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  1. IBnonsurvivalist

    Help needed!

    I have an essay due soon. I basically have to write about Tom from the Great Gatsby. What do i need to know about him? Give me as much information as possible, and your thoughts on him. What is his role? Purpose? Maybe a bit of context (his past)? All help is appreciated.
  2. Hey guys! My class recently did a few in-class Paper 1 samples, and I did absolutely horribly in them! I seem to always get the wrong main idea and impression of the poem that we get, and the teacher told me they were not convinced by the examples I used to back-up my main idea. So I was wondering! Does anyone have any tips for analyzing poems you have never seen before? I already am aware of the "Read the poem at least 3 times before analyzing" rule! What can I do to be as close as possible to the real main idea? Are there any works that you guys can recommend me to read to gain a better insight of poem analysis in English A Literature and Language? (I'm HL, btw!)
  3. NotAProcrastinator

    How do you do literary analysis?

    I wonder if you have ever felt like me, but right now I feel like I am dabbling on the floor with life getting sucked out of me. Our teacher chose a collection of particularly symbolist, post-modern stories for detailed study and tasked us with studying it in the summer. It is so symbolic that it takes hours only to read thirty pages, and honestly, I have begun to question all this literary analysis enterprise and its purpose. I wonder if any of you found a way out of creating a totalising system of meaning within a literary text or employ the same methods as me.
  4. Hello, We are doing a novel study on Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and I am trying to analyze two quotes that I found from the novella. They include... "By the time Ibrahim Nasar arrived with the last Arabs at the end of the civil wars, seagoing ships no longer came there because of shifts in the river, and the warehouse was in disuse." "General Petronio San Roman, hero of the civil wars of the past century, and one of the major glories of the Conservative regime for having put Colonel Aureliano Buenda to flight in the disaster of Tucurinca." How would these quotes bear significance, possibly in relation to the La Violencia period? (Colombian Civil War) Thank you so much!
  5. Hi, So I am 2 months into my IB program (1st year). I take English A LaL at Higher Level, and I was wondering what it really takes to ace this subject (a 7)? I would love it if you guys can give me some tips for getting a 7.. What kind of flair or analysis is required to get to that top band? P.S: My teacher told me that she never met a person who got a 7 in this subject in her career (except for 1).
  6. EEandTOKforlife


    Hi, is there a specific structure/layout to be followed when writing the a HL biology IA. My teacher says to put the titles as the IA is marked (like titled sections of Personal engagement, exploration, evaluation...etc) but i feel that this is not the correct or general way to do it. Also, would they mark you down for structuring it that way, as it takes away from the general structure of a lab report? thanks in advance.
  7. Hey, Does anyone have or know where I can find a list of experiments that we need to know for the 2016 May exams? Thanks!
  8. Hey, I am doing a lab on the effects of temperature on the enzymatic affects of Catalase, and I am trying to find a way to analyze my data. I have means of the reaction rate for each of the temperatures (10, 20, 30, 40 ,50), but I am confused on how create some analysis on them. If you could give me some tips that would be great!
  9. Caroline Adams


    Could anyone give me advice on an FOA presentation? Any ideas I could use? My topic has to be about the media and related to advertisements, speeches, political cartoons, bias in articles, etc. I was thinking about doing a political cartoon which has to do with sexism? Also, how would i talk about the cartoon for 5-10 mins? Thankyo
  10. Mark Hansen

