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  1. What kind of effect does legislation have on a negative externality of consumption diagram? Do production costs increase and thus supply shifts to the left? Or does demand decrease? Or does it depend on the context and both could happen?
  2. Paper 1 The purpose of this thread is to introduce you to Paper 1, the Source Paper. Whether you are taking Standard Level or a Higher Level examination makes no difference as, rather unusually, the sources and questions are the same for both examinations. The reason why I'm doing this is that I've came to notice there's a lot of people here in IBS which don't really understand what's required for this paper. There are three Prescribed Subjects assessed in Paper 1: Peacemaking, Peacekeeping – International Relations 1918–36 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945–79 Communism in Crisis 1976–8 For each Prescribed Subject there will usually be four written sources and one visual or table-based source. The length of the written sources does not have to be equal, but they will be approximately 750 words in total (including attribution). A variety of sources will probably be used, taken from a selection of contemporary and more recent material. There should be some background information about the writer (e.g. Professor of United States History at Yale; A Russian journalist). In some cases the sources might have been edited and ellipses (usually seen as three dots – …) will be used when three or more lines of text are deleted. In some sources, alternative words will be placed in brackets, if a word is seen as particularly difficult, e.g. ‘belligerent’ [warlike]. Remember that you can use a simple translating dictionary in many IB examinations and you should ask your IB coordinator if you are entitled to have one. When answering a source paper in IB History, you are essentially comparing and contrasting sources against each other to arrive at a conclusion, which you can justify. In simple terms, you are being an historian. Types of Sources: When analyzing sources, the simplest means are often the best. Try using the ‘five question’ approach, also known as the ‘five Ws’: Who wrote the source or produced it? Origin When? (Origin) Where? (Again, origin) Why? (Purpose) For whom? Who was the intended audience of the source? (Purpose) Photographs: Over time the reasons why photographs have been taken have changed. In the 19th century they were used to record an event, or document how someone looked, almost as if the photograph was a portrait painted by an artist. In many of these photographs the subjects have been posed and, whether we realize it or not, when we know that we are being photographed we change our behaviour or our posture. If, in a photograph, everyone is looking at the camera you can be almost certain that this has been staged. You must remember that the person taking the photograph is not neutral and has a particular reason for taking it. Why is the particular photograph above being taken? What is the photographer trying to convey to the intended audience? What is surprising to IB examiners is the number of times in IB source examinations students write that what a photograph depicts is an accurate representation of the events it is recording. The context of where and when a photograph is taken must also be taken into account when analyzing it. There have always been, and always will be, countries that censor what is published in newspapers or books to rewrite history. Just take a look to the way people use photoshop to manipulate photos right now! However, despite their obvious limitations, photographs do have tremendous value for historians in that they can document particular events better than many other sources. A picture of, for example, Hiroshima in August 1945 after the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city powerfully communicates to the world the devastation and destruction of the city. Cartoons: One of the most common non-textual sources in IB source examinations is the cartoon. This type of source can be challenging to understand. Cartoons refer to something that was current at the time, and if you do not know the context of the cartoon and the events or people to which it refers, then you may not be able to understand its message. Cartoons tend to oversimplify the events they are describing, so may not explain the full reality of events. Finally, of course, cartoonists use symbols to represent the characters or countries they havedrawn. For example, what does this image represent? I think we all agree it represents the soviet union right? Another example would be the grim reaper carrying a scythe to represent death. Guys, in the examination the most probable thing is that we will face some symbols that are not really as easy as understand so yeah, basically, be ready. Posters and Graphs: The most important details about these sources are who made them and for what purpose , although the ‘five question’ approach can also be used. There are many different types of poster: election campaign posters, announcements of concerts or events, propaganda posters, military recruitment posters and so on. Students are sometimes surprised to see statistics and graphs