There are so many variables to consider, and things get complicated very quickly. This is the part where most IB English students stumble. Think of it as an algorithm, a set of steps that you repeat. Can I morph Text 1 so that it better fits with with the prompt? Does the prompt and Text 1 overlap enough with Text 2? Can I morph Text 2 so that it better fits with the prompt and Text 1?
What can we do before Paper 2 to put ourselves in the best position? Second, in order to adapt the ideas in your text to the prompt, you need to know how far you can stretch those ideas while maintaining their validity. Here is a checklist to gauge whether you know your text well enough.
The end goal is to be able to tick off at least half of this list: I know the names of the main and minor characters I know how the main characters evolve over time character arc and can easily provide quotes for these characters I can easily recount the sequence of events, or the main ideas, of each text I can easily list 5 themes from each text and provide 3 quotes for each I can easily list 3 core techniques used in each text I can easily list 3 pairs of characters, themes and techniques that I can compare and contrast across my texts, as well as the quotes required to support these points I know how which main characters and core techniques contribute to the 5 main themes What can you do to improve your understanding?
First, work through each of the above points in the checklist. Note them down for use in later analysis. Read analysis from credible sources, i. Create notes for all main characters, core techniques and core themes, and collect quotes for each of these categories.
Every part of the above four steps is important, but step 4 is the important and difficult. You have to do this part on your own, and it requires thinking for yourself. A common query that students have is in regards to how they should mention their quotes whilst writing their essays. You never need to explicitly state that you are about to use a quote; rather, just insert it within your body as nicely as you can.
The more clear and compelling it is, the more credibility you gain as a writer in their eyes. Bad Thesis: In this novel, Kanye West argues that we cannot justify the usage of drones and that their increased prevalence is harmful to members of society. Nah using that structure is a sure way to screw up your grade big time. No fancy, fluffy, sophisticated English vocabulary. Trust me. HL, you get bonus points for including all 3 texts.
How your body paragraphs should go is as so: Make your point Just briefly. Analyse your point with evidence This is where you break down your point and start to show your masterful interpretation of the English language. You HAVE to give proof.
This is where your quotes come in. They act as support for your analysis. Past papers If you look through a load of these, you will be able to draw up a list of the type of questions that repeatedly come up — and they do!
At this stage you could even group them into themes, e. Other recurring examples include: the representation of justice in your chosen works, the impact of setting and the effect of a particular narrative voice. Compare and contrast You will often be comparing two works, so again, from the outset you should think about your different texts side by side, looking for points of contrast and similarity.
Are they both set in times of political crisis? Thus, novels that are disparate on the surface may have more in common than you initially think! Sobia has done a lot! She initially trained to be a doctor, before switching to working as a Science teacher.
Most novels are past tense but many contemporary novels are present tense — maybe it has something to do with our short attention spans and reality TV! This makes it very important to choose and learn the best quotes. Hence, the main thing you have to worry about on the day of your exam is the prompt itself—the only variable that you cannot control.
SL, lucky for you guys you can afford to mention all 4 of those in a more general sense but HL? What about other important socio-historical movements and moments that often feature at this level? She currently teaches and tutors in between her own writing.
This advice is for both HL and SL. You have to do this part on your own, and it requires thinking for yourself.
This advice is for both HL and SL.
Good quotes should be versatile. Choosing great quotes for Paper 2 As you probably know, IB English Paper 2 does not allow you to bring the texts into the exam. When was did the author write it? It helped me to memorise quotes, learn which quotes are better than others, and learn certain pairs of themes, characters and techniques that work well in my texts for comparison and contrast.
Finally, what will you roughly include in your conclusion? Topics included in this guide What is Paper 2? Furthermore, yes. Just make sure your exam answer is NOT a stream-of-consciousness! Hence, the main thing you have to worry about on the day of your exam is the prompt itself—the only variable that you cannot control.
This advice is for both HL and SL. HL folks, that would literally be all you need to do to increase your chances of a level 7.
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Make points on all your plays and contrast them with one another.
From these options, you choose one prompt and write a to word essay on it. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf. You cannot just practice each of these aspects individually.