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  1. Hey!! I am doing my EE in English language and literature and it's a category 1 and it is on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. My research question is "To what Extent were the books that were mentioned in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" had an impact on the mentality of the protagonist?" the thing is, I am starting to work on my EE but I do not know where to start. And I do not know if I have enough content for my EE!! Could I get some Guidance??
  2. For english A1 in extended essay, for the book, do you know any good ideas? Thanks for your time.
  3. goingtoib

    IB subjects

    Hey! I'm might entering the IB curriculum starting this week, so I would appreciate some response regarding my IB subjects; English Lang & Lit HL Economics HL Physics HL Math SL Biology SL Swedish Lang & Lit SL After thorough consideration, I personally figured out that this may be a reasonably challenging combination with a balance of essay writing and problem solving. However, I am concerned about me being prepared for the subjects academically. 1. English is not my first language, however throughout the years I've always attained a good grade in as it's been one of my stronger subjects. Being nearly fluent in writing and oral communication, is it possible to get a good grade in it even though I'm not a native? 2. Is Physics HL mathematically too hard if I take Math SL? From what I understand, physics is more about learning new concepts and applying them to problems using math as "support". Am I wrong/ is it solely based on math at a higher level? 3. Is Bio SL an easy/hard subject? I've decided on Bio SL though elimination of the remaining subjects I don't enjoy. I also believe that it'll maintain the rigour of my combination (as it's respected by colleges), but in a "less challenging" manner. I've also had quite some experience with the subject, hence why I believe parts of it will be more of a repetition. 4. Is it too hard to juggle two language A courses? Swedish is my first language and I've always been pretty good at in school so taking it isn't really a question for me- (But if you guys have had this subject, please share some insight on it's difficulty, content etc). Also, I'm assuming that the two Lang & Lit subjects go in line with each other since they're the same in terms of structure. Won't that make it easier, considering that I can do similar work in both subjects, only in different languages? To sum it up, I would be very thankful if you can answer as many above mentioned questions as possible + give me some general tips and insight on the subjects I'm taking (like how you find the subject etc). Thanks!!
  4. SuperChickenRun

    How to write IOP?

    Hey guys, so I was just wondering how I should go about writing my IOP? I have a book and a topic (haven't exactly got a thesis but I know what I'm talking about in it, plus I've got three weeks to do it so no stress), but I am not sure where to go from here. Is it possible that someone could send me a list of the things I am supposed to cover in it, and also some things that I shouldn't do? That would be great! Also, I have a few questions; I am planning to be a little bit more creative than usual in mine, and I was wondering if I am allowed to have another person act out the character I am analysing while I am talking to them like a... I guess therapist kind of thing? I have in my head them saying the quotes of what the character says in the book, and me replying and analysing them. Is that all good? Also what is the maximum time I am allowed to take for it? And is there an introduction or something that I am meant to do before the presentation, or something afterwards? If so, does this get counted within in the time frame that I have, or will it be separate? Thanks so much
  5. SuperChickenRun

    How to write IOP?

    Hey guys, so I was just wondering how I should go about writing my IOP? I have a book and a topic (haven't exactly got a thesis but I know what I'm talking about in it, plus I've got three weeks to do it so no stress), but I am not sure where to go from here. Is it possible that someone could send me a list of the things I am supposed to cover in it, and also some things that I shouldn't do? That would be great! Also, I have a few questions; I am planning to be a little bit more creative than usual in mine, and I was wondering if I am allowed to have another person act out the character I am analysing while I am talking to them like a... I guess therapist kind of thing? I have in my head them saying the quotes of what the character says in the book, and me replying and analysing them. Is that all good? Also what is the maximum time I am allowed to take for it? And is there an introduction or something that I am meant to do before the presentation, or something afterwards? If so, does this get counted within in the time frame that I have, or will it be separate? Thanks so much
  6. Arif Guluzade

