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  1. First off, welcome to IB Survival. I've read Chronicle, but I have not read Agamemnon. This doesn't really matter, because the advice I'm going to give you is going to be the same as if I were to have read both books: write about the work that resonated with you more (i.e. what you liked better). I say this because either way, you will probably have to spend at least an hour or two reviewing whichever work you choose, effectively planning out your essay before you write it. It helps to know the work well for this, but even if you've forgotten a bit (as is the case with Chronicle), it just means that you might have to spend tiny bit more time looking through the book and trying to find an event, section, passage, etc. which is suitable and coherent for your analysis. Choosing the work that resonated with you will be easier in terms of finding passages to talk about — did you think that one section was particularly sad,exciting, terrifying? Okay, then talk about it, analyze it, talk about its significance and effect on the larger story and theme, repeat this a few more times, and voila: there's your paper. This is much better than having to scour through a work that you think is boring and having to choose sections at random that you don't really care about and can't say much about. Not to minimize your task, but 1200 words isn't too bad (hopefully that makes you fell a bit better). I hope that the words go by easily and the process is agreeable (ok, who am I kidding, let's just hope it isn't terrible ). Best of luck.
  2. ¡Super chévere!
  3. Bueno, no tenemos nada de física en nuestro programa del BI. Tampoco las clases no tan populares como ITGS y filosofía. Por lo general, clases tienen que "make" ("to make" es el verbo que usamos), es decir calificar basado en la cantidad de alumnos que se inscriben para la clase el año que viene. Por ejemplo, mi clase de informática existió los dos años pasados pero no habrá esta clase el año que viene por que no había suficiente número de alumnos que se inscribieran. (Entonces, se dice que "Computer science didn't make".) En cuanto a las matemáticas, la mayoría de los que toman matemáticas ns estamos en un nivel adelantado del típico. Pero hay muchachos que están dos niveles adelantados y estos también toman matemáticas ns pero hacen el segundo año antes del primer año por que en el segundo año toman una clase, Calculus 3, que es "elective" y no es parte del BI. No hacen "further mathematics".
  4. Me siento muy identificado con tus pensamientos sobre la clase de arte. Para mí, me pasó la misma situación con la literatura. Me gusta leer, pero analizar la literatura es otra cosa.
  5. We had historiography, you guys don't. 'Nuff said.
  6. Explaining "Directorial choice" is your best bet. You should probably ask your teacher just to make sure he/she's personally okay with it, and if your teacher says yes, then do this after (or intersperse it in) your presentation. With this, you should be able to earn your points for appreciation and analysis. In our commentaries this year, one of the works we covered was a play so our teacher consistently asked about directorial choices that we made to emphasize characterization, tone, and themes. He's been doing it for years and external moderators have always liked it. Justifying your choices allows you to talk about the book, and from there is where your analysis can be made clear.
  7. I'm not familiar with AB curriculum but I'd recommend using Conjuguemos to get used to using and conjugating for basic verb tenses. You'll also want to understand noun-adjective agreement, something that is fundamental when beginning to learn Spanish. I find it hard that to believe that your teacher didn't do anything the whole year, but if she really didn't, then you might want to study some vocal lists for Spanish beginners. If you're speaking in hyperbole, then just make sure you know the vocal that she assigned. Apart from that, there are many podcasts for beginners who are trying to learn Spanish. If you feel comfortable with that, you can even try to watch TV or listen to podcasts produced for native Spanish-speakers.
  8. The Language B exam is very simple. Though I absolutely recommend practicing it and looking at a markscheme before you take the test. The most important thing that you need to know is that on Paper 1 you should copy the words in the article verbatim. Do not change any words or rephrase what they said in the article, simply copy and rewrite their text for your answers to questions. If you change the wording, it will be marked wrong. On Paper 2, make sure you fit the text type: if they ask for an email, then you need to write a "Para:", "Asunto:" , etc. all in Spanish; the same level of formatting is expected for other text types. If it's a persuasive essay, your expected to maintain a formal register while delivering your argument. Pretty much obvious things. You could have learned vocabulary that will prepare you to talk about topics such as health, global issues, etc. Your expected to be able to recognize all tenses and be able to use them in writing, but you obviously do not need to for your essays as long as you do not commit errors. A wider range of expression will be rewarded though.
  9. Exactamente. Por eso me chocaba mucho la clase de psicología este año. Todo se enfocaba en aprender de memoria; para mí era una clase absurda. Y claro que sí, no me gustaba que la mayoría de los estudios hubieran fallado conseguir una repetición para confirmación de sus resultados. O sea, Loftus y Palmer era una tontería.
  10. I'll also add that Wordreference's forums are very good. Lots of native speakers of all languages who clearly explain concepts and give opinions on what sounds idiomatic. I also think that listening to podcasts from iTunes (or whatever app store for your phone) in the target language is the best way to get better quickly. For Spanish learners, Radio Ambulante (now part of NPR) is the amazing. Not only will it help with Spanish, but the stories are always interesting if not amazing.
  11. If you do decide to publish online, then before you do make sure you do something that will offer proof in case you are questioned. You could store it in an Google Doc that you don't edit, send them to your coordinator through email, etc. It just needs to be something that you offers firm evidence of date and authorship. If you do that, then whatever happens, you will be able to defend yourself.
  12. ¡Igualmente! Matemáticas ns, literatura ns, informática nm, biología nm e historia nm. Gracias, siempre digo que a mi parecer aprender un idioma refleja más que nada la cantidad de horas pasadas estudiándolo. Sin duda, estoy afortunado de haber tenido la oportunidad de pasar muchas.
  13. De Arizona. Está muy cerca a la frontera de México. No tiene nada notable ni interesante (un poco en broma) excepto el gran cañón, pero incluso eso es un poco molesto por que queda a larga distancia de la capital y se cansa de las vistas después de algún tiempo.
  14. ¡Qué volá! Me encanta la habana. La Habana vieja, el malecón; todo tan bonito. Bueno, leímos Crónica de una muerta anunciada, pero en inglés. Me gustó mucho. Aparte de eso, recientemente he intentado leer libros en español para no olvidarme de todo. Compré algunos de Javier Marías y uno de Álvaro Enrique pero estoy dispuesto a escuchar sugerencias. La verdad que comencé a leer uno de Marías pero usa un registro tan alto que a mí me dificulta entenderlo a veces.
  15. ¡Hola! Pues, supongo que sí. No soy hispanohablante por nacimiento, pero llevo siete años tomando clases de español. Pensaba en escribir mi monografía en español de la categoría Lengua B antes de que yo decidiera que habría sido una mala idea en mi caso. Sin embargo, les deseo una experiencia suave de escribir la monografía. Saludos.