2/WTRFWritten tasks rationale form: language A2Submit to:Examiner                                      Arrival date: 15 Ma...
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The difficulties I had in completing this task were word-choice issues, as it is sometimes hard to findthe exact word to g...
The Trapped Trees of Mango StreetOnly I understand them       Those sad skinny trapped treesAll four thin brown trunks    ...
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  1. 1. 2/WTRFWritten tasks rationale form: language A2Submit to:Examiner Arrival date: 15 Mar / 15 Sep Session: May 2012 0 0 0 3 0 7School number:School name: ....................................International School Bangkok….................................................................. Write legibly using black ink and retain a copy of this form. Complete one copy of this form for each task. Complete this form in the target language. The rationale will not be included in the word count. To complete this form, refer to the written tasks assessment details in the Language A2 guide.Subject: _______IB English A2___________________________Level:____SL_________________Candidate name: NaratchnanKraichok_________________________________________________Candidatesession number: 0 0Option to which the task is linked.If literary option, the text title(s) should be included (for example, GeorgeOrwell, 1984).If cultural option, the topic should be included (for example, propaganda).Topic Option: Literally Option: The House on Mango Streetby Sandra CisnerosTitle (if appropriate): “The Trapped Trees of Mango Street”Area of communication and type of text: Poetic CommunicationSubject: Esperanza_____________Purpose: To turn Cisneros’s poetic language in “Four Skinny Trees” in to an actual poem that wastold by EsperanzaAudience: ReadersContext (where appropriate):____________________________________________________ Turn Over Handbook of procedures for the Diploma Programme 2011
  2. 2. International Baccalaureate 2/WTRF (reverse)School name:………………….…International School Bangkok............................................................In the space below, provide the following information: Your objective and how you have attempted to achieve themMy objective in writing this poem was to take the already beautiful and lyrical vignette, “The FourSkinny Trees” by Sandra Cisneros and tell the same story of Esperanza, her friends, and the trees onthe street in the form of a poem. In order to do this I have used part of Cisnero’s writing style, butconverted it into a poetry-oriented layout utilizing short lines, indents, and breaks to show wherethoughts change and shift. In order to keep the feeling of the vignette, the same basic pacing was usedalong with some of the same vocabulary and thought patterns. I also attempted to keep the sametheme of separation and lack of belonging so it would remain consistent to theme of not belongingthat Cisneros focuses on “Four Skinny Trees”. I also took great efforts to make the end of the vignetteclearer. While it ends on an upbeat note, it does not express very well the differences between thetrees and the girls: the girls can leave, the trees cannot. Specific examples showing how this was doneThe use of Cisneros’ writing style and tempo was used in this poem. For example, Cisneroswrites,“They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them” inreference to the trees at the beginning of the poem. This theme and tempo was kept when I wrote,“Only I understand them / Those sad skinny trapped trees”. The theme of sadness must be maintained;otherwise the two pieces will be too different.Additionally, although Cisneros uses vignette form, her words are often very poetic. For example, sheuses “They send ferocious roots beneath the ground” to discuss the trees. I felt this, while beautiful,could also be expressed in a more purely poetic layout, which is why I wrote,Lonely trees, like lonely girls Know they do not belongFighting with the dry concrete Or the monochrome skyThis is an important difference, because it forces the reader to stop and think before moving on to thenext thought.Also, in order to maintain the sense of separation and longing by utilizing more imagery to present thethoughts and feelings of the characters by saying, “Rachel, Lucy, Nenny and I / Stand in the emptystreet / Looking like the four trees / Dreaming of open fields.” This shows very clearly the sense oflonging that comes from being born (or planted) in an area where you have very little potential orability to grow.In order to highlight what I feel to be the meaning of Cisneros’ vignette, I clarified the end bypersonifying the tree saying “Unlike us, you don’t have roots / you don’t have to stay here / One dayyou can escape and find / the place truly your own” This demonstrates that there is hope. The treesgive her inspiration and even if it feels dark sometimes. To keep on “keeping” and not let yoursurroundings keep you from doing everything you can to thrive. Comments on how the task demonstrates understanding of the cultural or literary option on which it is based.This task demonstrates my understanding of my literary option, poetry, because I feel I was able torecreate the feeling of The Four Skinny Trees in the form of a poem. While the medium is different, Ibelieve it fundamentally expresses the same facts, feelings, and emotions. I feel the voice ofEsperanza comes though clearly in my poem, as well as the desperation surrounding her Handbook of procedures for the Diploma Programme 2011
  3. 3. The difficulties I had in completing this task were word-choice issues, as it is sometimes hard to findthe exact word to give the feeling necessary to maintain Cisneros’ setting throughout. For example, inthe opening two lines, I was tempted to describe the trees as lonely, because The Four Skinny Treeshas a very lonely feeling to it. However, the trees were not lonely because they had one another, evenif that was all they had. My intial line was “Only I understand them / Those sad skinny lonely trees”but as I read over it again, I realized “lonely” was not applicable and spent a long time looking atvarious word choices. Handbook of procedures for the Diploma Programme 2011
  4. 4. The Trapped Trees of Mango StreetOnly I understand them Those sad skinny trapped treesAll four thin brown trunks Reaching towards the cluttered skyLonely trees, like lonely girls Know they do not belongFighting with the dry concrete Or the monochrome skyTrees should be in the forest Not in a desolate dry ghettoGirls don’t belong here either They belong in a better lifeRachel, Lucy, Nenny and I Stand in the empty streetLooking like the four trees Dreaming of open fieldsAngry for a much better life With open sky and colorsDreaming of a bright future And of a world without painWhen I hear their gentle whispers I listen to their quiet lessons“Keep it up kid” their leaves say “You will be alright”Their trapped rustling reminds Me in my house of red bricksThey grew despite the concrete Just like me, they must stay“You don’t have our roots To grab at the sad earthBut you can stand tall, side By side, with your sisters”Word Counts: 175 words Handbook of procedures for the Diploma Programme 2011

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