    Literature Paper 1 tips

    Im doing russian lit self study at my school (cause they dont have a russian teacher) and starting to prepare for paper 1 atm. I was wondering whats a ball park figure of how many words you should write for paper 1, especially for poetry cause i feel more comfortable with that rather than texts. When i practice i write about 400 words but that seems way to little. Any advice? Thank you !
  7. So in about 1 hour starts my final exam, Language A1 Literature (Finnish). As you might have figured out from the title, i do not speak this language as my mother tongue. In fact, the first time i heard the language was about 4 or 5 years ago, after which i spent almost a year learning to speak it (language courses). Nevertheless, when i moved into this country and wanted to go to IB, i was basically forced to take Finnish as my A1 Literature subject, as there really weren't any other options available (I already have English A L&L)... My predicted grade in Finnish is 4, which i suppose can be considered to be quite good, even though i'm greatly hindered by the fact that my grammar is bad and i cannot even understand all the "hidden messages" in texts that i have to analyse... No wonder it is my weakest subject and lowest grade. I was curious if anyone else had faced this situation, where they have to take an A1 Literature subject that is not their mother tongue?
  8. So, for those of you who do the exams now in two weeks, how do you prepare for the novels you will be using for Paper 2? And also which novels do you have?
  9. Hello all, This is my research question, What are the literary influences on George RR Martin’s fantasy series, A song of Ice and Fire? I've asked my supervisor if this topic would be okay, and he said yes. However, he is relatively new to the IB program and all that he knows about the EE is from the EE guide and from what the coordinator tells him. I've begun writing, mostly comparing Tolkien and Martin, and also acknowledging the historical references in the book. I'm at around 1000 words and I'm stuck. What other suggestions do you have, or is there a way to tweak this research question to be more broad, if themes could be added too, it would be a lot easier. Thank you for taking the time to help me. Sam
  10. This is a literary commentary (Paper 1) on a poem Dlaczego klasycy written by Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert. I wrote it for my Polish: Literature HL classes and I got 17/20. This poem comes from our reading list for Part 2 (detailed study) for Polish: Literature HL.
  11. hellorainchan

    Help with English A1 EE

    Hey guys so I am going to write EE in English A1 category 3. I'm thinking of doing about social media and how it affects the creation of news. Because most of the news are based from social media. I will focus on tweets from twitter in American cultures. Right now I just came up with a topic, what should be my research question and how could I develop this topic further?
  12. Hi everyone, My extended essay is in English A1, so comparing literature in English. I am thinking about comparing an Austen novel (Sense and Sensibility) with a book by Maya Angelou (don't know which one yet) . She wrote quite a few books that I believe were all autobiographical. Most, if not all, of Angelou's full length books are directly autobiographical whereas none of Austen's are specifically autobiographical, though they clearly portray what it was like for women (presumably like her) in her context. Maybe that can be part of what I address. In other words, why did Austen feel compelled to express herself through fictional characters, and Angelou choose to make her work more obviously autobiographical? Do you have any specific books by Maya Angelou that I could use? Any books that you think would be well for this topic and comparing with Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. I'm so lost right now with finding a book, so I would greatly appreciate any help I could get. As well, do you think this is a good topic or could become a potentially good research question? Thank you.
  13. rockpapertash

