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  1. This is a practice commentary I wrote for an in-class evaluation (internally assessed) on the book The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  2. Macroeconomics commentary on the monetary policy employed by the Bank of England. Article is attached to file.
  3. Heyy!! I really need help finding an Econ IA article for Macroeconomics on unemployment or interest rates!! Please help. Thanks
  4. Hi! Am i allowed to use websites such as NPR for my economics commentary? What kind of sources can we not use?
  5. Hi! I urgently need help in finding an article that links any government policy (fiscal or monetary) to unemployment for my macroeconomics IA! Any article from 2016 would work!
  6. Hi guys! I'm about to write my first in class commentary from a random prose in A Doll's House tomorrow... I have written a practice commentary with a given prose however, tomorrow will be different with a 45 minute time limit! :(((( Moreover, our teacher suggests us to follow the PEA structure (point, evidence, analysis), but I just don't seem to grasp the concept of analysis (Mine are awkward, so would like some intuitive explanation of what to do)... Could someone give me a helpful advice on how to prepare and approach the commentary tomorrow?? (The prose will be random+there is a time limit) I know that I am probably not smart enough to score well, but I hope to achieve my very best tomorrow. I am getting nervous by the hours, please help me, thank you so much!
  7. Andy K.

    Poem Analysis Question

    Hi! I'm doing a poetry assignment (Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney) where I have to answer a few questions. I came to one question and I am not quite sure what it exactly wants. Question: What strikes you most about this poem in terms of knowledge of self and others? (base your answers for these questions off of the description of how this poem acts a metaphor) I'd just like to get this clarified so that I can answer appropriately, Thanks everyone!
  8. A lot of people get scared by the prospect of doing a commentary on something they have never seen before, but really, paper 1 isn't hard at all, and a 7 is relatively easy to get. What is required of you: You'll be judged on five criteria, each with five markband descriptors. The highest mark you can get is 25. The criteria and the requirements to achieve five marks in each are listed below. Criterion A : Understanding of the Text 5 : Excellent understanding of the text # perceptive understanding of the thought and feeling expressed in the text as well as some of the subtleties of the text # detailed and persuasive references to the text. Criterion B: Interpretation of the Text 5 : Excellent interpretation of the text # the candidates ideas are convincing and include an appropriate and considered personal response # the analysis is consistently detailed and persuasively illustrated by carefully chosen examples. Criterion C : Appreciation of Literary Features 5 : Excellent appreciation of the literary features of the text # detailed and persuasive appreciation of the effects of the literary features of the text # the analysis is detailed and illustrated by carefully chosen examples. Criterion Presentation 5 : A clearly focused, well-developed and persuasive argument # purposeful and effective structure to the commentary # supporting examples are well integrated into the body of the commentary. Criterion E: Formal Use of Language 5 : The language is clear, varied, precise and concise # clear, varied, precise and concise use of language # no significant lapses in grammar, spelling and sentence construction # precise use of wide vocabulary and varied idiom and style # effective choice of register. How to fulfill the criteria. Criterion A There isn't a fixed way in which you can achieve this criteria. If you show that you understand the plot/theme, and make relevant references, you'll get the five marks. I'd recommend you begin your commentary by summarizing in 2-3 sentences what has happened, and what you think the underlying meaning (if any) is. Criterion B This is the personal response bit. Whenever you can ( or you think a particular bit means something but you aren't sure), add the phrase "I think this means..." and ta-DA! You've fulfilled this criterion! Just make sure you don't come up with extremely wacky ideas that you can't back up without examples from the text. Criterion C This is one criterion everyone's been taught to fulfill. Have literary terms scattered all over the essay. Four - five lit terms per paragraph that you write should normally be enough. The good part is that 'novel', 'poem', 'stanza' all count as literary terms too. Just make sure to explain their significance. Criterion D Presentation is important, and it can get you 5 certain points if you learn to do it right, even if you don't understand the poem/prose at all. Always make a plan before you start writing. Follow PEE and dedicate one paragraph to one point. Criterion E This is more or less the same as Criterion C, just make sure not to use slang or swear words ( seems obvious, but you wouldn't know) How to prepare for the exam Make a list of all the literary words that you can, depending on how long before the exam you realize you have to start studying. Memorize it. How to go about the exam coming soon... Helpful tips 1. The prose passage is your friend. Many students make the mistake of ignoring it completely and going for poetry even when it's the harder option. 2. If you can't seem to find anything to comment about in either, don't panic. Remember, the IB will never give you poems or passages with no literary features/character development/pertinent theme. If you have any more tips, post below, and I'll add them.
  9. I'm currently looking for an article for my international economics commentary and I had a few questions. My teacher isn't letting me use an article from the internet because apparently the IB has a rule saying that only one out of three articles can be from an internet source, while the other 2 have to be from a print source. Is this rule true? I couldn't find anything specific pertaining to sources of articles in the economics guide, so I just want to make sure its ok to use an online article. Thanks guys!
