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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. 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,
  2. 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!
  3. "Mental Cases" poem commentary

    A poem commentary on "Mental Cases" by Wilfred Owen that I typed up a while ago.
  4. "The Second Coming" poem commentary

    A poetry commentary on "The Second Coming" - I think it got a 6.
  5. Sample Paper 2

    This essay is my sample response to an in-class practice activity for Paper 2 and mirrors an exam response using the two novels: As I Lay Dying and Ethan Frome. My teacher graded it a 22 out of 25 mark. The following is the prompt I responded to:

    "The art of the storyteller is to hold the attention of the reader."

    With reference to two works you have studied, discuss ways in which the writers have employed techniques that hold you attention.

  6. Short commentary on Anne Hathaway by Carol Anne Duffy

    A short commentary on the poem Anne Hathaway written by Carol Anne Duffy
  7. Essay on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    essay explaining Kurtz's quote "the horror, the horror"
  8. William Blake: The Nurse’s Song Commentary

    poem analysis
  9. English Lit HL Paper 2 Exemplar 23/25

    English Literature HL Paper 2 that scored 23/25 in the May 2013 Exam
    Works used: Death of a Salesman and Glen Gary Glen Ross
  10. English Literature HL Paper 2 Essay that scored 18/25

    English Literature HL Paper 2 Essay that scored 18/25 in the May 2013 Exam
    Works used: Death of a Salesman and The Importance of Being Earnest
  11. Comparative essay-- Antigone and Romeo and Juliet

    Title: “Tragedies, though they finish bloodily, should point towards a more hopeful future.â€
    Discussing any two plays you have studied, say how far they conform to this statement.
    Grade: level 7 at SL (IB year 1)
    Marked: internally
  12. Child and Insect Paper 1 commentary

    Type: Paper 1 commentary
    Grade: Level 7 at HL
    Marked: internally
  13. El Perfume-Gissella Gamboa

    An essay analyzing the Perfume by Patrick Süskind for Literature: Spanish level A. Written in spanish.
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