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English Written Assignment Ib Sl

Written assignment (SL/HL)

  • Weighting 25% (taken from pp. 29-32 of the IB Lit Guide)

Description: The written assignment is based on a work in translation studied in Part 1 of the course: World Lit). Students produce an analytical essay with reflective statement, undertaken during the course and externally assessed. The goal of the process detailed below is to assist students in producing individual, well-informed essays.

Work submitted: Literary essay 1,200–1,500 words (assessed)

Relevant reflective statement: 300–400 words (assessed)

Goal: To produce an analytical, literary essay on a topic generated by the student and developed from one of the pieces of supervised writing.

Assessment: A combined mark out of 25 to be awarded for the reflective statement and the literary essay, based on five assessment criteria (A–E)

Process: Four-stage process consisting of both oral and written tasks—see the attached handout for more details on each stage.

Administration: Copies of all reflective statements and supervised writing to be kept on file. Coversheet to be correctly filled out and signed by teacher and student

Differences between SL and HL: The written assignment is exactly the same for SL and HL students. Everyone will submit one written assignment to IB during April of your senior year. The rubric is the same and the process for writing one is the same. Having said that, SL students will only read two works in translation whereas HL students will read three works. In Mr. Webster's Lit class, you will write a Written Assignment for each work you read, so SL students will only write two written assignments (and then submit one of them to IB in April of 2019) whereas HL students will write three written assignments and choose one of them to submit to IB. 

Throughout this course, you will build a portfolio of written tasks. There are two types of written tasks, known as written task 1 (WT1) and written task 2 (WT2). These are very different in nature.

Written task 1 is an 'imaginative piece' in which you demonstrate your understanding of the course work and a type of text. For example you could write a letter from one character to another character from a novel that you have read for Part 3 or 4. Or you could write a journalistic review of a speech that was studied in Part 1 or 2. Because the possibilities are endless, it is easy to write irrelevant work. Therefore it is important that you look at several samples and several tips for guidance on the written task 1. 

Written task 2 pertains to HL students only. It is a critical response to a text or texts, written in light of one of six prescribed questions from the IB Language A: Language and Literature guide. These questions can be answered using texts from all parts of the syllabus. 

Remember: An essay is not an acceptable type of text for the written task 1. Students are encouraged to step into someone's shoes, explore a different role and practice writing different types of texts. The Paper 2 and the written task 2 provide opportunities for students to practice essay writing.

WT1 basics

* At SL students must have written at least three written tasks 1s. One must be on Parts 1 and 2, one must be on Parts 3 and 4, and the other can be on any part. Again this is a minimum requirement.

* One of the two tasks submitted at HL is a written task 1 and the other is a written task 2, meaning that HL students submit either 'possibility 1' or 'possibility 2' from the table below.

HL onlyParts 1 & 2Parts 3 & 4
Possibility 1 written task 1 written task 2
Possibility 2 written task 2 written task 1



Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


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