in a history source examination, but it is perfectly appropriate to include this type of source, particularly when dealing with any economic theme. Maps and paintings occur very rarely in the Source Paper, but there is no reason why they could not appear. Maps, in particular, can be used to make a political point rather than simply express a geographical reality. Ask the ‘five questions’ and be careful when analyzing a map. Textual Sources: Textual sources are simply too numerous to list, but the most common ones used in IB History source examinations are books, letters, treaties, diaries, newspapers, magazine articles, diplomatic documents, telegrams, written records of interviews, poetry and speeches. In all cases, the introductory lines at the beginning of the source will give you all the information you need to analyze it. Use the ‘five question’ approach. Do not make comments saying that a source has been translated and therefore we do not know if the translation is accurate. Rarely is this a useful comment to make. Nor should you write that, as it is an extract from a source, we do not have access to the entire source and this is a limitation. Neither of these comments is likely to receive credit. Types of Exam Questions : Questions 1a and 1b: These two parts will be worth a maximum of 5 marks together. Remember that there are 25 marks for this paper and 60 minutes to answer the questions. This means that somewhere between 10 and 12 minutes should be spent on these two parts of Question 1. These questions are intended for you to show your knowledge and understanding of the sources. Question 2: This question is worth 6 marks, so how much time do you think that you will have to answer it in the exam? The wording of Question 2 will be something like this:‘Compare and contrast the views expressed about… in Sources A and C.’In other words, what are the similarities and differences in the way that the sources refer to a particular event? Please note that ONLY TWO SOURCES will be used. This question is intended for you to show your application and interpretation of the source. Question 3: This question is worth 6 marks. ? The wording of Question 3 will be something like this: ‘With reference to their origin and purpose, what are the value and limitations of Source A and Source C for historians studying the policies of Gamal Al Nasser. This question is intended for you to show your synthesis and evaluation of the sources. Question 4: It is worth 8 marks. The wording of Question 4 will be something like this: ‘Using these sources and your own knowledge analyze the importance of the Italian invasion of Abyssinia for international relations between 1934 and 1936.’ This question is intended for you to show your knowledge, understanding, synthesis and evaluation of the sources. Kind of a mini essay. This was kind of a brief summary on what you should expect and be prepared to encounter in Paper 1 guys, study study study study study. I hope it was helpful! Bibliography: History for the International Baccalaureate. Paper 1. Pearson. Brian A. Pavlac. 2006. Sources http://intensecogita...e-history-notes
  3. Hi! Okay so I know that each year IB releases the conversions for last year and for SL math (and most papers I think) and for the 2017 conversions they had conversions for paper 1, paper 2 and final. What conversions do they actual use to mark your paper? Do they determine your level using the Paper 1 and Paper 2 conversions or the final conversions?
  4. 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!)
  5. Hey guys, Just like to know your thoughts on ESS paper 1.. Ess is that type of subject where you don't know what you wrote is correct or not, its kind of hard explaining.. Anyway how do you guys think you did?
  6. How many studies are required for section B (22 points) on the paper 1 exam? Thanks!
  7. Is anyone doing The Move to Global War for their history paper 1? If yes, what are your predictions, seeing as the specimen was about Japan.
  8. What do you guys think of biology paper 1 and paper 2 HL & SL?
  9. Hey everyone So I've always been struggling with math and I am pretty sure I failed my paper two maths SL. So I was wondering how exactly will it be graded? I know I have to have at least a two as my final result but what if I passed Paper 1 with 2 points and failed paper two with 1 point and my IA was okay? If I fail one paper in my exams, will I fail the whole subject or will every grade be count together? I am pretty sure I failed the whole subject, but as I asked the Ib coordinator he wasn't sure and one of my friends who did Ib a while ago said it will be taken the average so even if I failed paper 2 I might still pass everything. Get what I mean? Thanks for any answers even after finishing, this Ib stuff is still so confusing to me
  10. On 28th April 2017, in BM paper 1, section B, the 10 marker question was (according to the data given and new data in section b) should john opt for the 3D printer. What should have john done please comment with the reasons
  11. Hey guys, What do you think about paper 1 and paper 2? I found both of them really easy. For mocks, we had papers from November 2016 and the texts in paper 1 were really confusing, so May 2017 was a really nice surprise.
