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IB ENGLISH B (HL)

(External Assessment)
Written assignment 20%
Creative writing of 500-600 words plus a 150-word rationale, based on one of the literary texts read.

The task: Students produce a piece of creative writing that may be chosen from the recommended text types listed for paper 2 (see below). It will be based on a work of literature that the student has read as part of the course and may use related information from other reading material. Examples of written assignments could be writing a new ending to a novel, interviewing a character, or a diary entry by one of the characters in a short story or play.

The rationale: Students must write a 150-word rationale introducing the assignment, stating their aim(s) and how their aim(s) have been achieved. (The student should direct the examiner’s attention to the key elements of what the WA contains. Must be highly focused.)

|Source |Task |Text type |Rationale | |Lord of the Flies |Example: dialogue with a |Interview |Introducing the assignment and objectives of | | |character from the novel | |the task and offering a brief summary of the | | | | |literary work. |

The student should:

Use effectively a range of language appropriate to text type and purpose Create a piece of writing that is connected to the literary work Handle the selected text type effectively

Formal guidelines

The subject of the written assignment must be the choice of the student in consultation with the teacher. This assignment should be written in the second year of the course and must be completed during school hours under teacher supervision. The written assignment and the rationale must be in the target language and must be handwritten. It must be the independent work of the student (with the teacher’s guidance). The literary work must be written originally in the target language and studied in the target language. The use of dictionary and reference material is permitted.

The suggested time to complete the task is three to four hours, which does not need to be one sitting. This timing includes organizing the task, the writing of a draft and of the final text and rationale. The written assignment must include a bibliography in standard format with references to all sources.

The role of the teacher

The assignment should de defined with the teacher’s guidance to ensure that it is an original choice of task, that it complies with the requirements of the assignment, and that the subject is not repeated by another student.

Text types:

• Article
• Blog/diary entry
• Brochure, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, advertisement
• Essay
• Interview
• Introduction to debate, speech, talk, presentation
• News report
• Official report
• Review
• Set of instructions, guidelines
• Written correspondence

Assessment criteria

Written assignment: Receptive and written productive skills (HL)

Criterion A: Language
• How effectively and accurately does the student use language?

* Students who fail to write the minimum number of words or who exceed the maximum will be deducted 1 mark from criterion A. If the word limit is exceeded, the assessment will be based on the first 600 words and the rationale.

|7-8 |Command of the language is effective. | | |A wide range of vocabulary is used accurately, with few significant errors. | | |Some complex sentence structures are clear and effective....
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