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IB Assessments… where the commentary is
Commentary is <ul><li>“ a literary composition with a definite subject consisting of a  systematic series  of  comments  o...
<ul><li>An analysis of the words on the page  </li></ul><ul><li>OR   an analysis of  author techniques </li></ul><ul><li>u...
“ To give a reading of a  work which  increases   the audience’s  understanding  of it.”
Concerns / Motivations  of: Character, Narrator, Speaker The  and emotion  through the  passage
 
Stating the obvious…
patterns, voice/tone, imagery,  argument
Mention author’s name to introduce each idea Mention  “ the reader” often
 
 
 
<ul><li>those who understand that literature is a creation which needs to be examined. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Look at Structure </li></ul>2) Discuss Meaning of passages  without assuming  it is only to be found during a trea...
 
Concentrate on the way in which a character is presented or a scene is set or an image is developed
An integration of: interpretation   of the  content  discussion  of the  technique Assessment   of the  effects  achieved
The ideal commentary treats  literary techniques  as  inseparable  from  meaning  (with a focus on how the features develo...
Stronger candidates  stated a kind of overview  of what the piece was about, and  then set about showing  how this was ach...
 
 
Always Tie Technique with Meaning
 
Metaphor Resist the urge to simply list what you see.
Strike a balance between  literal reading  and  over-  interpretation .
<ul><li>the passage or poem is not  a kind of puzzle with a  definite solution. </li></ul>
DO NOT turn commentaries into lengthy, personal,  pseudo-philosophical musings on the themes  raised by the passages.
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IB English Written Commentary

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A powerpoint guiding students through the IB English written commentary. Original content by Brent Rohol of Sprucecreek HS. Current design by Michelle Alspaugh, Mt. Vernon HS. Photos taken from www.flikr.com

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IB English Written Commentary

  1. 2. IB Assessments… where the commentary is
  2. 3. Commentary is <ul><li>“ a literary composition with a definite subject consisting of a systematic series of comments or annotations on the text of a literary work.” (OED) </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>An analysis of the words on the page </li></ul><ul><li>OR an analysis of author techniques </li></ul><ul><li>used in the creation of meaning </li></ul>
  4. 5. “ To give a reading of a work which increases the audience’s understanding of it.”
  5. 6. Concerns / Motivations of: Character, Narrator, Speaker The and emotion through the passage
  6. 8. Stating the obvious…
  7. 9. patterns, voice/tone, imagery, argument
  8. 10. Mention author’s name to introduce each idea Mention “ the reader” often
  9. 14. <ul><li>those who understand that literature is a creation which needs to be examined. </li></ul>
  10. 15. <ul><li>Look at Structure </li></ul>2) Discuss Meaning of passages without assuming it is only to be found during a treasure hunt or must inevitably become a lecture about life.
  11. 17. Concentrate on the way in which a character is presented or a scene is set or an image is developed
  12. 18. An integration of: interpretation of the content discussion of the technique Assessment of the effects achieved
  13. 19. The ideal commentary treats literary techniques as inseparable from meaning (with a focus on how the features develop meaning)
  14. 20. Stronger candidates stated a kind of overview of what the piece was about, and then set about showing how this was achieved.
  15. 23. Always Tie Technique with Meaning
  16. 25. Metaphor Resist the urge to simply list what you see.
  17. 26. Strike a balance between literal reading and over- interpretation .
  18. 27. <ul><li>the passage or poem is not a kind of puzzle with a definite solution. </li></ul>
  19. 28. DO NOT turn commentaries into lengthy, personal, pseudo-philosophical musings on the themes raised by the passages.
  20. 29. “ ”

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