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.
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.
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,
English A1 HL November 2002 Paper 2, Question 1.b.
A ‘love’ story is often present in drama. Compare and evaluate the manner in which a ‘love’ story, broadly interpreted, either sits at the centre of the plays you have studied or intrudes its concern into the central issues.
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)