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A Blow Against Stupidity

Every Paper 1 text comes with a guiding question to help focus your planning and encourage you to write a worthwhile analysis. However, it is not compulsory to use the guiding question. This response goes one better – you can challenge the guiding question should your reading of the text lead you to a different understanding…

On Your Bike

Here is a perfect example of a typical Paper 1 text. Published on the internet, and falling loosely into the category of Travel Writing, it has some easily identifiable formal features, such as an image and tabs linking the reader to wider information. The perspective is easy to understand as well; the piece relates a personal journey and is even subtitled ‘A Personal Account.’ But most interesting is the use of language…

Snow and Ice

This text is a little unusual as, even though it’s purportedly a news report, it actually warns people about a future event rather than recount something that happened in the recent past. Nevertheless, anyone familiar with a weather report shouldn’t be too thrown by this aspect of the extract…

Selfless Selfie

This particular text and guiding question was set by the IB as a specimen paper when the Lang and Lit curriculum was revised in 2019, so it’s a good one to have a go at. It continues a long tradition of presenting advertisement texts for analysis in Paper 1. Ads are great multi-modal texts with strong visuals as well as plenty of persuasive copy and tricky linguistic devices for you to unpick…

Behind the Scenes

Gender stereotypes are a popular component of many Lang and Lit courses and is an issue that sometimes surfaces in Paper 1 unseen texts as well. This CNN article contains many of the stereotypes about women that you may have encountered in your classroom study: idealised appearance; sexualisation; trivialisation; the male gaze…

Travel Tales

This is an excellent text to analyse as it’s crammed full of content and ideas. One challenge of this paper is choosing what exactly to write about and focusing your answer on a well-selected range of ideas and devices. As well, this text is wide open to interpretation: some may find it entertaining and humorous, while others may see the depiction of Indonesian ‘strangeness’ as racial stereotyping…

Hausa People

It is possible that you will be given an informative text to analyse in Paper 1. Information texts can come in all different forms: brochures, prospectuses, leaflets, posters, guidebooks, infographics, recipe books and so on. Today’s text is a little bit unusual: it’s an encyclopaedia entry. Whatever text you may encounter, it’s a good idea to consider the source of the information you have been given…

Coffee Time

This text is an excellent example of the dangers of jargon and the way vague or unsubstantiated claims can erode the credibility of a source. The text is purportedly informative, but comes across as trying a bit too hard, and ends up as nothing more than a thinly disguised advertisement text…

Poetry Study: John Keats

He died young and in love, passing away from tuberculosis at 25. But the work he left behind — much of it written in just a few short years — is acclaimed and has achieved cultural significance. His odes and epics were musically unmatched and emotionally urgent, and, like other Romantic poets, he strove for the eternal and ‘sublime’, trying through poetry to explore the “untrodden region[s] of [his] mind.”