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  1. Your analysis may not be as sophisticated as when you do both, but you should not worry -- you can still get high marks. Remember that you will also be marked for language, knowledge, understanding, ... and a purely comparative can still be "effective". That's my understanding, anyway. Don't worry in the least. You have done nothing wrong Rest easy.
  2. You go ahead and do what you think will work for you The So What of your research will make itself felt as you write. Hopefully. Just remember that to get to the higher marking echelons, your EE must do more than just describe or compare. You must be seen to offer an argument that leads somewhere. Somewhere deemed research-worthy and interesting and significant. Good luck!
  3. No problem! I get it. One can never be too sure. OK, so first question: What did your supervisor say? Your sup. will be crucial to vetting your EE. Second question: what will be the answer to the big "so what" to your research topic? So, for example, once you have told your reader that the animé portrays things somewhat (or very) differently to Orwell's version, then what? Do you have something interesting and significant to offer through this research? If so, then you have a good chance of an EE topic and focus that will work. Sounds really like an interesting choice of EE. Mine was in English too, but I needed help with just getting started and these were the really good, pointed questions I was asked and re-asked. It helped a ton. I think it will for you too, because they are really vital to getting you to think "research" rather than "IB-usual-lit- essay". The first, only, counts here. The other is something entirely different (the usual P2 and WA type assignment, for example). My teacher was pretty unhelpful, but my tutor was fantastic. Hopefully your teacher is better than mine. What I got in the end was a "controversial subject" which my tutor said was the best way to achieve "perceptive" in the final mark.In my case, I chose to counter the usual, mainstream view of Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness in one particular aspect and nailed the thing. So I got a really good mark in the end. But it took a lot of research, of course and some inspiring discussions. You don't need to have a "controversial focus" to do really well, of course. But you MUST have a 1) research-worthy topic and 2) something significant/original to say. Something that contributes to the field or to current thinking about a work. Does this help at all?
  4. Not literacy. Literary work. Anime a literary work or not ... Nothing, technically, is "literary" until you treat it so and it allows itself to be read in this way. And no, I am not one of those relativists or deniers of factual truth, but I do hold that you can read (as many readers did, at the time) Robinson Crusoe as a record of events that really took place, as information on how to survive and remain sane on an island, or as entertainment or as literature (or a conbination of some of these). Literature does not precede the reader, except as a general category. Anime is "literary" if you are able to treat it as a work of art, as you would in the Paper 2, for example. So the genre *anime* is not be your problem, really. Portrayal of a society may be if you treat that portrayal as a window on reality, but your use of the term "portrayal" seems to recognize that problem and avoid it - or at first blush, at any rate. But your topic is so vague and seems to omit any mention of the literary that I wonder if you may be treating these works as a pipeline to reality. That would be bad. The real issue, ultimately, I think, is whether your choice of such different genres will work for a comparative literary EE. A lot will depend on what you choose to focus on and how you word your thesis. The different genres, I think, is the real issue. Are they really comparable literary works?
  5. Choose a text type that you know well and make sure it suits your WT part two purpose. What more can one say? Keep in mind that you will need to fulfil some of the Part 2 aims.
  6. Welcome tot he forum, IBPossible! Just keep on top of things, pay attention in class, make sure you know what counts (become familiar with the marking criteria for each assignment and exam) and ... ***practice, *practice, *practice *** LOTS of practice! That really is the very best way to get ahead in Eng A1. Get lots of feedback from your teacher, because without that you are just writing blind ... or recycling weaknesses. The best practice is always accompanied by feedback and awareness of what is required and how to improve. Hopefully, your teacher will give you plenty of that and in frequent doses. during the term. I assume you are talking about term exams? Good Luck!
  7. Hardest tends to be Physics (at least for most) and TOK and, if you are new to French then count this in too. A lot depends on your interests and background, of course, so if you are bent toward the (hard) Sciences then you will only consider it "challenging" at worst than "hard". Hard is usually reserved for those things that we don't like so much or would prefer not to do. Anyway, your course selection looks balanced, so you'll do fine. Just be sure to keep up with tasks and homework. Falling behind in this will make IB really hard. A word to the wise.
  8. Hi Vighnesh, That's fine that you do a speech and show your understanding and knowledge of the conventions of the genre "speech". However, and even more importantly, you must show your knowledge and understanding of some aspect of language/literature, which forms the content of your course -- for example, language change or language and power or whatnot. "Poverty and methods to alleviate the problem" is therefore inappropriate for your English A. PM me if you like, I browse my inbox more than the threads.
  9. You are almost done.... Just hang in there and be kind to yourself. You are doing good. When you get to uni, it will feel that much easier. Really. You have a lot to look forward to after exams!
  10. By all means -- make it super entertaining, informative, engaging and make sure you are hitting all the TOK criteria while u r at it! It's all part and parcel of a good TOK presentation.
  11. Your WT2 is based on one of a series of questions which you apply to your chosen text(s). Answer the question as best you can, and choose the one that best matches the material you have. Tell me if this answers your question-. PM if you need more.
  12. Hi, These all seem pretty good, though I think the most promising and most straightforward one, which is a ready EE RQ, will be #2. None of them are terrible at all. It seems you have a very good grasp of the requirements of the EE. PM me anytime, if you need anything more. Let's see what others say.
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