    HI question and Written Account help

    How does this question sound? "To what extent did that attacks on the twin towers on September 11, 2001, change the United States security policies?
  11. Hello, I am sure some of you writing your exams in the next few months or the next year will find this helpful. I am writing to ask how to further improve my poetry analysis skills before the exam. When I read a poem, here is how I approach the commentary: 1) I read it again 2) I look for the main idea 3) I note down any aspects I see fit the following categories: speaker, setting, structure, tone, title, themes, literary devices 4) I then construct my thesis statement, and essay outline 5) I write my commentary I have read through many past HL and SL poems and done some analysis on them to practice. However, I usually find my interpretation off or inaccurate to other individual's essays. And also, my interpretation does not fully meet the requirements of an excellent essay on the marking scheme. I was wondering what I could do to improve it? I am writing my IB HL English exam in May 2016. Many thanks.
  12. 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...
  13. I'm writing my first official commentary on microeconomics. I'm confused about the boundary between analysis and evaluation. Can someone explain to me with a specific economic concept, like subsidy, please? If my article talks about a government imposing subsidies for agriculture and it also mentions the subsidies are expected to exacerbate the overcapacity in the agricultural industry, what should I write for the analysis and evaluation? In this case, this is what I think: Analysis- supply curves shifts downward (because of subsidies); demand shifts to the right (due to increase in population and economic growth in that country); elasticity of supply and demand->effectiveness of the subsidies Evaluation- Welfare gain; negative externalities (harvesting machines generating air pollution); solution to overcapacity; OP of the subsidies Please help me, I've been confused for a while
  14. Hey guys, what's going on? I've (finally) finished my EE draft, however my supervisor said that there was no analysis. My EE is theoretical, about quantum mechanics applied to a pencil. What is meant exactly by analysis? There isn't any data to work with. I outlined a relatively common approach to the problem, similar to the method I originally used to solve it. After that first solution, I evaluated why it was fundamentally flawed, and then proposed another solution that gave a different answer. I evaluated and concluded based on that. Could you guys tell me where exactly does data analysis come in? Thanks P.S. If you need extra info to get an idea of what to do, I'm glad to provide it.
  15. deansa97

    History IA section D confusion

    Hi guys, So lately I've been working on my History IA, my question is "What was the role of the CIA in the Chilean coup?" but I'm having some trouble with section D. Some examples online that apparently received 4/6, 5/6 and 6/6 for section D all seem to analyze the evidence but my teacher says we should talk about the reliability of each source and whether or not we can trust it. Which should I follow, so far I have noted that we/can can't trust a source but he says that should be the primary thing in section D. One side note, what does the criteria mean by "the significance of sources in section C"? Thanks, this is pretty urgent so if you could please answer soon. Thanks.
  16. I decided that this area is the only one I am strong in, and I am very eager to help people (simply because I have nothing else to do), so I would like to share my Bible (that I wrote) about media literacy analysis with the IBS community. Enjoy ! --> You need to know a little about the news agent that you received your article from. Read some other articles of theirs and see if they are biased or not. This is not very necessary but very very helpful. --> Look at the title. Sometimes that tiny little phrase will structure the half of your analysis, so it is important. It gives you a little glimpse of the context of the article and gives you an idea of what perspective you are about to read. --> Check out any strong words used by the author (such as "Putin's empire" "failure", "rioter", "terrorist" vice versa.) Give extra emphasis on 'this mark' because it symbolizes sarcasm (For example: 'graciously suggesting' means 'meanly forcing'). If strong language is used, the article is biased and somehow provocative. --> Check out any soft words used (which is euphemism). Soft words are used in order to be gentle on people's feelings so people would not be provocated, the opposite of the purpose of strong language.Here is a simple example of strong language and euphemism. Large number of people dead: Massacre (strong language) Collateral damage (euphemism) --> Check if the article is telling a story or showing what people say or think (this means quotes used) Personally, if the article is telling a story, the topic needs further investigation. Make a list of the persons who owns the quotes used in the article and find out which side of the story they represent: for or against. They usually represent for side, but still be precautious, because this is IB. --> A journalist can also choose the information that he or she wants to give to their audience. Analyze the information given by the author and find out the purpose. The source of the information is also important, so people would be more relying on that. Check the source is mentioned or not. If the source is not mentioned, it might not be as reliable as the reader thinks. --> Vague language is contained the information given by the author. If you have the phrase "several rioters" instead of "nine rioters", or "a number of public areas is damaged" instead of "a school, two supermarkets and two bookstores is damaged", it is vague language, and it also means that the author does not want you to know much about this. Find out the purpose of this usage of vague language. --> Target audience is highly important. Read the article several times to understand who does the author wants to reach. Make a little background research about the news agent if you don't know which country they originate (yes, it is VERY important) --> Always remember that these methods mentioned above are serving a purpose, and that purpose is what is author trying to imply on their target audience. Context and purpose is extremely important, because they are usually the basis of your thesis. If strong language, alarming information or no information and quotes from one side only or no quotes are used, the article is provocating. If the article contains euphemisms, and quotes from both sides and general information, the article is written to inform people about recent updates. --> Keep in mind that media is the biggest power in the world, because it can easily manipulate people's ideas. Remember that you are aware of the tricks and methods used by media to manipulate and making an analysis out of it, and be proud that you are smart enough to do it while concluding your analysis paper. If I ever have some freetime (hopefully) I might make it broader and more detailed and put it on the Files section of the site. Have a nice survival !
  17. Hey! Could anyone please help me with analysing this poem? I'm not confused about the overall message, i just need to go into deep analysis of it which im finding hard to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! The Poem is, The Answer by Bei Dao Debasement is the password of the base,Nobility the epitaph of the noble.See how the gilded sky is coveredWith the drifting twisted shadows of the dead.The Ice Age is over now,Why is there ice everywhere?The Cape of Good Hope has been discovered,Why do a thousand sails contest the Dead Sea?I came into this worldBringing only paper, rope, a shadow,To proclaim before the judgmentThe voice that has been judged:Let me tell you, world,I—do—not—believe!If a thousand challengers lie beneath your feet,Count me as number thousand and one.I don't believe the sky is blue;I don't believe in thunder's echoes;I don't believe that dreams are false;I don't believe that death has no revenge.If the sea is destined to breach the dikesLet all the brackish water pour into my heart;If the land is destined to riseLet humanity choose a peak for existence again.A new conjunction and glimmering starsAdorn the unobstructed sky now;They are the pictographs from five thousand years.They are the watchful eyes of future generations. Thanks!
  18. HopelessWanderer