    English HL IOP

    Hey, So we did our IOPs for English early on in our first year of IB (not really sure why, we were still clueless ib-lets then) and despite consistently getting 6s and 7s throughout the year I got a 5 for my IOP, which i was pretty disappointed with.I was just wondering, would there be any chance of me getting a 7 for my final grade? I'd love to get at least one 7 in IB and seeing as I've been pretty close in the last I'd love to get one for English. My teacher told me I'd be very happy with my IOC and world lit scores so I'm assuming I would have gotten 6s or 7s for those, and I do pretty well with essay writing and commentaries so I'm feeling pretty confident for the exam. This is mainly just a pride and peace of mind thing. If anyone can reassure me I'd appreciate it!
  14. I'm struggling to understand the "categories" section of the extended essay guide. As far as I understand, if you're writing your essay in language A1 you have to study either ONLY works originally written in your own language OR compare at least one work written in your own language with another work translated from another language. Is this correct?? I'm worried for two reasons here. My topic is the significance of a particular trait in fairy tale characters, and I'm comparing a broad range of fairy tales from different countries, focusing only on their treatment of that particular trait. But it's not really context-focused at all. Firstly, is it okay that I'm not studying the works of only one or two authors? Secondly, does this actually fit into either of the two characters? My supervisor okayed this topic but I'm having some serious doubts. Please help!!!
  15. Hi. I am doing IB in Poland with Polish A1 HL and have exams in May 2015 (so I'm still in the first grade). Recently our teacher told us to write an "interpretation commentary" based on one text. I don't really know how it would be called in English. I've read the subject outline but it didn't help. I found only information about an essay, literary commentary (this must be it but I'm still not sure), guided literary analysis and written assigment. And this is already for exams, not a homework. Does anybody know what "interpretation commentary" stands for? We talked like about what happens in the text, where it is and how the author uses language, what is the narration type and his approach to characters (or to the situation in the text, I'm not sure). Thanks for help
  16. Hey, Over the summer we've been asked to complete a first draft of our World Literature essay but I am still unsure on several things regarding how to do the essay, and I was wondering if anybody could help 1) Are we expected to use and cite secondary sources in our essay? Or is it ok to just use quotes from the text? 2) In terms of the question, I understand that it has to be narrow, but if you are going to be talking about characters in the book, how many would be the right amount to talk about? The text I have chosen is Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez and my original idea for my question was 'To what does Márquez use the characters of the text to display aspects of Colombian culture?' But after reading through some of these threads, I thought that would be too broad a question, so I have now narrowed it down to 'To what extent does Márquez use the characters of Angela Vicario, The Vicario Brothers and Maríá Alejandrina Cervantes to express aspects of Colombian culture?' So do you think my question is narrow enough, or too narrow, etc.? Any help would be much appreciated, thanks
  17. I did A streetcar named desire, death of a salesman and who's afraid of virginia woolf.
  18. Hello guuuuuuuys! First of all, I want to wish everyone taking the IB May exams the best of luck. Second of all, I have a question: What are the grade boundaries for English Literature HL? Let us say FOR INSTANCE: I got a 10/25 for paper 1 (20%) and 15/25 for Paper 2 (25%) and 22/30 for the IOC AND IOP (30%) and an average mark for the written assignment (25%) How is that calculated? What will the outcome be; a 5 or a 6 or..? And for HL, what is the passing grade? Thaaanks :)x
  19. My English A1 Paper 1 is tomorrow and I've been looking over literary devices but I was wondering if there are any key literary devices I should look out for and also what exactly I should be looking for when I have the prose/poetry in front of me tomorrow! Thank you
  20. Death of a Salesman, along with Pygmalion and Othello, are the Dramas I've studied for Paper 2 (which is in two days time ) but I cannot seem to pick out relevant quotations from Death of a Salesman. I've used Shmoop and Sparknotes but they are useless to me. Does anyone have any theme related quotations, or even ones that can be applied to pretty much any essay question?
  21. Hi, I am having my English A1 exam, paper 2 on Friday. I am stuck and really really need help. We have studied three books; kiss of the spider woman, the yacoubian building and wuthering heights. I have no idea how to study for the exam and what to look for in these three books. Also, it would mean a lot if anyone could contribute or discuss (or give any idea) about these three books! And also any tips on how to write a good paper 2 I really need help Thanks and good luck to everyone!
  22. I'm at the very first stages of the extended essay process, and I've been leaning towards doing an English A1 EE. The topic that I've come up with and am really hoping to do is essentially looking into a specific genre of literature and how that genre is heavily influenced by world events and the popular view of the world, with examples from two contrasting pieces of the 1900s and then two contempary novels of the genre. So I'd mostly be discussing how issues in society have directly influenced these works and how shifting world views have changed the genre over time. However, reading the guidelines for English A1 extended essays, I'm on the fence over whether or not that would be acceptable. I'm not certain exactly how to interpret these lines of the subject booklet, but they don't seem promising: "The literary works should not be a pretext for interdisciplinary study and should not be treated simply as documentary evidence in a discussion of philosophical, political, or social issues. Students should always consider how the texts work as literature, dealing with aspects such as the effects they achieve, the devices they use, and the way they are written." I've been reading some of the pinned posts in this forum, and so far something that has become abundantly clear is that you don't want to mess with the subject booklet; if it says do something, then do it to the letter. So while I'm deeply passionate about this topic, I don't want to put a lot of effort into an essay that is not going to score well simply due to the topic I chose. I've also been looking into other possible subject areas where I might be able to write an essay on this topic, but so far it looks unpromising. I initally thought either Social & Cultural Anthropology or Philosophy might be a fit, but upon reading the criteria they seem even less likely candidates than English A1. The other possibility that I am leaning towards is the new World Studies category, and although reading the requirements I get the feeling that it might be appropriate, none of the examples given are at all similar to what I had in mind, so again I'm worried about trying to shoehorn it into a subject and ending up getting a bad score. Should I just trash this topic entirely, or do you think it fits acceptably into any subject area? I'm really loath to give it up since the genre that I'd like to write about is a real passion of mine and this topic is an idea that has been percolating in my mind for the better part of a year, but I'm willing to give it up if that's what's best. Any insight you might be able to give me would be appreciated!
  23. Hey people! How did you find the Paper 2 questions this year? Which ones did you pick?
  24. Hi everyone! Just wondering what the paper 2 questions were like? I'm studying for mock exams this month and would like as many practice questions as possible . Thanks!
  25. Hi all, So my IOP is soon, and I haven't done any work on it (lol), because I thought our selection of "texts" were stupid . Our English teacher has selected for us three poets to study. That is not a typo. Poets. As in, people who write poems. Not poems. Not even a collection of their works, just poets. I'm under the impression that this isn't even allowed, and, even if it is, that it will probably get us bad marks anyway. I've looked around the internet for ages to see whether or not we are actually allowed to study authors in general as opposed to specific works, and there's nothing AGAINST it, but there's plenty of evidence that most people choose novels, which probably has a good reason behind it. Does anyone have any insight into this?
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