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  1. Hey all! So I have to hand in a draft of my written assignment for English A SL in the coming week. Our teacher can only give us feedback this once and there after we are on our own. I understand that it counts for 25% of the grade which is a lot so I don't want to compromise on this. I was looking at the assessment criteria and it is as follows: A: Reflective statement (3 marks)B: Knowledge and understanding (6 marks)C: Appreciation of writer's choices (6 marks)D : Organization and development (5 marks)E: Language (5 marks) I don't really get C: Appreciation of writer's choices. How do I show this in my essay. In the body I have basically three main paragraphs that prove the thesis statement. It is about a play so most of the content is just evidence through dialogue and behavior of the main character. How do I incorporate say the significance of this and this metaphor if it does not lead to achieving the goal of proving my thesis? And what if the play doesn't have that much in terms of writer's choices? What exactly is writer's choices? Also can someone outline what to write in the conclusion? I read somewhere here that you sum up your main points explain the significance of the final product and also come up with something new. Also if anyone has any tips generally with the WA or just essays in English it would be a great help to list them here, I haven't had much practise in school for essays and I don't feel very confident considering it is to be externally assessed. Thanks! Haseeb
  2. One more thing, How exactly do you use the AOKs in the presentation. Do you give a perspective from the different AOKs or what? So in this case, if I use Religion and the Natural Sciences to give perspectives into how faith is justified with religion and defied by the natural sciences.
  3. Ok man thanks a lot!
  4. Thanks a lot! I will take your advice. One more thing, I am actually in a group of three. Do you think this would be enough content/broad enough for a presentation by three people? Regards, Haseeb
  5. Hey all, I was hoping someone could enlighten me regarding the correct way of structuring a ToK presentation. So my real life situation is a theft where the victim blames the misfortune on black magic (superstition) My KQ is: How reliable are faith(superstition) and emotion as sources of knowledge/ways of knowing. I was wondering if this is too generic? Also I am in a group of three so I guessed it would be good to have a broad perspective. Basically it goes like this: Why is faith 'bad' (believing without evidence, dogmatism) Why is emotion 'bad' (obscures judgement, confirmation bias) Why is reason better (scientific evidence, logical) Counter arguments: Why is faith 'good' Why is emotion 'good' Why is faith 'bad' Is this a correct approach ? Also I am thinking of including some videos and maybe interactive elements to keep the audience awake. Regards, Haseeb
  6. Hey all, So I have my IO this Monday. Individuals in our class work in pairs of two for the IO. We have read Medea by Euripides. My topic is as follows: Consider the ways in which Greek drama is constructed – how are dramatic conventions used and how do these differ from/are alike modern drama? Consider when, how, and where Greek drama was predominantly performed. In relation to this, consider Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy. Now I have found out a little about the structure. There is a prologue and then the chorus enters. Thereafter there is an alternation between episodes (interaction between actors) and choral odes (songs/chants). At first I thought that Shakespearean drama is considered to be modern drama but its actually plays written in the 19th 20th centuries. I also noticed that Greek drama follows freyard's pyramid. I don't really get what dramatic conventions mean though. I have tried googling but its not clear. Could someone please shed some light on this? Also if someone has some general advice for the reflective statement and the IO it would help greatly. Thanks!
  7. Thanks guys this is exactly the kind of response I needed!
  8. I guess I could write once a week, but it would have to be checked by my teacher. I'll see if I can make an arrangement with her. What else would you propose apart from writing?
  9. Hey all, I just got my IOP grade for English A SL. I got 22/30 a grade 6. I was told that the grade does not matter at this point, only the points since they are added to the IOC points next year to get a grade. I also understand that the IOP is 15% of the grade and the IOP together with the IOC is 30% (right?). Anyway I knew it would be hard to hit a 7 but I am not really satisfied with what I got, I was expecting more. Is a 7 still within reach for my final grade? Need some motivation, I feel like this is a bad grade. I haven't had literature before the IB and it took me up until now to get a feel for what a thesis means and some of the literary devices. I am a science student but don't want my IB score to fall because of one subject. What would be a good approach to ensure a high final grade in English. I mean in Math and Physics I would generally just practise and solve exercises but I am not sure about English. p.s. I don't suppose it is possible to redo the IOP? Thanks!
  10. Ok, so if I was to say: "Symbolism, diction and characterization in the story highlight the reality of the inevitability of death" I would have to modify this and relate it to the overall theme/message of the text: "Symbolism, diction and characterization in the story urges man to remember that death may come in any shape or form but its coming is destined;there is no escape from it." Something like this? Thank you for your help!
  11. Yes, I think I get it What do you think of this thesis: "Symbolism, style of writing and the narrator’s thought process highlight his devastated psychological state which helps make the readers sympathize with him." Here the literary devices are used to affirm his poor mental state (insanity) and this makes us feel sorry for him. Thank you for your input its really helpful!
  12. Thank you a lot! This really cleared up things for me! So the way I understand it: you have to analyse literary devices , realize their effect on the reader or the passage and use that to prove a thesis. It is not enough to say that x,y,z literary devices exist and show this or that, their significance in the passage must be used to say something greater about the text/prove the thesis.
  13. Thank you guys for your feedback! I decided to change the thesis first to: "Symbolism, style of writing and the narrator's thought and action processes affirm that he suffers from psychological impairment." My teacher said "psychological impairment" is vague. So I changed it to : "Symbolism , writing style and the narrator’s thought process affirm that he suffers from Schizophrenia, Obsessive compulsive personality disorder and Dissociative identity disorder." (intending to argue for all these conditions of course) She then said that this would point me away from literary analysis and that arguing for specific diseases would be conjecture since it is difficult to ascertain diagnoses regarding fictional characters. Not really sure where I should go from here. I am thinking on choosing an entirely different story/poem and starting from scratch.
  14. Hey all, I take English A SL and need to do my IOP after Christmas break. I have decided to do it on The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. My Thesis is: "The story creates an atmosphere that conveys a dark theme of insecurity and instability". I was to talk about punctuation, repetition,diction , the narrator , and the vulture eye (symbolism). My teacher says the thesis is too vague, that it needs to be falsifiable. What does this mean? And what can I come up with as an alternative. I want to be done quickly so that I can rehearse and perfect my presentation. All help is appreciated, I haven't had English literature before.