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,
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.
Title: â€œTragedies, 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)