  10. Hey guys, I am going to be brief. I am a little bit lost with my 2nd commentary. It seems easy as it is a very straight-forward work and doesn't require much research. The thing is I guess I haven't actually grasped the essence of writing an Economic commentary. Is it supposed to just explore and explain the discussion in the article, illustrating it with economic theory and diagrams? Or should I produce a discussion myself, with arguments in favor and against, even if they are not mentioned in the article? For example, I am doing on tariffs on China. And as you know there are several arguments against and in favor as to protectionist policies. One that occurs to me is the fact it gives government revenue. But on the article it does not mention it at all. But lets imagine I am actually fond of this argument and could explain it and analyse it neatly. Could I develop and illustrate it on my commentary? Or should I just stick to what the article says and just assess it eventually on the conclusion? Please, I really needed some advice or some general tips on what really consists an Economics IA. Thanks in advance, you can PM if you want.
  11. Hello, I am just starting my IA in macroeconomic. http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/05/news/economy/reserve-bank-india-interest-rates/ Do you think this is a suitble article? I am in a struggle, please help! Anne
  12. What is an IA? An internal Assessment in Economics is a written commentary based on an economics article that you have chosen. The article you choose should allow you to explain and analyze economic events. For Economics SL, your IA represents 25% of your total IB score for Economics. For Economics HL, your IA represents 20% of your total IB score for Economics. How it is assessed: There are 5 IB Criteria on which your commentary will be assessed: A - word limit+ IAs cover more than 3 sections of syllabus. [2 marks] B - 4 different sources + appropriate use of diagrams. [4 marks] C - Economic terms are used and are defined correctly. [5 marks] D - Theory explained and applied [5 marks] E - Evaluation [4 marks] The first three criteria of your portfolio should be no problem for you. Mistakes are possible here, but if you are careful A, B and C should be fine. What separates the top students is the analysis and evaluation they show in D and E. How to write your IA Step 1: Pick a news article I'd recommend a new article which is pretty specific. It should either focus on a specific event, community or can just be anything you feel would make a good commentary. One thing I would recommend is to stay simple. If you don't know what an article is saying, don't try to bs your way out of it. You'll lose marks, and there are plenty of simple articles around. For your first IA, you mostly need to find an article that will allow you to use the concepts of supply/demand, elasticity, and market failure. In your internet search, it would be useful to search for the price of a commodity. price of coffee, price of oil, price of cocoa, etc. Yes, finding a good article is important. Even if it takes you hours to find a good one, it's better to do that than to quickly find a not-so-good one and then realize that there's not much to say about it. Personally, it took me a while to find good articles. Tip: choose article that doesnt say much , so you can fill in the lines and expand. If the article is long, you need to highlight the sections you use A few sites I'd recommend: Google News BBC Guardian Reuters ... or your local newspaper, there are quite often many relevant articles in there. Step 2: The Introduction A lot of people find starting a economics commentary hard. Here's my step-by-step approach: Summarise the article in a line or two Define some key terms which are going to be relevant to your discussion In one sentence summarise what you are going to say (eg what effect the event will have) Don't forget to define your terms correctly!! The easiest way to do this is to just copy the definitions word for word out of your textbook/notes. Step 3: The Body Draw a diagram You NEED a diagram (usually) if you want to do well, just make sure your diagram is relevant as you will need to refer to it when you discuss your article further. Next you want to expand on the specifics on how your news article (or technically what the news article is reporting) will affect the economy. Will it increase demand for giant two-headed pens? Will the supply fall for goblin ears? How is this going to affect the price of that good (use elasticities, etc). Draw more diagrams if relevant. The more the merrier, as long as they are justified, don't shy from drawing another diagram. 1. Include quotes and footnote them correctly. If you continue quoting the same article just write i.b.i.d (latin for: same as previous). 2. Make sure that you stay within the wordcount of 650-750, aim for the 750 though ( all words even titles and labels must be counted). This and following the general guidelines of the IB (minimum of three different sections in all four IAs, one can be done twice e.g. microeconomics) should net you the two easy marks for criterion A. 3. Use preferably two diagrams. Diagrams will save words if implemented appropriately and convey your economic understanding better. Consider: 1. Short term versus long term implications 2. Effects on different stakeholders 3. Prioritise the arguments 4. Question validity of a theory/data presented 5.Can you detect contradictions/limitations between economic theory and the real world problem at hand. 6. Are there winners and losers 7. Is there any bias in the way the article was written 8. Can you predict what will happen in the future based on what happened in this article? Step 4: The conclusion Briefly conclude by stating what's going to happen and maybe speculate more on the future, say what you might happen to counter this, etc, etc. Also in your conclusion remember to remark and talk about the effect on the different stakeholders i.e consumers producers the governement etc For the evaluation, you could also mention long term and short term effects along with stakeholders. and the advantages and disadvantages of whatever solution you suggest. Also, you need to submit an electronic copy of the commentary and the article, for ISB records. Tadaa, you now have yourself an economics news commentary If anyone wants to add to this, feel free to post below and i'll add it in Thanks to: Julia32, Summer Glau, Eastcoast93 and nuka for contributing via the comments
  13. ibstudent081099

