Written Assignment

written task

Today we will start one of the component of the External Assessment. The Written Assignment is 20%

‘creative reading’ – attentive reading, looking actively for possibilities

This essentially means SCANning exercises – as appropriate to the text, ask the students to, for example :-

at HL – developing from a literary work

> see the scene from another character’s point of view

> select nice/nasty, good/bad, to create a contrasting feeling of the text

> select pro/con ideas, to create a contrasting argument of the text

> at key point, change – “When he says “No”, he says “Yes” – what happens then?”




at HL – developing from a literary work

> experiment with climax/anticlimax

> look for a surprise twist – take the reader in one direction, then change

> expand details from the source text – such as single phrases expanded into full descriptions

> invent details to add to what you already have – making sure that the details extend, don’t contradict

Text Types: Select your new text type from:

• article, column

• blog/diary entry

• brochure/flyer/leaflet/pamphlet/advertisement

• essay

• interview in any form

• introduction to a speech

• news report

• report

• review

• set of instructions, guidelines

• written correspondence

HL example: using ‘Lord of the Flies’ …

Student APurpose: show Simon’s wisdom + Text type: interview + Source material: early in the novel

Student BPurpose: show Simon’s wisdom + Text type: diary  + Source material: late in the novel

Organising consultation

Possibly the most tricky part of the procedure, because teachers are required to ensure that each student’s “subject is not repeated by another student” (Guide – SL p.34; HL p.42). So, what about …

  • Session 1 – Study the literary text (HL). By the end of this session, they must submit, in writing, notes about what they wish to do.
  • Overnight – The teacher checks these notes and identifies any undue overlaps … and then starts wondering what to do with them ! NOTE You can’t add helpful constructive suggestions – “After liaising with the student to select an appropriate subject, the teacher should not comment on or correct the assignment, which should be entirely the student’s own work.” (Role of the teacher, both SL & HL)

Session 2 – Teacher hands back the notes, instructs most of the class to get on with the task, and sets about negotiating changes with those students with overlapping ideas …

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