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Thursday, March 12

  1. page Oral Presentation edited ... Research and Analysis: Areas to be Covered in your Presentations Part 1 – Background and Cont…
    Research and Analysis: Areas to be Covered in your Presentations
    Part 1 – Background and Context
    I. Genre and Audience
    Consider the historical context of the style and genre as well as factors that shaped the directors decisions. Other films, novels, or artistic genres that were referenced in the film should be considered.
    1. What tradition or genre is it part of?
    IV. Narrative
    1. How is this film constructed according to narrative/story being told?
    the narrative organizedorganised by plot
    3. Does the film use other principles than narrative sequence as a structure (for instance, an argument?
    4. What is the nature of our engagement with the story or characters?
    4. How is meaning created through use of space (proxemics) and staging?
    5. How is meaning created by editing and sequencing?
    shade and color?colour?
    7. How is meaning created by sound and music?
    8. How is meaning created by location, set design and mise-en-scene.?
    11. What emotional information is conveyed through the filmmaking process?
    How to Use Your 4 Weeks
    Textual Analysis.
    There is a huge amount to do for your oral presentation. Do not be fooled - as students have done in the past - into thinking that 4 weeks is long time and that you can "do it later". The time will fly by and unless you stay on top of things, you will be in a last minute rush and panic and this will likely affect your final performance and your score. Whilst you make want to amend my planner slightly, by doing more on one day so you can rest the next, PLEASE make sure that you are on track as far as the weekly requirements go. Remember, this is an exam and I cannot help you at all from the moment I have given you the films, so you are on your own (well - you have this wiki to be your guiding light, but other than that, you are on your own... you know what I mean...).
    Week 1 - Film Watching & Clip Selection
    Day 3. Watch third film
    Day 4. Day off ;)
    be less)
    Day 6. Read widely on the film. Look through imdb. Find useful articles on the film and check the film department for any resources that might be useful (books/DVD commentaries etc)
    Day 7. Make notes on the extract's relationship to film as a whole (specific grading criteria) and on why you chose this extract (specific grading criteria)
    Day 3. Film language - SOUND. Analyse the sound of the extract. Ensure that you listen to the clip through a few times without watching it. Focus solely on what you hear. Analyse the music. What does it tell you? What does atmosphere does it create? Think back to the classes we had on musical analysis and work out its tempo, pitch and dynamics. What instruments do you hear? Try to use musical language.
    Day 4. Themes and Symbols. What are the major themes present in this extract? How are they brought to the fore?
    markband descriptors.
    Day 6/7. Type ALL of your notes out into an essay, making sure that you are addressing ALL of the distinct markbands from the grading criteria. Think about the structure of your presentation. Have a look at the possible suggested structures of your oral (below) and decide which one you will follow.
    Week 4 - Practise, practise, practise...
    Day 1/2. Read your essay out loud and record yourself onto garage band. Do not stop reading at 15 minutes, but keep going until you have finished. Check back to see how long you took. You will most likely be way over the 15 minute limit. Go back through your essay and begin to cut out extraneous information, or whittle down aspects that you simply took too long on - WITHOUT cutting out all information on any one particular markband feature (you MUST cover them all). Repeat this process until you get to 15 minutes. Begin to break down your essay into note form.
    Day 3/4.Esnure3/4. Ensure that you
    Day 5/6. Practise, practise, practise. Record yourself over and over and ensure that you can address all of the features of analysis and all of the markband descriptors within the time limit.
    Day 7. Exam time!
    Please not that these two options below are just that - they are options. Please feel free to create your own individual structure. It is important to find a style that works for YOU. Just make sure you include all the key elements (as outlined in the documents above) and make sure you talk for as much of the 15 minutes as possible, without going over of course.
    OPTION 1
    1. Opening Remarks (0:30)
    a. Name of film, director, year etc, summarise the film plot in one sentence.
    ie What is the film’s ‘Big Idea’?
    2. Criticism and Business (1:30)
    a. Critical
    i. Was it universally appreciated? Is it as revered now as it was upon release?
    ii. Use quotations from (preferably) well known critics (Thomson, Ebert, Kael, Sarris, Powell, French etc).
    iii. Ideally use two quotations – one from when the film was released and one more contemporary. Great if the quotations contrast slightly.
    iv. How well did it do with Awards? (Academy, AFI, Bafta etc)
    b. Business
    i. How successful was the film financially?
    ii. Both at the time of release and subsequently (Vide/DVD etc)
    3. Sociocultural Issues
    a. Sociocultural considerations of the time when the film was made
    b. Sociocultural considerations of the time when the film was set and the links to the time it was made
    c. What do the film’s themes say about the culture it is part of?
    d. Consider the film’s historical and geographical context
    e. What does the film say about the society it takes place in?
    f. Was the film made for a specific reason?
    g. Were there any social factors that influenced the film?
    h. Has the film changed through time?
    4. Genre (1:00)
    a. Features determining genre
    b. How extract meets genre
    c. How extract subverts genre – if at all
    5. Rationale (0:30)
    a. Why did you select this extract? Why did it stand out to you? What makes this extract especially significant?
    6. Analysis (7:30)
    a. “My view of the director’s intent is…” You MUST continually refer to what you believe the director’s intent is in a variety of shots. Always consider their artistic choices and their use and manipulation of film language
    b. Detailed analysis and support of your statement above by looking at:
    i. Mise-en scene
    ii. Framing
    iii. Composition
    iv. Cinematography: Shot choices and cameraangles
    v. Cinematography: Camera movement
    vi. Lighting
    vii. Costume/Make-Up/Prop choices
    viii. Set design and/or importance of place
    ix. Presentation of time
    x. Shot length and movement
    xi. Space (proxemics) and staging
    xii. Acting/Characterisation choices
    xiii. Editing choices – cuts, fades etc
    xiv. Visual symbolism/motifs
    xv. Script/dialogue
    xvi. Use of Narrative and structure
    xvii. Sound, score and foley
    xviii. Themes
    xix. and whatever else you deem significant…!
    7. Context of Extract (2:00)
    a. Place the extract
    i. Position in plot – consider character arc (has changed occurred? Is there any indication that change will occur?)
    ii. Position in plot – consider Freytag’s triangle
    iii. Foreshadowing?
    iv. Climax?
    v. Development of thematic threads
    vi. Link extract to the film’s ‘Big Idea’ (hence liking the end of your oral to the very beginning of your oral and bringing things nicely full circle)
    OPTION 2