    Exam Suggestions Language A

    Hi everybody, as we all know exams are coming up and I wanted to create a post where we could share suggestions on language A paper 1 and possibly paper 2. My language A teachers, unfortunately, have not been very helpful in telling the class how to structure these essay and I have a few questions. 1) What do you guys think of the linear approach? The structure I use in a paper 1 essay is analysing every single line and writing down something both for content and form (I also write an introduction with a hint to the main message and the conclusion with the main message fully explained). The comments I got was that I introduce some ideas but I do not fully develop them. Any suggestions on a better approach? 2)For paper 2, what I do is write an initial introduction explaining how I interpreted the question and then I analyse the idea of the question for the books I chose. I include approximately 3 ideas and analyse them in comparison to each book (for HL I choose 3 books and for SL 2). My teachers said that this technique is good and in the mock I scored 25/25 for one language, however, as I previously mentioned I do not feel that the grade is accurate. Some of you might say that I should trust what these teachers say, the only problem is that I am the first class the school brings to the exams so it is their first time as well. Moreover, it was me who told them things about the exams they did not know before, so I guess I developed some trust issues. I would really appreciate it if you could give any suggestions on how to tackle these exams and I hope some of you might find my technique useful as well. Comment below how you deal with the papers
  14. I'm writing my Economics commentary- 1 on Microeconomics and i don't know if it is acceptable and appropriate for me to draw the diagrams myself and scan them into the word document? Does that adhere to the rules and mark scheme or will i lose marks for ICT skills and/or professionalism and overall presentation? Please help.
  15. So I have my English exam in two parts in two days. I haven't started studying for this exam as Biology is more stressful. But I don't understand how I'm supposed to study for a commentary and an essay. Should I try looking at examples of a passage and then write a commentary/ essay on that topic, or what?
  16. Hey guys. So I'm doing a mock IA on this article http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Minimum-alcohol-price-law-Wales-say-Labour/story-28029919-detail/story.html and its my first time writing an economics IA. I have written around 400 words however i don't know if I'm going on the right track. So initially I've talked about the article as a whole. Then about price ceiling (while defining it) and its effects (like excess supply) followed by a paragraph on how the government can combat the excess supply. Lastly i did a stakeholder analysis. (all adding up to around 400 words) I just wanted to know whether I'm going on the right track or whether its slightly "rookie-ish/amateurish"
  17. Was wondering if anyone could look over my English Commentary for Oedipus Rex (500 words or so). Thanks!
  18. I was wondering if for the new syllabus we need to put in quotes from the article and use definitions of economic terms in our economic commentaries?
  19. Hey guys, Was wondering if you had any thought on my articles for the IA Microeconomics: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/15/protests-in-seattle-greet-shell-oil-rig-destined-for-arctic-drilling OR: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33479118 Macro: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/09/02/uk-australia-economy-idUKKBN0GX06N20140902
  20. Hey guys, Just wondering if you have any opinions on the articles i've selected for my IA before i start writing them. Micro : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33479118 OR http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/15/protests-in-seattle-greet-shell-oil-rig-destined-for-arctic-drilling Macro : http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29587707 Cheers
  21. So i've just finished my microeconomics commentary, and all my diagrams are copied from google. So is that okay or will it count as plagiarism?
  22. Please suggest if this is a good article for my commentary. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/02/carbon-floor-price-hike-will-trigger-uk-coal-slowdown-say-analysts Also is it possible that we choose an article that tis related to both macro and micro economics but is analysed from the micro point of view for commentary 1. any help is appreciated
  23. Hello! I was wondering if any of you could spare some time to read over my economics commentary? It is rather short. It is on market structures- monopoly and I have some doubt about my evaluation. I would really appreciate your opinions, so please do let me know if you are interested to read it. Thank you so much! : )
  24. Hey everyone, I am planning on doing a commentary on a campaign for my FOA, but while I was writing my proposal I discovered that I am not quite sure of the difference between a commentary and an analysis - can you guys please help me out here? o: I have to upload my proposal tomorrow...
  25. Tom Hiddleston

    English HL Commentary

    I'm really suck on how to format my commentary. My teacher has said that NOT to structure it by the structure of the piece being analyzed by rather by the ideas. How would I group the ideas together and how would I separate the ideas? Also, what would be a good way of improving my general commentary, or just general IB English literature skills? Thanks guys!

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