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Published on March 19, 2009

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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

 

IB Assessments… where the commentary is

Commentary is “ a literary composition with a definite subject consisting of a systematic series of comments or annotations on the text of a literary work.” (OED)

“ a literary composition with a definite subject consisting of a systematic series of comments or annotations on the text of a literary work.” (OED)

An analysis of the words on the page OR an analysis of author techniques used in the creation of meaning

An analysis of the words on the page

OR an analysis of author techniques

used in the creation of meaning

“ 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

 

 

 

those who understand that literature is a creation which needs to be examined.

those who understand that literature is a creation which needs to be examined.

Look at Structure 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.

Look at Structure

 

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 develop meaning)

Stronger candidates stated a kind of overview of what the piece was about, and then set about showing how this was achieved.

 

 

Always Tie Technique with Meaning

 

Metaphor Resist the urge to simply list what you see.

Strike a balance between literal reading and over- interpretation .

the passage or poem is not a kind of puzzle with a definite solution.

the passage or poem is not a kind of puzzle with a definite solution.

DO NOT turn commentaries into lengthy, personal, pseudo-philosophical musings on the themes raised by the passages.

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