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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. WL1 ESSAY

  2. William Blake: The Nurse’s Song Commentary

    poem analysis
  3. Unseen - Things Fall Apart extract

    Extract from Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    Sample Unseen Commentary
    Grade: 7
  4. Unseen - The Visitor

    Sample Commentary: The Visitor by Patricia Cresswell
    Grade: 7
  5. Unseen - Poem Winter

    Sample Commentary: Winter by Ruth Stone
    Grade: 5
    By Elsa Meserlian
  6. Theme of Past in Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    Explore the significance of the past in the play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Eugene O’Neill
    Grade awarded: 7 (internally marked)
  7. 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
  8. Short commentary on Anne Hathaway by Carol Anne Duffy

    A short commentary on the poem Anne Hathaway written by Carol Anne Duffy
  9. SAT Physics Subject Test

    All facts and formulaes you need for the SAT Subject Test Physics!
    Happy Reading!
  10. 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.

  11. 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
  12. Salesman - Linda

    Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman
    Reread pages 41 – 48. Examine Linda’s speeches in this section. What is her message and tone? How does this help with our understanding of the characters Biff, Happy, Will and Linda? What impact does this section have on the rest of the play?
    Grade: 6
  13. 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?"
  14. 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.
  15. paper-1-advice-and-examples.pdf

  16. 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!
  17. Paper 1 help

    Guide to Paper 1
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Outsider - Mother

    What early indications are there that Meursault’s reaction to his mother’s death isn’t quite “right”?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 6
  21. Outsider - Background

    Marie, Raymond, Salamano and Masson – how do their stories help fill in the background to the end of part 1?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7
  22. Outsider - Arab murder

    How do you account for the murder of the Arab?
    Based Albert Camus' The Outsider
    Grade awarded: 7
  23. Oedipus - Jocasta

    Examine Jocasta’s entrance. What is the significance of the timing and what she said. Comment on the exchanges between Jocasta and Oedipus, lines 707 – 953.
    Based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
    Grade awarded: 6
  24. Oedipus - Chorus speech

    How would you describe the tone of Chorus’ first speech and what linguistic techniques does the writer use to encourage this tone?
    Based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
    Grade awarded: 6
  25. Macbeth - Witches

    Examine the witches’ scenes. Comment on the language they use and their presentation in the play.
    Based on Shakespeare's Macbeth
    Grade: 7
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