  12. Which topics do u guys think are most likely to show up on actual May 2017 exam?
  13. I am unsure in the economics exam whether I need to draw the diagrams for all the questions on the graph apper provided by the examiners, or if I draw it ont he answer booklet alongside my response to the question. Any help would be appreciated, I'm stressing out over this
  14. Hello everyone, I hope you guys are doing well. I would like to ask if you guys have any advice regarding Paper 1 for English A SL. My teacher recommend us to use the Big 5 and to have a thesis statement that we should always come back to it after every point. What do you think about it? Do you have any other approach? Thank you, D.
  15. Hi guys, I'm so lost and stressed about the Paper 1 case study. We don't understand almost anything and I feel I've been the B&M teacher this year. Please, if you understand something about that confusing chart from the last part, I would thank a lot any help!
  16. To any Latin IB students out there - Any comments on the comparative difficulty of Ovid - Cicero in the unseen Paper 1 translation, (taking the course at an SL level)? Which have you studied/find easier to translate? Many thanks, Nick
  17. Hey Guys! I wanted to know how everyone found the biology paper 1 and 2! I thought paper two was really bizarre! Also, looked through the Oxford textbook, no mention of a freaking goblet cell...
  18. A particle undergoes simple harmonic motion of maximum kinetic energy Emax and amplitude xo. The particle is release from rest at its maximum displace amplitude. What is the change in the kinetic energy when the particle has traveled a distance of xo /3?
  19. Psychology paper 1 sample (marked) View File 57f40ac981c93_SLPaper1SampleAMarked2013.pdf Submitter nourmah Submitted 10/04/2016 Category Paper 3  
  20. Psychology paper 1 sample (unmarked) View File 57f40ab63651b_SLPaper1SampleA2013.pdf Submitter nourmah Submitted 10/04/2016 Category Paper 3  
  21. Hello Interwebs, Im retaking, does anybody know what they tested on last year for paper 1 of route 2 history. Usually they have the option to test three prescribed subjects:, Peacekeeping – International Relations 1918–36 • The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945–79 • Communism in Crisis 1976–89. Any past examinee takers please respond. I think they wont repeat what they tested last year thus eliminating one less thing to study. Thanks.
  22. Hi guys! I have a doubt, can anyone please solve this problem? I am really having difficulty solving it. The markscheme shows the correct answer but not how to solve it. Thanks in advance This is a sum from the IB Physics Paper 1 TZ1 2015
  23. Historians, I am attending History Higher Level and, since I really enjoy History, I have been pissed because I cannot get more than a 5... I hate Paper 1, the questions are so obvious and brief that I don't even know what to say, should I write like a lot and say a lot of bull****? Or should I say the least as possible and write just a few lines? If so, what should I say then? Under what structure? The Paper 2... well, that one I particularly enjoy as I can say what I want and write a much as I want, and embellish it with those speech connectors that every big answer needs to be organized and coherent. Nevertheless, I can only get 5's and I was hoping I could get more. I would like to have at least 6 on total... and my answers are very complete I produce arguments and illustrate them with examples occurred... my History teacher even says my writing is perfect... what's missing then? Does anyone have a tip? Or a book that can help me out understanding the philosophy of IB History? Or has anyone had a 7? Please feel free... Cheers, Richard
  24. Hi there, So on Paper 1 you generally have to be really specific when giving the answers to certain questions, especially questions of the type, "Quelle expression montre que ..." (Which expression shows that...), and I was wondering if IB examiners give you any slight leeway if your answer isn't exactly the same as the one in the markscheme but the important stuff is there, which shows that you understand the text but you didn't know every part to include. For example, this year's Paper 1 had a question in Text B that was like list two disadvantages of a multilingual society, and I wrote: (a): "La vie economique ... plus complique." (b): "La vie sociale ... plus conflictuelle." However, the text said "La gestion de la vie sociale...", which is the management of social life. I had included la gestion before but I crossed it out so I'm really worried if I'm just gonna be taken off 2 marks just like that for not including la gestion. I still show that I understand the text since I pull out pretty much exactly the sentence that I need but I just didn't include that initial la gestion part... so is it safe to say that I'd be given some leeway here since it's obvious that I understand what they're asking for, I just didn't know exactly how to put it? Thanks!

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