for this essay, so I like to think that it is well-written.
    Hope it helps you,
    Arrowhead.
  25. Paper 2 Sample- Kite Runner

    I recieved a 5 on this Paper Two, but it was one of my first ones. Maybe some comments would help? I also thought it would be useful to those who are extremely stuck on how to format!
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