Spotlight: Perfume, by Patrick Suskind

perfumePATRICK SUSKIND’S novel is a book of smells – the odors of history, in fact – and on the first page 18th-century Paris is anatomized into its component stinks. In its most fetid spot, near an open cemetery and beneath a fish stall, the hero of ”Perfume,” Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, is born.

This intriguing novel is a popular choice in IB English syllabi. And because it is complex and multi-layered, it lends itself very well to deeper exploration; you may even be considering it for your next English assignment. Below we offer inspiration or starting points to an EE, a WT/ WA, or an IOP … and much, much more!

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Steps to writing a literary commentary

download (14)A literary commentary is a type of literary analysis that is specific to English A.  Knowing how to write an effective literary commentary is a cornerstone to your English studies, as close attention to words and structure is expected in all your assignments — the IOC, IOP, WA, WT, and Extended Essay.

Below, we give you a structured approach to writing a successful commentary. Your tutoring sessions will hone these skills to a fine point. Continue Reading →

EE Criterion B: Knowledge & Understanding (6pts)

“This criterion assesses the extent to which the research relates to the subject area/discipline used to explore the research question, or in the case of the world studies extended essay, the issue addressed and the two disciplinary perspectives applied, and additionally the way in which this knowledge and understanding is demonstrated through the use of appropriate terminology and concepts.” (IBO 2016:102)

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