“This criterion assesses the extent to which the presentation follows the standard format expected for academic writing and the extent to which this aids effective communication”. (IBO 2016:105).
PATRICK 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!
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.
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“This criterion focuses on the topic, the research question and the methodology. It assesses the explanation of the focus of the research (this includes the topic and the research question), how the research will be undertaken, and how the focus is maintained throughout the essay” (IBO, 2016:101).
“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)
“This criterion assesses the extent to which critical-thinking skills have been used to analyse and evaluate the research undertaken”. (IBO 2016:103)
Deciding on a subject and topic that is of interest and in which you are personally invested is important if your motivation is to be sustained throughout the process. Try to identify, in a broad sense, what it is that you are interested in and why. Continue Reading →