    1. Opening Remarks (0:30)
    a. Name of film, director, year etc
    a. Why I selected this extract
    11. Closing Remarks (0:30)
    OPTION 23
    1. Context in film (2:00)
    a. “I selected this section for the following reasons…”
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Tuesday, September 23

  1. page IB ASSESSMENT edited Back to IB A1 English IB A1 Assessment ASSESSMENT CRITERIA DOCUMENTS Know these documents well …
    Back to IB A1 English
    IB A1 Assessment
    Know these documents well as this is how to score well in your IB! Tick all of these boxes and you can't go wrong...
    World Lit Assessment Criteria Document {} English A1 World Literature Assignment Assessment Chart.doc
    Paper 1 Assessment Criteria Document {} English A1 Paper One Assessment Chart.doc
    Paper 2 Assessment Criteria Document {} English A1 Paper Two Assessment Chart.doc
    Oral Component Assessment Criteria Document {} English A1 Oral Component Assessment Chart.doc
    This document tells you how to format your World Lit docs - and includes details of what needs to go on the front page/every
    This page etc.
    {} World Literature Tasks.doc
    World Lit 2b - The Statement on Intent
    is a crucial part of World Lit 2b. It is essentially where you get to show off your skills to the examiner. IN it you MUST MUST MUST include and explain the following:
    The work(s) on which the assignment will be based
    The nature of the task to be engaged
    in - including observations such as audience, register and form
    The aspects or elements of the work(s) on which the candidate intends
    redevelopment due to focus
    the candidate intends to explore these aspects or elements
    This last point is especially important! Essentially the S.o.I. is your opportunity to explain, justify and reference your ideas - why you chose to use a particular word, why you used punctuation the way you did, why the tone is the way it is, why you included certain images. So you need to always be referring back to the work(s) on which the assignment is based.
    Do not be fooled into thinking that you earn all of your marks with the actual creative piece - the S.o.I. is just as important as the creative work itself. What if the doesn't know one of the works as well as you do (after all, the examiner may have 15 or so texts to read and then examine on) and misses out on the subtleties of your writing? How can you expect to be rewarded unless you explain how clever you are! Obviously, the art is to do this
    changes in a humble manner! ;o)
    World Lit Rules and Regs
    These are
    the procedures for ensuring your World Lit essays meet the guidelines.
    Your essay should have:
    1. A cover page that includes:
    Which World Lit essay it is (1 or 2) Including details ie 2b: creative
    Your topic/title
    The names of the text/s your work is based upon
    Your name (official IB name)
    The school name
    Exam Session: May 2012
    Your candidate number: 003057-0
    2. EVERY page needs:
    A page number as a footer (6 of 8 for example)
    Your full candidate number and name as a header: 003057-0
    Text that is 1.5 line spacing and 11 or 12 font in Arial or Times
    Margins on both sides
    3. You must also have:
    A bibliography - MLA format please. In alphabetical order. Check out this link for more info on Bibliographies etc
    A word count
    For WL2, the Statement of Intent must have its own word count.
    Every single quote referenced
    Do NOT go over the 1500 word limit. This is not a recommendation, it is law. (imprisonment awaits any infringements)
    Go to and send in both pieces of work
    course syllabus.
    PAPER 1 COMMENTARYClick on the Paper 1 link to go to info on this aspect of the course...
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Monday, September 1

  1. page IGCSE Poetry edited ... {Screen_shot_2011-11-03_at_11.11.09.png} Poetic Devices ... the poetic devices... Check…
    Poetic Devices
    the poetic devices...
    Check out these two documents and
    devices. This website is a fantastic resource for knowing your literary terms so make sure you are able to identify these devices incheck it out...!
    For those of you looking for something a bit simpler, have
    a poem and then discuss their effect.
    look at this document... {Poetic Devices- OHP.doc}
    Writing Your Own Poetry
    Songs of Ourselves
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  2. page IGCSE Poetry edited ... Check out these two documents and make sure you are able to identify these devices in a poem a…
    Check out these two documents and make sure you are able to identify these devices in a poem and then discuss their effect.
    {Poetic Devices- OHP.doc}
    {glossary of literary terms 2.doc}
    Writing Your Own Poetry
    Songs of Ourselves
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Thursday, August 28

  1. page REVISION ENGLISH edited ... {Screen_shot_2012-02-24_at_12.47.57.png} Literary Devices You must be familiar with Litera…
    Literary Devices
    You must be familiar with Literary DevicesThis website is a fantastic resource for Category C grading criteria for bothknowing your Paper 1 and Paper 2. Know them.
    {glossary of literary terms 2.doc}
    Literary terms. Make sure you check it out...

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