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SL question : Discuss similarities and differences between the texts and their 
theme(s). 
Include comments on the ways th...
To begin, we will be examining quite straightforward Standard Level texts. 
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Paper 1 comparative commentary general advice2

IB advice for paper 1 English

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Paper 1 comparative commentary general advice2

  1. 1. SL question : Discuss similarities and differences between the texts and their theme(s). Include comments on the ways the authors use elements such as structure, tone, images and stylistic devices to communicate their purposes. structure tone images stylistic devices Standard level Paper 1 The form of the literature. Prose -simple/complex sentences. Ungrammatical sentences. Length of paragraphs. Poetry – verse form, rhythm. Drama - length of speeches, or the way the lines are shared. Light-hearted/humorous, gloomy/pessimistic, angry/bitter, sad/poignant. Ironic. Detached/clinical. Ecstatic/joyful. Emotive language. The pictures created by the language. Imagery/descriptive writing /sensual writing. Everything else! Active/passive voice in verbs and their tenses. 1st/3rd person. Direct speech (in prose/poetry) repetition, alliteration and assonance (sibilant, aspirate, plosive) onomatopoeia. Specialist/technical vocabulary.
  2. 2. To begin, we will be examining quite straightforward Standard Level texts. As your analytical methods improve, we will begin to consider more complex, challenging literature while eventually, we will examine paired texts. Standard Level, then moving on to Higher Level ( Toward the end of Year 1) Read the passages ‘out loud’ ( inside your heads in the exam! ) Listen for their tones and think about how meaning is organised into units that make sense for the reader or listener. Mark the passage with highlighters as you read, making notes on any outstanding characteristics. Then make notes on general characteristics:- •Audience ( who are the texts aimed at?) •Subject (what are they about?) •Purposes (what are they intended to achieve? Why were they written?) When reading any of the texts on the reading list in your Welcome booklet, use the above method. This sort of active engagement with literature will give you the skills needed for the comparative paper.

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