    Section D-Analysis for History IA

    I know that this section is worth the most marks, and is probably the most crucial part of the IA, but im really finding it difficult to know how to start. What would the best layout be for the analysis section. Could you use the TEEL (topic,explanation,evidence,link) method or is there another way? Any help would be appreciated.
  19. StinaSaidWhat

    Analysis Essay Topic Help

    Hey guys, I have to write an analysis essay on the Scarlet Letter, and I don't know if my topic is good or not. I need some advice! It would help if you're familiar with the work but I value all opinions! So in the book, Hawthorne strategically capitalizes certain nouns, for example: "He had been driven hither by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere, and whose own sister and closely linked companion was that Cowardice...", etc. My essay is about how Hawthorne uses this technique and makes these words into "characters" through personification to show the effect of sin on the main characters. Thoughts? Greatly appreciated!
  20. Arda Ozcubukcu

    Şiir Çözümleme

    Notes on poetry analysis both for written and oral commentary. (It's Turkish)
  21. hey, i posted a similar topic before but i'm doing it specifically on P1 now because i just went through the guide again. for the previous syllabus, they had to write commentaries, whereas we now have to write a literary analysis.: http://ibpublishing.ibo.org/live-exist/rest/app/flat-tsm.xql?doc=d_1_a1lan_tsm_1105_1a_e so i wanted to know the difference between a literary analysis and a commentary. and if someone has examples that would be even better. even if the analyses were your own, it'd be helpful. i found this but i'd apprectiate comparing more: http://ibpublishing.ibo.org/live-exist/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=d_1_a1lan_tsm_1105_1a_e&part=2&chapter=4 i found this on yahoo answers: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080413145804AAsHrdX and i'm kind of in the same situation. i have a habit of writing commentaries but not exactly sure of the difference between the two. it's quite shameful that i'm asking this now but better late than never and yeah, it says that the previous commentaries had to be in essay formats. so i'm assuming there's quite a big difference between the two
  22. My final extended essay on the theme "Tragedy and the Common Man" by Arthur Miller, exploring his three plays: "Death of a Salesman", "All My Sons" and "The Crucible". I got an A for this Extended Essay, i hope it guides you well
  23. So i'm making my presentation on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and I need some ideas on what to focus on. I was thinking about doing the psycologic analysis of the characters but i've been told I can also link the dissociative identity or split personality shown in the book to some real events that happen with actual people. The thing is I need some good ideas and if you could help me with some I will appreciate it very much thanks guys
  24. We're currently studying a few books in IB English HL and our teacher often assigns us a small part of The Crucible to analyse at home. We weren't really given example essays to look at or taught these skills. It was just assumed that we should know, and we share our answers in class sometimes. I feel that this learning method isn't benefiting me and I'm not improving at all, I learn better by example. Does anyone know where I could get good literature text analysis? I'm also open to other suggestions that can help me improve, thanks in advance!!
  25. Jiya Sharma


    any good sites for a jist of analysis for the poem Mid-term break by Seamus Heaney

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