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  1. World Literatures: Ariel Dorfman Death and the Maiden Laura Esquivel Like Water for Chocolate Aristophanes Lysistrata Oral Commentary George Orwell Selected Essays F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby Shakespeare King Lear W.B. Yeats Selected Poems Lord A. Tennyson Selected Poems Paper 2 Franz Kafka Metamorphosis George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness IOP Pablo Neruda Selected Poems Rainer Maira Rilke Selected Poems Arthur Rimbaud Selected Poems Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman Shakespeare Hamlet Timothy Findley The Wars
  2. This is quite interesting, because my friend recently submitted her EE on exactly the same topic (The Role of the Fool) only she compared King Lear, As you Like It and Twelfth Night. I'm not sure if she used your arguments exactly, but they were probably similar, which seems to indicate its a topic that been done...multiple times. However, if you really want to do this topic (analyse the fools), I think you should say what you already came up with, but maybe fit in there somewhere that Twelfth Night is a COMEDY whereas King Lear is a TRAGEDY, and how that changes or emphasizes your thesis. This would be an EE that you could use some secondary sources for, since you get marks for it (I didn't realise this until too late...heheh), but be very careful not to plagarize.
  3. The advice my teacher gave to us was to get used to hearing our own voice so that we don't need to concentrate on how we're speaking and can focus on WHAT we're actually saying. So he suggested for us to 'talk to ourselves' more, as in study out loud, or read our texts out loud, so that we can get used to the flow of talking. He also said that its better to take the commentary slowly and have small pauses here and there to process our thoughts, rather than speaking too fast and stuttering or saying too many 'distracting ums and uhs'. Personally, I think you also need to practise writing faster and analysing works faster, because when I was doing my IOC, I actually found I didn't have enough time to plan all my thoughts out on paper during the 20min, which made me more nervous while talking. Hope this helps.
  4. Even though we are in Canada, in all the years we've had IB, I think only around 4-5 people ever got a 7 in English A1 HL. Our teachers are very good, but I think its rather difficult to score high, maybe because we know the content but it is challenging to write good essays on the spot. It might also be because teachers in our other courses are comparatively tougher than our English teachers, so we've diverted our focus to the sciences and maths and English ends up suffering. Everyone so far has basically gotten a 5, with some 6s.
  5. I did an IOP on Death of a Salesman as well. My suggestion to you is to reread the texts or certain passages of the texts and look for recurring images, such as colour, plants, music, etc. Then you analyse it to come up with your thesis. Finally, remember to include lots of visuals or sounds in your presentation to make it interesting and engaging for the rest of the class.
  6. Mine was "The Use of Plant Imagery in Death of a Salesman".
  7. About 75 of us in Year 2, not many of us dropped after Year 1.
  8. I quite remember, but it wasn't a bit change for me because I already knew the people and the teachers since we'd done 2 years of 'Pre-IB' (if that's what its called) together.
  9. I personally like french, so it wasn't too bad for me. My advice to you is to work on your oral skills by speaking a lot, and listening to french music. Otherwise, your school should prepare you well enough for the written. Just do lots of practise exams and write a 250 words piece of writing after every unit, genre depending, if your teachers don't do that with you already. The teachers at my school are pretty bad, so you should be ok.
  10. I would say the only thing I regret about IB is doing Biology HL rather than Chemistry HL, but otherwise IB has really improved my writing skills and time management. I deal with stress a lot better now and the converted grades are seriously amazing. But for sure, IB is not for everyone, because it is a lot of work and can get pretty stressful around exam time.
  11. For us, only service hours need to benefit others. Action and Creativity are for the betterment of yourself, but I guess you could somehow BS it into betterment for others!
  12. Ditto this. I would hate to have to go back and get photos for everything, especially because I volunteered at a pool and it is illegal to take pictures of the little kids in bathing suits...
  13. I think you should put it to the either Action or Creativity depending on where you need the hours most and how much exercise you did, if you really want to split it up. ESM, shock and severe bleeding would probably fall under creativity, while there is not denying the action aspect of CPR and choking.
  14. I think that's what our school did as well. The Coordinator just said that everyone's CAS hours were done and those who didn't finish it yet finished them up in June, before graduation.
  15. I have some too!!! "We fit together like the sticky ends of recombinant DNA." "I don't know if you're in my range, but I'd sure like to take you back to my domain." "You are the photon to my photosystem: you excite my electron until I reach my reaction centre." "I wish I were adenine because then I could get paired with U.: "I'll take you to your limit if you show me your end behaviour."
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